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Old 10-23-2004, 09:29 PM
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One week from now (NOvemeber 1st), I will embark on my very first cruise. It will be a 4 night cruise on Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas.

I need to know how much cash should I carry in my wallet or pocket?

I guess I will be spending money mostly when I am ashore at the two ports of call: Coco Cay and Nassau. I will probably buy souveniers, T-shirts, a palm hat from the straw market, etc.

I heard that there is an ATM on board if needed. But does it have an enormous service charge for use? Does it get deplited by all the passengers?

I would like to hear from expierienced cruisers who know how much money they should bring on a cruise.
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One week from now (NOvemeber 1st), I will embark on my very first cruise. It will be a 4 night cruise on Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas.

I need to know how much cash should I carry in my wallet or pocket?

I guess I will be spending money mostly when I am ashore at the two ports of call: Coco Cay and Nassau. I will probably buy souveniers, T-shirts, a palm hat from the straw market, etc.

I heard that there is an ATM on board if needed. But does it have an enormous service charge for use? Does it get deplited by all the passengers?

I would like to hear from expierienced cruisers who know how much money they should bring on a cruise.
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Old 10-26-2004, 10:31 AM
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That is really a very subjective question, but I usually bring about $50 cash per day for souvenirs, taxis, food and other incidentals while in port. For larger purchases I use my credit card. There is an ATM onboard, but there will also be ATM's available at all the ports. You can also get a cash advance posted to your shipboard account at the casino.
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Old 10-26-2004, 10:49 AM
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Hi Frase,

I bring as little cash as possible. More or less the only thing I use cash for is tipping (on the lines operating a traditional tipping policy). Otherwise, I use traveler's cheques or my credit card. Traveler's cheques in particular are a good alternative to cash IMHO.
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Old 10-26-2004, 07:41 PM
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These days many people do not travel with cash. However, personal spending does vary. Once you are on the ship you will have no need for cash as lines use a cash card that acts as your room key, ID, cash. You can pay for this with cash, credit card, some lines will take a personal check. Tipping can now be charged to your room account too. Prior to this change I usually put my tip money aside before leaving. I also keep lots of singles for cabs, shopping, etc.
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Old 10-27-2004, 11:35 AM
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Sun Princess makes an excellent point. I try to bring as many small bills as possible for tips, bartering at the markets, cabs, etc.
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Old 11-01-2004, 04:39 PM
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About tipping with a credit card. For most of the people that you'll need (or want to tip) this is the only "salary" they receive. If you are pleased w/ their service maybe you will consider tipping with cash in lieu of credit card. Mainly because they will have to wait sometimes one-three weeks for the transaction to filter back to them. Just a suggestion.
 
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