Is there some way to download pictures from a flash card onto a disk so that we can keep our pictures safe onboard ncl ships? I know they have internet cafe, but don't know if they have a service for downloading your pictures, or if their computers have a flash drive. Could someone give some advice? Thank you!
I haven't ever tried to have my pictures downloaded while on the ship. I think they can usually do it for you in the photo lab, but we have neighbors who lost most of their Alaska pictures having the ship (not NCL) do it for them.
With as low as the price of memory cards are these days, I prefer to just take extra memory cards. That way if I screw up the transfer, I have no one to blame but myself, since I managed that once too.
The computers in the internet lab won't have card readers available, and I'm pretty sure they don't have CD burners either.
Ute_fan, Thank you so much for your advice! That's just what I'll do...buy a bunch of cards! I know I'll be click happy, always am...and it will take the worry out of it! Am going out of town today, so I'll pick some up. Thanks again!
Have a great cruise! One other suggestion that I've read is to not use the biggest capacity card that your camera can handle. Some of the semi-pros over on one of the other boards suggest using smaller ones, and that way if a card should fail (rare, but it can happen), you'll lose part of your pictures rather than all of them.
We shot well over 800 in Alaska in May, so I totally understand the "click happy" comment .
I agree with ute-fan in that using the "largest" memory card is not the best idea. A few smaller ones are better. Small, these days, is around 512 MB. If you are taking mpg. movies you will use up your card faster than taking 4MP pictures.
You can take your memory stick or SD card to the photo shop and they will transfer it, for a fee, to a CD or DVD.
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I took several chips with me on my Alaska trip. I changed every couple of days or whenever I wasn't sure where I was at--I'm like that. I didn't worry that way about downloading, etc.
There was a fellow that didn't have enough memory (about 2 days into the trip) and he asked the ship's photographers if they could store for him. They will do it, but the price is astronomical and is the price of another chip.
I'd advise you to do what I did, using 2 GB chips.
However, I AM going to take the computer along on our 19-day cruise so I can keep downloading and maybe even send some pics while on board. I'd rather trust my own computer and my knowledge of how it all works with something I'm familiar with.
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