I know you seasoned cruisers get tired of answering redundant questions from us newbies so I apologize for mine in advance. There are so many posts on every question would could imagine that my head spins when trying to find the answer to a question I might have, So.......
How much cash should one bring on a 7 day cruise? Other than personal one on one tipping (not counting the automatic tip added to your bill) and how much are other things such as stuff in the casino's? How much are the slot machines, nickel, dollar, etc..., Blackjack tables, one dollar, five dollars, etc.... and how much are things like coffee, tea, fruit juice, bottled water? I know you can get a card for pop or soft drinks.
I've ready somewhere on here that one should bring twice as much cash as they originally thought and to pack half as many clothes as the originally thought.
I usually put 250.00 on my sail and sign card.. and bring 200 cash with me and that does me good. but things to consider are... i dont drink alot..maybe 2 virgins a day on the ship the rest of my money goes to casino, and a lil shopping on board..nothing major lol. on port days, a 100 dollar bill is all i need, and i never spend that much at any given port.
If i brought 100.00/day id be broke cuz the more money i had with me the more likely id spend it
But yah on any 5-7 night cruise i take 400.00 - 450.00 with me! and i always walk away with some
I bring good ol' cash. Some think that isnt too safe to do, but. We figured at 100 per port and about 100 a day in the casino ( didnt work out that way ) we spent maybe 40-60 in the ports and around 100 in the casino.
As for table limits, on the first night they are usually lower around 3 bucks. Most every other night minimum was 5. The slots have anywhere from 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents, 1,5,25,100 dollar.
On our next cruises ( b2b europe/transatlantic ) we are bringing around
5000-6000 bucks as we will lose on the conversion, and this is a trip of a lifetime so we want to get a few extra things.
Yes, just what is the best form of $$ to bring, besides one dollar bills for tipping?
credit/debit card ?
Traveler's checks ?
or some combination thereof?
We bring cash and credit cards. We use to bring travelers check but it became so annoying having to cash them... Like if I'm playing at a table in the casino and wanted to cash a travelers check, the dealer would stop the game, call over the Pit Boss, verify my signature etc. Same thing everywhere else, to me Travelers Check just became to annoying and long to cash. With cash, you just throw it down and thats it.....
As far as credit/debit cards go, be aware that when you register and use a debit card, your bank will automatically hold the amount for sometimes up to 2 weeks....
Also, another good tip I learned a long time ago...call the credit card company that you plan on using and let them know where you'll be making purchases, i.e, Mexico, Aruba, St Juan etc. A friend of mine couldn't use her credit card when we were in Antigua because her bank thought it might be fraud so I wound up paying for her!!! If the credit card company is aware up front, you should never have a problem using a credit card while on vacation....
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I plan $100/pp per day for everything. You can cut down on that if you prepay your shore excursions. I usually bring half in cash and half in travelers checks. I bring my cc but don't use it unless necessary. DH and I don't really drink or gamble much and really don't shop. On our last 7 day cruise our sail & sign card total was about $300 and $140 of that was tips. I prebooked and paid for all of our shore excursions and we really didn't spend much in port.
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Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
We promised ourselves that we weren't gonna worry about cost until we get home (within reason).
On our 5 day Carribean we will bring 500.00 in 5's, 10's and ones. Leaving the bulk in the room safe.
We always take traveler's checks in case we can't get an ATM to work for us. The checks are easy to cash at the desk.
On board costs are covered by the credit card held on account.
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I budget about $100 per day and use credit card for sign/sail and cash in ports. (I like getting "miles" for my cruise!) l haven't bothered with travellers checks for years. Just not my thing.
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