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Old 06-25-2013, 01:55 PM   #16
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This sounds outrageously expensive.I'm sure there are plenty of nice people on board who will take a picture of your family, you take one of theirs, etc. Why is a professional photographer necessary? Are they on all the ships? Are they pushy?
They weren't pushy for us. In fact the photographer at the character appearances always has an assistant who will take the exact same picture with your camera if you supply them with one. The only problem I ran into was that they have flashes and special lighting that works with their cameras a lot of the time so your shot isn't "perfect" but it was good enough for us. I just carried my DSLR in my backpack the whole time.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:22 PM   #17
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A little off topic but has anybody purchased the photo book ? What is it like? How many pics do you get?
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:17 PM   #18
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If I recall, we are getting the prints for free if you pre-order the CD. On board you you have to pay for both, correct?
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:26 PM   #19
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If I recall, we are getting the prints for free if you pre-order the CD. On board you you have to pay for both, correct?
No, you can purchase the CD alone, or with prints for different costs:

All digital photos - $229.95
All digital photos + prints $279.95
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:34 PM   #20
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It says a lot about the cost of race photos that these (for multi-day event) seem like a bargain.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:24 PM   #21
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No, you can purchase the CD alone, or with prints for different costs:

All digital photos - $229.95
All digital photos + prints $279.95
Is that for a 7 day cruise?
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:35 PM   #22
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Is that for a 7 day cruise?
No. See my previous post (#10) for all the prices.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:04 PM   #23
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Sorry, don't mean to seem dim, but is rhere any savings for a 7 night cruise, or is it just a convenience thing
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:14 PM   #24
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Sorry, don't mean to seem dim, but is rhere any savings for a 7 night cruise, or is it just a convenience thing
The packages that are the same (10 or 20 digital photos, cruise length CD, and cruise length CD plus prints) are the same prices as what I know the 7 night cruises cost at Shutters onboard. So just a convince thing for those.

One difference, the photobook. Apparently if you buy it precruise online you will get some sort of photo CD with it. I don't know what CD it would be (whether it's 10, 20, or all digital photos). The Magic & Wonder don't have the photobook option (at least online). Don't know about onboard.

Another thing, onboard the 10 & 20 photo package you had the choice of either the CD with 10 or 20 photos unlocked for access once you get home, or getting 10 or 20 prints. I'm hoping that's still an option.

The TAKE HOME ALL OF YOUR PHOTO PRINTS FOR ONE PRICE package is only available online (AFAIK).
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This might be just me I think that the photo pricing is totally worth it, if you know what you are doing. I make sure anytime I see a photographer I take advantage of it. And I mean always! if there is a ship photographer working thr area we are in their taking our photo. And now, (think only on dream and fantasy) they have facial recognition software, so no matter what photo my kids (or me and my hubby)are in, it goes to our stateroom photos. Also there is always a photographer or two walking around on castaway cay too. Those go to your room too. It's nice to have the professional photos. I am an amateur photographer and mine come out good but they are used to shooting photos in their environment, so theirs come out better. Plus if you start buying photo by the singles you will end up paying as much if you would have just bought the whole package. Also last yea on the the dream they were testing taking photos of guests on the aqua duck, so we had a few of those. You can't take that photo yourself. I love having photos of everything so this something I am totally into. And, last, being the photographer in the family, I get to get in a photo too. Now I still take my camera everywhere but they their photographers are great. That's my take on it. Thanks for reading.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:57 PM   #26
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So....have all the photo packages gone up then?

I sailed the Magic in January and what you are quoting, and what we had the option of paying were different.

We could buy 10 for $99 or 20 for $199. Both those packages you have quoted are $50 more. And the Magic cruise was 8 nights.

Curious about this. Buying them ahead of time does not seem like a deal at all.
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Not sure if I'm right but I understood the free disc to be a $49.95 value of character & ship photos. You get this if you buy both the photo book AND get the picture. Read the fine print. It says there could be a foreign transaction fee

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Old 06-25-2013, 08:14 PM   #28
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Is it just me (probably, lol) or is the wording on the website very misleading.... At first glance it seems when you click on the 'photo book' in products that for the 149.95 you get a cd, photobook and prints.. Then when you sit and think about it, it says if u buy both u get the random cd with Pre made pictures of some sort (it sounds like anyway). Tricky....
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So....have all the photo packages gone up then?

I sailed the Magic in January and what you are quoting, and what we had the option of paying were different.

We could buy 10 for $99 or 20 for $199. Both those packages you have quoted are $50 more. And the Magic cruise was 8 nights.

Curious about this. Buying them ahead of time does not seem like a deal at all.
Those are the same prices they were on the Fantasy's MV last year, as well as this past March.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:39 PM   #30
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So....have all the photo packages gone up then?

I sailed the Magic in January and what you are quoting, and what we had the option of paying were different.

We could buy 10 for $99 or 20 for $199. Both those packages you have quoted are $50 more. And the Magic cruise was 8 nights.

Curious about this. Buying them ahead of time does not seem like a deal at all.
Was that one of the Galveston cruises? They were trying all sorts of things to make money on those.
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