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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:32:05 PM
I'm going on a cruise next month with some friends, no kids or husbands! Of course we're all thinking ahead to making our travel albums when we get home lol. What are some must have pictures and such we should make sure to get while cruising around the Caribbean?
Thanks for all the help!


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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:38:32 PM
This was silly but I made a picture of the towel animals every night. Pics of the ship when we first got on. The walkway on. On the excursions, made sure I got pics of the beach area and the catamaran we were on. In shopping some of the local shops and scenery.

I also got a bright blue album for it to go into and a coordinating color 2-up album. The smaller one kept all the other pics that didn't get scrapped.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:55:39 PM
We like taking photos of our food...such lovely presentations in the dining room.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:58:50 PM
Have fun on your cruise. I took pics of the towel animals each night. We also had our pics taken with a pirate. Loved those photos. Not sure which cruise line you are going on, but our opening night parade was awesome and I got some great pics of that. We went on a holiday cruise, left the day after x-mas, so I made sure I got some holiday pics. Took pics of our meal and desert on New Year's Eve. Be sure to keep your daily schedules, menu's, excursion tickets, etc. I kept receipts and everything. I took over 1000 pics. I'm doing 4 separate albums--the ship, Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Martenn.




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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:39:32 PM
Thank you for the great ideas! I had no idea about the towel animals. 1000 pictures! We will be prepared for all the fun and photos.

Thanks again!

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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:02:08 PM
I suggest not getting the scrapbook pack that they sell there. DH's company paid for a 3 day carnival cruise to Mexico of all places during a time when DH and I were REALLY struggling. I thought that getting the $12 pack of paper and scrapbook would keep things cheap. Well, it certainly did that, but it really made me hate that album, even now 4 years later.

Towel animals are a must. Inside and outside of the ship. The food daily, at the buffet, and during the fancy dress day. Stuff that you might not see every day. We took 1500 photos in the 3 days, and one of those days was just spent at sea in a storm! Waste of a day if you ask me. Nothing to do but watch unreleased movies on the tiny TV while trying to stop the world from spinning.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:04:03 PM
One sunrise, one sunset!

There's a ton of stuff you want to document on a cruise, for sure. But for any vacation I want ONE SUNRISE and ONE SUNSET.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:23:50 PM
Just a note -- towel animals are a trademark of sorts for Carnival. If you're sailing Royal Caribbean, it's not a standard. Some cabin attendants know how to do them, but only if they have time and usually only on request. They expect a larger tip if they take the trouble.

NCL did towel animals for us as well, but they missed a few days as well.

I just got off Celebrity, where our guy looked at us like we had two heads when we asked where the towel animals were.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:47:32 PM
Take a picture of your room #. Also in the elevator every day was the date. Took a picture of that, and then that way I knew what pictures I took on what day, and where we were.
We also got pictures with our waiters that we had every nite for a week.

Every port we went to, we took a picture of the sign.
Also picture of your ship.

Hope this helps.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:56:38 PM

If you're sailing Royal Caribbean, it's not a standard. Some cabin attendants know how to do them, but only if they have time and usually only on request. They expect a larger tip if they take the trouble.

That's odd. We've been on 5 RC cruises (all Caribbean) and they have always had towel animals. (Maybe we are just lucky.) They even offer a class in towel animals. I would never ask for such, but I do enjoy it. It's the little things.

I keep an extensive journal of each trip, especially documenting the food and drinks, who we sit with at dinner, excursion detials, all the art, bands, etc.

My habit is to walk the entire ship as soon as we board, taking back-up photos of everything imaginable before it gets filled with people.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:01:13 PM
We are now avid Celebrity cruisers and we have had towel animals periodically...I think it depends on the steward. This thread is making me want to take another cruise. We usually book around now for the spring, but we are contemplating a <baby> so I am trying to hold off, don't want to be morning sick at sea.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:02:55 PM
Not true about the towel animals on RCCL. We had them every night on our April cruise and did not ask for them at all. My favorite was the monkey!

Definitely the towel animals, the pool, the view from your room (if you have one, the sky at night out on the ocean and all the ports even if you don't leave the boat. Take pictures on formal night.

The picture packages are expensive, but I will definitely do it next time. It was nice to have some professional photos of us on formal night. At least on RCCL if you buy the package pre-cruise you save a lot.

I bought the scrapbook and the kit, but would not for any future cruise. The scrapbook was meh and the paper was cheap. I'd look for speciality paper at scrapyourtrip dot com.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:22:25 PM
You ladies are fantastic! All the tips are so helpful! We're going on a 7 day Carnival cruise just after New Year's. I will be getting a larger memory card for my camera for all the photos. I told the girls we need to board early to get pictures all over the ship before the hoards of people take over. Looking forward to the break

Thanks for the peeks at your pages too!


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Posted: 12/5/2012 9:00:32 PM
The chocolate buffet

Sunrise sunset

Pictures from port of the ship in the sea

The staircases

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Posted: 12/5/2012 9:05:19 PM
Not photos, but every day you will receive a schedule for the activities offered and maybe even info of the places you are going. I kept every one from every day and kept them in a plastic envelope in the back of my scrapbook.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 9:39:02 PM
I think it depends on the room steward. My husband always tells our steward that we want towel animals, so we usually get tem. As far as pictures, I always write the date in the sand on the beach.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:41:01 AM
I did the towel animals every day, too!!

We also asked the various staff members if we could take photos of them/with them and we also kept the daily newsletter that was left at our cabin door each morning.

I am a memorabilia/journaling intensive scrapper so I even scrap things like a tag from our luggage (showing which group we were in) and when there is something spectacular (one cruise we took over Easter and the carved chocolates were amazing for example) and anytime we are doing something for the first time on an excursion, capture it and tell the story in journaling.

Be sure to keep turning your camera, you won't necessarily want all landscape photos in your album. I find that the enlargements I make are of the portrait oriented photos vs. landscape oriented.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:48:48 AM
Scrap Your Trip has plenty of cruise themed Scrapbooking goodies. They have custom paper and embellies that you can get for your scrapbook once you get home!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:07:28 AM
I've taken 3 cruises. I returned from our third cruise last week.
The first cruise, I took pictures of everything that interested me. The ship, the food, the activities, everything at the ports, the our stateroom and dining waiters. I also took a photo of our cabin. I sorted through the pics later and ended up with 2 albums for the cruise. I didn't care if it was 2 albums.

The second cruise was one album. I used PL style which was great to keep the cost down, even though I included cruise/sea embellies and paper.

For the third cruise, I am completing it digitally which will be a whole lot cheaper than the other albums.

I would suggest: if you think you want a pic, take it. You can discard it later.

I also took pics of the shows. I turned off my flash and display on my camera as it is not legal to take pics of the shows due to copyright laws. But, I'm not going to use the pics/info other than my album, so I am okay with it. Even so, the pics are not the best quality because you are far away.

What cruise line are you sailing and where are you going?


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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:31:55 AM
I'm a memorabilia girl too. We're going on Carnival to the western Caribbean. Less than a month to go! You all have been so helpful. I can't wait to put it into action. Thinking of doing a mix of 12x12 pages and PL style.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:57:08 AM
You are going to have so much fun! We just got back from a western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Conquest and had a blast. Lots of good suggestions here, all the things we made sure to get pics of. I took a couple of shots through our cabin window through the glass (it didn't open); even though they're not the greatest quality, it reminds me of what it was like looking out the window every day. My mom's cabin had a balcony, so we took lots of pics out there, of ourselves and the view. All of the ports are obviously tourist-oriented, and there are usually lots of photo ops with people or little statues with the name of the city or different restaurants like Three Amigos, etc. Cheesy, but I love 'em. My husband did a great job of getting a lot of candid, non-posed shots of the rest of us, and there are some really awesome pics that came from that.

Have a fantastic trip!!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:16:16 AM
If you have a small laptop or notebook computer you may want to download the photos from the camera to the computer each day. From the computer you can copy to a thumb/flash drive that you can store in the safe in your room. Nothing is worse than losing your photos.
On one cruise I was with a group and we shared our pictures. I downloaded from everybody's memory card each night. At the end of the cruise I was able to give everyone a flash drive with all pictures taken.
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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:49:16 AM
Just an fyi-on RCCL not only did we get towel animals each night, but my sil got a towel boyfriend. He had her straw hat, shades and keds on his feet. Walked into her cabin and he was "napping" on her bed. It was the funniest thing ever. That alone was a big layout.

Take photos of all the kitch things, too such as photographers everywhere, bellyflop contests, conga lines, pub crawls, etc. All the craziness makes for great photos.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:43:30 AM
We have cruised twice -- once with Carnival and once with NCL -- and had towel animals every day. On Carnival, the chocolate buffet was a real stand-out -- there were two line-ups, first just to see everything the chefs had created (they do amazing art with chocolate), and second to get what you wanted to eat! My only other tip would be to journal while you are still ON your cruise! I did some journaling and then slacked off, figuring I'd remember all the details. Nope -- once you're back in your everyday life, the details fade until it seems like a lovely dream. Maybe that's true for any big vacation; we just haven't had a lot of them, I guess. One nice thing we did on our second trip was to sign up on Cruise Critic -- each sailing of each ship has a "roll call" thread on CC, and someone will usually organize a group get-together on the ship. We also went on Trip Advisor and found a number of options for shore excursions aside from what the ship was offering, and a group from Cruise Critic also organized a trip -- they needed a couple more people, and we joined, and it was amazing: a catamaran (sailboat) trip to a spot with very cool lava rock formations, and we snorkeled, toured the rock formations, and then lazed on the beach. Those trips are usually cheaper (or at least more bang for your buck) than the ones the cruise lines offer; passengers for the cruise ship shore excursions get priority disembarking, but that's the only disadvantage. One of these days I need to get my cruise photos scrapped -- I'm planning to use Project Life page protectors to simplify things.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:57:31 AM
I've taken 2 Celebrity cruises and they did towel animals every night on both cruises and we never asked them. I would take pictures of whatever interest you and your port stops. I love seeing the inside of my ship. Have fun!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:06:44 PM
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Posted: 12/6/2012 1:18:15 PM
Great timing for this thread!

I am going on my first ever cruise next week with my dd to celebrate her 21st birthday. (Today is actually her birthday, but her final exams don't finish until next week.)



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Posted: 12/6/2012 1:39:15 PM
All of the above are great suggestions. Yep, the towel animals are a given. We've cruised twice and had them both times. Our first cruise I did a great job of photographing all of the excursions and off-the-ship things... this time I did a better job of capturing all the normal(is there anything normal on a cruise? ) things like the food (presentation is awesome), the inside of our cabin, the cabin door/hallway, the elevators (the last time, ours were really pretty!), the staff (I always asked first and they were always accomodating... got pics of our cabin stewards, our chef who created a fancy anniversary dish for us, etc.) and the various lounges and theaters that we enjoyed. Some of my favorite photos were on our cabin balcony. 'Just casual photos captured of my DH relaxing, watching the scenery, talking with the couple in the cabin next to us, etc.

As far as the professional photos that are always on sale.... be very discerning as to what you buy. Our first cruise I lapped up all of them; then got home and realized that I really only liked about 1/3 of them (waste of $$!). This time I spent lots of time reviewing them and only picked the best of the best. So much happier with my choice of this time around

This last cruise I purchased the scrapbook on-board and in hindsight, I wish I had waited... the album itself is nice and is decorated nicely with our destination and cruise ship information... but the papers were thin, cheap and kind of tacky. The embellishments were okay although some of the diecuts were a bit cheesy. I was able to cut/rip the papers and use bits and pieces of them and I altered some of the diecuts so it worked out well but I'll think next time about purchasing (and next time I'll ask if I can open up the package and review before purchase).

Enjoy your cruise! We have already booked our next one.... we're hooked!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:24:07 PM
I always scrap our room cards and our bill. It's fun to see how much we've spent on what later on.

You may want pictures of the dining room. It's gorgeous!


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Posted: 12/7/2012 12:17:15 AM
I used a plain black album, with different shades of aqua coloured paper throughout, with white photo mats. Simple, but elegant. Here's some of my recommendations:

Photos of yourself at all of your destinations. (As beautiful as the scenery shots are, they are never as meaningful as a picture of you with the scenery!)

I would recommend planning for a "The Amazing Cruise Ship" page (or something like that!) Take tons of detail photos, print them really small and do a collage, border, or title page with them.

Definitely take photos of the fancy dress night. I'm so happy I bought the professional photo!

Take interesting shots on the beach. Up close details, along with the panoramic view.

I'd also recommend keeping your itinerary, and a journal... it is a great way to document the trip, and when you get home your journalling is practically finished. Without journalling a scrapbook is only a pretty photo album!

Relax, and have fun... you don't need photos of EVERYTHING!! You want to enjoy the trip, not just see everything through a viewfinder!

Have a Wonderful Trip!


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Posted: 12/8/2012 11:16:43 AM
Here is my list:

1.sign of the cruise terminal,inside terminal,gangway
2.room number,interior of room,shots from balcony
3.muster drill--life jackets
4.dining areas
5.various parts of ship and decks--outside shots of ship when you are off
6.midnight chocolate buffet and other interesting food
7.ports of call signs
8.towel animals
9.save daily itinerary sheets,bingo sheets,ticket stubs
10.keep a daily log of what you and friends did
11.take lots of pics of daily activities--some vertical and some horizontal
12.plan to take lots of pics--I could easily take 1000 or more
13.Christmas ornaments or things that can be hung on a "tree"

***Great tip*** Pick up postcards of everything/every place just in case something goes haywire with camera,etc. I put postcards on my "travel" Christmas tree.

Have a wonderful time,

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