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Old May 7th, 2001, 01:49 PM
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Default What do I do with my room key?

Hello everybody - I am a first time cruiser going on the Carnival
Triumph on September 1. I am very excited and been doing a lot or research to see what I need for the trip. My first question is this - what do need to carry with you on the "fun days" at sea? Will I need some type of purse, beach bag or what? How safe are the rooms? How much cash should I take with me, or should I do Travelers checks? Do they allow you to bring your own alcohol on board? What should I wear the first day?

Thanks for your answers to these questions. They don't seem related, but they have been praying on my mind for a while.

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Old May 7th, 2001, 05:29 PM
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Hi Mel,
Here is a link to some great tips for "first cruisers":


Only take as much cash/travelers checks that you will need for that day along with your sign and sail card, you'll need that to get on/off the ship. There are some waterproof pouches you can purchase on board to hold your card and some cash. Depending on your cabin, some have safes in the cabin, great for storing all your extra cash and traveling papers. Have a great time on your first cruise, and hopefully it won't be your last :-)

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Old May 8th, 2001, 12:12 AM
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on days at sea you don't need anything except your "sail&sign" card that is both your room key and is used to buy anything on board (except in the casino where
cash is king) the sail&sign card is also pretty much water proof so if you want to go really light just put it in your swimming trunks pocket.
when we go cruising we bring a beach bag to carry books, cards, sun lotion ect
but you don't even need to carry that much unless you sunburn like me
as long as you have your sail&sign card (your room key) you really don't need anything else
all of the carnival ships we have been on had a room safe and we haven't had a problem with it
we don't normally take travelers checks as other than on shore and casino there isn't much need for cash now that the tips are added to your sail&sign card but
travellers checks aren't a bad idea if you can get them free (AAA i think does this)
we were on the triumph last aug to canada and loved the trip
you will not believe how big the ship is
hope you like to eat the food was great i had surf & turf almost every night
you just order two entrees and presto more good food than you could ever imagine
sorry this got so long but once i start "cruise talk" i have a hard time stopping
you will absolutely love to cruising
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Old May 8th, 2001, 08:11 AM
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Thank you both Donna and Bill for your sugesstions! It's been something I've wondered about.

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Old May 8th, 2001, 01:19 PM
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I have been told that the Triumph doesn't have the tips added to your sail and sign card. My TA told me to bring cash for the tips.
So, I don't know how to find out for sure, but my TA said she was positive they ae not added.
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Old May 18th, 2001, 02:59 AM
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We have been on several Carnival Cruises and the tip has never been added in to your charge card. We have always had to put cash in envelopes(that they supply). As with the others, we have always left money, TC's, & jewerly in our room safe and have never had a problem with anything.
Just 1 little tid-bit, don't leave anything laying around that you wouldn't want anyone to walk in on. My wife left her bra & underpants laying on the bed while we went swimming. Needless to say, when she got back to the room, they were put away in a dresser. My wife felt terrible that someone picked up her stuff to put it away, little lone her underwear & bra. But, that is what they do. Everytime you leave the room, your stewart is in there to straighten things up. If you used a wash cloth, it is gone & a clean one is put in it's place.
About your room key. We have never had any problems with leaving them under our towels when we are at the pools. They tell you to wear rubber soles when walking on the decks, we have seen several people fall from slippery floors. So, yes, make sure you do wear them.
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