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We've just concluded a 7 Night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the brand new Regal Princess. It has been sailing since May over in Europe, but we were fortunate to be onboard her debut in the Caribbean.
We were part of a group of more than 900 people for the CruiseOne / Cruises Inc. 2014 National Conference. Besides learning from some of the industry's leaders, we also had our own first-hand experiences on Regal Princess that we are anxious to share with our readers. Join us in this photographic journey around Regal Princess.
Photography is one of our passions, and sharing images with our readers brings us great joy. When you cruise as much as we do to the same destinations, photography helps you focus on finding a unique perspective to the destination (including the ship). Unique images are more interesting.
When the @FriFotos team announced this week's theme (you may have guessed it) #CIRCLES, we checked through our recently captured images for some contributions.
Remember, we are constantly looking for different angles and interpretations for our photos, so even though we didn't have advance knowledge of the theme, we identified several examples that we could share. You might be amazed at how many circles can be found on a cruise ship.
Some Obvious Examples - Food
Those that have followed me for awhile know that we love sharing images of food. Being able to sample fabulous food from around the globe is one of the best values of cruising. Food is often a determining factor for our guests when they select a particular cruise itinerary.
Regal Princess had plenty of great food. The Horizon Court buffet was truly amazing. If you couldn't find something you liked to eat there, then you probably weren't hungry in the first place. When we captured these images, the crew had put out their Chocolate Indulgence creations for our breakfast enjoyment, along with the normal breakfast items. Donuts, cookies, waffles, pancakes (topped with chocolate of course) fit the #circle theme rather nicely.
On our first Formal night we enjoyed this Chocolate Journeys creation by Norman Love.
When you board the ship, your first impression of the lobby will be one of your memorable moments. Ship designers realize that and put a lot of consideration into creating an impressive atrium.
Regal Princess has beautiful circular staircases with concentric circles on the floor which helps draw you to this central meeting point on the ship. Be sure to capture the atrium from several different vantage points. Often the best shots are from higher decks.
Most ships have exquisite light fixtures hanging from the ceiling in the atrium. Regal Princess was no exception with this gorgeous piece with many circles in the design.
We actually captured several different angles which we'll share for #FriFotos.
Include Art Work
Your ship portfolio should include images of the art work located around the ship. Often you'll find art work in the stairways as well as corridors of the ship. Regal Princess had original works taken by past guests lining the corridors. We'll share more of those images another time.
Carpet / Wall Patterns
As you walk around the ship, pay attention to details. Is there an interesting pattern on the floor, walls, ceilings, etc.? Maybe that could be used as a background for some other image at a later date. Or perhaps, it just catches your eye and helps you identify with the ship and it's designers.
Did you have a favorite location to hangout with your new or existing circle of friends? What made you comfortable hanging out there?
Perhaps the #circles in this image bring back memories and become conversation starters. Odds are you won't find this same setting on another ship, so some day when you are searching through images, you'll immediately recall the time you spent on Royal Princess.
We have just scratched the surface on our #circle adventure around Royal Princess. We invite you to join us on Twitter this Friday for more images. Also, if you are so inclined, search through your images and see if you have any to share from your trips.
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