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Old 01-26-2006, 07:22 AM
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Hey everyone, Sorry if I ask a lot of questions, I have never been on a cruise before and am just trying to prepare for what to expect. As I understand it there is a safe in the stateroom (Is there a charge to use this), but what I was wondering was what do people do with thier money, id credit cards, etc... when they go on a water activity shore excursion. Are there lockers somewhere or do you just get a plastic bag to keep your valuables in.
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Old 01-26-2006, 08:12 AM
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There are safes in the room. There is no charge. On CCL you use a credit card magnetic strip to open/close the safe. (the same card to open/close). When going ashore only take a small amount of money for what you think you will need for taxis, possibly lunch & drinks, souvenirs. You could put money and your id in a plastic bag. There are also little waterproof canisters you can buy. I don't believe most beaches have lockers.
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Old 01-26-2006, 08:24 AM
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scarecrow,

There are two types of cabin safes. Some have a keypad where you can enter your own combination. Others are like those Cruise Fanatic mentioned - they have a card reader and require you to use a credit card as the key. These don't charge your credit card. They just require a magnetic strip to open and close them. It needs to be the same card, and they won't take your cruise card. I personally don't like the credit card versions since this means I have to carry a credit card around with me on the ship, in addition to my cruise card.

Some beaches and tours have lockers. Some don't. There are always three of us, so in the worst case one of us performs guard duty on the valuables while the other two are in the water.....essentially the same as one would do at any public beach.
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Old 02-01-2006, 11:18 AM
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Hello, The safes on the ships are free and very safe if I may say so. But it may be a good idea to try to have 2 credit cards that will work( for instance you and your wife's credit card may have the same magnetic strip) carry both of them with you just in case you lose one you can still get into your safe. I don't think the ship can override the safe once you use your card. and then they charge you to actually break in I guess we will call it. Good Luck!!
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Old 02-01-2006, 11:32 AM
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Actually, the ship's staff can open a safe if you lose the credit card you used to lock it. They have a special card which will override any previous magnetic code. They do not charge you should you need them to open your safe. I say this from experience.

We didn't lose the credit card we had used to encode our safe, but the safe refused to open after repeated attempts. We called the guest relations desk and within moments an officer showed up with the "master card" and he unlocked the safe. He then told us to try a different card, stayed there while we tried the new card several times (it worked fine) and then he departed.
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That is so true Dave, we actually went to use the safe on one of our cruises and the last people who were in the cabin actually locked it with their credit card. Had to get the cabin steward to open it. I don't know if the people who did it thought it was funny or what. We also have had the kind of safe with the key pad and have entered a cabin and it has been locked. Guess some people get their laughs in strange ways..
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I bought a waterproof fanny pack that I keep my wallet in if I go in the water. I used this for the first time on my last cruise and it worked great. I even had my cell phone in there.
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Old 02-02-2006, 02:29 PM
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Hello, just me again. I'm glad to find out how the lost credit card works with the safes on Carnival, I have sailed them 6 times and never had to truly find out. But I noticed on my Disney cruise (9/17/05)it advised you to use your sail and sign card (Carnival dosen't advise you to do that)when using the safe because they could not override any other card that you may use.

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With Carnival, the Sign And Sail card will not work for locking the safe. They specifically tell you to use a credit card.
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If you happen to have a credit card from an old expired account, that will work too, as long as the magnetic strip still functions. You may consider something like that - or a grocery store card or something - as long as it has a magnetic strip.
 
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