I don't want to use my debit card for my s&s acct. How do they handle cash accts.? I don't have anymore credit cards so it's either debit card or cash. When I did the Funpass, I put down cash as my payment.
Thanks in advance for your advice.
1. Go on the Carnival Web Site and purcahse Carnival Dollars which you can put towards your S&S account.
2. As soon as you are on board go to the Purser's/Information desk and give them the cash to put towards your S&S account.
Reguardles though you will have to give them a credit card during check in. As long as your charges do not exceed the cash amount on deposit your credit card will not be charged, also if you have not pre payed your gratuities they will be charged to your S&S account probably before your even on board the ship.
If you have any money left on your account at the end of the cruise they will give you a check for the differance on the last night.
From the Carnival FAQ
U.S. Currency and Traveler's Checks are accepted as a form of deposit to open a Sail & Sign Account at the start of the cruise. As the guest approaches the deposit limit, the Information Desk will notify the guest that additional money must be deposited.
"Recommended" deposits per duration of the voyage are as follows:
2-4 day cruises: $100 deposit pp
5-8 day cruises: $200 deposit pp
9+ day cruises: $350 deposit pp
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I've been in the same boat as you before; I didn't want to give my debit card so on my last cruise, I went straight to the pursers desk and gave them cash (I gave $300). I did not give a credit card or my debit card at the time of check in. I just told them I would be using cash for sail and sign and it was not a problem.
The only problem came when I boarded, and wanted that fruity concoction and had to pass because I didn't have any moola on my s&s account yet.
Carnival Inspiraton, Feb 2006
Carnival Glory, Aug 2007
Carnival Liberty, Aug 2009
I have always used cash on my sail n sign card. I dont use credit cards and I dont want my debit card held up like that. So its jsut as easy to use the cash. I have also gotten a drink before I have paid on my card too. They know you are putting money in the acct so they have no worries. Trust me you will be charged by the time the money is in it. We go to put money in the acct right after we eat lunch and before we can get into our cabins. As soon as the pursers desk isnt 6 miles long. heheheI used to use travelers checks but our bank stopped selling them. I wont pay another bank to get travelers checks. So I just took cash and was very aware of where my purse was at all times. I carry a travel purse over my head and around my neck. not easy to get from me at all.All of my documents are in there also. All in one place so I dont need to dig for any of it when the time comes. Its all handy. I keep cash in the safe on ship also. the one in our cabin. very safe in deed. Happy sailing
on my last cruise I used my debit card and they held my money so getting back home I had to watch what I spent. I plan on using cash this time, my question is that I booked with a friend and she would like to use her credit card on the sign and sail account. is it possible to split it in the reservation. Thanks guys
Tiffany and Brianna
Carnical Fascination~ 12/12/2009
RCL Majesty of the Sea~ 8/25/2008
There is another option... instead of waiting until you board the ship, you can call your VP or TA and put the money on your account ahead of time. This way your money is on your card and waiting for you when you board.
Ahhh, good to know you can get the drink before the s&s account is set up. I didn't know that nor did I ask, I just didn't accept the drink because I fig I couldn't. Thanks!
Don't say anything to the server. Just give them your S&S card. Usually they are just making hand written charges for the Foo Foo drinks when you first board. In the event they run the card they will just tell you there is a problem and you need to go to the Pursers Desk. By then you are enjoying the drink.