We're on the 11/25 sailing, sea princess, western carib. We know that our tips for waiter, etc. can be put on ship's charge, but we also know we'll need $1 bills to tour leaders, rm. service, small items on land (like soda), etc. How much cash/traveler's checks should we bring? How much of each and total?
First off cash and travellers checks are really the same thing. U can cash the travellers checks at the Guest Relations Desk or the Casino cashier very easily.
U'll need cash for gambling (if u do) and all port activites other than shore excursions u book through the ship.. ie. shopping, meals ashore.. that type of thing.
How much is very variable depending on what you want to do. Any larger ticket items purchased ashore can be bought with credit cards (though sometimes u can get a better price using cash).
If you don't gamble much you can probably get away easily with around $500/per couple. If u gamble and shop, there's no limit to what's enough
Ah, Kuki! I knew I could count on you! We've been using Calgon's Ultimate packing guide which suggests like $1300 per couple. Seemed like too much and isn't available to us anyway.
We're not big gamblers, although I'm sure we'll visit the casino and play bingo. We have casinos within an hours drive of home so casinos aren't a novelty for us anymore. Shopping is another story, but again, it can probably be put on the card. (tshirts, etc.)
We plan on being back onboard ship most days for lunch with the exception of Cozumel (our excusion has lunch inc.) and probably Grand Cayman. We'll have 1 hr. between the hightlights tour and snorkling with the sting rays so we'll have to grab something on land, I think. The only thing we plan to do that's not a ship's excur. is a trip to Carlos y Charlies (more cash! <G>)
Since we don't even drink alcohol we often get through a criuse spending less than $100 apiece! And I have even left a couple of cruises with an on-board bill of less than $20. However, the most expensive item is usually your shore excursions, whether you go through the ship or not. A typical shore excursion is $30, or you can get 4 people to share a taxi to a nice beach and it is considerably less than that.
Thats the beauty of cruising, if you don't have a lot of money to spend beyond the original cruise fare you can still have a fantastic time. You will still be entertained, well-fed and comfortable in your cabin. I LOVE cruising ;-)