Communications FAQ


Q. How do I make telephone calls back to Canada?

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Phoning home from hotels is expensive. All hotels will add a service charge to the cost of any phone calls you make from your room. This charge can be very high. Ship-to-shore telephone calls can also be extremely expensive. It is always cheaper for you to use public telephones. If you decide to make a direct call to Canada – always remember to dial the international access code 00 followed by the country code 1 (Canada), and your phone number. Local phone cards are available at tobacco stores, kiosks and post offices.

Q. What are the timezone differences:

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The following are guidelines only, as daylight saving changes will alter variances:

Q. Are internet cafés readily available?

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Europe:

Yes, internet cafés are throughout Europe and are a much more cost-effective way of communicating with friends and family than by telephone.

Q. What languages are spoken?

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Europe:

  • The Netherlands - Dutch
  • Germany - German
  • Hungary - Hungarian
  • France – French
  • Norway – Norwegian
  • Greece – Greek
  • Turkey – Turkish and English
  • Spain – Spanish
  • Morocco – Arabic, French and English

 

Q. Are there any restrictions on photography?

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  • It may not be possible to use your camera or video camera at some sites of interest, or there may be a fee; please ask your Tour Director for further details.
  • Not everyone might appreciate being on your souvenir home video or holiday photo, so please respect the privacy of local people and cruise directors/local guides by asking permission before filming or taking a photograph. This is especially important in holy places and when visiting indigenous people.
  • If someone is giving a public performance then permission is not usually necessary – but if in doubt, ask or refrain.

Please Note: Photography is prohibited in 'restricted' areas such as bridges, dams, ports and airports as well as military installations or security-sensitive places such as police stations.

Q. Can I photograph or film in museums?

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Museums and attractions have differing rules regarding cameras and videos. While some do not allow cameras to be taken in at all, at others a fee or a permit may be required. Your guide will advise of the rules at each particular site and what is required. Please tell your guide if you will require a permit at the time and he/she will purchase a special ticket and advise you accordingly. In many museums, tombs and temples the use of a flash is strictly prohibited.

Q. Can I easily obtain batteries and memory cards?

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Generally, yes unless stated otherwise.