I am confused over the Carnival Sign and Sail card. I am a first time cruiser and single traveler and will probably not spend much on extras. Maybe one tour and one spa treatment. Otherwise would prefer to pay with cash/travelers checks. I heard the S&S was required as your ship ID. The minimum for my cruise as a deposit is $200 and I don't think I will use that much and don't like that they add 15% gratuity. I was looking forward to the end of the week envelope system. I don't drink soda so that card isn't useful to me and I don't drink much alcohol either - maybe one glass of wine a day and prefer to tip the bartendar directly.
Any way - can someone help on the Sign & Sail card? I am cruising out of Galveston, on the Jubliee, April 14.
Tarra, not only is it your ID, it is also your room key and for any purchases on board. If you put a deposit of $200 and you have a balance left at the end of the cruise then they will cut you a check that you will receive on the morn of departure.
The sail n sign card is you only means of using money. The only place to use cash is in the casinos. You must have a sail n sign card. Some ships it is also your key to your room also. Your tips for the room steward and restaurnat help also comes out of there too. Unless you have pre paid your tips. The bar gets 15% but it comes off the card at the time you order your drink. Even in the shops it is the card no cash. So put the money in the account and use the card and then if you have any left they give you a check at the end of the cruise. If you spend more they will ask for more. Have a great crusie and enjoy.... Char
All ships have a type of "Sail & Sign" card. Ships are pretty much a cashless place with the exception of gambling so it is your only means of paying for anything, they do not accept cash in the gift shops or for drinks etc. If you use a CC they do not place a hold on it as far as I know, just make the charge on the last day before debarkation. You also have the option of placing a cash deposit and whatever isn't used will be refunded to you in the form of a check on the last day. The S&S card is not only your credit card, but is also your ID to get on and off the ship and in many cases your room key. It also id's your dining table nr and time. You will also need it to leave at the spa desk to get a free locker key if you wish to use one while in the gym/spa. As for the tips, a 15% tip is automatically added on all drinks. The suggested tips for the rest of the staff are usually added to your S&S card for your convienance BUT you can go to the pursers desk and request they be removed so that you can tip in the traditional manner which happens to be my choice as well. Just don't forget them. Enjoy your cruise, it really is easy and they will do everything for you if you wish. Any questions you have, feel free to ask here as there are many folks here that are willing to help and relate their experiances.
With the price of shore excursions and spa treatments, you could easily spend 200.00!
Also whether you leave the tips for the dining staff and room steward on the card, or asked to have it removed and pay them directly, you will need about 10.00 a day for just the tips! You don't want to find yourself short on cash(unless you plan on using a credit card if you run out of money.) If you don't want to use a credit card this is what I suggest you do: Take the 200.00 in cash like you planned and also bring some travelers checks. Their safer if you don't like the idea of carrying alot of cash, and they can be cashed at the pursers desk and the casino. There is a safe in the room so you won't have to carry them around with you. This way you will be sure to have enough money to last you through the cruise.
I have a suggestion that worked great for us. We had no idea how much cash to use to secure our card. If you have a credit card or debit with the visa logo, use that. Here's why. The last night of the cruise they will slip the total bill to be charged to the card you used to secure your card. If you don't dispute the charges then you do nothing and you walk off the ship and that's that. If you secure with cash then at the end you have to stand in what was a long line our last trip to either get a refund or pay the difference. Plus, as another person stated this card is your i.d., room key, everything and it's mandatory. The only items you need cash for are the casino, tipping as you go for nights you don't eat in the formal dining areas (room service attendants and such) and if you play bingo. Everything else will require the card. You may not think you will spend much but when you think about the spa, alcoholic drinks, the onboard gift shops, photos that are taken by the photographers, and such it can add up. My husband and I used our visa debit last trip and between everything on board, shore excursions and gifts purchsed on the island we only spent about 400.00 so about 200.00 each, so not bad. Good luck and happy cruising!
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Re: Is Sign&Sail Required?
Carnival now has a system where if there is credit left on a cash deposit for the sign and sail card, that a check is attached to your final statement - you simply detach it and cash it in at your bank back home.
Sign and Sail cards are required on board as others have said. My only advice is to not use a debit card (also known as the fake visa or mastercard) because the cruise lines do put a hold on debit cards and any cash available might be tied up in the hold, and also you do not have the same rights when you use a debit card as you do when you use a regular credit card. So, I would either use the credit card or the cash deposit and avoid the debit card route.
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Another point to remember is your cash deposit will be debited by the amount of the suggested tips for the whole cruise immediately. In other words, on a 7 day cruise and tips suggested at $10 per day your account is automatically reduced by $70 before you open your luggage in the room.
I had a friend who put down $150 cash for him and his wife and upon boarding went straight to the pool bar for a drink but was denied because the bartender said his account didn't have any remaining balance. When he inquired about it he found out the tips had already been deducted so he had to put more cash in the account.
That is per person. I like to use cash in my sail n sign. Then i dont have to think about it later on. Like having it on my charge card. My husband and I put in $400 for the 2 of us and have always gotten a check back. Believe me I do shop in the shops on ship and we do have our share of drinks. It is really a lot easier then carrying around cash. Enjoy! Char