Ok, I know this is going to sound like a stupid question to most of you guys.
I'm leaving for the Jewel on March 26th and this will be my first cruise, ever. So, I understand that food is included and cokes are included (if you buy a coke card). Can you not pay cash for alcoholic drinks? If I have to put alcoholic drinks on my sea pass and pay for everything at the end, what else could be on my bill? I guess to make my questions easier, what else will I have to pay for on the cruise ship, besides alcoholic drinks?
If you purchase anything in any of the stores it goes on your sea pass, spa treatments, photos from the ship's photographers and if you choose to use the internet or your phone while on board it will go on the sea pass.
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Its basically a cashless society on board. Everything you buy goes on your sea pass. You can even put the crews tips on it (vouchers will be given to you to hand out to them), excursions, alternate dining, etc. The exception is in the casino, however I believe you can use your sea pass for that too. Even the arcade is set up so that you swipe your sea pass into a machine, select the amount you want to charge on it, and then you slide it through the games until the limit is reached.
You can use your Sea Pass to get cash in the casino, but you are limited to about $1200 or $1500 per day.......Let's see, a 7-night cruise @ $1200 per day in the casino.....that's $8400. If you would rather not have your traveling companion know that you blew $8400 in the casino, you can always get cash advances from the ATM.
Seriously, the casino is the only place I know of where real money can be used on the ships, unless as someone else mentioned, you want to pay your tips in cash rather than put them on your Sea Pass.
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your kids pass will have the same priledges as yours with exception of purchasing booze. Their cards will be a little different than yours indicating they are under 21. It depends on the line how they do this, but they alll do. NMnita
Personally, I would not activate my child's sea pass if they were under 13 0r 14 even candybars are about 2.00 each. Buy them the coke sticker with your card and anything else they need they can see you about.
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I think you can also have the kids card hole punched which indicates that they cant charge on it, or you can set a limit on them. The arcade is an addicting spot for kids! When we were in there (our 3 yr old son like to "play" the games, but daddy spent about $20 on Galaga!) we saw so many kids going up to the machine to get more credit added on to their card. They were treating other kids to games all the time (to play 2 person mode). Id hate to see those bills at the end of the trip!
I don't know what you like to drink but if you like wine about the only "deal" your going to get onboard in regard to alcohol (unless you sneak a bottle of your own onboard in your luggage, which I did) is to get the wine and dine package with dinner. You pay a fixed price and you get a bottle of wine each night with your dinner. The cost is about 25% less than if you bought a bottle each night with dinner. And if you drink more than 3 glasses of wine its always a better deal to just buy a bottle.
My daughter doesn't drink much soda so the "free" water, juice and tea thats offerred during each meal and also in the windjammer buffet and at the grille by the indoor pool was fine for her. Some people and kids drink Coke by the gallon so I can understand where the soda card was a good deal.
We always bring a couple bottles of our favorite wine in our carryons. They can charge you $10 corkage in the dining room but we haven't been charged yet. You have to sign the receipt but other than that there is no password.
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We also bring a little wine and a bottle on board. As for limiting the kids card, only you know how responsible your children are. Our grandaughters have always been allowed to charge on their cards and have never abused it. NMnita
No, there's no password for making charges to your Sea Pass account. Another thing that irritates me is that RCCL is printing your cabin number on your Sea Pass as well as your name, etc. We first noticed this in September when we did the Jewel transatlantic crossing.
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If you lose your Sea Pass card... just go to the main desk immediately and they will make you a new card.. I have done this.. the old card is then not good... also they do put the room number but not the deck number so that does make things a little more difficult... usually if you lose your card you notice it pretty quickly.... so it shouldnt be a problem..just get to the main desk right away... we also had one of our kids seapass card get deactivated somehow... that slowed us down a little getting off the ship.. it wouldnt work... so we had to go get him a new one..
Everything you buy on the ship is put on your Sea Pass card. No money ever changes hands. It is the best way. There are so many nationalities cruising on each ship that it would be nearly impossibible to keep currency straight.
You don't have to spend a lot on things, set your daily spending limit and STICK TO IT!
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Jasmine, just wanted to say that we will also be on Jewel on your sailing and are looking forward to it as much as you are. For us, this will be cruise #9. Happy countdown! Maybe we'll meet you on the ship,but either way, you will love it, I'm sure.
We bought the kids a soda card and deactviated their "charge" card on Carnival last year. I didn't want any surprises on my bill at the end. The kids don't need anything else on board anyway! Souveniers can be bought in ports. All food is included and the video games are a rip off. I was told by mykids afterwards that they were using their soda card to get drinks for their friends who didn't have the card. Glad I wasn't getting charged by the glass like the kids offering free video games to friends!
When we sailed on Carnival they put a $20 per day limit on our sons sign and sail card. That way he knew he had $20 to spend however he chose. It worked out great we knew exactly how much he was spending. He ran through the $20 the first couple of days on the ship, really quick, then after that he had money left over ~after the initial wow wore off. He was 13 at the time. We will be saililng on the Mariner in June and he is now 15 and we will have them put the limit on it again. That way if he wants something besides playing video games he can get it without having to hunt us down. I think it also teaches the kids that ok you have $20 you have to make it last, so I think they may think twice about how bad do I want to play this video game or to buy the this or that. I know that is what our son did. Have a great trip!
We blocked out childrens sea pass. Just makes it easier. Do it on the boat not at the terminal. They will say they can do it but it doesn't work. You must do it after you board. You can give the kids 10 dollars and they can put it in the machine in the arcade room and it credits their card. We bought them drinks passes and really what else do they need. They wanted to buy watches from the boat and we put those on our card. Its not that we don't trust our kids but the other kids who had free access were spending a fortune in the arcade room and my kids knew once their money had gone that was it. It is also is easier if they leave their card some where or lose their card you don't have to worry. Works for us.
Nice thing is that you can check your expenses every day & take care of needed corrections & also check if you are in your budget--most things are posted rather quickly Don't forget the extra 15% for all drinks & some other items.. specialty coffee etc We got snagged on celeb when we bought water in a fanny pack going off the ship-they hit us with the 15%
Hcat's comments reminded me of something. Ya know what I thought was sort of a pain in the butt? You don't really know what your SeaPass bill us until the end of the cruise. Unless of course you want to go to the Pursurs desk each day and ask what the running total was. What would be a significant improvement on this "state of the art" ship would be if they could give you the ability to view your ships account in your room on the TV just like you can in most every major hotel in the world today.
It got me thinking that maybe they didn't want you to know what your SeaPass bill was! I don't know how other people who've cruised felt but this being my first cruise I got the distinct impression that during the entire cruise there was someone trying to sell me something constantly! There were the waiters walking around the second I stepped onboard with their 6 dollar specialty drinks with the free plastic cups.
Instead of games and activities onboard during the day there was an art auction $$$, wine tasting ($10 per person plus they try and sell you bottles of wine) $$, "how to shop for jewelry " seminar at the ships jewlery store $$$, bingo $$, tooth whitening seminar $$$ (available in the Spa) to name a few... there were many many others and all involved handing over your SeaPass card. I never felt like the people who had small tables setup selling me whatever crap they were selling were pushy in any sort of way (except the bingo guy) but enough already. Anybody else feel that way? I'm just used to staying at all inclusive resorts where I lock up my wallet when I checkin and I never pull it out for the rest of the vacation.
Yeah, you check your bill on the tv in your room.......anytime you want.....That is how I found my husband when he was missing for 4 hours.. checked the tv.....and bingo there he was at a bar....4 drinks told me so.
I was on Enchantment of the Seas two weeks ago and they didn't have that feature on the TV in my junior suite. The ship is going into drydock for a big overhaul this summer so perhaps they'll be upgrading the TV's.
I absolutely LOVE the seapass card. It is so freeing to stick the card in your pocket and go walking around with no purse, etc.
I would lie and tell the kids they can't charge...only open the door with their seapass card...heee hee hee. Sneaky.
What I love is the interactive tv that let's you know what you've bought so far. And I mean it's on their immediately! I had forgotten how quickly those little drinks/souveniers and especially the photographs pile up...but what the heck...you're there for FUN!