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Old February 23rd, 2007, 11:20 AM
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Travelers checks? I plan on bringing mostly cash, but as a little scared about that as well. We are planning on have quite a bit, and I don't really want to be carrying it around on me. What should I do about keeping it safe? Would you trust the safes in your room? I do have a credit card, but I don't have a very big limit on it. My debit card is an option I was considering, to pay for stuff on the ship, has anyone used them in the stores in the ports? Do they take them? Thanks for any help.
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A debit card to back up your ship's charge account would be fine. I wouldn't use it in stores in the ports of call (with all the identify theft, and emptying of accounts possible).

I trust the safes onboard for cash, and travelers checks are ok. They are easy to cash onboard at the guest relations desk. Though they are getting more difficult to use in ports of call stores.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 12:08 PM
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Thanks for the reply, I figured cash was the best answer. Thank you.
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I use my AmEx credit card a lot (point building for next cruise). Will they take this at most places in Grand Cayman and Playa Del Carmen? Thanks, Carla
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 09:09 PM
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Years ago I would bring several hundred in traveler's checks and a few hundred in cash. This would go in the ship's safety deposit box. Nowadays, its a few hundred in cash for the safe and the credit card. Perhaps you might increase your card before the trip as it simplifies checkout to just have all expenses on the card? Cash or checks are mainly just good for the foriegn ports or for gambling - are you going to many ports or planning to hit the casino? Tips many times are automatically put on the bill, so the cash that used to be held for them is not needed on some lines - are your tips automatically assigned (HAL, etc.)? The safe in your room is OK and theft from crew is highly unlikely. Debit cards - don't know about their acceptance in various ports. The reason you don't use credit cards in foriegn ports is that the issuers now nick you with fees related to currency conversion that were not there years back.

In any event, some ships have ATM machines, so you might also check your ship in advance. Hope this helps.

BTW, will be cruising from Vancouver to Seattle for a day on the Noordam, then flying to Manchester to scout VT, NH, MA, and ME the next day. How are the roads from Manchester to Woodstock, VT, Manchester to Kittery, ME, and Manchester to Hingham, MA - hilly, winding, good or bad condition, open or jammed with traffic (May). Never been up that way before.

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Travelers checks? I plan on bringing mostly cash, but as a little scared about that as well. We are planning on have quite a bit, and I don't really want to be carrying it around on me. What should I do about keeping it safe? Would you trust the safes in your room? I do have a credit card, but I don't have a very big limit on it. My debit card is an option I was considering, to pay for stuff on the ship, has anyone used them in the stores in the ports? Do they take them? Thanks for any help.
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Hi, Thanks for the reply. NH is pretty mellow that time of year. You should have no problems on the roads. I drive to Maine a couple of times a year, and it is a nice drive most of the time. Only small pockets of traffic. Um, I have never really been to Vermont, so I don't know what those roads are like, but the highway to Maine is flat. There is mainly woods on a good part of the highway, but there are plenty of reststops. Highways to MA can get a little traffic clogged, depends on the time of day, and day of the week. Most of our major highways are in good condition, and it is pretty easy to find your way around. Are you planning on renting a car and driving yourself? If so there are a few pointers that may help. In MA though you have to be careful to not miss your exit, as they are not always easy to spot. Also, I don't know how the drivers down there are, but up here some of us tend to be a little heavy on the gas pedal. Other than that there are some really beautiful places in New England, but the temps are still usually chilly that time of year, so make sure you bring some warm clothes. Hope you enjoy your trip to my home state and region. Feel free to ask about anything else, I havn't really been to a lot of places, but I am sure I can find someone who has to ask.
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Many thanks. I'm swinging over your way for a pop in visit and will be travelling by rental car. Will pack for cooler weather - thinking you it could be a bit cooler than Seattle or Vancouver. Look forward to a quick look in that part of the country. Particularly interested in sites in MA pertaining to my son's ancestor, Samuel Lincoln (Old Ship Church in Hingham, etc.). Some of Abe's cousins are actually moslems today on one of the ex's brother's daughter's side of the family. 8)

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Hi, Thanks for the reply. NH is pretty mellow that time of year. You should have no problems on the roads. I drive to Maine a couple of times a year, and it is a nice drive most of the time. Only small pockets of traffic. Um, I have never really been to Vermont, so I don't know what those roads are like, but the highway to Maine is flat. There is mainly woods on a good part of the highway, but there are plenty of reststops. Highways to MA can get a little traffic clogged, depends on the time of day, and day of the week. Most of our major highways are in good condition, and it is pretty easy to find your way around. Are you planning on renting a car and driving yourself? If so there are a few pointers that may help. In MA though you have to be careful to not miss your exit, as they are not always easy to spot. Also, I don't know how the drivers down there are, but up here some of us tend to be a little heavy on the gas pedal. Other than that there are some really beautiful places in New England, but the temps are still usually chilly that time of year, so make sure you bring some warm clothes. Hope you enjoy your trip to my home state and region. Feel free to ask about anything else, I havn't really been to a lot of places, but I am sure I can find someone who has to ask.
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One tip I learned. On Royal Caribbean, you can use your passcard at the casino to get cash. That way you don't have to pay the service charge for an ATM and it goes down as a purchase when added to your credit card (at the end of the cruise), so no cash advance fee either. With this, we used the credit card in port for only a few purchases and had enough cash to pay for taxis and such. Enjoy your cruise and remember the old axiom: Bring half the clothes and twice the money
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I use the debit for the s&s card, cash for the unexpected needs, and credit card when I but onshore.
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