Do you mean a cash deposit minimum on the s&s card? There is one of those.
Depending on what you drink the coupons can save you a little money. If you drink frozen drinks (pina coladas, ect) you save about $.20 per drink using the coupon. If you drink beer or most mixed drinks you are better off just buying the drink as the drink coupon is worth more then buying the drink and you don't get "change" for the coupon.
You buy the coupons on Carnival's website and they are either waiting in your cabin when you arrive or you get them your first night at dinner.
What about money?
Sail & Sign
"Sail & Sign" is Carnival's cashless onboard credit program which allows guests to charge their purchases directly to their personal account for convenience throughout the cruise. Registration will take place during the embarkation process or onboard at the Purser's Office.
The following deposits are required per guest:
2 - 4 Day Cruises - $100 deposit per guest
5 - 8 Day Cruises - $200 deposit per guest
9+ Day Cruises - $350 deposit per guest
U.S. currency and traveler's checks are accepted as a form of deposit to open a Sail & Sign account at the start of the cruise. As the guest approaches the deposit limit, the Information Desk will notify the guest that additional money must be deposited.
Any remaining available cash balance will be refunded via check, printed and delivered to the guest's cabin on the morning of debarkation.
The completed Sail & Sign application form (included with your cruise documents) must be presented along with a VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Guests may also use a Check/Debit Card, as long as it is a registered VISA or MasterCard.
- Regular ATM debit cards are not acceptable.
- Parents' credit cards are not acceptable, even with the parents' written permission.
With each approval, a credit hold will be placed on the credit card. All charges will be automatically billed to the guest's credit card at the end of the voyage. For Check/Debit Cards, the funds will be withdrawn from the guest's account. On the final morning of the cruise, a detailed statement will be delivered to the guest's cabin. The total amount will be charged to the credit card presented during registration. In addition, the Purser's Office can provide the guest with a balance update at any time throughout the cruise.
Guests may cash one personal check up to $250.00 in U.S. funds, from a U.S. bank, accompanied by an American Express card. A check from a Canadian bank will be cashed at the current exchange rate onboard, not to exceed $250.00 U.S. Travelerís checks may be cashed at the Purserís Office. Canadian travelerís checks will be cashed at the current exchange rate.
Guests can get a cash advance on their credit card either at the Purser's Office or in the Casino. Carnival uses Comdata Corporation for cash advance services. Comchek will accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card. In order to obtain a cash advance the guest's credit card must be activated through the Sail and Sign system. The maximum cash advance permitted will depend on the credit limit authorized by the specific credit card company, and there will be a nominal fee based on the amount of the advance.
There are ATMs located on the Promenade Deck of all Carnival ships. The ATMs are controlled by Bank Atlantic of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and there is a $5.50 fee per transaction. Guests are able to withdraw funds and make balance inquiries on their checking and savings accounts while the ship is in port or at sea.
Some people seem to think these are discount coupons. They're not. They are intended to be gifts that your friends and loved ones send to you to wish you well on your trip. Therefore, they approximate the price of a typical drink. Don't expect to save any money by buying them.
i called carnival and bought two of the books. i am not much of a drinker but do like a glass of wine once in awhile or a white russian. i read several times on the boards that i saved the 15% gratuity by using them. also they will be paid for when i get on the ship and wont be added to my sail and sign at the end of the cruise. i think they are a good thing. dusty
Only use them for pricy drinks - or you will be wasting some of their value.
You buy them online at the Carnival site, or through Carnival on the phone - you pay for them at that point (Visa/MC). We received ours the first night of dinner.
We bought FIFTEEN cards (of 4 coupons each - so SIXTY coupons total) for our July Sensation Cruise -only used 20 or so. We took the remainder on our (later in July) Glory cruise, and still did not use them all.. so what was our solution?? We booked the Sensation again for October 23rd - with our goal set.... USE THE REST UP..lol
Only once so far has anyone asked us to pay the difference for pricy drinks... IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHO you give them to... some care, others do not!