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"P" 01-10-2008 09:17 AM

If you don't have a credit card, Will they still let you board the ship, Even though the cruise is paid in full?

tncruiseman 01-10-2008 09:27 AM

You don't have to have a credit card, but it will make the cruise easier for you. They will ask you to pay the recommended gratuity/tips ($10 pp/per day) when you check in. You can also place a cash deposit for your onboard charges at that time. They will refund any unused money at the end of the cruise. A deposit of some amount would be good because no cash is taken on the ship, except for the casino and they are rather good at taking it!

Dave 01-10-2008 02:44 PM


If you don't have a credit card, Will they still let you board the ship, Even though the cruise is paid in full?
You'll have to provide a cash deposit which varies depending on the cruise length.

Dwayne 01-11-2008 03:49 AM

The current cash deposit minimum requirements should be:

2 to 4 day cruises $100 per person.

5 to 8 days $200 pp.

9 day plus $350 pp.


gdjoslin 01-11-2008 06:24 AM

Another way to do it. Go to this page and buy yourself enough gift certificates to cover the deposit. You can buy these a few at a time so it will easy your budget a little.

Jim C. 01-11-2008 07:25 AM

If you are truly any credit card (not saying I'd blame you if you were) then the easiest thing is traveller's checks. Bring enough to cover the deposit minimum's that IslandCruz calls out plus some. Once you put your cash deposit down and are issued a sign and sail card, realize they will charge your "auto gratuities" the first day, so your deposit is going to be used up quickly. SO they will ask you to add more or your sign and ail card won't work until you do. It really depends on how much on board spending you plan on doing, but between drinks, pictures, spa, and excursions, you can go through $1000 for a week cruise quickly.

If you HAVE a credit card and just don't want charges on it, you can use the card for your account backing and the last night of the cruise go to the pursurers desk and pay your balance. (They will give you a final bill the last night or you can check your account on the TV in your cabin) If you pay off the balance, no charge will appear on the card.

Just food for thought....

DUTCHMAN 01-11-2008 10:12 AM

Don't forget that's per person not per room.

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