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Old September 1st, 2006, 07:38 PM
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DH was wondering if any certain type of tender works best while you're in port. If it makes a difference we're heading to the W. Caribbean. Just curious! Thank you!
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I used my visa debt card in Cozumel, Jamaca, and at Grand Caymen. I did stick to the main areas though, as to avoid language barrier problems. In all the main areas they took visa and mastercard. I did notice that a few places did NOT take Discover or American Express. Visa and Mastercard are still the standard, so in my opinion they would be the best to use.
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I've pretty much used them all and haven't had a problem. I would hesitate to use a debit card, just in case there is any problem, the money would already be taken from your account. Use the other major cards and then that if needed.
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I agree with the above post about not taking a debit card. The only reason I used mine was that I had a separate account for the cruise, a trick I picked from my dad. That way I knew exactly what was coming out, and nothing was linked to my direct deposits.
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I also agree with those above. I did notice that Discover was not as popular. One thing as a warning to all. If you are going to use a card in the islands, call your credit card company before you leave. Some companies have a red flag if the card is used outside the US if they are not warned first. I was behind a lady in Cozumel who had not used her card in months, and it had been cut off for lack of use.

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