Feedback Friday: Smile for the Camera! Or Don’t

February 7, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Every other Friday we will bring you a piece of reader feedback and our response. Have a question about cruising? Notice an error on our site? Want to just drop a comment for our consideration? Submit your own feedback by e-mailing, and maybe we’ll select your submission for our next Feedback Blog.
This Week’s Feedback:
“When boarding last time, there was a long line before crossing over to the ship for the photos. With priority boarding someone put us at the screen, picture snapped, and we boarded. (We said we didn’t want a picture but they insisted). So without priority boarding, can we just skip the photo queue or will they make everyone wait in the line?”

Our Response:
There is a difference between a headshot for security, and the sales push to capture you and the family against a painted backdrop of your ship. If you’re being asked to look directly into a camera from a crewmember or security personnel, it’s a lot less (read: not) elective than being ushered towards a pre-embarkation glamour shot.
Politely declining a keepsake photo when you’re often looking at your most weary is one of our Top 15 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Embarkation Day. It’s not that you shouldn’t capture every moment of your cruise vacation, but it’s something we encourage you to take into your own hands. Don’t ever feel pressured to smile for the camera — unless, of course, it’s the shot deemed mandatory to get onboard. We’re going to guess that one making a funny face in a lei isn’t it.
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    One Response to “Feedback Friday: Smile for the Camera! Or Don’t”

    1. birdhouse
      February 8th, 2014 @ 12:30 am

      We once sailed with norwegian and didn’t want the embarking photo taken. I’m not talking about the photo For security . The photographer refused to let us pass, he even blocked our way. We reluctantly have him take the photo and reporter him afterwards on the ship.

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