Another great benefit on a cruise is the wonderful photography that is available from professionals. In addition to the routine candid shots such as the initial embarkation and at each port, photos of your group at the formal dining are taken.
There are also great photos taken in several locations in the Atrium area, using the beautiful staircase, with bouquets of fresh flowers and even a backdrop of the famous Titanic Staircase, as a background.
Photographs remain on display in the Photo Gallery on the Deck 7 between Rocky’s and the Vista Lounge. The embarkation, port and dining pictures are usually printed as 5 x 7s and sell for $6.95. The more formal pictures are 8 X 10 prints and sell for $19.95.
The photographer always takes several poses so you have a good choice. If you are planning on buying several, wait until the last night of the cruise and do it all at one time. Since they print several copies of each pictures, I witnessed several passengers "bargaining" for the extra prints.
One evening as we left the Dining Room, there were two authentic looking "Pirates" with sword drawn, ready to pose with passengers for the photographer. Some of these were really cute.
A very unexpected bonus was that formal portraits were also available. What a wonderful idea - How many of us never take the time to have a professional portrait made. These were offered in both color and in black and white and were always taken on one of the formal evenings.
So, on your way to dinner, dressed in your finest, you could stop for a few minutes and have a portrait taken. There is no sitting fee and no obligation to purchase. A package of multiple prints of several different sizes was offered for $59.00.