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Old 06-24-2014, 07:09 AM   #1
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Prohibited from taking pictures

Has anyone else been told not to take pictures on the "gangway" (After leaving the terminal and going past the mickey shaped funnel or while exiting the ship) or in the luggage pick up area?

I take a lot of pictures of our cruises. On several different cruises I received rude commands from a uniformed Port Security Officer (not sure if they were TSA or Port or Private security) that I was not permitted to take pictures. I was merely taking pictures of the "see you real soon" or the "welcome home" signs or of my family and on one occasion I was told by a DCL Cast Member in the luggage pick up area not to take pictures.

I strongly believe they are wrong but it's definitely not worth ruining my vacation to prove a point.

Your experiences, thoughts?
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Did it really ruin your vacation?

I believe these rules are for security reasons.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:19 AM   #3
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The only place I know of that you are not allowed to take pictures is in the customs area, so when you are in the area to pick up your luggage. They are in fact, correct in not allowing you. I believe there are signs posted as well.

But never when walking past the see ya real soon signs. My daughter takes that picture all the time.
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Has anyone else been told not to take pictures on the "gangway" (After leaving the terminal and going past the mickey shaped funnel or while exiting the ship) or in the luggage pick up area?

I take a lot of pictures of our cruises. On several different cruises I received rude commands from a uniformed Port Security Officer (not sure if they were TSA or Port or Private security) that I was not permitted to take pictures. I was merely taking pictures of the "see you real soon" or the "welcome home" signs or of my family and on one occasion I was told by a DCL Cast Member in the luggage pick up area not to take pictures.

I strongly believe they are wrong but it's definitely not worth ruining my vacation to prove a point.

Your experiences, thoughts?
Yes, I have experience with this
I love photojournaling our trips and thought nothing of taking pics at the end of our trip, last day, etc. I was ok taking pictures of the banners, but as soon as we got down the escalators to the customs area, I took a picture of our luggage area's character sign and immediately had an officer come up to me and scared the heck out of me. She rudely told me that was against the rules and had me delete the picture in front of her right then and there. Kept telling me how she could confiscate my camera. I apologized and said I didn't realize it was not allowed. She showed me the (huge) sign that says no photos. Again, I apologized, not seeing the sign. So I guess they need to be harsh to make everyone understand the seriousness of the rule/law(?).
Still, I felt like a little school girl in trouble, lol.
My DH got a little laugh out of it for the rest of the day reminding me what a rebel I was.
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You cannot take pictures or even use your cell phone when you are in the custom area after getting on the escalator. I don't remember seeing any DCL employees in the luggage pick up area. That is run by customs and the porters are also there, who are not DCL employees. We have always taken pictures walking through the gangway of the signs, the kids, and even the CMs swiping our KTTW cards. We have video of the entire walk along the gangway to entering the atrium [or wherever we boarded the ship in LA] for each of our cruises as well.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:15 AM   #6
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Has anyone else been told not to take pictures on the "gangway" (After leaving the terminal and going past the mickey shaped funnel or while exiting the ship) or in the luggage pick up area?

I take a lot of pictures of our cruises. On several different cruises I received rude commands from a uniformed Port Security Officer (not sure if they were TSA or Port or Private security) that I was not permitted to take pictures. I was merely taking pictures of the "see you real soon" or the "welcome home" signs or of my family and on one occasion I was told by a DCL Cast Member in the luggage pick up area not to take pictures.

I strongly believe they are wrong but it's definitely not worth ruining my vacation to prove a point.

Your experiences, thoughts?
There are large signs in the customs/luggage area that you are prohibited from taking photos. It's a security issue. If they told you no pics on one cruise why would you continue to take them on subsequent cruises when leaving?

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Old 06-24-2014, 09:27 AM   #7
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What kills me is the awesome retro travel murals/artwork that's down there that I want pictures of so badly. I'm not trying to jack anything or anybody. I just adore the artwork. I don't get why they put something so gorgeous in an area nobody has time to enjoy and we can't take pictures of to savor. Maybe Disney could sell prints of those pieces. I'd buy them!
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:37 AM   #8
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...maybe it is a safety concern to keep the traffic moving. I imagine that if a large number of folks stop to take pictures than the ramp would turn into an obstacle course....
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I work at a port facility. It's Homeland Security guidelines that are enforced by Customs and Border Protection. All of this started after 9/11 and truthfully it's for your own safety and protection, as you never know who is taking pictures of the "secure areas" and what they may be attempting to do (looking for flaws that can be compromised). It would be nice if they would explain that rather than being rude, but......................
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There are large signs in the customs/luggage area that you are prohibited from taking photos. It's a security issue. If they told you no pics on one cruise why would you continue to take them on subsequent cruises when leaving?

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Wow, not a warm and fuzzy Dis response. I am very familiar due to my occupation with security rules.

I did not point the camera towards the checkpoint at any time. On two of the occasions I was on the gangway not in sight of the ship or the checkpoint. On all of the occasions I quickly and politely complied with the orders. In fact on at least one of the occasions I was near where DCL takes family photos. I think they are getting carried away. Not a big deal just a minor annoyance.
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I work at a port facility. It's Homeland Security guidelines that are enforced by Customs and Border Protection. All of this started after 9/11 and truthfully it's for your own safety and protection, as you never know who is taking pictures of the "secure areas" and what they may be attempting to do (looking for flaws that can be compromised). It would be nice if they would explain that rather than being rude, but......................
Tinkerella,

Thank you for this answer!
It looks like customs rules are different from TSA rules on photography. I will just have to keep my shutterbug finger off the camera during this time. lol
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You're welcome ~ we get inquiries all the time at our homeport. If I'm on site I let the people know why, what's the point in being rude or not explaining at all? it's not like security is a secret or something
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Did it really ruin your vacation?

I believe these rules are for security reasons.
I think you read it wrong. No vacations were ruined. If I had not followed their directions I suppose having my expensive camera seized would come close.
I love DCL and believe it or not I am laid back and love to have fun. I was just curious about this. So no worries.
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Wow, not a warm and fuzzy Dis response. I am very familiar due to my occupation with security rules.

I did not point the camera towards the checkpoint at any time. On two of the occasions I was on the gangway not in sight of the ship or the checkpoint. On all of the occasions I quickly and politely complied with the orders. In fact on at least one of the occasions I was near where DCL takes family photos. I think they are getting carried away. Not a big deal just a minor annoyance.
Please don't read more into my post than what was intended. It was an honest question and not meant to be "non warm and fuzzy". I was genuinely curious. Maybe it is just my nature but if I was told by a gov't officer not to take pics in an area as it was against the rules I would not try to take them again on the next cruise. Again, I was just curious. Sorry if I offended.

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That's an official, government-controlled, area. NO pictures are allowed in such an area. At any port. I was recently in a few customs/immigration areas in other countries, and they, too, have big huge "no photography" signs posted EVERYWHERE. Now you know. It's not a luggage pickup area, it's a very serious government place.
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