Originally Posted by commission1
No this type of hold never occured before, maybe since may of 2011 all cruiselines changed their policies?
I think that what has changed is the policy of notifying customers of the hold being placed! I am pretty sure they have been doing it all along. They are just being more upfront about telling you about it!
I would say that your plan to prepay gratuities and then ask that your card not be activated for charges is probably going to add half an hour to an hour to your check in time while the temporary part time staff at the check-in try to figure out whether they can do that.