I would love to see the cruise lines put the picture taking out of the way. If someone wants the picture taken then great, let them have it done. Leave the walkway to the ship clear for those that do not want a picture taken. I find it annoying to have to wait just to say no thank you.
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Just smile and walk around line and pass them. As you pass the photographers say, No thanks!... and keep on going. We do this getting OFF the ship as well. It's hot, the sun beating down on you and the gangway is clogged with people waiting to have their picture taken with a pirate and fake parrot. Sorry... excuse me... coming by. If enough people did that, maybe they'd take the hint and move the picture taking to the side or at least further from the bottom of the gangway.
Along these same lines, I think the pictures in the dining room when your table is full of dirty dishes and half eaten food are the ones that annoy me the most. This always happens on formal night. Saying no thank you doesn't always work even if done so politely. There are numerous areas and opportunities to have your picture taken without having to be bothered during dinner.
Cruznut, I agree with you completely that the boarding process would go much quicker and smoother if folks didn't stop to have the pictures made and have to stash all the carry ons so they can smile for the pic. Perhaps a line for boarding for those wishing to have the embarkation photo and a line for those not wanting it? Let's hope the lines are listening.
Great suggestion. We always get our embarkation & port debarkation pictures taken but refuse to have our picture taken during dinner also. If we want a group photo, we take it with our own camera. Give everyone a choice!
Teresa and Larry
#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
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7 night Eastern Caribbean
While talking about pictures - I also really don't care for the photographer arriving for the group shot - just as our meals are served - and expects everyone to jump up and run around the table.
I don't think so.
too many days to cruise heaven
I dion't like the picture taking either, I have my own camera for that purpose.... Is the ship required to take an I.D. picture for security purposes..... I think that your picture pops up on their computors as you leave or enter the ship with your Sail & Sign card.... If that picture has to be taken, when & where do they do it....???
Given that the cruise lines make some $$$ off all the picture taking , youcan't really expect them to push that acitivity aside......
But I couldn't agree more with all of you ; it gets pushy, at times '' in your face.''.
The '' sign 'n' sail'' pictures are obligatory....we have to put up with those.
EVERY other picture is optionnal.....and too many of them become a royal pain in
The cruise lines will keep the business going; all they would be expected to do is,
as everyone says, stay off our face , quit almost forcing people, and DON'T STAND
IN THE WAY OF YOUR GUESTS when they are eating or embarking or disembarking.