Has Go Pro Use Gotten Out of Hand?

March 20, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

There’s no question that Go Pros – those small and lightweight cameras that attach to your hat, scuba mask, pole mount, kite, what have you – have revolutionized the way that people memorialize their vacation.
On our member forums, we’ve seen some awesome videos that range from water slide antics to underwater snorkeling to on-the-beach horseback rides. The time lapse feature is perfect for capturing sunrises, sailaways and sunsets. Add the perfect song as a soundtrack and suddenly even an ordinary Caribbean vacation comes alive.
But we can’t help thinking that some people are taking their Go Pro projects a little too far.
Take this video shared on the website Crew Center. The tourist jumped 50 to 60 feet from a cruise ship deck near Grand Turk, a dangerous stunt that resulted in him getting detained by local police and booted off the ship to be sent home.
If you’re curious about more socially acceptable ways to use your Go Pro, our Cruise Critic members have been discussing best uses in our photography forum.
And I always offer this final caveat when it comes to technology: Don’t get so caught up in documenting your vacation that you forget to experience it.
Do you use a Go Pro on your vacations? Share your stories in the comments!
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    3 Responses to “Has Go Pro Use Gotten Out of Hand?”

    1. KenSanDiego
      March 21st, 2014 @ 10:01 am

      What a maroon! This video belongs on jacka** tv. I don’t think it speaks to the popularity, benefit or social standing of sports-cams though. Go-Pro is awesome along with its competitors. I don’t think this camera contributed one bit to this guys lack of respect for the rules. I’m sure he would have done it anyway.

    2. Suzanne
      March 22nd, 2014 @ 8:37 am

      All this does is promote the Go-Pro and jumping off ships. Not very responsible of Cruise Critic.

    3. E Moss
      May 8th, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

      Saying that action camcorders like the GoPro encourages bad behavior is like saying kissing leads to pregnancy. Maybe with some of the people some of the time. I can’t wait until some jerk with a selfie stick pokes me with it while I’m studying my rum punch.

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