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Rutledge0116 01-13-2008 05:56 PM

I am getting ready to go on my first cruise and was just wondering what kind of money do I need to take on a Western Caribbean cruise. What type of payment is accepted by the excursion businesses(credit/debit/American$ ???) We will be going to Jamaica,Grand Cayman, Cozumel. I'd appreciate any help. Thanks, Kim.

Jim C. 01-13-2008 07:24 PM

Good old American dollars are gladly accepted through out teh caribbean. Of course plastic always works too.

have a great cruise.

drlivingston 01-14-2008 06:39 AM

You can use credit cards readily in Mexico or the rest of the Caribbean for that matter. Although, if you purchase something in Mexico for $15 don't go into shock when your receipt shows something like 13,200. Your bank card will take care of the conversion. It is just scary to look at. You can bring cash to barter with local artisans and taxi drivers. They will not turn down american dollars.

PA Steve Rocky Mount 01-16-2008 04:11 PM

One other piece of advice. Don't PLAN on using your credit card. It's nice if it works, but some companies as a precaution will not let you use your card out of the country. And don't plan on using ATMS. On the boat, they'll charge $5 a hit, and many of the ATMs in port are just as bad. Just a little precaution.

TrvlPro 01-16-2008 04:34 PM

Use cash but don't bring a lot. I know that sounds like silly advice so let me explain. I bring a few hundred bucks, maybe $200-300. Knowing that my wife loves to shop and I like the casino but am really not so good at winning so it's not enough. You can take your key card that you have your CC registered with and get any amount you want (if you limit will allow). That way it simply goes on the tab at the end. No ATM fees, no cash transaction charges or fees. It's not actually charged to the card until you settle your tab at the end. Then one charge goes through for the full amount including your gratuities, the spending money you withdraw, drinks, etc. They give you a statement so you can check to be sure they have the amount right. I've never had one wrong yet. That way you're not carrying tons of cash, no need to hassle with travelers checks which are a pain and you can get what you need when you need it. Be careful at the casino, those "Hey Boss get me another $100. in chips" can add up in a hurry.

Cheers, Neil


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