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This is my first time cruise...I need to know about the deposit for the sail and sign card. Can u pay cash or do u have to use a credit card? What is the deposit is it 100.00 or 200.00. I have read it's 100.00 but talked with a rep. from carnival and he told me it is 200.00 and u have to use a credit card.Please help me out! !!!!!!
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You can use cash, credit card or travelers checks. The amount depends on how many days.

2-4 day cruises: $100 deposit pp

5-8 day cruises: $200 deposit pp

9 + day cruises: $350 deposit pp


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ty it does help..ours is 4 days. We are excited and I am nervous.
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Hi Moms1stgirl. No need to be nervous at all,,,,just be excited! You are going to have a great time, and find out why all of us are so hooked on cruzin'. It's great when the only decisions you have to make are: HMM,,,,,Steak or Lobster?????? Well,,,O.K.,,,,I'll just have BOTH!

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Hi Moms1stgirl. No need to be nervous at all,,,,just be excited! You are going to have a great time, and find out why all of us are so hooked on cruzin'. It's great when the only decisions you have to make are: HMM,,,,,Steak or Lobster?????? Well,,,O.K.,,,,I'll just have BOTH!
Agreed. Don't be nervous. I have a phobia of water and am now hooked on cruising! We just got back 3 weeks ago and have already booked our next cruise for December You will have a great time. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help calm your nerves. Carla
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For those reading this and wondering which is the best, let me add something to this.

If you use cash, you will have to keep going to the pursers desk to add to it. Or have to pay up on the last day. (On the morning you get off the ship, you will hear them calling people's names)

If you have a credit card: You put it down, before you ever get on the ship, and everything is taken care of for you. The amount will show up shortly after you get home, and you can pay it off then.

I realize that not everybody has a credit card, and completely understand, but if you are trying to decide which one, I think most would agree that the CC is easier.
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I do have a question about using cash since this is the method my mother has chosen to use for herself. If we put the fun dollars or whatever they are called on the account before hand does that count as the deposit? Thanks, Carla
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Yes Carla, it will count.
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I never put 100 dollars on my account.. I put in enough money to cover the 10.00 tipping per day and I think like 30 more dollars so it came out to like 50 or 60 dollars I cant remember..Maybe they have changed it since September of last year but I am not sure... The only reason I did this is because I wasnt old enough to drink and I was planning on spending more money off the boat than on...which I did. I do know if you put cash down you have to keep going back and forth and that line gets long go really early or really late and whatever you do clear out your account before the morning of dembarkation because that line will be wrapped around the ship! Hope this helps!
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I just put the sail and sign account on my credit card. I don't have to worry how much money is left. When I get the final bill and check it over. If everything is good.. I don't have to do anything. I pay it off when my bill comes at the end of the month.
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thanks everyone......We have credit cards just didn't want them to get tired up on the ship.. I have heard some company's want let things go threw when u used it out like that because the think it is stolen. thats why i'm wondering which is the best..We don't drink so we want be buying drinks on the ship.. I'm nervous because of all the water. Our cabin is at the front of the ship.
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You are gonna have fun,don't worry!! One time I used a CC the first time i ccruised and the second time I used cash. I never had to add to it,cause I didn't go over the amount. Have a great trip! When are you sailing?
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I called the CC company that I planned on using and informed them that I would be using this particular card on a cruise and out of the states. They made a notation in my files to that effect. I did not have any trouble at all. I used it for my sign and sail and for purchases in Grand Turks, never a problem.
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Is there a need to call the credit card company and inform them you will be out of the country using your card? I never have before but if they think it is stolen they might put a stop on it.. Any input?
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Yes, Very wise, i fact I was going to write about that very thing this afternoon, just as an FYI
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Thanks, that is very good advice......... Worth putting a posting up for that..
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Great question Lou, give yourself a pat on the back. I didn't even think of that. Also, I set a spending limit on my card much lower than my credit limit. I need to call them and raise it. You work for the government and use your head...Wow, rare.
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Well I was not worried about the limit but I would guess if the credit card company thought the card was stolen, since it was being used in other country's, they might put a hold on it... that is the last thing one needs when traveling............
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We've had one declined before (not on a cruise) because it was being used out of our "normal" using area. Can't remember exactly what we were using it for, but luckily we had another card. When we called later they said that it was because it was not a normal purchase. We might have been filling the motorhome up (that's BIG bucks) while traveling and it raised a flag with the CC company. I guess it is good they watch our card like that, but it posed a minor problem at the time. That's why I said you should call and alert them to where you will be using the card.
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This may sound dumb, but does a debit card work the same as a credit card on cruises. This will be my first cruise as an adult and I sail in July.
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Just so you know..... It is wise to call the credit card Co. and inform them that you will be out of the country. Also Please note...... I will cost you more for out of country charges, than in US. My CC Co. charged me more for the out of country charges. Heads up!
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This may sound dumb, but does a debit card work the same as a credit card on cruises. This will be my first cruise as an adult and I sail in July.

Yes, It works in the same way.
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Carla YES you can use the fun dollars for your sign and sail on board cruise. I have recently placed 150.00 fun ship dollars on my sign and sail for our four day cruise coming up in April. I put 25.00 towards my sisters on board credit which is a small birthday gift. I always do it this way so I do not have any bills when I come home on my credit card. I also buy my photo coupons on the Carnival site ahead of time or pictures I want to buy on the ship. I also buy up my drink coupons ahead of time on the Carnival site and print up the receipt. They give me the drink coupons and photo coupons on the first night or they are sometimes waiting in the cabin when we first arrive. I use credit cards but like what I do for my cruises and never ever have any bills to pay when I leave the ship!
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Another option is to get a pre-paid Visa or Mastercard for the cruise. It's a great alternative to cash or traverlers checks and it leaves your credit card spending for the pre or post cruise stay (hotels, restaurants, etc.). You can load whatever you want to cover the deposit and any incidentals - the shops, excursions, laundry (I always plan on a portion of my deposit being used for having everything pressed as soon as I board). With a prepaid card you don't have to worry about carrying cash on you until you get to the ship or having to keep replenishing and you can also limit your onboard spending and puts you on a self-imposed budget (you decide beforehand exactly how much you're willing to spend onboard - no surprises later). And you won't have a credit card bill at the end of your cruise. And any money left on the card can be used just like you would any other credit or gift card - even for the deposit on your next cruise.
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I think it really depends on if you like your alcohol and end up buying pictures. That's where a lot of the extra money at the end of a cruise ends up going. I believe even as an adult non drinker, you can purchase a beverage card for the length of your cruise. If you like wine with dinner, take one or two of your favorite bottles with you and pay the corking fee. Your servers will save the bottles for you for each dinner. You can also save money by picking and prepaying for your excursions. It makes your life a lot easier so that you don't have to fight lines at the excursion desk. You can definitely do a cruise for $400 pp for seven days if you're very careful. If this is your first cruise, budget higher.
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Just so you know..... It is wise to call the credit card Co. and inform them that you will be out of the country. Also Please note...... I will cost you more for out of country charges, than in US. My CC Co. charged me more for the out of country charges. Heads up!
Im curious as to which card you were using...I didn't use my AmEx out of the country last cruise but was thinking about it while we were in St Marteen in December. Thanks, Carla
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Mine was a master card. Now am-ex might not charge a fee. I believe it was like 7.00 surcharge when i purchased items in Cayman and Jamaica. I don't remember if they charged for the cruiseship total bill, because the ship is not US. Just call and ask so you know. And for sure tell them you are going to be out of the country, and the dates. I saw a lady on her cell phone arguing with her CC Co. because her card had been put on hold for trying to charge overseas. She did not notify them before going on the cruise. She walked out of the store without the necklace. Not that this will always be the case. Just what I observed.
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Definitely a good idea to call your cc company or debit card bank to let them know you'll be charging out of your 'normal' area. I've been living overseas for a few years and have had my card put on hold a couple of times. I just called them the other day and gave them a complete itinerary for my trip to the US, the cruise, and back out of the country. Note this doesn't always happen, but it can happen - save yourselves a potential headache and make the phone call.

I have a question with regards to the original topic. If you put a cash deposit on your sign & sail account, will you get cash back at the end of the cruise, assuming there's any left of course? I've always used credit cards before, cause as Luanne pointed out, they're much easier to deal with. However I've canceled all my credit cards since I started living overseas, and only use debit cards now (great for keeping in budget!). I'm concerned about the 'hold' I've heard about, regarding debit card usage. I don't want any funds frozen for any period of time since I am on a budget, and my vacation does continue even after the cruise. [/i]
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You do get your unused money back. Talk to the agent who checks you in to be sure that a hold is not held on your card.
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What are fun ship dollars? Is this something you can pre-pay before your cruise?
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