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michellet1959 May 20th, 2007 08:25 PM

how much cash for a 4-day Bahamas cruise?
 
how much cash for a 4-day cruise?
When my son and go on Sensation July 29th, I plan to use credit cards for any port purchases and thought I'd only need to bring maybe 30 singles, 20 five's and 10 ten's for aiport, cruise and hotel luggage handling (2 carryons).

I won't be taking a taxi or bus anywhere. I don't drink alcohol and I won't be gambling, and I would also bring $100 as a last day extra tip for the room steward.

I guess it wouldn't hurt to have a couple of hundred dollar bills in my bra :) for emergencies, but I plan to bring a couple of credit cards and my atm card.

In Nassau I plan to walk around near the wharf (straw market, pirate's museum, etc.) - don't they all take credit cards? We will be eating all our meals on board.

what else besides tips could I possibly need cash for?

IBCRUZIN' May 20th, 2007 08:27 PM

Take $100 a day = $400. You will bring money home but at least you will have it.

Happy Cruzin'

linuxpm May 20th, 2007 08:52 PM

I would bring another hundred, but since you got the cards I think you should be all set.

I also bring very little cash. I keep my card and ATM card. I give someone else a card on a different account to hold.

Airport food is not cheap so don't forget about that.

Brian

michellet1959 May 20th, 2007 09:08 PM

ah, I forgot about the airport food, I guess they only take cash. it's been a while since I flew - last time was 2 months after 9/11

thanks, I will keep to the $100 per day rule then.

MTSFP May 20th, 2007 11:18 PM

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Originally Posted by michellet1959
ah, I forgot about the airport food, I guess they only take cash. it's been a while since I flew - last time was 2 months after 9/11

thanks, I will keep to the $100 per day rule then.

Virtually all airport food vendors will take cards, so you won't necessarily need cash for them.

If I remember correctly, the Straw Market in Nassau is a cash marketplace, although I could be wrong.

Be advised, the ATM fees on ships are exorbinant - better to take cash home than pay those fees.

wakedreams May 21st, 2007 07:39 AM

I don't think they take credit cards in the straw market - cash only.

and if you like to visit the casino - bring extra money.

michellet1959 May 21st, 2007 09:28 AM

I won't be at the casinos

linuxpm May 21st, 2007 05:33 PM

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Originally Posted by MTSFP
Quote:

Originally Posted by michellet1959
ah, I forgot about the airport food, I guess they only take cash. it's been a while since I flew - last time was 2 months after 9/11

thanks, I will keep to the $100 per day rule then.

Virtually all airport food vendors will take cards, so you won't necessarily need cash for them.

If I remember correctly, the Straw Market in Nassau is a cash marketplace, although I could be wrong.

Be advised, the ATM fees on ships are exorbinant - better to take cash home than pay those fees.

What are the ATM fees?

Brian

Bobby_G May 22nd, 2007 02:01 PM

Last Oct on the Triumph, the ATM fee was $5 per trans.

subtropic May 22nd, 2007 03:05 PM

Shipboard ATM fees are usually $5-$6 tops. On Puerto Rico I figured the fees would be comparable to stateside fees. Hah ! It was $7.50 in an ATM in a major hotel. So - beware !

Dorothy May 22nd, 2007 07:41 PM

When I first sailed with my son, we spent around $50 per day, per person.

Somehow I have doubled that amount to $100 per day! I have to admit when I sailed with my sisters on the all girls cruise we went over! :wink:

dorothy

michellet1959 May 23rd, 2007 10:00 AM

I'll bring $400 in small bills - some singles for baggage handlers (though we're only going to have 2 carryons and a backpack and a purse) some 5's for excursion guide tips, a $100 bill for the room steward, and the rest in ten's and twenty's. I don't expect to buy much on shore. I have never been one for overproces souvenirs. Definitely will buy a few cheap ship logo items on board, probably last day (sales happen then, I hear and that will go on the sign & sail card. I mostly live using debit or credit card, not carrying much cash.

IBCRUZIN' May 23rd, 2007 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by michellet1959
I'll bring $400 in small bills - some singles for baggage handlers (though we're only going to have 2 carryons and a backpack and a purse) some 5's for excursion guide tips, a $100 bill for the room steward, and the rest in ten's and twenty's. I don't expect to buy much on shore. I have never been one for overproces souvenirs. Definitely will buy a few cheap ship logo items on board, probably last day (sales happen then, I hear and that will go on the sign & sail card. I mostly live using debit or credit card, not carrying much cash.

You are leaving the room steward $100!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

Wow!! That seems like a lot. Maybe I am cheap. Let me start a new thread to see.

michellet1959 May 23rd, 2007 10:46 AM

well, if they are really good, bring me things I need, if they are VERY friendly and helpful, then I think $75-100 would be on the high end of a tip for a 4 day cruise. If the person is just plain lousy, I wouldn't leave anything extra. I'll watch your new thread and see what experienced cruisers have left or would recommend as a tipping range.


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