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Old August 14th, 2007, 05:39 PM
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For our cruise we get $150 on-board credit per cabin if we pay with a Mastercard. I was wondering what exactly you can use that for, since we don't drink and want to see if earning miles on our other CC would be more of a value for us.

This is with NCL. Can you use it for:

Surcharge restaurants?
Spa treatments?
Tips? (I assume not)
Excursions?
Gift shops?

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The credit is applied directly to your on-board account so theoretically it can be used for all of those things.
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Thank you Canuckity. I had assumed that on-board credit could only be used on things that use are buying from the cruise line, in order for them to get their money back.

Anyone know for sure what NCL allows on-board credit to be used for?

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Anything you would charge on a ship: shore tours, spa treatments, drinks (bottles of wine), photographs, In other words, once your bill is totaled they simply take $150 off the top, you don't have to tell them what to apply it to, it is all one total anyway.
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You do have to read the fine print of the on board credit. Many times there are restrictions on "gift" credits where they cannot be used for gratuities and can only be used for goods and services.

The best rule of thumb is: If you or another person pays for it with "cash or credit card" then you can use it for anything. Promotions may not count.

I got burnt with this on a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise that I booked through a certain travel agency.

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For our cruise we get $150 on-board credit per cabin if we pay with a Mastercard. I was wondering what exactly you can use that for, since we don't drink and want to see if earning miles on our other CC would be more of a value for us.
I'm not an expert on NCL, cause I've never sailed them ... but I would assume onboard credit can be used for anything that would appear on your onboard statement. The onboard credit is listed there right along with your charges ... and offsets them when all is said and done. Of course, onboard credit is usually not refundable ... so you have to make sure you have at least $150 in charges ... which will be easily done.

You don't have to be a drinker to go through $150. Your auto-tips alone will get you there. Then there's shore excursions you purchase onboard, photos, soft drinks, specialty restaurants, any purchases you make in the shops, bingo (does NCL have bingo?), and the list goes on and on. Believe me, at the end of the week, when you get that onboard statement delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the cruise, you'll be holding your head and wondering how you managed to spend so much money. At least I do ... and believe me, I'm no spendthrift ... not nearly as bad as most people I know.

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that would certainly put a dent in the cost of purchasing all the photos they like to take!
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You do have to read the fine print of the on board credit. Many times there are restrictions on "gift" credits where they cannot be used for gratuities and can only be used for goods and services.

The best rule of thumb is: If you or another person pays for it with "cash or credit card" then you can use it for anything. Promotions may not count.

I got burnt with this on a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise that I booked through a certain travel agency.

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I second Mike's motion. Even in this e-age, there is still no substitute for reading. The beauty of the computer age is that you can do a word search of the terms you are concerned about. I correspond with everyone on-line as much as possible for that reason.
So, if you have the agreement on your computer rather than on paper, finding the exceptions will be easier. Personally, my level of trust would be higher is there is an "exceptions" section in the document than it would be if the exceptions are scattered about in the text. You can tell a lot about people by how they word their "stuff".
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We had a $200 OBC directly from NCL on our last cruise. It specifically excluded the $10 per day tips and casino charges, but applied to everything else that was charged to our on-board account. Since we were in Alaska, a shore excursion quickly used it up.

We don't drink either, but it would have applied to any of the other things listed in Kyros' post. Do read the fine print, as I'm not sure that all of them work exactly the same way. Ours was sent from NCL in response to a "suggestion letter" about some problems that we had noticed on our Jewel cruise in November, so it may not have the same rules as the ones issued by using a Mastercard.
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I received onboard credit from our cruise line because to make up for some difficulties we had on a prior sailing. I was wondering what happens to that onboard credit if it not completely used. Anyone know?
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