It says in the Cunard brochure that it is not necessary to have cash. But is that really true? If my husband and I do need to carry cash (for a 6-day transatlantic) what would be the minimum amount? We don't expect to tip more than the included gratuity, and we aren't very heavy drinkers.
The reason behind this question is that I am a US citizen who lives in the UK. I have both US and UK bank accounts and credit cards. I would prefer to be able to use my US debit card or credit cards on the ship, using dollars from the US bank to pay in dollars. I would prefer not to have to take out pounds from a bank here in the UK, then have to exchange it to dollars here in the UK before I get on the ship in Southampton, and have to pay extra for the exchange. So I would like to have to carry as little cash as possible, and just use my debit or credit cards as needed, paying in pounds from my UK accounts and in dollars from my US accounts.
It's true, you don't require cash on board unless you are planning to remove the auto-tip and do your own tippping or you wish to tip extra at the end of the crossing.
Everything you buy in shops, spa, bars, etc. is charged to your card.
Are you planning to use the casino? You can charge to your account but I believe it's a 3% charge for that. You will then require some cash for the slot machines or tables and you of course know how much you are willing to risk.
You would require cash when off the ship of course for taxis, tipping, etc.
That's one of the things I love about shipboard life. I only carry around my keycard which of course is your cabin key and your charges. I don't have to lug around a wallet, etc.
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