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.

Tags: excursions Camera photographs

30 Answers

Great suggestions, extra batteries, memory cards.

Nice suggestions, thanks! I don't have a tripod (yet) When I go to Alaska or have more time for shots, I will be forced to get one. More lazy than anything.

Check out QVC and HSN. They have good selections and good prices. Sometimes bundles.

Hello! I know your feelings, I am like you always afraid that someone will steal my camera, or it will fall and break. Now, I take my DSLR camera with me during all my trips, so I started taking things easier. If something happens, I'll buy a new one, but the memories are more important to me. I usually take at least a couple of lenses with my camera. Recently, I bought a great Helios portrait lens - with 58 mm f/2, I'm going to take it with me on my next trip. Good luck!

Cant imagine needing a portrait lens on a cruise. Kit lens and some sort of zoom are usually all that's needed. Maybe a pancake lens for some street shooting. Possibly a wide angle or fisheye, depends on how many you want to carry. Filters are important too. Especially for sunrises/sets.

I always pack my stereo lens.........but that's me


The dramatic improvement in smartphone camera quality and ability to edit images makes my iPhone a welcomed option in my photography arsenal. However, what type of camera equipment I bring really depends upon where we are going. At this point, I've been to all the major Caribbean island 3-4 times each. I don't need to take anything more than my iPhone. However, when we are travel to a once-in-a-lifetime destination (e.g, Fjords of Norway, Bora Bora, Alaska), I take everything with me.
Another consideration is what I am going to be doing. If we head to a beach and we both want to enjoy taking a swim, there is no way on this green Earth that I would bring anything of value with me. The risk of it being stolen on a public beach is too great.

Thanks for all the great posts and information here everybody!!! I was just fixing to write and ask this exact question as I get ready to cruise and PRESTO MAGIC! Y'all already are on the ball and have it covered for me! Big Smile What a super group! Happy Cruising!

lol Yup!!! I love creeping on past posts. I was just thinking about this too and buying a go pro, but not sure if I want to invest.

Go pro's are great little cameras, just remember there limitations. There is no zoom it's a fixed lense. But they are a lot of fun!

Yeah I was thinking more for the use with excursions that are adventurous or water influenced lol


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