I recently created a cruise highlights video from our European cruise on the Sapphire Princess and had enough fun doing it that I dug back through the archives of videos and photographs we took on our very first cruise, that also being with Princess Cruises, and that taking place on Sapphire’s sister ship, Diamond Princess. That cruise took place in 2008 and was both our honeymoon cruise and the first holiday we’d taken outside the country together as a couple at all making it incredibly memorable for us. Just going through the cruise videos and photos again in order to produce this highlights video has been a fabulous experience for me and my wife, triggering so many good emotions and making us look forward even more to our return visit to Asia on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship later this year to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.

The video starts with a few shots from the three-day pre-cruise excursion we took in Beijing where we explored some of the obvious tourist destinations such as The Great Wall and The Forbidden City. The remainder of the video covers each of the port stops in turn interspersed with footage from sea days aboard the cruise ship. For the most part these shots are from the top deck showing off the pools and how they behaved under the rocking and rolling conditions of the South China Sea simply because I didn’t really carry the video camera around with me that much in the inside venues of the ship. On one of the last days at sea on the Diamond Princess we were treated to a fabulous bank of black rainclouds sweeping in from the horizon and sending everyone running for cover. There’s more rain to be seen when we explored Jiufen in Taiwan and it’s one of the places we’ll be returning to on our cruise in a few months’ time; if we get better weather then that will be great but as you can see from the video of that excursion it’s a place that thrives under the atmosphere of a downpour just fine.

Naturally, the quality of the video and photo elements are what you’d expect from things taken a decade ago with cheaper equipment handled by someone who really didn’t know what he was doing. Stabilisation? You bet there isn’t! I’ve tried to use music that fit with the Asian theme of the cruise whilst being acutely aware of the stereotype of doing so. I made use of audio from the Free Music Archive and using YouTube’s royalty-free video music search for this video. The tracks and licences used (where applicable) are:

Xia Yu by Guifrog (CC BY 4.0)
Sequence by Borrtex (CC BY-NC 4.0)
Yangtzse River by Lobo Loco (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Smells Like Summer by Del Sound
Mission Of Danger by Lobo Loco (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Mountain Monk by Lobo Loco (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Morning Too Soon by Ketsa (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Dream by Chan Wai Fat (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)


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