I asked this question on another board but didn't get response, so thought I'd see if anyone here had an answer. We are sailing on the NCL Sea in June (sailed before on same ship and used debit card - don't want to do this again because they held money over what was spent and I had to call to have it released after we got home). We don't and won't use credit cards (tore them up years ago). I called NCL today to see if there was an amount requirement if putting up cash for card and was told $75.00 per pay (525.00 for 7 day cruise per person). This seems rather steep to me. I figured since tips are about 70.00 it would be that amount plus whatever I thought I might spend over that. Since you can add to your account anytime during the cruise this seemed reasonable to me. Since we have cruised before a few times I know about what I spend. I just don't see putting up 2100.00 knowing we won't spend that. That ties up alot of my money. Has anyone used cash up front, and what did they do. If someone had only budgeted for say 250.00 per person per week, what does the lady at checkin say "No, you must put down 525.00." Please help. On last cruise my sister-in-law and I used her card then I paid her.
Helicopter, I think I am missing something here: first you say $75 per day and then $2100? Are you talking $75 per person or what? I agree $2100 is a large amount for a 7 day cruise, but $75 a day doesn't seem to outrageous. I don't know what anyone can tell you except that, if this is what is required there isn't much you can do about it. Like renting a car, without a credit card the deposit is very stiff and hotels that require deposts in advance require larger ones if not using credit cards. You made a decision that for many is either a very wise one or a necessary one, not to use credit cards, but there are many disadvantages to your choice as you are seeing now. Good luck and look at it this way, interest rates are so low you won't lose much taking the money out for that period of time.
Adding a thought to the above. I don't mind at all using my debit/check card for deposits, etc. when I know exactly how much is being held. However, in 2000 on the Sea we took 16 family and friends and our total bill (sign and sail) was a little over 6200.00 dollars. Shore excursions, drinks, pictures. I knew the bill would be very high and didn't mind that, what I did mind was that NCL put an addiitonal 2500.00 on hold which I had to call my bank and connect three-way with NCL to have removed. NCL will tell you that any additional money they hold can take up to 30 days to release. I just like knowing how much is being taken out, above what I spend.
Don't blame you for that and $75 per day per cabin does seem much more reasonable. Wow, $2100 would be a lot of money up front. Enjoy your cruise even though I know it's 3 months away. Our next vacation is 3 months away also, but I am already planning. Too bad it won't be a cruise this time.