You can opt to open your account with cash (or travelers checks) but you may be asked to deposit a certain minimum amount, which could be quite large (possibly $500 or more). I find it easiest to open my account with a credit card; you can keep track of your spending during the cruise as you get a receipt for everything you purchase; you may need to spend a little time figuring each day where you're at, though!
Even if you leave a credit card with them for your deposit, you should be able to go to the pursers desk during the cruise and make payments with your travelers checks. Tip: Don't wait until the last night to settle up as the line gets very long then. You may want to let that final amount be charged to your credit card so you don't have to wait in line.
Have a great trip!
You can do the cash deposit thing at embarkation. Basically the same point as when you would give them that credit card page of your docs. Tell them you want to do cash instead. Or ask them if you can do credit card for your cards and cash balance for the kids cards (assume you are the same person that wanted to use cash to limit the kids spending.) I have to believe you are not the first that wanted to put a limit on the kids cards.
Thanks. They really don't make it look like you can use cash in the docs. In fact, they don't mention at at all! I wanted to make sure that we can, they say you can online!
No, I'm not the one who wants to limit kids' spending--more like my husband's. I just figured it would be easier to have a cash limit on the card, and then they would HAVE to let us know when we hit it. With credit, you can go nuts if you're not careful. Really, we don't use credit at all, and don't want to put a large hold on our checking account. As for traveling with cash, we are using traveler's cheques and only carrying enough cash for tips.
Not sure if they let you know when you run out of cash or not. The card will just stop working (for payment purposes) when the balance runs to $0.
I totally understand the resistance to using the credit card, but nowdays sometimes that is just not easy to do.
Be aware, when you set up your cash amounts, that they charge the default tips amount ($10 per person per day) the first day, you can change this at the end of the cruise if need be, but your deposit amount will drop the first day "automatically" so account for that when you determine how much you want to start with on the card. And the traveler's checks work well on the cruise as you can always cash them at the casino if you need more cash.