By now, many of you are familiar with the photographers onboard Royal Caribbean’s ships. They pop up everywhere from the pier to Formal Night. They take great photos and offer photo packages that allow you to capture a wide breadth of moments on your cruise. If you are seeking a more traditional photo studio experience, you may be surprised to find out that Royal Caribbean also has a high end photo studio onboard some of their ships. The Picture This Photo Studio offers high quality black and white photos. We recently had a chance to try out the studio on Oasis of the Seas and here is our experience.
Scheduling our session was super easy. In our case, they called our room to ask if we wanted to book a session. It is a zero obligation session with no sitting fee. We agreed and scheduled it for the second Formal Night of the cruise about an hour before dinner. Selfishly, that time was selected so that we didn’t have to get dressed up specifically for the session.
The Photo Session
When we arrived, we were greeted be the photographer and his assistant. The studio itself is small. There is one photo area and a reception area that has a single couch, a counter, and a TV. We briefly discussed the arrangements that we would like and the photographer got to work staging the photos and taking them. We went through 15-20 different combinations of people and poses. The staff was fantastic at eliciting smiles from our 9 month old and 4 year old. The whole process took about 30 minutes. At the end, we scheduled a review session for the next day.
The Review Session
The review session is also in the photo studio and runs about 30 minutes. We were greeted by the same staff and had a seat on the couch. They then played a slideshow of all 119 photos that they had edited from the day before. There were some amazing shots in the slideshow. They then showed us the packages that they offer. There were digital and print options available. The print could be canvas, wood, aluminum, or traditional paper prints. Pricing started around $500. There was no option to wrap this purchase in with a photo package from the photographers around the ship. We opted for a smaller digital package and were able to leave the studio with the photos on a USB.
Our experience with Picture This was on par with what I would expect from any high end land-based photo studio. The process was quick and the fact that we could simply walk to the studio made it painless. We knew that it was going to be expensive, but I don’t think we were quite expecting the price tag of some of the higher priced packages. Overall, if you are planning on having nice family portraits taken anyway, Picture This is a great option. If you have no plans for family portraits, the price tag may make it difficult to swallow as an impulse buy.
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