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Old November 28th, 2001, 04:52 PM
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I am going on my 1st cruise Sunday and i do not want to use a credit card for my sail and sign card. Is it safe and ok to use my banking debit card( it has a visa logo on it)? Or should i just give them a Cash deposit??
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Old November 28th, 2001, 05:28 PM
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I'm not sure about the debit card, but they will accept a cash deposit.
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Old November 28th, 2001, 05:41 PM
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They will take cash or travelers checks.

I wouldn't use the debit card. It doesn't have the protection that a credit card does if there is a problem. If there is an error on the bill with a debit card you are pretty much SOL, they will not dispute it like a credit card company will. I know several people who have had their checking accounts emptied when the wrong person gets a hold of their debit card and there is no recourse unless there is physical proof (ie security video) of the wrong person using the debit card.
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Old November 28th, 2001, 07:46 PM
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naaa, thats wrong. Visa check card type debit cards have the same protection as credit cards and yes Carnival does accept them. Use it
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Old November 28th, 2001, 11:33 PM
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Lisa,

Use your visa debit card I did when I went on the Fascination a month ago and had no problems at all....in fact, it was better than using a regular credit card all my purchases were paid for as soon as I made the charge I didn't have to wait a month for a cc statement. Enjoy your cruise and use your debit card.
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Old November 29th, 2001, 05:43 PM
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Yes to both questions can use a debit card if it has the Visa logo, or a cash deposit. IMO a credit card is much easier at check-in! If you do a cash deposit you need to go to the pursers desk once on board to place your deposit and have your sail & sign activated...and anticipate LONG lines! At check-in your S&S is automatically activated if you use a credit card, and I assume a debit card would work the same? Also if you secured your account with a credit card you don't have to leave it on there. You can pay your balance the evening before disembarkation with cash, get a receipt and it's a done deal!
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Old December 6th, 2001, 12:07 AM
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I was on the Fantasy a month ago and used my Debit/Visa. Be prepared, when you arrive they automatically reserve a 500.00 charge until you leave and pay your balance. Just be sure you have enough to cover it even if you don't spend that much. I had decided mid cruise to switch my cards because I bought some jewelry on the ship. When I got my statement, I found that they charged my Debit card for the balance on my bill up to that point and whatever I spent after the switch they put on the other card. Don't use the cash deposit, it is a real hassle waiting in line all the time to settle your account.

Have a great trip
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Old December 10th, 2001, 12:54 PM
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If you use a credit card, like Visa or MC, you have some
recourse for returning unsatisfactory merchandise. I bought a
gold chain on one of the major cruise lines, and it went
bad - tarnished after a short while, and made my skin breakout.
I was able to return it by mail to their merchandise
center and then they credited by card for the item.
A CC also gets you an extra 25 days to pay your shipboard
account. Are you worried that someone connected to
the ship might use your card or steal the numbers. -
that is always a concern with credit cards whether you
use them in restaurants or over the phone for mail
order merchandise - but I think the convenience and the
ability to stop payment on disputed merchandise outweighs
the risk and you always have a documented record.
I would think in the case of posting cash - and you wanted
to return something that you bought aboard later{ - they have
great sales, for art, jewelry, and sports wear, } you might
have to wait awhile for someone to cut you a check.
Buckeye Bob
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