Hi grumbled cruises, your account has not been cleared if you sail on Aug 9th. Your account is not cleared until your cruise is over and all charges onboard have been settled. They don't charge your account anything, they put a hold on a $$$ amount to cover your onboard expenses. If you order a glass of wine at dinner, they don't take cash, they put it on the account and at the end take the payment from the amount held and the difference is never actually charged. They simply release the hold after you settle up and debark the ship, tab paid.