Photography Services on the Disney Cruise Line

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If you have ever taken a cruise on the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream, you and your party have had a photo taken before boarding the ship. While you might think this is a nice gesture, Disney uses this baseline photo for facial recognition. This means you do not have to hand a card to any Disney photographer while on the cruise. The photos will be sorted using facial recognition technology into a digital portfolio you can view while onboard. The place to do so is called Shutters and is located on Deck 5.

Entrance to Shutters on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship.
Entrance to Shutters on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/13s, f/8, ISO 3200, EV -1.0, 16mm focal length.

I took the next photo very late at night so Shutters was not being manned and most people were either sleeping or enjoying themselves down in The District Adult Nightclubs. You can still view and purchase for later pickup your photos using the screens provided (yep, that is my wife and I on the screen).

Viewing photos inside Shutters on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship.
Viewing photos inside Shutters on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 2.5s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -1.0, 16mm focal length, tripod.

Here are a few examples starring myself and other members of my family of the photos you will see in your digital Disney Cruise Line portfolio.

Prints from photos taken by Disney Photographers on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship.
Prints from photos taken by Disney Photographers on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship.

Yes, you can buy the frames in the shops on the Disney Dream. While I do not have first hand knowledge, this photographic service is available on all the Disney Cruise Line ships. You will have the ability to view and order photographic products of your photos online after the cruise is over, too. Check with Shutters while onboard for all the latest information or, before you cruise, on the Disney Cruise Line’s Photography Services webpage.

Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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