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Old July 5th, 2004, 03:55 PM
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I know they have a charge system set up but what about just paying cash for drinks etc.
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Old July 5th, 2004, 04:30 PM
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Hi, Jo Glenn. Cash is not accepted for drinks anywhere on the ship. You can prepay your sign & sail card with cash if you like instead of using a credit card.

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Old July 5th, 2004, 04:36 PM
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Ships are a 'cashless' system. For accounting purposes it is just so much easier for them to use these 'shipboard credit cards' that with the exception of the casino and bingo no cash is used.
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Old July 5th, 2004, 06:14 PM
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Thanks you guys, I pretty much figured as much. I was just thinking how easy it would be for me to keep track of how much I'm drinking.

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Old July 5th, 2004, 09:42 PM
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I save the receipts from all the bars on the ship (along with all the shops, etc.) so I can compare them with the final charge sheet. You can keep track of your "usage" that way.

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We keep a desk draw just for receipts. We compare them at the end of the cruise. It only takes five minutes. We have found mistakes.

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On Celebrity they have an interactive tv that allows you to check your shipboard account anytime from your cabin. If I'm on longer than 7 days I will "payoff" my account with Traveler's Checks halfway through the cruise. The charge at the end isn't quite so shocking that way... and I have less charges to check at the end. My teenage sons did the same thing with their cards on our last cruise. They made some purchases and put them on their (my) card. They wanted to use their spending money (each of them bought watches for $150 a pop) so they went to the purser's desk and "paid it off" with cash.

You can do the same thing if you want to limit your spending. Just pay off the card every other day or so. It's very easy to run up quite a tab using that darn ship's card!
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Old July 6th, 2004, 07:40 AM
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To keep drinking in check, there are various ways to keep track. I keep all stirrers from my drinks and put in pocket. That way, I know if I have had too many. Another way is to wear rings on all of your fingers on your left hand. As you have a drink, move one ring to right hand. When no more rings are on your left hand, you have had enough to drink.

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also you can check your shipboard account at the purser's desk during their normal business hours, we usually get a print-out half-way through the cruise just to see where we stand, save receipts and compare them to the print-out.
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Old July 6th, 2004, 12:02 PM
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I like to purchase my wife some future gifts that I keep the cost of, private. You can do this by putting a sign and sail card in your name only, even though another exists for the room charges. In this case, it's in my wife's name for the everyday sign and sail charges. You could do this as well for drinks. It's no different than single cruiser's sharing a room but keeping expense's seperate..
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Old July 7th, 2004, 09:29 AM
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Thanks Marc for the tips but I love shots of tequila and corona's so I'm not sure they give you the sipsters. The ring idea sounds like it might work but then I'm not into that fashion trend.
Since my girlfriend and I are leaving the husbands behind, I don't want my husband to think we had too much fun drinking and dancing. Lol....
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