Private Photo Sitting

We just came off the Gem and had an opportunity to sit for a private photo shoot. It took about an hour, and, granted, many pics were not satisfactory. However, we did create two triptychs. One consisted of three separate images. The other was one image, broken into three frames. We look forward to receiving the finished prints in about 4-6 weeks.

If you are beyond the usual souvenir hoarding stage and want a great memory, I strongly suggest you try a session. You may also want to consider a custom bobblehead. They are really cool too. Expect to pay a decent amount for the high end photos, but to us, they are worth the effort.

Let me add, by unsatisfactory, I mean that we didn't want to use them. It was about us and positioning, not the skill of the photographers. They are amazing and often get a bad rap for working on a ship. These are actually some of the best photographers you will run into.

8 Answers


Some of the pictures we brought back from the cruises are wonderful. I will look into the private sitting option as well.


We have sat for the private shoots twice. I completely agree about the photographers, they are very talented. The price of the photographs does seem high at first glance. But when you factor in you are not paying a sitting fee it really not that bad. The nice thing if you don't like any of the photos you can walk away and it costs you nothing.

On our very first cruise on Princess to Hawaii, our very knowledgeable travel agent strongly suggested that a rather high dollar value be set aside for pictures. Being a 30th anniversary and our first big holiday she did warn us about the cost. Well we spent a lot of money and got a lot of pictures and a lot of photo albums and a whole bunch of DVD's and a huge pile of great memories. Worth every damn penny.

Don't just look at the Photo's for yourself, After my parents passed away I was cleaning out the house to get it on the market and ran across all of the Cruise ship Photo's that mom and dad had collected since the 70's. Seeing the photo's made me feel good that they were able to travel so often and enjoy life. I did not keep much from their house but I do have all of the Photo's and had copies made to give to the other siblings.

The box arrived this morning' and they look awesome. My wife and I are very pleased with how they came out. Not just the pictures, but the quality of the mounting. Wrap around canvases. Very cool. Again, I recommend anyone to look into this, let's call it a , high end souvenir.

and the custom bobble head

Good to know.

We have a family cruise coming up. Yesterday we agreed that a portrait sitting would be more amenable than a group portrait on formal night.

I had never thought about it before, however it seems like an ideal situation -- better setting for group pictures, without the time limitation (and inevitably tired photographer) experienced on formal night.

Ummm, just so you all know......these things are not cheap. The final product starts at a couple of hundred dollars. A tryptich is about $400, which is / are what we bought. So, if the family is just your immediate family, then yeah, it's a great option. But if you are expecting everyone in an extended family to purchase a print, many will balk. It still makes for a great souvenir. Better than the usual photos. Much better. Just done be shocked by the price list.

Oh, btw....we had a B&W picture done on a recommitment cruise a few years ago. Also expensive, but worth the cost. To us anyway. Private sitting. Also about an hour. High end finishing. Not like the photos you get in your folio. These take a couple of weeks to get to you.


* is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top