30 A-Z Guide to Cruise HolidaysAn alternative and more economical method of calling home would be to purchase a phone card locally in the ports of call and use public landlines ashore.Photographs / DVDsOur resident photographers will be on hand throughout your cruise to help capture those special moments. Their photographs are processed on a daily basis and will be displayed for you to purchase if you wish. Our photographers can also assist you with the processing of your own digital images, in addition to selling other photograpic items. It is also possible for your own camera films to be processed during the cruise, although we are unable to process Advantix films. Camera film is available to buy in the ship's shop. All charges will be billed back to your on board account.It is also now possible to obtain a DVD of your cruise from our on board photographers. This DVD will be shot during your chosen cruise.Port Talks / LecturersOn most cruises, we have either a knowledgeable Port Lecturer on board or an experienced member of our tours staff who will give talks on the forthcoming ports of call throughout the cruise. This will enable you to gain an insight into the history and geography of the port of call and find out what the main attractions and local services are, giving you a chance to
plan ahead.All ships have an infra-red Induction Loop in The Neptune Lounge to assist those guests with hearing difficulties.
A-Z Guide to Cruise Holidays 31Post / PostcardsIf you wish to send postcards home during the cruise please hand them to Reception on board who will give them to our local port agent for posting in the next port of call. A small charge will be levied to cover postage costs. Obviously,
the more remote the port, the longer the postcard will take
to reach home! Delivery of mail cannot be guaranteed.Safety Deposit BoxesSafety deposit boxes are available at Reception on Black Watch to safeguard valuables and important papers. There is a £5 deposit for these on Black Watch which is refunded at the end of the cruise. In addition to these, there is a lockable drawer in each cabin on Black Watch. Boudicca, Braemar and Balmoral have lockable safes in each cabin.Sea.tvTelevisions in cabins and in public areas on Black Watch and Boudicca offers our own information channel called Sea.tv, which gives details of ports of call, special promotions, and general shipboard activities.Shopping On BoardThe on board boutiques offer a wide range of items from luxury items including jewellery, glassware and perfumes to elegant eveningwear and casual day clothes. The shop on board stocks essential items such as camera film, sun cream, toiletries and other on board necessities, as well as souvenirs and cruise mementoes. The shops will be closed in some ports due to customs regulations.You may purchase alcohol and cigarettes via our Cabin Shopping Service to consume throughout the cruise . An order form and price list will be found in your cabin - simply complete and hand it to Reception and your order will be delivered to your cabin.Duty free can also be purchased to take home towards the very end of your cruise (subject to itinerary).