Characteristics of Cruise Lines: Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Others

The cruise market has grown exponentially since the 1970s, when it emerged in its present state. Since that point, numerous cruise lines have started, with its largest players regularly introducing larger ships, modern features, and new itineraries. If you are considering a cruise as your next vacation but haven’t decided on the line, consider the common aspects of the larger brands.

Norwegian Cruise Lines

The initiator of “freestyle cruising,” Norwegian Cruise Lines, or NCL, lets travelers create their own experience – particularly where dining is concerned. Travelers, in this regards, not only have a choice of times and restaurants, they also have the option of affordable, luxury-quality staterooms.

What also sets NCL apart are the departure ports. While a majority of cruise lines have starting locations in the South, Norwegian offers trips leaving from Boston, New York, and Seattle.

Celebrity Cruises

The premium brand for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity offers a large fleet of award-winning, modern-styled ships. Their Solstice-class ships, particularly, are said to offer a sophisticated and elegant experience.

Carnival Cruise Lines

One of the first modern cruises, Carnival is said to have invented the cruise vacation. Its ships, regardless of size, offer an abundance of meal, entertainment, and activity choices while still presenting affordable packages for the average traveler. As the largest and most diverse cruise company in the world, Carnival continues to expand and, taking into consideration all vacation options, offers both short and long trips.

Disney Cruise Line

Starting in the 1980s with a format mirroring the theme park experience, Disney cruises combine the grand, older style of early-20th century ocean liners with features for the whole family. Rotational dining and multiple restaurants are an option, while Disney characters are part of ships’ entertainment, as well as meet and greats, pool parties, movies, and other activities.

Itineraries include ports all over the world. Disney cruises, as well, often stop at Castaway Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamas.

Princess Cruises

One of the first modern cruise companies, Princess now has a fleet of 16 ships that continues to grow. Elegant staterooms, personal choice dining, and Movies Under the Stars make this cruise line stand out. Princess, as well, is a family-friendly line that, in addition to a large range of choices, offers activities and features for both adults and children.

Royal Caribbean

One of the most well-known cruise brands, Royal Caribbean has a fleet of more than 20 ships, including two of the largest in the world. Travelers not only have a large choice of itineraries, but also a variety of mid-priced staterooms with quality accommodations. Royal Caribbean cruise ships, as well, offer ample activities and entertainment options, from casinos, spas, and athletic options to several restaurants and nightclubs.

Source by Jeff Annino

So you have been asked by a mate to take his wedding photographs because he knows you are an excellent photographer. You are a good photographer but you are an amateur and never done a full wedding before. The wedding is to be a full-blown traditional wedding and you would like to help out. In fact, you are quite excited about the chance of doing a full wedding. However you know that an album of candid shots no matter how crash-hot are not going to do the job.

You know that there are nine stages to a complete coverage and the Bride's Home is the first. The others are the guests 'and parents' arrival, the bride's arrival, the ceremony, after the ceremony, couple's departure, the reception, and the final departure.

So what shots should you take at the brides home?

Below we look at a standard traditional wedding.

The Bride at home traditional shots:

  1. Bride at dressing table.
  2. Bride close-up.
  3. Bride full-length
  4. Bride with Mother, Bride with attendants.
  5. Attendants alone.
  6. Bride with both parents.
  7. Bride with close family (parents, brothers, sisters etc.).
  8. Bride leaving home.

There will be plenty of opportunities for some great candid shots and you should take them whenever you can but do not get so caught up with them as to forget all the traditional shots!

There are three types of Wedding Photographers: Professional, Amateur and Part-time professional. There are good and bad photographers in each category . If you know that you are a good photographer then do not hesitate to accept the assignment. You will be able to make up for your inexperience with your enthusiasm .

Source by Kelvyn Peters