Hello Just wondering if it is a smart idead to bring tavellers checks instead of having cash. We are going to hawaii and the South Pacific. Was not sure if I can use the checks onboard and also in the ports. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also this if our first cruise on dawn princess so if anyone has any helpful hints or interesting info I would LOVE to here it. We are on the Aloha deck, and decided on traditional late seating . thanks for all your help this site has been great. Nancy
I always take some travelers checks, but cash too and the travelers checks are accepted everywhere, espcially when shopping in port. You can also use your credit card , so consider that too. If you do need cash, you can cash the travelers checks onboard, not a problem.
I minimize the cash I bring on a cruise and try to use my mileage earning credit card for everything I can. Since one can charge their gratuities to their shipboard account, that also goes on that credit card. I also charge anything I buy in US currency to that mileage credit card. Hawaii is still in the US, so you'll only be out of the country in the South Pacific.
However, that being said, I do bring gambling money in the form of Travelers Checks because Princess charges a 3% fee for draws made in the casino that are charged to your shipboard account. You can always cash them at the Pursors office. That allows me to avoid that charge and set my gambling budget.
When I am outside of the country, I only use my MBNA credit card because it only charges the 1% Visa fee for currency transactions in other country's money. Most other credit cards charge 3 to 4% for this which includes that 1% Visa currency fee. No mileage is worth 4%.
i always carry travelers checks- and very little cash. I will go to the Purser's Office in the morning and cash a traveler's check for what i feel i will need for the day. Large ticket purchases are made by credit card. Have sailed on her sister ship the Sea Princess - you will love it- very easy to get around on this ship.