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Old July 18th, 2005, 03:27 PM
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Wondered about getting traveler's checks? We will have enough cash for tips and some food on islands and souveniers, and a credit card for other stuff. Do we need traveler's checks?
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Hi Bas,
You really don't need them, but I usually get some for every cruise, last one I didn't even use them, but you can also cash them onboard at no charge, a good idea to have them, but not necessary.

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Old July 19th, 2005, 09:06 AM
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we usually split our cash up - half traveler's checks, half cash, you will need some cash on a cruise,- on shore for things like cab fare, small souveniours, small rental fees - for lounge chairs, drinks, lunch- things like that. Any large ticket amount should be placed on your charge card. Bring only what you think you might need for the day in cash, you can cash your traveler's checks at the Purser's desk for no charge, if you cash a traveler's check on the islands, your change will most likely be in local currency.
We use traveler's checks for the security feature.
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Old July 19th, 2005, 06:00 PM
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Has anyone used the new Traveler's check card? Is there any fee for using travelers' checks? We went to the Bahamas and heard that they charge a fee when you use them.
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Old July 24th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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OK- another dumb question...how do I get traveler's checks? Do i go to my local bank and get from them?
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Yes Bas,
You bank should sell the American Express travelers checks. They may charge you 1% fee for them, mine doesn't when you have an account, so check that out too.

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BAS - if you get the traveler's checks, write down all the serial numbers, keep them in the safe in your cabin, that way if they are lost or stolen, you will get your money back
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Thanks so much for the help!
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Old August 19th, 2005, 06:44 PM
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We used aaa if your a member.
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 08:46 PM
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OK....I have a dumb question too....actually two! I have never used traveler's checks, so I am a bit lost.......

If I do decide to buy traveler's checks and want to cash them in for local currency (I am going to Cozumel and Playa del Carmen) - where do I do that? Is there usually a fee involved for cashing them in?

Also, I assume I can use traveler's checks in any store or restaurant? And I will just get change back in local currency? I assume then I should get some in small monetary amounts?

Please forgive my cluelessness, but I usually just use cash or my debit or credit card. But after my debit card was fraudulently duplicated after my last trip to Mexico in May - I swore I would not use my debit card at all this trip!
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They actually love the American money and do use it. With travelers checks, you can cash them onboard at no charge, most the stores will also take them, just ask for US currency for change..

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If we get dollar travellers cheques in UK is there still no charge for cashing them on the ship?
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