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dmacdots September 20th, 2011 06:54 PM

Should I exchange money?
 
I am cruising on NCL Jade Oct.1st to Greece. I am wondering if it's best to exchange currency before we leave the US? What currency is best to use at the port shops? Cash or Credit Cards?

thank you!

sergej September 20th, 2011 08:29 PM

there is only one currency in Greese - Euro.

Normally nobody would sell you anyting for USD in the Europe.
As for now Greece is located there.

My tip: take some small sum in Euro e.g. 20- 30 Euro,
normally for some absolutelly unnesessaRY tourist stuff they would
accept your credit card (Visa, masterkard).

And don't hope to see something interesting in Greece - that is really one of the most
boring country in the word : all interesting stuff about Greese one can read in wikipedia.

Marc September 20th, 2011 09:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sergej (Post 1393457)
there is only one currency in Greese - Euro.

And don't hope to see something interesting in Greece - that is really one of the most
boring country in the word : all interesting stuff about Greese one can read in wikipedia.

Greece is one of the most fascinating countries on Earth. You will have a fantastic time both on the mainland and the islands.

Get Euros once you land in Europe at an ATM (do not go to a moneychanger).

dmacdots September 21st, 2011 01:34 AM

marc...thanks! I appreciate all your help! I am looking forward to seeing all the beautiful sites Greece has to offer. And when I get to an ATM, I will remember you!
thank you again.

green_rd September 21st, 2011 09:01 AM

Check your credit cards. If you have one that does not charge an exchange fee use it. Check with your bank about making foreign transactions too. You will want to let them know you will be traveling in Greece or they may put a block on your account and give you a call at home to let you know their have been suspicious charges.

MercedMike September 21st, 2011 10:16 AM

Greece is magnificent
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sergej (Post 1393457)
there is only one currency in Greese - Euro.

Normally nobody would sell you anyting for USD in the Europe.
As for now Greece is located there.

My tip: take some small sum in Euro e.g. 20- 30 Euro,
normally for some absolutelly unnesessaRY tourist stuff they would
accept your credit card (Visa, masterkard).

And don't hope to see something interesting in Greece - that is really one of the most
boring country in the word : all interesting stuff about Greese one can read in wikipedia.

We have travelled extensively in Greece. We might get a few Euros for small expenses, but normally in all tourist areas plastic is very welcome and US$ can be used for tips and small purchases. It depends on exactly what you plan to do. Mostly we stayed in tourist areas and ate at restaurants that took credit cards. A couple of times our guide took us to a local deli or taverna and then it was handy to have Euros. Changing money before you go is efficient, but probably the most costly. The ship will also usually change a reasonable amount of money for you. Actually just using an ATM in Greece is probably the cheapest and easiest way.

OTOH if you plan to rent a car, or just go walking out on your own, then it will be better to have a pocket full of Euros.

And as far as attractions in Greece -- it is one of the most historical and architecturally magnificent, as well as stunningly scenic, places on Earth! The Acropolis alone is worth a special trip around the world.

Check out our trip report and pictures at http://www.bully4.us/athens.html and at "Black Sea Cruise 2009" and Mike and Renée's Greek Isles Cruise 2007 for some of our visits to Greece. You will love it!

Snoozeman September 21st, 2011 10:19 AM

ATM is the way to go, but I like to have a little for first taxi fare, etc.

BankofAmerica will deliver Euros to your door for $7.50. Great for me as I'm way out in the country, but if you live in a big city I guess you could pop in the bank. (That's pop not poop for you JH fans)

Mike M September 21st, 2011 10:40 AM

I agree with the ATM. There are plenty of bank ATM's at the airport. When you get off the plane get 100 or so Euros. It is far easier than running to the bank and ordering Euros. If you do go to your local bank, call first and make sure they have foreign currency or you'll have to make two trips.

You have also been given good advice in notifying your bank about traveling and using your ATM/Debit card outside the U.S..

I do STRONGLY advise that you do get some Euros. Perhaps, certain tourist and port area shops will take U.S. dollars but if you are outside those areas U.S. dollars will not be easily accepted. Use your credit card for as many purchases as you can and I also suggest that it be a VISA card. The old commercials are true. "They don't take American Express". Amex is not accepted in as many places. If you use Discover then just leave it at home.

Have a great time and enjoy the beauty of Greece.

Take care,
Mike

sergej September 21st, 2011 11:26 AM

>>The Acropolis alone

Yes there is only toursit trap in Greece - Acropolis ,

they carry some columns from everwere and put it on one place

I am not sure that all that stuff is older than 200 years,

Yes, Acropolis alone - there is noting else to see in Greece.

Ok they is lot of shops to sell all that stuff to frustrating US tourists
there.

Don't forget it is simply to get Euro from Bank Automat
but you would not be able to put it in it again.

Coins and you'll get a lot of them you would be hardly able to change into USD anywere

sergej September 21st, 2011 11:49 AM

Don't vorget !

ALL sculpturs on Acropolis
are COPies , so if you want to see original the best way is Visit Paris or
London museums

Marc September 21st, 2011 08:07 PM

Sergej, I have yet to find a German tourist that will treat a Southern Euorpean with respect or say anything positive about Southern Europe. This is strange as Germans are great tourists in their own country. (My experience with Germans as tourists in Southern Europe goes back 31 years and is as recent as last year.)

There are many sites in Greece. Yes, I saw the Elgin Marbles in London but I also saw a lot of archeaological sites and museums all through Greece. One of the most fascinating is the island of Delos. On the mainland, the Temple of Poseidon, Theatre at Epidaurus, and Delphi are all wonderful. Then to see Corinth and Nafplion is just wonderful. Syntagma Square with the changing of the guards is not the same as at Buckingham Palaca but is still a wonderful stop. Nothing beats the Plaka (if the Greece economy is doing well). I have been Athens when thriving (1980) and doing poorly (1982). More recently, I have been in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Enjoy Greece and all the World has to offer. Treat all people you meet with respect and they will (usually) do the same.

MercedMike September 22nd, 2011 10:31 AM

Tourist Trap? Tourist Trap?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sergej (Post 1393538)
>>The Acropolis alone

Yes there is only toursit trap in Greece - Acropolis ,

The Acropolis is a tourist trap?

What do you consider a worthwhile monument of history and architecture to visit? The castle at Disneyland???

;);)

fun2cruiz September 22nd, 2011 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MercedMike (Post 1393660)
The Acropolis is a tourist trap?

What do you consider a worthwhile monument of history and architecture to visit? The castle at Disneyland???

;);)

Perhaps something like this is more of a worthwhile monument to him: :shock:

The world's largest rubber band ball was created by Joel Waul. He is the current World Record Holder according to the Guinness World Records. The ball, which previously sat under a tarp in Waul's driveway, is 9400 pounds, more than eight-feet tall, and consisting of more than 700,000 rubber bands. It set the world record on November 13, 2008 in Lauderhill, Florida.[2] The ball is now owned by Ripley's Believe it or Not!

sergej September 22nd, 2011 01:15 PM

The Acropolis is a tourist trap?

Yes, as I told everything there is copie
to see original sculptures one need to go to GB and France.

In the whole town is noting to see - only this Acropolis-Disneyland for
tourists

fun2cruiz September 22nd, 2011 01:51 PM

everyone is entitled to THEIR OPINION ..... I found the Acropolis amazing as have many others I am sure.... MY OPINION !

TruckerD September 22nd, 2011 11:58 PM

sergej is probably just mad because his country is spending big cash to keep Greece from defaulting. Lighten up, convincing people to not go will not help them get back on their feet and pay you back.


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