More than happy to do it. Especially when it's a family with kids-those are special Kodak moments! In fact, a couple of years ago on a pirate-type boat (ship?) a man was taking pictures of his wife and 2 kids grouped in the prow and I offered to take one so he could get in. Turned out to be a great pic!
Splendor of the Seas 1997
Regal Empress 1998
Sovereign of the Seas 2003
Princess Sun 2006
Princess Sea 2007
No problem here. I always have a camera hanging around my neck as it was part of my job on active duty. We always offer to take photos of others folks (with their cameras) so they can have memories of their cruises. Only had one incident, rather comical. There was a family group of about ten folks and the lady had a very expensive camera she was using. I offered to take a group pic but she seemed rather hesitant to have me do it. Finally her husband said "Honey, he isn't going to steal your camera. Where would he go?" She realized what she had done and rather sheepishly handed me the camera. I told her not to worry, she was just doing what she should be doing to protect her gear. And when they saw us in the casino that night she thanked me profusely and even offered to buy a round :-)
I am also the kind of person to approach strangers and ask if I can help them - like if I see someone reading a map I will ask if they need help.
There are times when I get a reaction as if I was trying to scam them out of something, even though I was just trying to be helpful. I have to say it always surprises me - even though I should know better by now.
Cruises are supposed to be social gatherings where people talk freely to one another - like a banquet. So, I encourage people not to act mistrusting when they are approached by friendly strangers on cruise ships (and I am not referring to strange men trying to buy your underage daughter drinks).
I mean in most cases mature people on ships are more than happy to help, and they enjoy interacting with new people. It is part of the cruise experience.
Never give your camera to a stanger on land who asks to look at it. I had one of the first digital cameras from Fuji back in 1996, and I had "locals" asking if they could look at it all the time - they could, but I held onto it.
I used to have a friend who everytime someone asked him to take a picture would also snap a picture of pretty girl or a hunkly guy - just to get the spouse in trouble - when they were not looking.
I've been asked many times to take pictures of others on a cruise, I have no problem with it. In fact, I love to do that for others!
Majesty of the Seas - 10/03 & 02/07 & 11/08
Enchantment of the Seas - 10/04 & 10/11
Mariner of the Seas - 10/05
Vision of the Seas - 10/06 & 09/07
Carnival Liberty - 10/07
Adventure of the Seas - 9/08
Ruby Princess - 12/09
Voyager of the Seas - 9/10
Carnival Spirit - 11/10
Oasis of the Seas - 9/13
I have no problem at all asking someone to take a photo of us and many times I've seen people taking photos of each other and asked them if they would like for me to take a photo of both of them together.
With today's digital cameras, I always look at the photo to be sure it came out ok and, if I'm taking a photo for someone else, I have them look to be sure it's ok--if not, I'll take another.
I think it's a pretty common courtesy that's widely accepted as standard practice in traveling.
We have asked many people to take our pictures and have also taken pictures of many people. We have had our picture taken by people not on only on cruises but also on land vacations.
We have had people take our pictures in places such as Las Vegas, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Frankfort, Honolulu, San Antonio, Vancouver and lot's of other places and we have not lost a camera yet.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Independence of the Seas 12/29/2013 Top-notch!
I was asked to take a pic of father and daughter one time, and every picture I took the man looked at it and complained that it wasnt centered! I tried a few more times and he finally said thanks. He should have just had the ship photographer take one!!!!
Ha-- I've got a good one for you--shows the " mean " streak in me sometimes. ;-)
Several years ago my wife and I were at the Hyatt Waikola resort on the Big Island ( yes --I know it's a Hilton now but it was originally opened and ran as a Hyatt ) and there was this old guy who had this very pretty young lady hanging all over him ( wonder what her escort fee was ?). That evening he asked me about three or four times to take a photo of them together in different places, etc.--I figured he was wanting to brag to some other old geezers about what a lovely young thing he had with him on his trip--back then all cameras used film. He had a cheap throw away camera and every time I took a photo, I'd cut her out and just have him in the frame, all beaming and smiling, happy as a bug in a rug !! Of course he couldn't see the photos until he got them developed. Then of course, all he had was photos of himself--I bet he cursed me for a week! I thought that was funny--he probably didn't!!
I never mind asking someone to take a picture for me or helping out someone else. Yup, like so many of you, I'll often offer to take a picture.
Freedom Of The Seas 8/29/10
Adventure Of The Seas 8/30/09
Adventure Of The Seas 3/11/07
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NCL's STAR - Alaska 6/6/04
Sensation - W. Caribbean 2/21/04
Inspiration - W. Caribbean 6/8/03
Pride - W. Caribbean 6/02
NCL's Sky - Alaska 6/01
HAL's Zaandam - E. Caribbean 6/00
HAL's Ryndam - Alaska 9/98
Fantasy - Bahamas 6/97
If you know she was a professional I guess that's different, but you didnt say she was wearing hotpants, pink leather go-go boots and a fauxfur stole. What if she was his terminally ill friend who he treated to a Hawaii vacation before she passed away? ?
Well, I don't know that she was or was not a terminally ill friend. Between the two, he looked about 50 years older than her and looked more terminally ill that she did-- she was a beautiful young Hawaiian girl. He was a very old Haole so I doubt she was his long lost niece! I've been around the block a couple times and it was pretty evident what the situation was but---
Anyway, he got some nice photos of himself--what more could he want??
;-) ;-) ;-)
No problem for me either. In fact some people have come and asked , "would you like for me to take a picture of you and your wife". I say yes. So I'm always glad to return the favor. Works fine both ways.
Quantum of the Seas 12/2014
Oasis OTS 6/2015
Serenade OTS 12/2015
That is downright mean. If you didn't approve then don't take the picture.
If someone asks me to take a picture of them I take a picture of "them" and whoever is with them. I don't care if it's a woman and a sugar Daddy or a woman and her "pool boy".
I have no idea what the story is: As long as one of them doesn't look like they are being forced to be with the other or one doesn't look underage I don't give a damn and they are as entitled to have fun and remember it as anyone else.
At least they were having fun. Unlike some married couples I've seen who look like they want to kill each other or would rather be anywhere than with their spouse. Those are the ones who will be cutting the other out of the pictures sometime in the future.
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Ok--you've had your licks--- now enough. Maybe I was an ******* to do it--I did it and that's it. I've taken dozens of photos for people, volunteer to take photos for people all the time and do the best I can. Now with digital cameras I always ask them to look at the photos and if they are not happy, I'll retake the photos until they are happy.
I don't need a lecture, but thanks anyway. I appreciate it !!
I always offer to take their photo first if I see one is taking a photo of the other one with some background scenery. I cross my fingers and say "Yes!" if they ask if we would like them to take ours. In our cabin or in a public room where there is someplace to place the camera, I take a timed photo. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. At times, I take a photo of myself in a mirror with the camera at belly button locale so you can see my face. I'm always waving (with the other hand) in that one!
I always take the picture...and hope someone would do the same for my family.
We had a 'Problem" with letting someone take our pic at the southernmost point on Key West...this "nice" clean cut looking man offered to take our picture for us, we assumed he was a fellow tourist...he then asked for $$$ and didn't want to give me our camera back...until he saw my husband giving him the evil eye....Beware...there's a few Bums that hang around there [nicely dressed bums...but bums no less] and I expected this to happen in the Bahamas but not in the U.S....
It is unfortunate that people will take advantage of tourists, but most of the stories about taking others picts have been positive...
Don't get me wrong...I've had way more positive experiences with having people snap pics than bad...That one I mentioned before was the only 'bad' experience we had.
I often find that people that are quickest to offer are foreign tourists...especially on a recent trip to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, seems like everyone we ran into was from Europe and they would ask for us to take their picture, then offer to take ours. It was very nice.
The biggest suggestion I would have is if you don't want to take someone's photo, just say no,... thank you ...if you want your picture taken offer to take theirs in return. It's common courtesy.
I have no problem taking pictures for people when we are all clearly on vacation. However, as a resident of NYC, I do get tired of tourists asking me to take their picture as I'm walking to work, from work, through the park with my dog, etc.
Better for people to ask others who are likely on vacation and in that "vacation mode". At times it can be a pain living in a giant tourist attraction.