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).
32 A-Z Guide to Cruise HolidaysShore Tours / Going AshoreUsually the ship will berth in the port's harbour and a gangway will be positioned so you may come and go from the ship as you please. In smaller ports the ship may be at anchor when we will provide tender boats to take you ashore. These tenders will run frequently to and from the ship and there is no charge for this serviceWhen a tender service is in operation Guests may have to negotiate up to a maximum of 25 steps to/from the tender platform. We regret that on health and safety grounds Guests confined
to a wheelchair or unable to negotiate the steps will not be able to go ashore.We offer a choice of shore tours in nearly every port of call. Most shore tours are accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable tour guides and are an excellent way of exploring the main attractions of each port of call. As these tours are very popular we strongly recommend that you pre-book in advance of your cruise to avoid disappointment, although they may also be booked on board at the Shore Tours Desk. Please note that tours are subject to minimum and maximum participating numbers and to local weather conditions. Guests on Balmoral and Braemar can preview and book tours available during their cruise, by visiting FOi (Interactive TV) under the 'Shore Tours' menu.A full colour programme, including booking form, detailing all our tours will be despatched directly to you between 4 and 6 weeks weeks prior to sailing.For disabled Guests we regrettably cannot guarantee that assistance by qualified persons will be available at all ports of call. Unless able to board a vehicle unassisted it will not usually be possible for wheelchair users to participate in organised shore tours. Please ask our Shore Tour Department about independent tours with adapted vehicles.Regrettably, on health and safety grounds it is not possible to convey any Guests ashore via a tender service if confined to a wheelchair. Similarly, it is only possible to convey collapsible wheelchairs on a tender where the user needs the minimum of assistance to board and alight the tender. This will be at the discretion of our security staff on the day.