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Old November 18th, 2012, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by ruthlessboss View Post
As posted a while back, the OP never came back to the site and admit the extra "charge" was really a "hold" on the card and likely the "hold" was released days after.
I agree, Ruth. I've been doing this for a long time and over the last 11 years, I've not had anyone have such a problem. In fact, I've had only one client get charged twice for something and we got that solved for her with just one email.

But I do disagree with those who say not to use a credit card. If you use a credit card and have a problem, you can protest the charge and the credit card company can be of great help. I do suggest not using a debit card for the very reason you stated - they often put a hold on money and it can take a while for the hold to disappear. This happens alot with debit cards.

Using cash is not a good thing because then you have to carry large amounts of cash around - always a bad idea.

And traveler's checkes are definitely becoming a thing of the past. Many banks/credit union no longer sell them and more and more places are no longer accepting them. I had a couple left over from a trip a couple of years ago and went to use one at a local store here in Northern Virginia - the cashier had no idea what it was, had never seen one before, and refused to accept it.

It's best to check your onboard account everyday and settle any problems right away while still onboard. Things can happen - nothing is perfect. But the final bill presented to you in your cabin on the last morning, should be your final bill. Anything appears after the fact needs to be checked out and if there's a problem, immediately contact the cruise line - if they can't provide documentation to support the charge, talk to your credit card company right away.

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