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Old 01-10-2008, 09:17 AM
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If you don't have a credit card, Will they still let you board the ship, Even though the cruise is paid in full?
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:27 AM
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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!
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Old 01-10-2008, 02:44 PM
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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.
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Old 01-11-2008, 03:49 AM
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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.

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Old 01-11-2008, 06:24 AM
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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.
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Old 01-11-2008, 07:25 AM
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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....
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:12 AM
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Don't forget that's per person not per room.

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