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Old February 27th, 2006, 03:28 PM
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I very rarely have cash with anymore and use my debit/credit card for everything. I'm hearing that if you do need money you can use your sail pass in the casino to get some. Is there really any reason to bring money on the ship with you?
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On board you can charge everything to your sign and sail card and then have the charges billed to a credit card. You can cash traveler's checks at the purser's desk. I tend to bring a small amount of cash in small bills and the rest in traveler's checks. Depending on your ports some places don't take credit cards. Also, its been my experience in Mexico that no one has change for $20 and up.
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You can draw chips and tokens in the casino on your sea pass card. Then cash them in for dollars.

Do take small bills along at least for tips etc. And remember to take money with you in ports of call for small purchases.
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I always carry a couple of hundred dollars to put on my sail-n-sign card account to cover my tips. Other wise the amount will be charged to my charge card (you need a charge card with credit available at boarding). It all depends on how you want to do it. If you use your ATM card and have NSF in your account at the end of the cruise a hold will be placed on your account until all expenditures are covered. If you use a charge card the amount you spend while on the cruise ship will be charged at the end of the cruise to your card. You just need to make sure you have a large enough limit on the card or the above will go into effect.
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Your sail & sign account is activated using a credit card with sufficient funds to cover any purchases made on the ship during the cruise. You can also place a cash deposit on your sail & sign account as well. There may be a minimum cash deposit so check with your cruise line. Also, your cruise line may utilize the automatic tipping procedure on your sail & sign account which would eliminate bringing that much money with you. Consider travelers checks or several hundred dollars in small denominations to aleviate any conflicts with cashing large bills when going ashore in the ports of call. The automatic tipping that is added to your sail & sign account can be omitted by request at the Purser's desk in the event you may choose to tip at your leisure. Be sure and check the tipping policy with the cruise line as well. No matter what you choose, you should carry some cash, or at least have access to it on a needed basis.

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yes you definatley need to bring some cash.
You will need cash for cab fare to and from the airport to the cruise pier, you will need cash for the porters who handle your luggage, you will need cash for cab fare and small purchcases on the islands, some stores will not take a credit or debit card.
You will need cash to tip for room service. Room service is not included in the automatic tipping.
If you go to the salon or spa you can tip in cash or add it to your account.
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I prefer to take cash on the trip with me, put money on my seapass card instead of having all the expenses charged at the end. This way, I know exactly how much money i'm spending instead of charging it all. Makes for less of a headache after the trip when the bill comes in.
Plus, you do need money for tips, room service tips, and ports of call expenditures as well.
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You are going to want to bring cash for the gratuity/tip at the end, from what I hear from my parents everytime we cruise, its a pretty hefty sum.
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Make sure you save all of your Sail & Sign Receipts. Its not uncommon to be overcharged accidentally. Your receipts are proof of your spending and if you ever need to refute overages or invalid charges, you will need your receipts. It also helps you maintain a steady account of your spending on a day to day basis.

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We take Travelers' Checks and some cash, but usually don't use much of it. We put the tips on our SeaPass and put the vouchers in the envelopes to give to the staff. Our credit card has a pretty high limit so we don't have to worry about having enough cash on hand to cover expenses on the ship. It's easier to keep track using our credit card bill and we always pay it off every month anyway.
We will be taking more cash/Travelers' checks to Europe this summer, mainly for our 3-day pre-stay in London. I've heard most places take credit cards, but we will convert some of the cash to pounds/pence for England and respective monetary units for the other countries for local touring expenses.

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Just a suggestion, but if you are not out of the counry very often, you might want to call your c.c. company and let them know where you will be. It saves from being denied the charge in a port you haven't been in before.
Have a great time! We will be leaving for our cruise in just 3 weeks!
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Just a suggestion, but if you are not out of the counry very often, you might want to call your c.c. company and let them know where you will be. It saves from being denied the charge in a port you haven't been in before.
Have a great time! We will be leaving for our cruise in just 3 weeks!

this happened to us. On the last day of the cruise, the ship called us to tell us our ship charges were denied. Luckily my father-in-law came to the rescue. The last 2 cruises we called the cc. company ahead to let them know.
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