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Old 04-06-2006, 01:34 PM
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We're cruising Conquest May 7-14 and I'm not sure how much cash we should take.

I know we'll need cash for tipping when we arrive at the dock for our luggage, but beyond that I'm unsure.

How much do you all suggest we take? Typically, how much to people spend at ports and such? We're not planning on buying many souveniers or anything like that. We're not really BIG shoppers.

On the boat, all we need is a credit card right? We shouldn't have to use cash while on board, do I have that right?

So how much per port? And are the meals at port pretty pricey or do you get back on board for meals? Our ports are Montego Bay, Jamaica, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman.

ANY suggestions/advice/input is welcomed!

Kayla
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:54 PM
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We normally budget $100/per port for spending money, cab fares, drinks, tips, shopping, whatever. We always take travelers checks and cash one the night before we go ashore. Of course, we have already booked our excursions before hand. On board, all you will need is your sign and sail card. We usually do not eat on shore unless it's a snack because the ship food is wonderful, however, in Jamaica the jerk chicken and pork is wonderful. In Jamaica and Mexico and even some extent in Grand Cayman, you can barter. The only cash we use on board is to tip the waiters or bartenders for drinks and the only reason we tip on top of what is added to the bill is so we know they will get the money and not have to share it. I also appreciate waiters and bartenders that remembers what I have to drink after two or three nights, considering they see thousands of people. Plus we tip the cabin steward and dinner waiter a little extra at the end of the cruise. You do not have to tip extra, but we just appreciate the excellent care. If you are planning on any large purchases on your credit cards over seas, be sure to let your card holder know you are going out of the country. Enjoy your cruise!
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:30 PM
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Your correct in that one board you can just use your sign and sail card, so you really don't need cash. However, its always nice to have at least a few bucks for quick tips (say for the piano bar performer or the like). Credit cards work in the ports too. They are not going to loose out on your money by only taking cash.

The only reason I bring cash is for the casino. If you are gamblers, bring cash (in travelers checks) for that. You can get money from your credit card, but they charge 3%. The casino already has the better of you, why give them an extra 3%?.

There is a safe in your cabin. You can put whatever cash/travler's checks that you don't need for the day in it and only carry what you need.

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On my past cruises, I usually have about $500 in Travelers checks and $500 cash I keep in the safe. I refuse to be stuck without cash anywhere...but that's just me.
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Old 04-07-2006, 10:43 AM
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On my 7 day cruise with DH last week I took far too much cash. We had about $400 in 20's, of which we used max $50. We had 100 $1's and once again I wished I had another 50 (for tipping and spending in port- you want SMALL BILLS). The rest was on the ship card. We spent $780 in 7 days on the shipboard account. It adds up!!!!
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Old 04-07-2006, 07:47 PM
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Just before I go on a cruise I stop at a bank and pick up a supply of those ever so hard to get $2 bills-they work like magic when it comes to tipping for that ever so special services that crewpersons give-tell them its for good luck and make sure they see it is a $2-you will be noted on board wherever you go!
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Originally posted by Kaychell:
We're cruising Conquest May 7-14

ANY suggestions/advice/input is welcomed!

Kayla
Hi Kayla, I will be ont of the 2 DJ's in Henri's disco onboard, come and say hello
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For the traveller's check, do they charge you service fee for cashing them onboard?
 
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