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Old 01-23-2011, 11:00 AM   #1
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Cool Video: Disney Dream - Shutters Photo Gallery and Shop

Disney Dream - Shutters Photo Gallery and Shop
Here is a brief tour of Shutters Photo Gallery on the Disney Dream. It shows how to locate your photos in a folio, use the automated terminal to locate and order prints/CDs, package prices, and some of the photos/accessories available for purchase. I apologize for the camera movement -- I think I'd left my point-and-shoot camera around my wrist and it was making the camera sway back and forth during recording. I will try to record a better tour of Shutters on my next cruise in a few days.

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Thanks for the shots of the prices for photo packages and the photo CD. It helps us plan for our upcoming cruise on the Dream in July for our anniversary!
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Thanks for the video. I hated the layout and looking for pictures in Shutters on the Wonder and the Magic - this looks so much better. I wonder if they will convert the older ships to use this model?
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I expect they'll be adopting the new approach when they get the ships into dry dock and can put in those "book cases." Everything else about the system could probably be adopted at any time.

The technology is ultra-cool. They're using face recognition software to find all photos with the same face(s). They swipe your Key to the World card when they take your family photo while boarding, and the system can recognize you from then on, and put all the photos together. That's how they can manage to put everything into a single binder on the shelf. For example, they didn't swipe our cards for dining room group photos, but there they were, right in the binder. You can also find all your photos on-screen at the photo kiosks located in Shutters and elsewhere on the ship. The final embellishment is that, at least on the Dream, they can also pipe those photos directly to your stateroom TV - on the last day they were displaying our photos whenever we turned on the TV!
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OK, now THAT is cool! Directly into your TV? Wow!
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One suggestion I have is to go up to 11X14 or 12X18 if your images have enough resolution. 8X10s are so common they just don't have the same presence. Also, the material cost of matting and framing a 11X14 is not all that much more and takes no more of your time.
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