Cameras and Cruises

So I invested in a big bad serious DSLR camera many moons ago (where you can change lenses and all that jazz). Cost about $1100-1200 and then have a slew of different lenses for wide angle or zoom.
I love cruises and all the surroundings, but I love beaches and water fun. Curious to find out about everyone preference and do you generally bring a smaller pocket camera or use their cell phones, or do you bring your $1200 camera and equipment for the treck. I'm always nervous in various ports with crime, and then there is always water/sand damage. Now I did bring my camera to Maho, but was always anxious to make sure someone did not walk off with it, or was dirty/sandy. Cave tubing I have not wanted to bring it, although I am missing great photo ops...

The struggle is real... Enjoy life/cruise or take amazing pics.

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30 Answers

I have a trusty Kodak camera for my land tours and a Olympus for tropical tours. It's waterproof, cold and heat proof. Before, I used to just take my trusty Kodak but when Id get to Florida my pictures would come out fuzzy due to condensation getting on the inside of my camera. I started buying the Kodak waterproof disposable camera before dropping hundreds on the Olympus. Nothing like "in the water" pictures. I really don't like using my cell phone to take pictures. As I have the Samsung Mega, just too big.

My wife and I both enjoy photography. The trip we take dictates what equipment I take. Alaska I take two DSLR's and our GoPro. If we are going to warmer climates where beaches and water are involved, I take her little fuji and my old Pentax underwater cameras. When I am am concerned about the port I slip one of the small waterproof point and shoots in my pocket, if it gets legs and walks away its only a hundred bucks or so.

I used to carry a big SLR back in the old days of film, love my Minolta X-700. Now I just carry my Sony cyber-shot pocket camera. I just ordered a set of lenses to go on my I-Phone so I'll see how those do. The Sony gets such good photos that I just dont bother with the big SLR anymore. I'm in vacation and lugging around the camera bag and all the lens is just not fun or relaxing.

Depends on my day...

If I am touring into the countryside, I bring my DSLR for sure. Those are where I want to get close ups or sweeping shots that the good camera really captures nicely. But I also keep my iPhone with me for quick shots or vid clips. Past trips photos, I honestly can't tell the difference.

I would not take my nice equipment to a day at the beach.


I will have to take a look into some of the other waterproof cameras, or go with the disposable as well. When I make it to Alaska, I will def be bringing my nice camera, tripod and lenses!


I will have to take a look into some of the other waterproof cameras, or go with the disposable as well. When I make it to Alaska, I will def be bringing my nice camera, tripod and lenses!

Yeah, take your good camera....there will be glacier shots to get.Big Smile

I usually take and keep my Canon PowerShot SX270 HS in my pocket all the time. It is small, portable, convinient and versatile and with a 20 x optical zoom does all I need.

This is my third pocket camera and I find if you have a good one with good optical zoom it meets my needs.

I have a $200.00 waterproof digital camera, my wife has a good regular digital and they work great for us . we take lots of pictures.

Personally I much prefer my little point and shoot Nikon that we have and then we also have a separate underwater camera that both fit neatly into a pocket. I leave my SLR camera at home because we are beach nuts and untrusting of people so I would sooner loose a $150 camera as opposed to a $700 camera plus extras Just my thoughts

Sand and DSLRs don't mix. My suggestion, a bridge camera. Looks like a DSLR, but no lens changing. Always has a tele-zoom. Also easier to operate. Get a good bag and extra batteries, and a few memory cards. First picture should be of your S&S card in case you lose the camera, your ID is on the card.

Remember to turn the stabilization OFF when using a tripod.

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