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robh April 30th, 2010 09:25 PM

Honey! How much Curreency for our Cruise
Going on a cruise is a wonderful experience and the longer the better and they tell us it is an all inclusive price. Just drop your bags once in the cabin and no more worries.
Well, a few exist. One is the how much do I tip or not tip or do I use cash or what is expected of me.
In the vast majority of Cruise Lines , excluding the mixture of passengers of varied tipping cultures , your Credit Card of choice or manner of payment for ship expenses will be credited each day with an amount on average of $10.50 - $ 13.00 US a day per passenger. This is called Auto-Tipping / Gratuity for your convenience, which you can adjust at Ship's front desk.
Numerous articles exist for and against. This one calculates tips based on Ship, Voyage Days.

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The world is about to change as we onboard more cruisers from Europe and Britain.
The other item in this world of credit cards , debit cards, prepaid trip, travellers cheques is how much cash do we need when we go ashore, what currency should it be in for, guess what, tipping the guide or buying an item in the market ?
In Europe the Euro helps as it is standard including Ireland while in the UK it is the GBP but that can vary also in the type of note given you.
Most ships will offer local currency exchange at a price but the US dollar seems to be the accepted norm if all else fails.


robh May 1st, 2010 06:01 AM

Explanation on GBP Notes in my original post
I mentioned to watch out for at times ₤ GBP note problem which we happened upon one trip.
example" a Bank of England ₤ GBP which is accepted all over the British Isles but Bank of Scotland ₤ GBP notes might not be accepted except in Scotland itself.)

See below

" Scottish, Northern Irish, Channel Islands and Manx notes are sometimes rejected by shops when used in England. British shopkeepers can choose to reject any payment, even if it would be legal tender in that jurisdiction, because no debt exists when the offer of payment is made at the same time as the offer of goods or services. When settling a restaurant bill or other debt the laws of legal tender do apply, but usually any reasonable method of settling the debt (such as credit card or cheque) will be accepted."


AF1 May 11th, 2010 12:01 PM

I have been cruising thru Europe twice in the past few years. I have always used a debit card in the different countries; I use my credit card on board; no problems. The fluctuating Euro is not that big of a factor due to me using my debit card; I get cash from atm machines. Easy to use and I get euros to spend

robh May 28th, 2010 02:04 AM

Good to hear the Debit card works in most of Euro Europe though some of the Northern Countries will only debit card issued by them. If you are part of the Cirrus and other Network not an issue. Male sure ones password is numeric and four digits only.
Thanks for the info

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