I just called NCL to ask how much of a hold they place on Credit Cards. I was told 250 per day. I don't have a high enough credit line to put it on my card like I planned. She then went on to say she thought the debit card was the same amount and that the Cash amount she thinks is 100 per day per reservation. Anyone with any experience on NCL with this. i would like a more def. answer before we get there . LOL
I can't imagine them charging your acct $250 per day! NO ONE can afford that! I was told they will hold what you ask them...and then when you get close to your limit, they MAY ask youj to add more. Who could drink THAT much booze??
Okay I called NCL again after getting three different answers I spoke with a supervisor. I was told that all you have to have available on your card is 300.00 and then if as you are going thru the week and get close to your amount they will contact you. That is much better than doing a cash deposit. I'm glad you said that. I guess they must have some new people over at NCL that didn't know. LOL.
I am having the same problem currently with NCL. Its getting to be a little bit ridiculous!! I have cruised more than 15 times with other lines and have never had as many problems as I have had with NCL. Personally I believe that the onboard credit program is a very important issue that every employee (at least the ones working for corporate offices) should understand and know the basic facts. I have called 5 times about the pre-authorization/deposit charge for onboard credit and have yet to get the same answer. One such call was to a "Cruise Specialist" who read the information from the website to me and said that he didn't know anymore. sorry to be ranting about this, but I am very dissapointed with this company and I haven't even left yet!!! Lets hope they make up for it with an amazing vacation!
What are we talking about? I was under the assumtion that you pay your bill at the end of the cruise and they just ask with what are you going to be paying for the charges with (Visa, Amex, MasterCard, Cash) I didnt realize that I will need to prepay
Cat25-I cruised on the Dawn in Dec.06 with my girlfriend, we used separate credit cards for each cruise account. NCL put a hold in the amount of $500.00 on each card. During the cruise we paid down on each account each day by making cash payments to the Purser. The length of the cruise was 11 days. It was not a problem as we each used cards with low credit limits. Don't sweat it-plan to use cash as much as possible for your other adventures but keep track of your ship's bill - you can get a statement of your account at any time-we did it daily.
Ok so here is the update from my dramas with NCL. I finally called my travel agent taody and made her deal with it She called and found out the options for paying onboard credit: 1.Cash-a 100 per day per person is required
2.Debit- a pre-auth charge is made which can be held by your bank for up to 30 days
3. A credit Card may be used (Your credit will be pre-auth too)
You have to fill out the necessary paperwork upon embarkation and specify which method you will be using. You have the option of paying on the last day with cash if you hold your charges with debit or credit. The pre-auth fee is set by you when you get on the ship. My travel agent called today 3/8/07 and checked on this...I would make sure to check when you fill out the information on the frist day though just to be sure. They are not going to leave you at the port if you don't have a certain amt. of money on your debit or credit, so don't worry about it. Hope this helps!!
Maybe I have been naive in the past, but I just set up the onboard account ahead of time, and board the ship. At the end of the cruise I pay with travelers checks. I only spend what I can afford, so I have never been concerned about what is on hold as far as credit.
It's a whole lot simplier to just use a credit card. When the bill comes in later that month, pay it off.
If you're using a NCL credit card isssued by Bank of America, you'll get points at 4% of your expendtures aboard the ship, 3% everywhere else.
Each point is equivalent to $1. On a $2000 cruise, that 4% adds up to $80.
They give away certificates in 500 point increments. $500 off your next cruise bill is significant savings. But to avoid interests costs, pay it off every month. You'll be surprised at how fast the points add up.