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Old May 18th, 2001, 07:15 PM
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Does the Grand Princess have an ATM on board? We are traveling on her on Sunday and hate to carry alot of cash.
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Old May 18th, 2001, 10:24 PM
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Mike,

Sorry, but there's no ATM aboard MV Grand Princess -- or, for that matter, aboard any other vessel in the Princess fleet. Nonetheless, your need for cash should be pretty limited since all on-board expenditures go to your on-board account. That just leaves the normal ports of call (you won't need cash at Princess Cays, either, since your on-board account also works there) and tips. Tips for the dining staff are now billed to your on-board account automatically by default aboard all ships that have adopted "Personal Choice Dining" (you can stop by the purser's desk to raise or lower the amount), so the only person who "expects" a cash tip is your cabin steward(ess). If you prefer, you can obtain vouchers for all tips to the ship's crew rather than tipping in cash.

If you do need to obtain cash, though, there are several ways to obtain it.

>> You can cash personal checks up to a reasonable daily limit a the pursor's desk.

>> You also can charge up to $1500 per day in casino chips to your on-board account. There is, however, a 1% service charge for this service. Once you have the chips, you can cash them in immediately at the casino's cashier window.

>> Finally, there are ATM's in nearly every port of call and airport terminal.

Thus, getting cash -- if you need it -- should not be a problem.

Norm.
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Old May 19th, 2001, 02:23 AM
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The Grand Princess casino service fee is 3%. I found that out the hard way on our last cruise. Su
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Old May 19th, 2001, 05:55 AM
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Norm said... "You also can charge up to $1500 per day in casino chips to your on-board account. There is, however, a 1% service charge for this service."

CAUTION: That service charge is <u>3%</u> of all cash advances up to $1500 per day and a total of $5000 for the cruise.

Personal checks have a limit of $250. Norm is correct, you really don't need much cash these days, unless you plan to gamble a lot. If you don't want to take much cash, take traveler's checks. You can cash those very easily at the Purser's Desk.

Be sure to have a wad of dollar bills with you when you leave. You'll need them for all the baggage handlers, bus drivers, etc. until you get to the ship. Then, keep some in your safe for room service. I found that it came in handy for tipping the room service attendants for all those late night snacks. <grins>

Have a great cruise.

Bob "MacTarheel"

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Old May 19th, 2001, 06:35 PM
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Bob & Su,

Thanks for the correction on the casino chip surcharge. You can tell how many casino chips I have charged to my onboard account!

BTW, I think that the cashier's window at the casino also will take personal checks as payment for chips.

Norm.
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