Be cautious about buying the pictures early on in the cruise. On my first few cruises I bought good pictures as I saw them displayed and by the end of the cruise I had a rather large collection and purchased at a premium price. Wait until the end of the cruise and then just select one or two of the best that offer the best memory of the trip and pass on the others. They are way too expensive. If you ned to usethe internet to stay in contact with those at home -wait until you get into ports and use the local internet cafes. At $.50 a minute rates can really rack up (particularly when the connection is slow - as it often is).