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Photographs are a great way to share all of the wonderful experiences you had during your trip with friends and family, and also serve as a lovely way of memorializing your vacation’s special moments.

If you’re ready to up your Instagram game, here are a few cruise picture ideas that will make your photo shoots on board and off stand out more than ever.

1: Start With The Ship

Couple going out of cruise ship

One of the best cruise picture ideas is to take a photo with one of our magnificent ships in the background. These large vessels are stunning engineering feats and provide a striking backdrop to any family portrait or couple’s photo.

2: Cheers From The Beach

Couple drinking cocktails at a beach

Kalafatas Beach in Mykonos, Greece

Snap a photo celebrating your vacation with a tropical cocktail while lounging on the beach. Clink your glasses in front of the ocean and take the picture just as you’re toasting your good fortune. Cheers!

3: Capture Stunning Landscapes When Sailing into Port

Celebrity cruising towards Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

During your cruise, there will be ample opportunities to take breathtaking shots of the landscapes you will encounter as you pull into port. Take advantage of the lovely vistas you’ll see from the ship, and use the stunning bay views and cityscapes as exciting backgrounds or in panoramic shots.

4: Take A Shot From Above

People at a viewing deck overlooking the island

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

In many of our port destinations, there are shore excursions that will take you to the top of skyscrapers, mountaintops, and observation decks. Make use of these 360-degree vantage points and take an unforgettable picture of the city or town down below.

5: Use Your Veranda

Couple drinking champagne on cruise veranda

Veranda Stateroom

If you’re staying in a stateroom with a veranda, you’ll have ample opportunities to take wonderful photos. Lean against the railing and snap a picture of the bright, blue sea in the background. Or order a bottle of champagne to your stateroom and capture a romantic al fresco toast with your significant other while watching the sun set.

Photo ops become even more special when you’re cruising around Alaska, Patagonia, or New Zealand’s fjords, where you can capture breathtaking views of majestic glaciers, mountains, and lakes from the comfort of your veranda.

6: Get All Dressed Up

On at least one night of your cruise, you’ll dress up for one of our fun Evening Chic nights, where we encourage our guests to look their absolute best. These special occasions are the perfect excuse to gather everyone in your travel party for a group photo.

Women drinking wine while walking aboard Celebrity

Celebrity Edge Rooftop

Choose an elegant setting, such as the Rooftop Terrace or the Grand Plaza on Celebrity Edge, and make sure you commemorate your vacation with a pic of everyone dressed up to the nines.

7: Head To The Highest Deck At Sunrise Or Sunset

People hanging out at the Sunset Bar

Sunset Bar

One of the most important elements in capturing a great cruise photo is the lighting. Natural light is often the best ingredient for a fantastic photograph, and the best natural light occurs in the early morning and late afternoon.

Head up to the ship’s Rooftop Terrace or Lawn Club at that magic hour just before sunrise or sunset and pose for a picture. Capture the array of warm colors in the background.

8: Strike A Pose In Eden

Performers of Eden on Celebrity


Head to Eden, the experiential restaurant, bar, and lounge on Celebrity Edge and Apex, for shots full of lush greenery and jaw-dropping window views. Or, plan on attending one of the inventive evening performances and capture the twisty, bending performers for a different but memorable pic.

9: Snap Your Favorite Dish or Cocktail

Couple enjoying German food and beer at a restaurant

Berlin, Germany

One of the best parts of a vacation is trying new foods and drinks. Whether ordering a new cocktail onboard or sampling local flavors in port, the dining experience on a cruise is a pleasure for the eyes, as well as the mouth.

Document your dining experiences and remember the delicious flavors you savored during your vacation with pictures of your meals. When taking food photos, shoot the food straight down from above the plate—it’s the best angle to capture a meal.

Chef cooking paella

Cartagena, Spain

If you’re interested in food photos, another cruise picture idea is to capture your meal while it’s being prepared. Perhaps it’s the guacamole being freshly made at your table or the ritual of opening and sampling your wine selection.

10: Don’t Forget Views From The Bridge

The views from the captain’s bridge are some of the best you will find on board, especially on a bright, clear day. For family photos with ocean views beyond, it’s hard to beat the location of the bridge.

Captains of Celebrity

Arrange an exclusive access tour or meet and greet with the captain to access this area of the ship.

11: Dive In With Water Poses

Couple jumping into the water

St. Maarten

What better way to remember a shore excursion, such as snorkeling off the coast of St. Lucia or kayaking through mangroves in Key West, than with a stunning photo of your aquatic adventures?

There are plenty of waterproof lenses and cameras built for underwater action shots that will help you capture water-based fun during your cruise vacation.

People snorkeling underwater

Smith Bay Beach in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Unsure about your photography skills? Our onboard photographers are available to snap pictures throughout your cruise.

You can even book photo packages to help capture those special moments.

Now that you have all of these cruise photo ideas and helpful tips to guide you on your next vacation, start planning your photo-worthy getaway at or call one of our vacation specialists at 1-800-852-8086.

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