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Old January 20th, 2015, 11:24 AM
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Default Going on long term cruise - 30 days plus

I'm going on a long term cruise - 30 days or so- to Europe. i know the obvious things to pack - passport, med supply.
But I was wondering if a Visa credit card will be okay to use or should I go
for an American Express card.
How do you handle tips on a longer cruise. Do you wait until the end of the cruise?
These are a couple of items that came to mind. Maybe i could get some answers while I think about the cruise essentials.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 12:05 PM
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The VISA credit card is accepted everywhere in Europe. I have found that most businesses in Europe do accept American Express and I use that wherever I can. But in my experiences and travels Europe VISA is always accepted.


As far as tips on cruise, that would depend on what cruise. I do find that it's worth it to give people such as bartenders an extra tip or so as go.


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If the cruise is segments then tip at the end of each segment some crew may be getting off before the end of your cruise

Take VISA or Mastercard make sure you have a PIN
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Old January 21st, 2015, 10:26 AM
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Lulu48, I have used my Visa all over Europe as well as my American Express and no pin has been required.

The ATM cards do have to have a pin. I use those to get cash. I came back from a European trip just a little over two weeks ago.

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Just to chime in; I travel for a living and use a company Amex card. American Express card is not always accepted in some european cities or dining establishments; go with Visa/Mastercard.
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Lulu48, I have used my Visa all over Europe as well as my American Express and no pin has been required.

The ATM cards do have to have a pin. I use those to get cash. I came back from a European trip just a little over two weeks ago.

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Good to know I have read other US citizens have problems with non PIN cards

WE have PIN's with our Canadian cards so no problems for us
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I just want to add that I have used my credit cards in ten European countries and never had a problem. VISA is accepted everywhere and only a few places did not accept American Express.


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I just want to add that I have used my credit cards in ten European countries and never had a problem. VISA is accepted everywhere and only a few places did not accept American Express.


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This was great info that i needed for cruise.
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