A-Z Guide to Cruise Holidays 11would be called upon to provide the required assistance in the unlikely event of an emergency at sea. These are set as follows:MS Braemar Permits 4 wheelchairs and has 4 cabins
modified for wheelchair use.MS Black Watch Permits 6 wheelchairs and has 4 cabins modified for wheelchair use.MS Boudicca Permits 6 wheelchairs and has 4 cabins modified for wheelchair use.MS Balmoral Permits 12 wheelchairs and has 9 cabins modified for wheelchair use.Other Guests who prefer to use a wheelchair to assist them in covering significant distances ashore will therefore be restricted from using their wheelchair when the vessel is at sea. Additionally, the number of wheelchairs we can accept for use ashore only, is also capacity controlled.Motorised wheelchairs/scooters will only be accepted on Black Watch, Boudicca, Braemar and Balmoral when occupying an adapted cabin. On health and safety grounds, chairs weighing in excess of 25kg cannot be carried ashore at any ports of call, other than the start/end point of the cruise, unless they can be easily dismantled.Regrettably, we cannot guarantee that assistance by qualified persons will be available at other ports of call and unless able to board a vehicle unassisted it will not be possible for wheelchair users to participate in organised shore tours.
(Please see page 32 relating to Shore Tours) Owing to the nature of ship to shore tender services, which are utilised at certain ports when at anchor, we regret that it will not be possible to convey any Guests ashore who require more than minimal assistance to board the tender. Safety of our Guests is always of paramount importance.Fly/cruises - it is important for wheelchair users to advise us immediately as to whether they are unable to climb aircraft steps, so that we can ensure suitable airport assistance is available.Guests arriving with a wheelchair or scooter but, without previously reserving a space, will be denied boarding.
12 A-Z Guide to Cruise HolidaysDress CodeTo help you decide what to pack we have put together the following simple guidelines:During the DayDaytime dress is casual. Casual shirts, shorts and beachwear are ideal, although we do ask you to adhere to appropriate dress codes in the main restaurants. For going ashore and walking on deck, flat, comfortable shoes are a must. We would also recommend that you take a lightweight jacket or fleece for the evenings.Don't forget your sun cream, hats and sunglasses, as the power of the sun is magnified at sea.During the evening there are:Formal nights - For ladies, this is the opportunity to wear a cocktail or evening dress. For gentlemen, dinner jacket or tuxedos - if you do not have a dinner jacket you may wish to hire one (please see Dress Suit Hire). Alternatively, a dark
suit and tie is acceptable.Informal nights - (excluding Caribbean fly/cruise programme) Men will be comfortable in a lounge suit or jacket and/or tie. For ladies, anything ranging from tailored trousers to a dress, will be appropriate.Smart casual - Stylish leisure wear is ideal. Open neck shirts with collars please, for the men; whilst casual separates or a summer dress will be fine for the ladies.As a guideline there are normally three formal nights on a two week cruise, with the remaining nights split between informal and smart casual. However in the hot temperatures of the Caribbean the guidelines are relaxed to three formal nights with the rest as smart casual nights. There will also be various theme nights such as 'Nautical', 'International', 'Tropical' and 'Rock 'n' Roll', which you may wish to join in. Dress code guidelines are mentioned in the ship's Daily Times so you can anticipate the tone of the next evening to come. The number of formal, informal and smart casual nights for your particular cruise will be advised in your ticket pack.