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Someone on the celebrity board suggested I post my questions on here. Thankyou

 

As first time cruisers ( sailing the Carribean - Reflection -  for the first time in January) we are hoping to make lots of memories and would like to preserve them in pictures.

I'm hoping all you knowledgable people can help with a few questions. 

With regard to photo packages - how much are photos to buy individually? Do they have discounts onboard? I'm not sure whether to go for the actual photos or digital and whether to buy in advance on wait until onboard. Looking on my cruise planner it doesnt seem like you can buy a package that includes both digital and actual photos- seems to be one or other?

 

We have a mixture of Celebrity and privately booked excursions. I know each excursion is different but in general when you go on an organised excursion do the guides take pics of you and then ask if you want to purchase? ie - we are swimming with stingrays - will they take pics of us there?

 

We also want to record our adventures ourselves and are hoping to purchase a new camera in black Friday or Jan sales. We dont want to spend loads but want something that can be used underwater and will take a decent photo without too much effort of changing settings etc. Any recommendations?

Thanks is advance for any help and advice.

 

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On 10/21/2019 at 1:11 AM, anniedave said:

Someone on the celebrity board suggested I post my questions on here. Thankyou

 

As first time cruisers ( sailing the Carribean - Reflection -  for the first time in January) we are hoping to make lots of memories and would like to preserve them in pictures.

I'm hoping all you knowledgable people can help with a few questions. 

With regard to photo packages - how much are photos to buy individually? Do they have discounts onboard? I'm not sure whether to go for the actual photos or digital and whether to buy in advance on wait until onboard. Looking on my cruise planner it doesnt seem like you can buy a package that includes both digital and actual photos- seems to be one or other?

 

We have a mixture of Celebrity and privately booked excursions. I know each excursion is different but in general when you go on an organised excursion do the guides take pics of you and then ask if you want to purchase? ie - we are swimming with stingrays - will they take pics of us there?

 

We also want to record our adventures ourselves and are hoping to purchase a new camera in black Friday or Jan sales. We dont want to spend loads but want something that can be used underwater and will take a decent photo without too much effort of changing settings etc. Any recommendations?

Thanks is advance for any help and advice.

 

 

I don't sail with Celebrity so I can't answer your first question.

 

When we swam with the stingrays on Great Stirrup Cay photos were taken of those who wanted to hold a stingray and were available for purchase later.  You could also take your own pictures.

 

For an underwater camera that takes decent pictures you might consider either the GoPro Hero 8 or the Olympus Tough TG-6.

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DW bought a package on this cruise that was a digital version.  We have not purchased another package or picture since.  This was in 2014.

 

Enjoy the Reflection:

 

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Reflection is famous (probably infamous) for this piece of (art) work:

 

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On 10/21/2019 at 1:11 AM, anniedave said:

We also want to record our adventures ourselves and are hoping to purchase a new camera in black Friday or Jan sales. We dont want to spend loads but want something that can be used underwater and will take a decent photo without too much effort of changing settings etc. Any recommendations?

 

Could you clarify what your approximate budget for the camera is?  Oakman58's recommendations cost in the $400-$450 range, which is fairly modest.  (Photography can be a very expensive hobby, if you want it to be.)  But when I first started, I was using cameras that cost a fraction of that.

 

I own a TG-5 (predecessor to the TG-6), and it works well as a general-purpose camera, as well as being waterproof, shockproof, snowproof, etc.  The Olympus TG line of cameras should outperform the GoPro Hero line if you want to do fairly standard photography.  The Hero line should outperform the TG line for first-person action videos.

 

If your budget is a little tighter, you could look at older models on eBay (new, used, or refurbished).

 

In any case, you will need an SD card.  (The GoPro might use a micro SD card instead.)  You'll probably want spare batteries.  I also highly recommend getting a wrist strap that floats.  (The TG line is a little chunky, so compare the buoyancy of the wrist strap to the weight of the camera.)

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