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Old August 9th, 2007, 12:25 AM
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I hear that their are people on the ships who take pictures all the time and that these are available for purchase. I am going with my husband and 5 children on a seven day cruise on the Mariner. I am hoping to come away with a great family PIC or two or three. Any advice regarding photos? Do they hold the PICS for the whole cruise so I can choose them at the end? And what am I looking at as far as price? Will they put the PICS on a picture CD? Any info would be a tremendous help!!!

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Yes, they take lots of pix - this department makes more money than the bars or the casino, so the pix aren't cheap.

However, if you want a pic (or pix) of your entire family together, you might want to do it on one of the formal nights because they'll pose you just right.

As to waiting to choose other pix - you can, however, by the end of the cruise you'll have to go through boxes of pix to find the ones just of your family.

Can't tell you exactly the cost of the prints on the Mariner - but might be around $15 and up - someone else can give you better idea.

On the other hand, you might consider buying a digital camera - even a onetime disposal one and take your own. Most pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) will print out the pix when you get home for a lot less than what you'd pay on the ship.
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I usually buy one ship's photo, then get home and realize that the pic the waiter or tablemate took using my own camera came out better! But, yes, you can ask the photographers on board about a family photo. You never know,you might end up with a great souvenir!
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Old August 9th, 2007, 02:01 PM
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Yes, they take lots of pix - this department makes more money than the bars or the casino, so the pix aren't cheap.

On the other hand, you might consider buying a digital camera - even a onetime disposal one and take your own. Most pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) will print out the pix when you get home for a lot less than what you'd pay on the ship.
However, the ship photographers will not allow you to use their back drops for photos taken with your camera. The ship photographers will bring out special back drops to use on formal night for photos, but only for use for photos taken by the ship photographer. You must then purchase those photos from the ship.

You can use your own camera to take pictures any where else on the ship (except for the casino for obvious security reasons).
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Can't speak for your particular cruiseline but on our cruise, pics were taken getting on and off the ship, in the dining room, at the pool etc and then displayed every day along the walls for purchase and all to see. approx 5 x 7's were $8-9, 8x10's $20..they had sales so watch your daily newsletter. They had SEVERAL photo backgrounds set up every night where you could plan for a family photo session both casual, fun, and formal. No obligation buy them. Again, posted the next day for you to purchase as you wish. Reprintsl too! There were picture frames and photo albums to buy too if you wanted.

The only disk I saw for purchase were of certain ship activities. But there was a phtoo shop there to help you with photo transfers and prints from your digital camera and I am sure for a fee you could get your pics transferred to disk there.

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when my mon and i cruise we each pick two driffent picture and when we get home we make copies so we both end up with all four pictures
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I know you can get your own pic's put on a disk...for a fee, but not the ship's photo's. They do not usually have any way of keeping track of the thousands that they take. Copies can be made from the original print, but probably not to a disk. Could be wrong....again!
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I hear that their are people on the ships who take pictures all the time and that these are available for purchase. I am going with my husband and 5 children on a seven day cruise on the Mariner. I am hoping to come away with a great family PIC or two or three. Any advice regarding photos?
I'm gonna give you the same advice as CruzNut. Take your own. Yes, you may wish to let the ship's photographer take a photo of your family all dressed up on a formal night, but that's about the only pic I would buy from the ship's photo department ... and only then if that pic turned out perfect.

The ship makes a mint off of photos. They will charge you an arm and a leg for each one. I can't speak for the cruise line you are going on, but on HAL some of those formal night pics were $22 ... and even more!

For my money, I would very sparingly purchase photos on the ship. Rather, I would put that money toward a reasonably priced digital camera and a generously sized memory card. Then I would take plenty of pics onboard the ship ... and select the best ones for printing.

Just my humble opinion ... but there are a heck of a lot better things you can do with your money on a cruise ... other than making the onboard photo department rich.

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you ae right they do charge arm and leg for ship photos thats why we only take the ones we like
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We never buy the ship's photos. They are not very good and way too expensive. :eek: We have the waitstaff take ours at dinner. We have also asked a staff member to take our pic on the dramatic stairway on formal night. Sometimes we exchange picture taking with other pax.The pics taken by them and the other staff have always been better than the ones by the pros....and don't cost extra! I will say that X doesn't take quite as many photos as RCCL--no pirates in the dining room, lol.
You will have your pics being taken all over the place. There are display racks in the photo area and you can find yours and decide if you want them, take them to the counter and pay for them right then. If you don't want them they ask you to put them in the trash cans provided to make room for the next day's supply.
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Agree pretty much with everyone else. About the only ones worth buying are the formal night ones. They will offer you some "specials" (which I never could quite figure out). Just buy the 8x10 of your formal nigh if it turns out nice and take alot of your own pics. I didn't find the photo staff on RCI to be super friendly or helpul especially when compared with the rest of the excellent staff.

I don't usually mind the picture taking but the pirate in the dining room was just plain tacky and annoying. Same pirate that we had to get taken with as we got off in Nassau...Not a very good make up job and just plain dumb.
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Just say no! My DH hates having his picture taken, so we just don't let them take the photo's to start with. That way, I'm not tempted to buy them, either. But, once in a while, I do talk him into having one done on formal night.
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We had 17 people on an RCI ship three years ago and requested a picture of the group, the ship was very accommodating on one of the nights that they had a formal, we got together and the photographer snapped some for us. Be on time, they have tons of groups having this done. They also required us to purchase one if advance and then it was our choice to on how many more to purchase.

I found that on longer cruises the photos are not always displayed for the whole cruise, maybe just a day or two. Enjoy your cruise!
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I bought the embarkment photo and we had one taken on formal night that was very nice. Since we NEVER dress up it was nice to have one with us "gussied" up. I thought the picture turned out very well and was of good quality. It was 19.00 for an 8x10. When we got home I scanned it (at home) and resized it to a 5x7 to give to my mom. I will do the same thing this time on formal night.
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FWIW.........

We were on the Mariner a few weeks ago and yes, you can get photo's taken for all kinds of things. (i.e. when you embark,formal nights,gangway photos when you get on/off the ship at different ports of call - and even on some excursions like waverunning at Labadee ).

I say go ahead and get your pics taken Even the formal night pics that you have taken have NO obligation to buy and no sitting fees so what do you have to loose? Get them taken and if one or two come out really good then buy it and if not then don't.

The great part is you don't have to buy them if they don't come out good.

We bought a few simply because we liked the background - loved the Titanic background on one of the formal nights and the embarkment photo is a really nice keepsake.

But again, if you don't like then you don't have to buy.

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Having a large family myself, I truly understand how hard it is to get a good family photo. Even at $20 for an 8x10 if it's a good picture of your family, don't loose the opportunity -- buy the print. You will cherish it forever and it will be cherished long after you are gone. Why chance it that you're camera took a better shot only to find out, when it's too late, that you really didn't get a good shot.

If a few good ones come up on the photo board -- buy the photo. Trust me, you'll have lots to pick from and don't hesitate to have the photographer pose you a few times so you have lots to pick from.
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