When you go through the embarkation process at the port you will set your account up if you are using a credit card. If you are using cash for your account, after boarding the ship go to the pursers desk (information desk) and set the cash up for the cruise. Keep in mind that the gratuities are charged on a daily basis at $10.00/pp per day...so if you are going on a 7 night cruise make sure you allow for $140.00 if there are two of you. If you over extend your line of credit based on how much cash you put up, believe me, Carnival will notify you and you will have to go to the desk and apply more cash. You may also use your bank debit card, but Carnival does place a hold of approximately $250.00/pp on your card, which could leave you strapped later in the week. I actually had a client call me because he could'nt get anymore cash from his account after getting off the ship because it takes a few days before Carnival actually charges your account and lifts the hold.
We have already pre-paid our tips so that won't be a factor, but since I'm concerned about the hold on our debit card, I would rather use cash. Especially since we aren't planning on spending that much on board, as we don't really drink on a regular basis (we are planning on a few drinks for each of us total), and we are purchasing the drink cards for our daughters. How much cash will we need to put on the sign and sail and is that per person or total? Any help is appreciated.
You don't have to put a set amount. They keep track of it very closely and if you get close to the limit they will summons you down to the pursers desk asap. It is common to see people at the desk offering another credit card or cash. It is definitely possible to have one credit card for the mandatory gratuity and sign & sail, and then use some money or another card for additional S&S, then throw some cash on the account the last day if needed.
Just trying to help- not that I would know anything about this kind of thing..... lol.
If you have a regular credit card, it might make things more simple, in terms of the Sail-n-Sign account.
I went on my cruise aboard Carnival's Funship Inspiration, on the date of October 10th-15th.
I gave them my credit card number for my Sail-N-Sign Account. On the last day of the cruise, just before you disembark, they slipped the final S&S statement under my door. I quickly looked at it. Since nothing was wrong, I did nothing. Eventually the bill appeared on my credit card statement. Simple enough for me
If you plan to use cash instead of a credit card for your Sail & Sign card, Carnival does have minimum deposit requirements. For a 2-4 day cruise it is $100, 5-8 day $200, 9 or longer is $350.
Thanks to everyone. I think that because we have already paid our tips, which would be our biggest expense at one time, we will just put some cash on the S&S and watch it closely and add to it as we need to, since we are bringing cash on the trip. I just didn't want to deal with our bank account having a hold on it even for a few days once we returned home and I don't want to use a regular credit card and have to pay interest on it. (Especially since it's at Christmas time and we'll already have enough on it). Thank you again.
When me and my wife cruise we use a credit card then when they slip the statment under your door or like on our last cruise we checed the balance with the online-tv account balance then that last evening go to the pursers and paid cash for most of our s/s card beats 25% credit card a month later when that statment comes