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Well Mr. Norris; I posted on your Regal thread that I have taken a break for a bit; but now I am back and I have read all 34 pages of your ABC cruise yesterday and today. Your photos as always are amazing. Your sunrises and sunsets; oh my; perfection. What a wonderful break from your cold Chicago. What a fun way I to spend my weekend Norris: I have really enjoyed catching up! Thank you for all of your time and effort in making us a part of cruising!
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Originally posted by EastBay Cruisers
They sure are !!

Norris, thank you for this great review. You really make us feel as if we were all on the cruise with you, and that is a lot of fun. - EBC
Thank you for saying this.
I can see from the reads numbers next to the review that a lot of people read these things I write but I don't know who they are until they comment. It's icing on the already rich cake that my life is.
I do have fun on our cruises but it's inward fun and contentment. I am not loud or a party animal-no bro' hugs and high 5s and yelling yippee!! I am sure some passengers have wanted to call the Medical dept to have someone check my pulse-cruising is my ZEN. I will talk to anyone who sits down beside me to share an ashtray but am happy sitting alone or wandering with a camera.
I have a fast pace , physically demanding job (keeps me fit) and just like to relax and go with the flow on a ship. If I miss a lot of good stuff going on in the Patter....ah well. I know there will be more Princess cruises to enjoy-just not for a couple of years. We have other cruises booked.


Thanks again, for making my day.
Norris
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Originally posted by JF - retired RRT
They don't try to sell you anything.
Give a small pamphlet with recipes, make you really hungry and take you on a brief tour of the kitchen.
It's that smell of garlic, onions and pancetta frying in a pan 100 feet away....gets me every time!
Thanks for the comment JF, so glad to see you still reading along as this winds down.
Norris
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Diamond Princess Aug 2012 Vancouver to Whittier C757
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Comparing Princess
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Star Princess Sept 2016 Vancouver to Whittier D733
Photo/Video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2403532
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Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2447364

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Norris, it is you who made our day. I’m a long time reader, and this thank you is long overdo.

You have a gift for seeing details. Great job!


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Judie
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So glad I found this review! A little late to the party and have some catch up reading to do.
I have read many if your reviews and I'm sure this one will live up to previous ones!

Hope you enjoyed the ABC's as much as we did. DH and I just got off NCL Jade February 26 where we visited the ABC's for the first time. We loved the islands. It was one of best cruises we have been on. Can't wait to visit them again.
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Norris,
My friends and I sail on Caribbean Princess this Sunday, 3/18. Your marvelous review and beautiful pictures have whet my appetite again for a wonderful adventure. Of course, watching two hours of the "Love Boat" yesterday afternoon certainly helped!
Thanks for taking the time...
Susan
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Originally posted by Judie
Norris, it is you who made our day. I’m a long time reader, and this thank you is long overdo.
You have a gift for seeing details. Great job!
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Thanks Judie for being a long time reader and for the compliments!
It takes me a long time to write these things as I work, life a life and don't have enough time on my hands to get them done quicker. I wrote the epic Celebrity Silhouette one when I was between jobs.
There is also a lot of waiting around for iMovie to load my videos and then share them to Youtube. I am stalled this morning uploading the entire Voice of the Ocean show, the Pop Choir and P.Everglades harbor at 6 a.m. iMovie often has me banging my head on the desk.


First World problems!
Tomorrow I am off work and hopefully can show you all the video mentioned above.


Cheers!
Norris
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Diamond Princess Aug 2012 Vancouver to Whittier C757
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Ruby Princess Jan 2013 Eastern Caribbean C749
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Caribbean Princess Jan 2014 Western Caribbean C749
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976282
Ocean Princess Sept 2014 Venice to Rome Suite 6088
Photo/video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2110302
Ruby Princess Jan 2015 Eastern Caribbean D616
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2161859
Emerald Princess Sept 2015 Rome to Barcelona C750
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...5#post47937585
Celebrity Silhouette January 2016 Eastern Caribbean Sky Suite 7309
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...3#post48880163
Comparing Princess
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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2317130
Star Princess Sept 2016 Vancouver to Whittier D733
Photo/Video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2403532
Celebrity Reflection Western Caribbean January 14 2017 Sky Suite 7258
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2447364

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Thank you Norris for another amazing review. I have been reading along from close to the start and thought I
better let you know how entertained I have been, and that I have been lurking!

I have been going between this review and your 2015 Rome to
Barcelona review which reminded me that during that review I had told you, that you made me put it on our
bucket list. This October that one will be splashing out of the bucket onto the promenade deck.

We are going on the Celebrity Reflection October 1, sailing of the Western Mediterranean. First time to Europe for us!
I will also reread your 2014 Venice to Rome next. Your ideas and experiences in Rome and Barcelona have been
exciting to re-read with the idea that in a few short months we will see all that! The research and planning have
been fun yet overwhelming at times. Thank you for these past reviews! They are invaluable to all of us, your readers.

Kitty
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Originally posted by lola2013
Norris,
My friends and I sail on Caribbean Princess this Sunday, 3/18. Your marvelous review and beautiful pictures have whet my appetite again for a wonderful adventure. Of course, watching two hours of the "Love Boat" yesterday afternoon certainly helped!
Thanks for taking the time...
Susan
Susan, Bon Voyage on the CB this Sunday!! We have only sailed her once so far. She has my favorite Skywalkers design.
Thanks for the compliments on the review!
I have never seen an episode of the Love Boat.
Best wishes,
Norris
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Coral Princess Aug 2011 Whittier to Vancouver C210
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Crown Princess Jan 2012 Southern Caribbean C749
Photo/Video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1932543
Diamond Princess Aug 2012 Vancouver to Whittier C757
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1798138
Ruby Princess Jan 2013 Eastern Caribbean C749
Photo review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1786957
Caribbean Princess Jan 2014 Western Caribbean C749
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976282
Ocean Princess Sept 2014 Venice to Rome Suite 6088
Photo/video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2110302
Ruby Princess Jan 2015 Eastern Caribbean D616
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2161859
Emerald Princess Sept 2015 Rome to Barcelona C750
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...5#post47937585
Celebrity Silhouette January 2016 Eastern Caribbean Sky Suite 7309
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...3#post48880163
Comparing Princess
and Celebrity
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2317130
Star Princess Sept 2016 Vancouver to Whittier D733
Photo/Video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2403532
Celebrity Reflection Western Caribbean January 14 2017 Sky Suite 7258
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2447364

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Originally posted by ROWSE
Thank you Norris for another amazing review. I have been reading along from close to the start and thought I
better let you know how entertained I have been, and that I have been lurking!

I have been going between this review and your 2015 Rome to
Barcelona review which reminded me that during that review I had told you, that you made me put it on our
bucket list. This October that one will be splashing out of the bucket onto the promenade deck.

We are going on the Celebrity Reflection October 1, sailing of the Western Mediterranean. First time to Europe for us!
I will also reread your 2014 Venice to Rome next. Your ideas and experiences in Rome and Barcelona have been
exciting to re-read with the idea that in a few short months we will see all that! The research and planning have
been fun yet overwhelming at times. Thank you for these past reviews! They are invaluable to all of us, your readers.

Kitty
Kitty- welcome!! Did not know you were reading this but now I do and am glad to see you here.
The Rome to Barcelona on the Emerald was my favorite cruise outside of the 3 Alaskan ones. It wasn't because of the Emerald and her crew as some of them may have hit their heads on the low ceilings above the bunk beds ( I had the top bunk when I sailed those 44 cruises with Royal Caribbean) but the ports- aye aye aye!!I Italy....every day Italy until the end and then to discover Barcelona! Rome, Venice and Barcelona are 3 cities I would want to visit for a week without a ship being involved. Venice is tiny but so unique. Yes read the Venice to Rome one as it was magical to me. It cost a lot of money because of the ship being so small and booking the most expensive suite and we went bonkers on booking a stunning hotel but have no regrets as that was a once in a lifetime experience and they treated us so well. Our experience in the hotels in Rome and Venice left a lasting impression of Italian hotel hospitality-so warm and welcoming but I think knowing a few Italian phrases really helped to set the tone.
If you read that one and there is no photo here and there just click on the blank space and it will take you to the original photo on Flickr.
The video I took when sitting in a canal side Venetian restaurant eating good Italian food during a rainstorm and a gondola goes by with a guy singing is one of my favorite video moments ever.
Italy- I first visited it in 1965 and didn't get back until 2014 and I so regret that long delay.
We both love it there and love the Italian people we meet.


And you are going on the Reflection!! Lovely ship. Have you read my review?


You are in for such a treat! What is your itinerary?


Excited-for-you-Norris

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Coral Princess Aug 2011 Whittier to Vancouver C210
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Crown Princess Jan 2012 Southern Caribbean C749
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Diamond Princess Aug 2012 Vancouver to Whittier C757
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1798138
Ruby Princess Jan 2013 Eastern Caribbean C749
Photo review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1786957
Caribbean Princess Jan 2014 Western Caribbean C749
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976282
Ocean Princess Sept 2014 Venice to Rome Suite 6088
Photo/video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2110302
Ruby Princess Jan 2015 Eastern Caribbean D616
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2161859
Emerald Princess Sept 2015 Rome to Barcelona C750
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...5#post47937585
Celebrity Silhouette January 2016 Eastern Caribbean Sky Suite 7309
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...3#post48880163
Comparing Princess
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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2317130
Star Princess Sept 2016 Vancouver to Whittier D733
Photo/Video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2403532
Celebrity Reflection Western Caribbean January 14 2017 Sky Suite 7258
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2447364

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Originally posted by Bimmer09
Kitty- welcome!! Did not know you were reading this but now I do and am glad to see you here.
The Rome to Barcelona on the Emerald was my favorite cruise outside of the 3 Alaskan ones. It wasn't because of the Emerald and her crew as some of them may have hit their heads on the low ceilings above the bunk beds ( I had the top bunk when I sailed those 44 cruises with Royal Caribbean) but the ports- aye aye aye!!I Italy....every day Italy until the end and then to discover Barcelona! Rome, Venice and Barcelona are 3 cities I would want to visit for a week without a ship being involved. Venice is tiny but so unique. Yes read the Venice to Rome one as it was magical to me. It cost a lot of money because of the ship being so small and booking the most expensive suite and we went bonkers on booking a stunning hotel but have no regrets as that was a once in a lifetime experience and they treated us so well. Our experience in the hotels in Rome and Venice left a lasting impression of Italian hotel hospitality-so warm and welcoming but I think knowing a few Italian phrases really helped to set the tone.
If you read that one and there is no photo here and there just click on the blank space and it will take you to the original photo on Flickr.
The video I took when sitting in a canal side Venetian restaurant eating good Italian food during a rainstorm and a gondola goes by with a guy singing is one of my favorite video moments ever.
Italy- I first visited it in 1965 and didn't get back until 2014 and I so regret that long delay.
We both love it there and love the Italian people we meet.


And you are going on the Reflection!! Lovely ship. Have you read my review?


You are in for such a treat! What is your itinerary?


Excited-for-you-Norris

This just got me excited all over again too. Bring on September!
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Originally posted by Bimmer09
And you are going on the Reflection!! Lovely ship. Have you read my review?
You are in for such a treat! What is your itinerary?
Excited-for-you-Norris

Norris,

I will definitely reread your Reflection review! It is so fun to read something that you know is going to happen
to you shortly!

We will not be going to Venice, sadly, but there is always a reload of that bucket list especially after I am reading your
wonderful time there.

Our ports for this 11 day cruise in October are:Rome-(two days at sea) -Gibraltar, UK-Malaga, Spain- Cartagena, Spain,- Ibiza, Spain, - Barcelona, Spain (overnight) -Nice, France- Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy - back to Rome. We will be staying four more nights in Rome before flying back to US.

At the Florence/Pisa (La Spezia) port we will be seeing the Cinque Terre.

So much to see and do!!!! We may need a vacation from our vacation!

Kitty
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Voice of the Ocean


We are in our seats in good time for the Voice of the Ocean show in the Princess Theater.
Show begins at 2.30 pm on our last full day on the ship. This pic was taken 18 minutes before the start and the seats would fill up.


It looked like it wasn't going to be the dismal throw-away event like the auditions in Club Fusion. The iconic red chairs made for some anticipation.



There will be judges!



and 6 contestants


I'll let Corey set the scene. This is the first of many video clips as I pretty much shot the whole show.




Norris
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Diamond Princess Aug 2012 Vancouver to Whittier C757
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Ruby Princess Jan 2013 Eastern Caribbean C749
Photo review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1786957
Caribbean Princess Jan 2014 Western Caribbean C749
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976282
Ocean Princess Sept 2014 Venice to Rome Suite 6088
Photo/video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2110302
Ruby Princess Jan 2015 Eastern Caribbean D616
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2161859
Emerald Princess Sept 2015 Rome to Barcelona C750
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...5#post47937585
Celebrity Silhouette January 2016 Eastern Caribbean Sky Suite 7309
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...3#post48880163
Comparing Princess
and Celebrity
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2317130
Star Princess Sept 2016 Vancouver to Whittier D733
Photo/Video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2403532
Celebrity Reflection Western Caribbean January 14 2017 Sky Suite 7258
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2447364

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Corey introduces the judges. The first, who's name I didn't catch on video is Jeffrey Allen who does an Elton John Tribute show. He performed in the Princess Theater after we left Curacao and again after we left Bonaire but we didn't go as we are not fans of Elton. Michael Misko is the funny magician Carol saw on our Thursday sea day. Miss Rose is the Entertainment Director.







A word about the videos...I spent a total of 5 hours today trying to get them onto Youtube as iMovie wasn't cooperating as it should and eventually I had to search Google to find others having the same issues as me. This led to watching a video fix on Youtube and happily it worked. Then my Mac tells me I am short of storage space. Oh yeah? How short? Oh, I have 300 Megabytes available out of 500 Gigabytes. Yikes!! So I have spent a couple more hours offloading files to a portable hard drive. So much for my day off LOL!

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Crown Princess Jan 2012 Southern Caribbean C749
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Diamond Princess Aug 2012 Vancouver to Whittier C757
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1798138
Ruby Princess Jan 2013 Eastern Caribbean C749
Photo review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1786957
Caribbean Princess Jan 2014 Western Caribbean C749
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976282
Ocean Princess Sept 2014 Venice to Rome Suite 6088
Photo/video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2110302
Ruby Princess Jan 2015 Eastern Caribbean D616
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2161859
Emerald Princess Sept 2015 Rome to Barcelona C750
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...5#post47937585
Celebrity Silhouette January 2016 Eastern Caribbean Sky Suite 7309
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...3#post48880163
Comparing Princess
and Celebrity
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2317130
Star Princess Sept 2016 Vancouver to Whittier D733
Photo/Video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2403532
Celebrity Reflection Western Caribbean January 14 2017 Sky Suite 7258
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2447364

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Originally posted by ROWSE
Norris,

I will definitely reread your Reflection review! It is so fun to read something that you know is going to happen
to you shortly!

We will not be going to Venice, sadly, but there is always a reload of that bucket list especially after I am reading your
wonderful time there.

Our ports for this 11 day cruise in October are:Rome-(two days at sea) -Gibraltar, UK-Malaga, Spain- Cartagena, Spain,- Ibiza, Spain, - Barcelona, Spain (overnight) -Nice, France- Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy - back to Rome. We will be staying four more nights in Rome before flying back to US.

At the Florence/Pisa (La Spezia) port we will be seeing the Cinque Terre.

So much to see and do!!!! We may need a vacation from our vacation!

Kitty
Kitty, I am glad we went to Venice first as that cruise wasn't all about Italy which we were both revisiting for the first time in decades. We had the variety of Croatia and Malta to break up the Italy and we loved both of those stops very much. Once we got off in Rome-our first time there-we got hooked on the Italian atmosphere and cafe lifestyle as well as the antiquities. Hooked for life!

Your Itinerary is mouthwatering and you are going to get that variety too. I was last in Ibiza in 1972-yikes! Loved it then. Nice, France we had to miss because of the deadly floods that weekend (Oct 2 2016). Gibraltar I have never been to. Being on a glorious ship like the Reflection and seeing all these great ports is indeed something to anticipate. Well chosen!!
La Spezia is the closest port to Cinque Terre and we loved our brief time there, even on a cloudy windy day.

The Med will always call to us. I am excited for you!
I know you'll take a lot of great photos for CC.
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Just to give you an idea of some of the logistics of putting videos in the reviews I have uploaded Voice video # 3 to Youtube an hour ago and the timer tells me it will be processed in 9 hours 42 minutes....must be rush hour for uploading videos to Youtube!
The photos take very little time as once they are in Lightroom to be prepped for Flickr it can take 5 seconds to two minutes to do the tweaks necessary depending on how I want the photo to look, which is ideally "how I remembered it". Cameras and eyes simply don't see the same.

Back at the Voice of the Ocean and we both agreed that it was a valiant effort by Princess to give us a new kind of entertainment on board. No the judges aren't stars and the singers aren't of the high calibre of TVs Voice contestants but this is free entertainment and those are our fellow passengers up there entertaining us as best they can. We applaud everyone who gets up on a ship and tries something as difficult as singing in tune and in a time and with some feeling.

It's a day of relaxing delights from the moment I awoke until now-coffee on deck in the fresh sea air, taking some pics while the ship is quiet, a nice cooked breakfast, a Guinness on deck, chatting and people watching, then off to a British Pub Lunch (more Guinness!) and now the Voice finals for about 45 minutes. Then maybe a nap? Pop Choir around 5 pm then pack and then a slap-up feed in the Crown Grill. Just a typical day on a Princess ship. Love it!

Some stills between video shots





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Video 3 processed in a fraction of the time estimated Youtube time. There's a glitch in the camcorder's autofocus at the beginning, caused by a light on stage but it only lasts for 20 seconds or so.






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Clip # 4 and there are only two more after this ( I promise!!)




Video shooting note- I couldn't hold the camera up to my eye level for these videos as it would have annoyed the people behind me-very distracting-so I had to hold it lower to screen the color viewfinder with my body. I don't have a note from my mother, alas.


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Video shooting note- I couldn't hold the camera up to my eye level for these videos as it would have annoyed the people behind me-very distracting-so I had to hold it lower to screen the color viewfinder with my body. I don't have a note from my mother, alas.





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Love your reviews Norris. Didn’t see this review until recently. Getting excited for our upcoming Celebrity Cruise and enjoyed your Celebrity review before our first cruise. Your photos are amazing. I have a crop sensor Nikon D500. I know yours is a full frame, but any suggestions for taking stills of the onboard productions. I have Nikkor 16-80, 35 1.8 & 10-20. I’m sure I’ll use them all on the cruise but have never taken photos of shows before.

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Maris, good question re taking photos at the shows where no flash is allowed. My full frame camera doesn't have a flash which is fine by me as I never use flash.

Much depends on where you like to sit. We usually sit right at the back, about 4 rows from the exit so we can get in and out easily without going down and then up a lot of stairs in a crowd.
From there I use my crop sensor Canon as I have a 55 to 250mm zoom on it. Being a crop sensor this actually gives me 55-250mm multiplied by 1.6 (for Canon or 1.5 for Nikon) which means in my lens the range is 88 to 400mm.

In Flickr, and a major reason I love it, under my photos is the EXIF data which shows me all the settings that took the photo. As you don't have a lens bigger than 80mm you will need to sit closer to get detail. Here are 2 photos to illustrate.


That close up was taken with the lens at 250 mm (really 400mm magnification) from this seat


That was with the Full Frame camera at 24mm (no 1.6 multiple on a FF as the sensor is 1.6 times bigger already).

From our usual seats and to get everyone on stage and all the scenery in the pic a 55mm gets this view-so your 80mm reach would work but without close-up capability.


I would suggest sitting in the raised seating and not on the floor just in front of the stage which would be a temptation as you'll see the whole set and what's happening at the back of the stage better and with less likelihood of heads in the way. If you want the close-ups then I recommend renting a zoom lens from Borrowlenses.com. I rent from them if for instance I am going to Alaska (see Star Princess review) and know I will need a zoom to see eagles, whales or glaciers up close. My 55 to 250 lens is not a Canon L Lens (top of the line) and is not as sharp therefore.
In the Caribbean my zoom was mainly for shows, for other ships nearby and for land far away-like the salt mountains in Bonaire. Mostly I used a 24-70mm L Lens, F4.

Borrowlenses have a Nikon 18 to 300mm lens for $50 a week so you need to book one for two weeks for a 7 to 10 day cruise. A 200mm is only $44.

I hope this helps!
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