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While there's no such thing as the Perfect Travel Camera, the Sony RX100-M6 comes closer than any other camera we've seen before.

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Japan's FREE. Friendly and Knowledgeable Guides

Nearly every tourist destination in Japan has chapters of volunteer guides whose passion is providing tourists with an in-depth introduction to the "True Japan." Their services are absolutely free -- all you're permitted is to prick up their meal and travel expenses when they are with you -- and tipping is not permitted. Groups can be from 1-6 persons, and the guides must be schedules must be arranged by the travelers themselves, not by a travel agent, cruise ship travel desk, or by a hotel concierge.

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Group Photo Shoots Can Be Lots of Fun

While taking travel photos is usually considered an activity engaged in by individuals or couples, it really pays off to intersperse these solo activities with group photo shoots organized by travel consultants, meetup groups, photo schools or individual photo enthusiasts who get together via the Cruise Critic role calls for the cruises for which you're signed up.

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Get 40% Off on Your Nest Luxury Cruise

Imagine booking a cruise on one of the top-rated ships that takes you to two of most exciting cruising grounds such as Alaska and Japan, New Zealand and Tahiti, New England and Great Britain, and the Mediterranean and Brazil. Instead of charging you top-dollar that's usually somewhere around $500 per person, per night; you end up paying about $400 per night with everything you can think of being included.

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Cruises & Cameras Travel Services specializes in vacation travel and offers cruises and land packages that are available exclusively through us. We cut through the clutter and send out the specific offers tailored to your interests. We will keep you advised of last minute deals and time sensitive offers as soon as they become available. Best of all, it's a free service to you! Here's just a sample of the many travel perks awaiting you!

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While photography is an art that most people practice alone or with a partner, there's a lot to be said about doing photography as part of a small supportive group. Steve Frankel provides opportunities to do this in Los Angeles and on ships anywhere in the world. What's more, the meetup and travel groups that Steve organizes are usually FREE!

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There are precious few books and blogs that are useful to today's hardcore cruisers & travel photographers When Steve spots a need, he first tries to identifying a writer that has already fulfilled the need. If he can't do that, he's likely to write the book or article himself.

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Cruises & Cameras' passions are booking guests onto top ships with exciting itineraries; and suggesting experiences and photo opportunities in every port. They are also passionate about booking land tours that involve photo and cultural opportunities, with the finest hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants thrown in.

Cruises & Cameras Travel Services is based in Southern California. Its specialties are the small ships (under 1300 guests) the ultra-luxury cruise lines, and one-of-a-kind vacations. Its host travel agency, Cruise & Travel Experts, is known for its highly-individualized approach to travel, and is a member of the Signature Travel Network.

Steve Frankel, the owner and Principal Consultant of Cruises & Cameras, has sailed with his wife, as paying passengers, on nearly all the Seabourn, Regent, Silversea, Crystal, Azamara, Oceania and Windstar ships now in service.

He is a Signature Travel Expert -- one of the most demanding designations that can be earned in the travel industry -- and has more than a dozen Cruise Line and Destination Specialist certifications as well. Also, he is a professional travel photographer and writer with more than 20,000 photos in his files. He has written 11 books and about 200 feature articles. His latest book, "Choosing Great Cameras for Cruises & Tours," went on sale in January.

Among the destinations he has visited and photographed are Siberia, Japan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Bali, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Baltic, Mediterranean, Iceland, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Corsica, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, Malta, Sardinia, Azores, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Patagonia, Venezuela, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rico, Mexico, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Canada, United States. Alaska, and Hawaii. Next year, he will add Cambodia to the list.


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