EXACTLY the way to go.. We've always purchased Wal-Mart cams (for each excursion) and they make beautiful pics, under or above water! The ship will have pretty much the same exact cams but for double the price.
I'm pretty blown away about this info. I was thinking of purchasing a new fancy camera for our first cruise (Elation 09/18/05). If you're an experienced cruiser and use the disposables then I'll save that money and spend it on other goodies.
it all depends upon your expectations. The disposal cameras do most certainly not make pictures of the same quality as "real" (non-disposable) cameras. However, if you would like to just take a couple of (outdoor!) holiday snapshots, the results might still be okay.
If you would e.g. like to take good pictures of the ship's interiors, I would suggest getting a good compact digital camera. Depending on how frequently you plan to use it, a digital camera might pay off fairly soon.
Unless you're into professional photography, I have seen good results from disposables for underwater shots. Also, they do a passable job of basic shots when the light is good. I have not had any luck with them in large interior spaces, such as taking pictures of parts of the ship, as Raoul mentions. Also, they are a very poor last resort in very scenic places that call for wide angle or telephoto shots, like Alaska.
Saw your message on cheap cameras and just had to answer you about that. MY wife and I just returned from a week on the Norweign Dawn and we stopped at their private Island down in the bahamas and I had my very good Minolta Dimage digital. We were walking around in our bathing suits and I was taking pictures and composing and deleting and adjusting up and down back and forth etc. you would think these shots were going into Nat'l Geographic. Well to make a long story short it was hot out there and all that water so clear and cool and we had this $10 disposable underwater camera and well last one in etc. etc. well I forgot about my Minolta in my suit pocket quess what, its not waterproof good thing I didn't realize it until I got out or I would have prob. drown. WEe finished the trip with my wife $30 Kodak and one underwater camera. Moral: go cheap its not easy to see a grown man cry haha. Glenn
What a sad story. That sounds like something I would do. I have lost three digital cameras so far. I just purchased what I believe is the all time camera (for me) A guy had one on my last cruise and I fell in love with it. It is a Nikon 8800 8.2 megapixel with a wide angle to a 350 mm zoon on it. Way cool.
that sounds like a great camera. I just purchased a Canon 350D (called Digital Rebel XT in the US, I believe) a couple of weeks ago, and it's really superb. I had my first ship visit to try it this week, and the results are stunning.