Question: My husband and I were thinking of putting cash (travelers checks) towards our Sail and Sign card to avoid the issues of a debit card. Does Carnival accept this as payment? We leave on Sunday 8/1on Carnival Destiny to the SOuthern Carribean from San Juan...We figured why not do everything cash and if we need more just go to an ATM instead of having the hassle of Debit Card minimums and overdrawn accounts etc etc. We own no Credit Cards...and don't want any and have been fine without them. But we want to make sure we can do use Travelers Checks instead of our Debit Card. Although we have up to $2k with our bank I believe the ships set a max a day and we want to avoid that...
You will be asked to put down (if both S&S cards are on the same account) approximately $300 deposit for a cash account and then if/when it gets depleted to $50 you will be asked to add more cash to your account.
We always find it much easier to provide them with a credit card for our S&S card. At the end of the cruise we just take any travelers checks and cash left over and pay down our bill. This gives us the flexiblity to always have travelers checks, cash and credit card available during the cruise at all times.
Yes, you can use cash. I do the same thing myself. When you board just tell the person that is checking you in that you want to use cash for your Sail and Sign card. I believe they will go ahead and issue you a S&S card, however once you are onboard you will need to go to the pursure's desk and put down your cash deposit. If you need to put more down during the cruise than you will need to go back to the pursure's desk and put more down. I just keep track of it everyday and if I think I will need more than I will go put more $$$ down. On the last night real late--when I am heading back to my cabin to go to bed I will go close my account at the pursure's desk. At this point I am unable to charge anything, but I will not have to wait in the line the next morning to get my money back if I have any. Hope that I have helped. Most cruise lines will handle this stituation in the same way. However, it may vary a little.
They now issue your refund check and slip it under the door the last night when they slip your sail and sign under it. We will be using debit card or cash also this time around. I'm not sure I want to use the debit card again as we did it in June and had a minor problem.
I've noticed a lot of posts about cash and debit cards get a reply to just use a credit card and don't think people realize that some people do not want to use one or don't have one.
you may want to check the atm thing, because it might be a bit pricey to use one to get more cash on a cruise or out of the country. good grief, we were in tahoe last week and the atm fee there was $9.50 - highway robbery in my opinion. we went to the front desk of the hotel (harrah's) and purchased gift certificates with our credit card, then walked to the casino cashier and cashed out the gift certificates. anyway, just figuring that atm may be a costly way to go.
We tried to use our debit card not knowing there would be a problem. What occurs is some banks have a maximum daily usage/withdrawal amount for debit cards. Ours was $300 at the time but some banks are $500. If you purchase tours, ship purchases, on land purchases, etc, it can add up and the bank will deny usage. Good thing we had an emergency credit card. We, too, dont want to use a credit card so the next cruise we bought large denomination Traveler's Checks to put down as a deposit on our S&S card and went from there. It worked out wonderfully.
What we did was applied for a Visa card with a $1,500 limit which we use only when traveling. If lost or stolen it has a small limit.
We will use this credit card for ous S&S and will pay off the balance with travelers checks. I would rather have travelers cheques while on shore at ports for any purchases. I find it earsier this way.