I am a little confused about this subject. i believe i am thinking that anything you purchase on board ship, which means any drinks not included , gift shops, tipping for room service, spa things, speciality foods like cappucinos etc are to be paid for with cash or sail and sign card. now any of the cash you use for these things has to be put in the account? am i correct? or, you put all of these things on the sail and sign account and pay at the end of the cruise.? how can you pay for this bill? with cash, credit card or what.? am i correct in assuming that you cannoit use a credit card, like american express or visa bank card on board the ship and just have it be on our regular monthly statement which comes to our home after the cruise.? sorry to be so specific but just trying to understand all of these purchases and how this is going tof work. thanks
Your S&S card is used for all shipboard purchases. You can either "link" it to a credit card....or you can fund it with cash. In the latter case, it's like a "debit card"...you can only use it until the cash runs out. Or until you put more in. [By "cash"....I'm including travelers checks].
If you've "linked" it to a credit card, you can choose to pay the amount you owe with cash/travelers checks near the end of the cruise. You can do so at the purser's desk.
All purchase on the ship go on the sign and sail card. If you do not have a credit card to put on hold then you must put up cash. Depending on the length of your cruise is how much cash you must put up front.
If you need to divide the amount between more than on card you can go to the pursers desk and tell them how much you want on which account. I did this near the end of the cruise just to be sure I did not go over the credit limit.
All purchase on the ship will go on sign and sail. They do not except cash on board or traveler checks. only at the pursers desk do they accept these and that amount will be credit toward the sign and sail card.
I hope this helps.
Pride of America
Tipping for room service is not charged to your S & S card. Tips are given to the delivery person in cash upon delivery so be sure to have some $1 set aside. They also will come in handy to tip the porters, excursion guides and bus drivers.
Teresa and Larry
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In addition to cash used for tips for room service, you can use cash or your Sail & Sign card in the casino to purchase quarters, nickels, etc., for the machines and you can use cash or your S&S card to purchase Bingo cards in the show lounge. When you check in they will ask you what method you are going to use for your purchases on board....you can give them a credit or debit card which they will swipe and all your purchases on board will appear on your next credit card statement OR you can deposit a minimum specified amount of cash with the Purser as soon as you board and your purchases will be posted against this amount just like a debit transaction....if your deposit runs short before end of the cruise, you will be asked by the Purser's desk to re-deposit additional funds. If you have a balance remaining at the end of the cruise, just go to the Purser's desk and they will give you the balance (I believe in a check format). You cannot use a personal credit card on board the ship....the information on the credit card they swipe when you first check in is automatically tied in to your Sail & Sign card and your Sail & Sign card becomes your credit card on board.
My suggestion..which is what we do every year, is apply for a new credit card with zero balance...that way we won't have to worry about going over our limit. They will not accept cash on board except for Bingo cards, casino, and tips for your room steward, matreD, etc. Make sure you bring some extra cash for them since you need to tip them on the last night of the cruise. You can pre-pay gratuities to your sail and sign card before you go or at the pursers desk, but I like to tip accordingly. I am not cheap and tip generously, but if someone gives me exceptional service I will give them an extra $10 and use the envelopes they provide on the last day which they will put in your cabin. The easiest way is the have a credit card when you check in which they will link to your sail and sign card, which then in turn acts like your credit card on board. Everything you purchase will automatically go on your credit card. You willl need it to purchase shore excursions from your room tv or shore excursion desk, gift shop, alcohol at the bars, etc. A tip for Bingo, we always use cash for th
sorry, my computer froze up mid sentence....as I was saying for Bingo if you have cash you can just raise your hand and they will come around and give you a card. If you use your sail and sign card you will have to go up to the stage and wait in line to purchase them with your fellow passengers And yes, spa service, specialty drinks, pictures taken by cruise personnel, tips and gift shop purchases need to go on your sail and sign card. If you use cash, you will have to put up a certain amount, example $500, when you check in at the port to make purchases on board. If you deplete that money during the cruise you will have to go to the pursers desk. and apply more to your account. At the end of the cruise on the last morning you will have to stop at the desk to settle up your account which can be a lengthy process since there are 100 other passengers in line and the last thing I want to do on my last morning is stand in line for an hour! We like to get our final bill under the door, finish packing and get out of our room and enjoy our last breakfast in peace while everone else is running helter skelter around us. Just remember if you use a credit card at check in.....bring some cash for tips, bingo, casino if desired, and spending money for each day in port. You cannot use your sail and sign card for taxis, souvenirs, and the like at each port of call. And whatever you do, carry it with you at all times and don't lose it especially getting off in each port. They will not let you disembark or get back on without it! I fyou lose it on the ship, just go to the pursers desk and they will issue a new one. Not only is it like a credit card, it lets security know when your are getting off and back on the ship since they swipe it and check the card with the picture they took of you when you embarked at the port at check in. Hope this helps!
Everything onboard the ship with the exception of the casino is paid for with your S&S card. The only other thing that takes cash are the games in the video arcade and you actually use tokens that you get useing something like a change machine. Some of those machines will also accept your S&S card to get the tokens. I can think of nothing else where you use cash at all unless you want to count tips for room service.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but can't you link your S&S card to a credit card and have them accrue on your credit card during the cruise, but at the end of the cruise go to the pursers desk and pay off the balance with cash??? They put those preliminary bills under your door the last night of cruise and I was just assuming that you could go pay it off in cash if you didn't want it on your credit card statement. We've never done that and won't but it would be an option to those who have saved up to pay cash and not charge. Personally, I'd rather save up the cash, stash it in bank account, link S&S to charge card and pay off from bank account when bill comesin. That way you don't have to fool with all that cash, travelers checks, etc.
I am a little confused about this subject. i believe i am thinking that anything you purchase on board ship, which means any drinks not included , gift shops, tipping for room service, spa things, speciality foods like cappucinos etc are to be paid for with cash or sail and sign card. now any of the cash you use for these things has to be put in the account? am i correct? or, you put all of these things on the sail and sign account and pay at the end of the cruise.? how can you pay for this bill? with cash, credit card or what.? am i correct in assuming that you cannoit use a credit card, like american express or visa bank card on board the ship and just have it be on our regular monthly statement which comes to our home after the cruise.? sorry to be so specific but just trying to understand all of these purchases and how this is going tof work.
Yes you CAN pay off your sign n sail account before they charge it to your credit card on the last day.
Example: ON my last cruise my S&S balance was like $240 at the end of the cruise. On the last night I went to the pursurs desk and gave them $200 in cash to apply to it. So when I got my credit card statement the next month my charge from Carnival was only $40.
Simple as that.
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