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Old June 30th, 2005, 01:54 PM
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I just wanted to post this bit of info about my son's wedding. This last Jan. my son and his lovely bride cruised to Cozumel,Mx. with 30 friends and family. We boarded Carnival Ecstasy in Houston,Tx. The wedding was beautiful and everything went as planned. We even had a reception back onboard. The biggest problem we had was with the pictures. We paid cab fare for the Carnival photographer to and from the wedding site. The pictures were ready for our veiwing the next day. All pictures were 8x10's and cost 20.00 each. We even asked if we could buy a smaller size or the negitives and they said no. They said we could buy them all for 2500.00 if we wanted. To be truthful they were not worth it. After talking to my daughter in law afterwards she said they were told they would be reasonably priced. So be sure you ask in advance what reasonably priced i means.
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Old June 30th, 2005, 04:21 PM
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Dear Mags I had a horrible wedding experience on the Ncl dawn just 2 weeks ago, everything went bad, I still do not have an imfomation on the web site i am supposed to view my pics. I would not recommend anyone getting married on a cruise ship, mine was a dissaster, no one to great us at the port we chose the Norweign Dawn out of Nyc on June 12 my 88 year old future mother in law was promised a wheel chair she uses a walker after she was being pushed and shoved for hlf hour my future brother in law had to tip a long show men 20.00 to finally get her one!! we where all dressed and sweating for almost an hour before we found out where to go! All being pushed and shoved in a busy Ny port. then the wedding cordinator finally appeard she was with some of my quest's that where put in a hot room to wait. then we get on line to go on the ship and she realizes we got priority check in so off the line we finally go! we where directed to my room on board, then handed my bouquet of 6 roses with one of the rose head's off!! So I got a pin from the cabin boy and fixed it myself!! Then the vow's where wrong and she was trying to get the right one's I told her if it take's more then 10 mins forget it I don't want my quest's waiting so 45mins later she returns with no vows supposedly the fax and email did not work!! So we had to go with the horrible vows the officiant made up himself! Then i find out my quest's while waiting for me had to pay for there own drink"s they said open bar is only after the ceremony, I paid almost 20.00 a head for 24people for only on hour of an open bar ( they only allowed an hour reception) the waiter did not speak english well so my guest's did not get many drink's. then I was supposed to get trays of roast beef ham and turkey I got no roast beef and mostly tuna fish!! when I complained they said they would make the roast beef by the time it came they where doing the toast and serving cake, at a charge of 4.00 a slice of cake and 4.50 a cup of coffee!! The worst part of all there where very few cups or plates, the groom ate his cake off a napkin!! then the photographer was supposed to take picture's outside weather permitting it was a nice day and also around the ship none where taken outside the rececption room a tiny room called the port room! plus the wedding coordinator and photographer had a fight.So after my experience I would not want this to happen to any other bride!!! Sea sick and Heart sick!!
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What a nightmare. I am so sorry your wedding was ruined. My son and daughter in laws was beautiful. I just wished we would have known about the price of pictures up front. I think think will be a good thread for others to learn from. We are leaving in the morning for a cruise to Alaska and can't wait. My hubby and I love to cruise. I hope your bad expirence won't stop you from trying other cruise lines.
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Thank you for your sentiments and I well like to go on another cruise we had a great time on the ship and had a mini suite with balcony that was wonderfull, hope you have smooth sailings alway's, be well!!
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An unhappy bride....

I am so sorry for your mess! Carnival should really make this up to you (ie: Free Cruise!!!) That being said....Try to focus on your marriage now. If you had a bad wedding then the marriage can only get better! God Bless and many years of happy marriage and a Happy Wife!

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Old July 6th, 2005, 04:27 PM
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Dear Okimom thank you for your well wishes and it was the Norweign Dawn not a carnival ship! I wrote to them but no reply as yet and I was offered a few hundred dollars for my troubles! when i spoke to them on the phone then they said if u don't like it right to the main office so I did.forget a free cruise that would not happen I am sure!
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Old July 6th, 2005, 04:27 PM
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Why Carnival when she says that Norwegian made the mistake???
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Old July 6th, 2005, 04:29 PM
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Sorry, we must have wrote at the same time...
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Old July 6th, 2005, 10:48 PM
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Sorry I had the wrong cruiseline. I make mistakes sometimes. I just wanted to let her know how sorry I was for her. Your wedding day should be fun, relaxing and beautiful. If any cruiseline did this, which ever one it is, they should compensate her BIG TIME!

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Old July 7th, 2005, 09:21 AM
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I totally agree with you.
About the mistake with CruiseLines, that why I sent the apology message.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 12:10 PM
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I agree with the comment on the price of photos. Way too expensive ! I love cruising but I sometimes find it can come across like a money grab.

Also, I am not sure what most of the Photographers are like, however, we were on the Grand Princess and I felt like the Photographer had just graduated photography school or something like that. She really was a beginner. I felt like I had to tell her how we should pose and what areas to take the photos. She really wasn't very creative in that area.

She also was suppose to show up at dinner to take additional photos of us cutting the cake but never showed up. We ran into her later and confronted her but she just made up a lame excuse. By her face I knew she forgot. At that point it didn't really matter to use because we knew we were not going to pay and arm and a leg for all those photos.

At that time our package included some photos so we picked the best ones we could find and scanned them for guests once we got home.

That is what I would recommend.
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When we got married onboard a Carnival ship, we were first told the price of our photos was something really exhorbitant (can't remember the exact price). We told him we'd take the entire package (which included about 75 8 X 10's and 75 5 X 7's, as well as the personalized photo album, proofs, and a beautifully framed portrait (I think the dimensions are something like 16 X24) for $1,400. He agreed. I think if you make them an offer, they will agree. I'm surprised they let you walk about from the wedding photos without trying to work something out.
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I just wanted to post this bit of info about my son's wedding. This last Jan. my son and his lovely bride cruised to Cozumel,Mx. with 30 friends and family. We boarded Carnival Ecstasy in Houston,Tx. The wedding was beautiful and everything went as planned. We even had a reception back onboard. The biggest problem we had was with the pictures. We paid cab fare for the Carnival photographer to and from the wedding site. The pictures were ready for our veiwing the next day. All pictures were 8x10's and cost 20.00 each. We even asked if we could buy a smaller size or the negitives and they said no. They said we could buy them all for 2500.00 if we wanted. To be truthful they were not worth it. After talking to my daughter in law afterwards she said they were told they would be reasonably priced. So be sure you ask in advance what reasonably priced i means.
And why the hell would one want to do something like that...please tell me....
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Do something like what? I am excited about the idea of having a Carnival photographer available to go offboard and shoot pictures for us, if it is something that can be done. I want to renew our vows, too, but I don't want anything too stuffy or formal, but I do want pictures.
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My wife and I were married about a year ago on a Carnival ship. We were very pleased with the quality of our wedding pictures, but the photographer told us prices for the 8x10s and 5x7s. I think it was $25 for an 8x10 and $15 for each 5x7. We spent about 2 hours combing through all the pictures and choosing which ones we liked. At the end, he said, well you can have them all for $500. My wife had explicity asked if they could all be sold at some bulk rate and the photographer said no. He was negotiating just like someone you'd find at a port. We didn't take the deal and he was shocked and upset. Also, he promised that we could get a release to make copies, but it took quite a bit of haggling to get that.

I'm sorry about the terrible wedding experience on this post. Ours was quite wonderful overall, but we would do things differently if we had the chance.
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As someone who has just started planning a wedding on the Carnival Conquest for May 2008 some of these post scare me quite a bit. The earthrise post helps. Obviously pictures are an important part of every wedding and as someone who is a photographer for a community newspaper, its an area I am (and will be) pretty critical of. I understand that Carnival requires the use of one of their photographers (which I think is pretty lame.) Did anyone have an experience where the Carnival photographer objected to guests taking pictures?

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In our wedding, guests were able to take pictures during the ceremony and reception. I would just warn you that your guests will have to disembark within a certain amount of time. I think it was a couple of hours. We received a lot of pictures from family and friends. The pictures taken by our photographer were easily the best. In fact, they looked so good my wife insists they were touched-up because she doesn't think she looks that good (that's nonsense). Our problem with the photographer is that he was not very upfront about the price. We asked him the price for all the pictures he took. He said they were priced by picture. Thus, we spent a couple of hours going through them. Afterwards, he tells us that he will give them all to us for $100 more. We told him no. He was shocked. Just be wary of the wealing and dealing. More than the pictures, I would try to bring in your own officient or priest. Overall, the experience was great and I hear the Conquest is the Cadilac of cruise ships.
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In our wedding, guests were able to take pictures during the ceremony and reception. I would just warn you that your guests will have to disembark within a certain amount of time. I think it was a couple of hours. We received a lot of pictures from family and friends. The pictures taken by our photographer were easily the best. In fact, they looked so good my wife insists they were touched-up because she doesn't think she looks that good (that's nonsense). Our problem with the photographer is that he was not very upfront about the price. We asked him the price for all the pictures he took. He said they were priced by picture. Thus, we spent a couple of hours going through them. Afterwards, he tells us that he will give them all to us for $100 more. We told him no. He was shocked. Just be wary of the wealing and dealing. More than the pictures, I would try to bring in your own officient or priest. Overall, the experience was great and I hear the Conquest is the Cadilac of cruise ships.
I'm a bit confused. Are the wedding photographers the usual ship photographers? Does Carnival give each the flexibility to negotiate their own rates? Is that how it works? How long did it take for the photographer to have proof ready for your review? Thanks.
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More than the pictures, I would try to bring in your own officient or priest.
I realize this is off topic, but did you have a bad experience with the officiant contracted by the cruisline? We hadn't planned to get our own but would welcome hearing about your experience before deciding for sure.
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Sorry to hear that. It's like anything...you get good and bad
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Hi Mags,
As you said everything went well so why to think of saving few bucks on pictures as pictures are the great source of recalling event. Try bargain with the photographers as they might settle in selling picture less than 2500.00.
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I just wanted to post this bit of info about my son's wedding. This last Jan. my son and his lovely bride cruised to Cozumel,Mx. with 30 friends and family. We boarded Carnival Ecstasy in Houston,Tx. The wedding was beautiful and everything went as planned. We even had a reception back onboard. The biggest problem we had was with the pictures. We paid cab fare for the Carnival photographer to and from the wedding site. The pictures were ready for our veiwing the next day. All pictures were 8x10's and cost 20.00 each. We even asked if we could buy a smaller size or the negitives and they said no. They said we could buy them all for 2500.00 if we wanted. To be truthful they were not worth it. After talking to my daughter in law afterwards she said they were told they would be reasonably priced. So be sure you ask in advance what reasonably priced i means.
I too had the same problem with picture prices on RCCL's Freedom of the Seas where we had our wedding and honeymoon a few weeks ago. There was a lot of chaos just getting on the ship with problems with names that were not on the list correctly (another wedding party on the ship had similar problems) My (now) wife and I were not VIP checked in, and things didn't go all that smoothly after the ceremony. But the ceremony itself was excellent. Back to the pictures, I guess I didn't do enough research on the prices beforehand. There were 139 photos taken in total by the ships photographer. We were heartbroken when we found out during the cruise when the pictures were ready that the cheapest package which consisted of 30 5x7 & 10 8x10 (don't remember if the 10 8x10's were additional photos or you had to pick from the 30 5x7's) was $500.00. To get a copy of just the photos on a C/D was I believe $1200.00. We paid over $6300.00 for the ceremony and a 1 hour reception, and now they're asking at least $500.00 for 1/3 of their photos. We could not justify the cost and had to refuse them. On the 5th day of the cruise we got a call from the cruise program administrator asking how our honeymoon was and if there was anything she could do for us. I explained the photo price situation. She said that she would call a manager in their photo department. A few minutes later she called back saying that she couldn't get a hold of anybody but would keep trying. We never heard from her again. On the last night I went down to the photo studio and asked for that manager that was supposedly called. Another manager came out and I explained the situation to him. He said that the cruise program administrator indeed called the other manager and there was nothing they could do about the price. I'm going to try and email the wedding specialist with whom I booked everything with and explain the situation to her not only about the photos, but the un-organization before and during the reception. Anyone considering getting married on a ship please be aware and ask all questions pertaining to shipboard wedding photos (especially the price) before signing that contract. Had I known all this I would have refused the ships photographer and just had relatives take pictures, or at least stand next to the photographer and take pictures.
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I have no any wedding pic. Sorry..
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It seems really a great and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you simply shared this helpful information with us. iwill be back soon. Thanks for sharing.
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