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Old March 6th, 2004, 09:36 PM
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I will be going on my first cruise in a few weeks and have a probably dumb question to ask. Do you have to use a sail and sign card? Can you just use your credit card for various purchases as you go? Can you use cash to pay for things on the ship?
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Nope, it doesn't work that way -- you register your credit card and then buy things. No cash at all is used anywhere.

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You *can* put a cash deposit though for purchases, so there is that way around it. But the pursors desk is swamped when you embark.

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Everything you buy on the ship is charged to you credit card. When you get your final bill you can got to the pursers desk and pay cash.
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Old March 7th, 2004, 11:09 AM
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If you're cruising on Carnival you have to use your S&S card. You can use your credit card, cash or debit card (with Visa/Mastercard logo) to open the account.
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Ships are by nature and necessity a cashless system. You must weither place a cash deposit with the purser or use a credit card to cover the debt. Much easier and indiscribably more efficent that way.
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No..because the S&S card is your cabin room key.....You can only use that S&S on the ship to purchase stuff...I don't think they accept credit cards on the ship at all....but on shore you can use whatever you want.

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So about how much money in traveller's chequs should we take for a 7 day cruise? From whati am hearing, it seems we won't need much money at all...just credit card availability.
Am I correct.,..or should we take money and credit card?
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Old March 7th, 2004, 05:55 PM
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We took money for taxis, admissions to parks/beaches where they didn't take credit, etc.....and for most souvenirs we used cash as we didn't want to take a chance with our credit card number in a foreign country....

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Old March 7th, 2004, 09:21 PM
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I was told today that if I used my credit card for our sail and sign card, carnival charged an extra $10 per $100 charged. Is this correct? We had planned on using our card, as it would just be easier to deal with.
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NO that is absolutely FALSE! They don't charge you more to secure your S&S card with a credit card....in fact they encourage that you use the CC instead of cash because then they don't have to hunt you down for more deposit if you go over the "cash hold" limit....

I don't know who told you that? But it's definitely not true.

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You will get reciept for evcerything you purchase on your s&s card - so you can keep track as you go. But, Using your s&s card is just like using your credit card. You won't notice any difference.

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Old March 8th, 2004, 08:56 AM
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Sign and Sale is a good idea, don't loose your card though as you may be responsible for charges that truly aren't yours. It's a lot easier to use your credit card to settle your SnS debt so that you're not one of the people who are holding everyone else up when it's time to debark the ship.

They will call your name over and over and over again over the loud speaker and they will not let anyone leave the ship until all debts are settled.

I went on a 4 night cruise back in November and depending on how many shore excursions you take and how much drinking you do, alcohol and soda all cost $$$, really dictates how much you'll spend.

Me any my better half spent about $100 dollars a day combined on our cruise which I don't think was too too bad.

See pictures of our trip at http://www.PembertonPlace.com there are over 300 pictures there.

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The sail & sign card is great. We just got back from the Paradise and it is so easy. Plus, I don't know if anyone mentioned this that you need your sail & sign to get on & off the ship....you don't have to leave a credit card # for sail & sign you can use cash also.....great system.
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Old March 8th, 2004, 09:26 AM
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Besides our S & S card which we will put on Credit Card we are taking 600.00 in cash and traveler's checks for a 7-day cruise. As I understand it, we need the cash for tips for room service, camp carnival, matre d, etc. Tips on land, hotel, porters, tour guides, etc. Food at ports, souveniers at stands, etc. You also need cash for the casino and bingo on board. Hope that helps.

Someone also recommended bringing a lot of small money, so I am bringing 5's and one's for room service tips and spending in Mexico as you get pesos back in change!

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Can you cash in traveller's cheques on the ship? Right now I am having a lot of trouble getting american money in less than 20's and 50's...even at the bank. Therefore, my plan was to get traveller's cheques and change it up on the shup...will this work?
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Room service and all tips are automatically charged to your SnS account, you can leave more if you like, but I'm not even sure that they can accept that. I was disturbed however at the matrode' soliciting tips during our last night at dinner. I really thought that was tacky!
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I didn't think the room service tip was automatic...I just thought you tipped in cash (if you decided to).
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I'm pretty sure there was a total of about $10 - $15 dollars per day, per person that was added to our SnS Bill for all gratuities. We cruised in November 2003, and I wasn't very fond of this idea but, I guess when some folks don't tip at all it could be a problem. I didn't personally leave anything extra, as I didn't feel, (and I'm not saying it's a bad thing) that my room steward did anything extra that was deserving of extra. It might sound a little harsh but, he did what was expected of him and on top of his normal pay, the ship dictated what I was expected to give.

No one ever tips me at work for coming in with a smile on my face and doing the things I'm supposed to do, nor do I ever get extra money in my check for doing it.

Please not a bunch of "you loser" posts after this.

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As far as I read tips to room service people, camp carnival, spa, matre d' etc. are not included in your $10.00 per day.

Yes, I was told that you can cash a traveler's check at the purser's desk. We are just bringing a little cash and the rest in traveler's checks.

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Room service tips are not automatic...you give it to them as they bring you the food....We didn't use room service last cruise and weren't charged tips for that....only thing charged was the regular tips on our S&S card....and you were given the opportunity the last day to adjust the amounts depending upon what you felt for their services....It was about 10/day pp...and that included the room steward, waiter, etc....

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Room service is not included or charged to your S&S card. You are expected to tip at the time of this service.
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You need money for the Bingo, the casino, room service,camp carnival . If you are going to canada you might want to use your credit card instead of cash because you get a better exchange rate
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You can charge bingo cards to your S&S account OR pay cash. If you really want to use cash instead of a credit card, get a VISA check card (if they are available from your bank). You can then make sure the money is in your checking account connected with the card, but have the convenience of using the check card *like* a credit card. It's what we did and it worked great!

Cash for: room service tips; casino (you *can* get cash at the casino put on your sign and sail - I think there's a 3% service charge for doing this); taxis; other shore expenses.

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Best thing is to use CASH In the casinos as they charge a 3% fee to get it off you S&S card.

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I would think cash would be better in the Casino too because you can see your money go. Where as when its on a card sometimes you don't realize how much it is till it is too late.
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