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This is the Essential Cruise Tips Podcast with cruise expert and author Gary Bembridge. Full of tips, advice and ways to plan and get the most from your cruising vacation.

Oct 30, 2014


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Photography and cruise line excursions

If you are a keen photographer or video maker and want to ensure that you will have time to capture the images you want, you should avoid cruise line or independent group tours. Instead you should plan to self-tour or hire a private guide.

Scheduled port tours are designed to visit as many sights and attractions as possible in the limited time available. They want passengers to feel they have seen all the key things in that destination and leave little time at each stop to take in the scene and to frame and take photographs and video. You will be fighting with the rest of your busload of visitors to get a good position to take photographs and they will also be cluttering up the scene. The tour guides will be hurrying you along to meet the schedule and you will have limited time to shoot the scene

You should identify the scenes you want to photograph or video in advance and plan self tours, like on the hop-on hop-off bus, or find an independent guide who you brief in advance to plan the flow and timing of your day.