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Old January 29th, 2008, 08:45 PM
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We are going on our first cruise on 2/18/08 on the Fantasy out of New Orleans. Me, my wife and 2 boys. And we are ready to go. Been 5 years in the making. One of the questions I have is about the Sail & Sign card. I know that when you board you have to either gve them either a cash deposit of a credit card or debit card. What is the amount that carnival is going to hold on your card? And if you deposit cash. How Much? I was told by 2 different Carnival pvp 2 different things. One said for 4 persons on a 5 day cruise it is $800 and the other said $200 for 4 persons. And if I use my credit card or debit card. There is no preset amount. So naturally confusion is setting in. I want to know at least what is the minimum you have to have on deposit when you board.
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If you use a credit card I dont think they put a amount on it.
I know if you use cash they do and not sure about debit cards.
If you go to carnivals web site at the bottom on the right it will
say ask questions or something like that and it may tell you there
or call carnival and ask them. Safe to talk with the poeple that would
know the true and correct answer.
Even if you did not book with carnival and you are on their ship
they will answer your questions.

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Old January 29th, 2008, 11:09 PM
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I have experience with HAL and NCL, but not Carnival.

On both of the lines lines we have been on, our credit card had a hold of 60.00 per person per day put on it.
I found this info in our cruise documents.

If you use a debit card it can sometimes take 30 days for the hold to be returned to your account if you don't use it all.
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I always use a credit card to secure my sail and sign card. When I get home, there is no charges to my account. The charges appear in a couple of days.

I often will go to the purser desk near the end of the cruise and pay down on my balance so that less is charged to my credit card. If I win in bingo or in the casino, I use that cash to pay down on my sail and sign. If I have not spent all of my on-hand cash by the day before the cruise ends, I will use most of that to pay down on my sail and sign account also.

I use my credit card so that I do not have not to keep track of how much cash is left of my deposit. I don't purchase pictures, book excursions or buy much onboard beside foo-foo drinks and activities at the casino with a little bingo thrown in for variety. I am also responsible enough not to spend more than I can afford.

One thing to keep in mind. In case of an emergency (you miss the ship or get hurt at a port) or any other type of unforeseen event, it is a lot easier to get Carnival to assist you (book a flight/call an ambulance or island doctor/hire a small boat to get you on the ship) when they know they can put any out-of-pocket expenses on your sail and sign card which is backed by a credit card. Even if there is not enough credit on the card to cover an expense, the fact that you have a credit card on file is a positive signal to Carnival Corporation that you are financially responsible and will recompense them for any expenditures they advance on your behalf.

People have been hurt, lost and left at these ports. You never know what may happen. Carnival is a big company and can make the local authorities move mountains if they know they will be reimbursed. However, Carnival is a for-profit company first. You do not want to be in the situation where cost will affect how your emergency is handled while visiting a tropical (but third world) island. A credit card on file says "I am good for it, treat me first rate."

With that said, I always, always, always recommend people use a credit card for their sail and sign. I have credit cards with a zero balance. I always use one of them. That way, if I spend more than I can pay off at one time, it is not being bundled in with other debt and I can pay it off at my leisure.

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Hi Sammy. I did asked 2 different Carnival pvp and got 2 different answers.
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I believe that they do put a hold on your credit/debit card based on the length of your cruise. I always pay with cash so I am not suprised at the end like I was with my first sail & sign bill. My drinks were a thousand by itself for a seven day cruise.

I make sure that will NEVER happen again!! Happy Cruising!!
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kelzbelz,

I thought none of the cruise lines let you pay with cash.
Carnival is an exception?
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Al purchases go to your Sign & Sail card. Your final cabin bill can be paid with cash at the pursers desk.
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Kelzbelz77
Still laughing at your bar bill.. Wow a thousand dollars you
had way to much fun... lol

I use a credit card on the sign and sail then most of the time
I have the money to pay it off so it does not have to be
charged to my credit card or I pay a thousand or so on my
credit card so no surprise bill when I get the bill.

I always use a credit card when shopping in the stores also
that way if there is a money difference I get it and dont have
to mess around.

Guess I am taking my hubby this time so my bar bill will be
higher so I guess I should not laugh yet.. lol

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Our account was 1,427.00 for our 7 day cruise.

On the last day I saw folks with a bill only a half page long complaining about a discrepency of 2 dollars and ninrty threes cents!
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I sailed on the Fascination out of Miami in Dec '07 (my 12th cruise), but I no longer have a credit card. I was told I would have to make a cash deposit of $200 for my daughter & myself (2 in the cabin). I was told this at check-in at the port, and that I would need to go to the pursers desk to make this deposit. Well, the lines were always long, and I never did go down all weekend. Then on the last night I got my statement and THEN went to the pursers desk and settled up. The sail and sign card was issued when I boarded, and worked for charging while on the ship. Just note..... they will NOT let you disembark until the cabin statements are paid up.
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kelzbelz,

I thought none of the cruise lines let you pay with cash.
Carnival is an exception?
I use cash as a deposit and put more on as I use it. You can check with your tv from your room constantly on how much is on your sail & sign account. Now when you do your fun pass online, you set up your sail & sign account as credit/debit or cash account.
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Al purchases go to your Sign & Sail card. Your final cabin bill can be paid with cash at the pursers desk.
You need to either put down cash or your credit/debit card from the beginning of the cruise. If you use your credit/debit card, you can pay it in full with cash at the end of the cruise but they still will have a hold on it for about a week after you get back. That is why I strictly use cash.
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kelzbelz,

I thought none of the cruise lines let you pay with cash.
Carnival is an exception?
I use cash as a deposit and put more on as I use it. You can check with your tv from your room constantly on how much is on your sail & sign account. Now when you do your fun pass online, you set up your sail & sign account as credit/debit or cash account.
Oh yeah...I knew that. I just got tripped up when you said "cash" instead of cash deposit.
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Kelzbelz77
Still laughing at your bar bill.. Wow a thousand dollars you
had way to much fun... lol


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I wasn't!! I can now!!
The most sad part, it was for 1 person!
I had fun you are right!! Way too much! I needed a drink just to swallow the bar bill!!
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What happens if, at the end of the cruise, you can't pay the bill? What are Carnival's options?
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when we went on conquest in sept it was 500.00 cash or a credit card/debit card. there were 2 of us. I have to wonder tho do they freeze your sign and sail if you go over the 500??
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when we went on conquest in sept it was 500.00 cash or a credit card/debit card. there were 2 of us. I have to wonder tho do they freeze your sign and sail if you go over the 500??
They will never let you go over the amount deposited if it is cash. They automatically set a "hold" on your credit/debit based on they length of your cruise. In your new fun pass sign up, they give you the amounts when you have to select credit/debit or cash option for your sail & sign.
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