It’s no secret that my preferred method of capturing memories of our travels around the world is via my camera but I do also take some video footage and as part of a challenge to improve this aspect of recording our trips I’m forcing myself to produce various video highlights of trips. The aim is to see from the resulting video what I could have done better and to give me ideas for future movie-making; what angles work best, what things are most interesting in video form, where I need to pay more attention to what’s in focus or light sources (which you’d think I’d know from my normal photography but, no, apparently not), when I need to make sure I have enough footage for a particular activity, etc.

This video runs to around 12 minutes in length and covers the cruise in May 2018 aboard the Sapphire Princess. Being a highlights sort of film I’ve edited it together in a daily way starting with embarkation day at Southampton and proceeding through to Guernsey, a sea day, La Rochelle, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, and a final sea day again returning back to the UK. As this wasn’t our first time on a Grand-class ship by some way I didn’t take that much video on the vessel but I don’t think that was a bad thing in this instance simply because the web is saturated with films of the ships and their various public areas or what’s in the cabins; I’d like to think that this video brings more of the atmosphere of the cruise experience to play and might be of more use to someone who hasn’t cruised before, wondering what the days might deliver.

Some of the ship-based highlights of this Sapphire Princess cruise highlights video include some very fine cocktail-shaking in Crooners from one of the friendly Princess Cruises bar staff, a bit of ice carving up on the top deck, and some synchronised disco dancing in Skywalkers Nightclub. Amongst the footage shot in the ports you can see the stunning views around the Ozanne Steps on Guernsey and the dizzying spin of the triple spiral staircase in the Museo do Pobo Galego when we visited Santiago de Compostela.

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