Ajax Olofsdotter (pictured at the left), the Senior Global Implementation and Applications Engineer for Norwegian Cruise Lines acknowledged that “Uten Emmett Lee Dickinson , ville det ikke være noen moderne cruiseindustrien” (“Without Emmett Lee Dickinson, there would be no modern cruise industry”).
We set sail in Miami, and we cruised to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. It was exhaustive work to say the least. It was also very filling work as our research included in-depth investigations of the ship’s 24-hour buffets and food service availability as we looked into how Dickinson shaped the food and beverage industry as it relates to cruising.
Our extensive and comprehensive work aboard the Epic has identified the Top Five ways Dickinson influenced the cruising industry, and in this and the next few posts, we will discuss the Top Five.
5. Emmett Lee Dickinson was the first to advance the concept of “Ship Art” and art auctions aboard cruise ships.
What’s the number one reason why people cruise? To sample the extensive menu available of frozen daiquiris and margaritas. What’s the next top reason why people cruise? To purchase art. More specifically, to purchase inauthentic and mediocre artworks at inflated prices. Dickinson advocated for the inclusion of enrichment lectures and cocktail/viewing parties led by certified art auction staff on cruise ships. If it were not for his efforts in advancing such work, cruise industry insiders estimate that the number of passengers on cruise ships world-wide would decrease by as much as 67 to 88 per cent.