Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Cruise Lines > Norwegian Cruise Line
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 11-25-2008, 07:24 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 13
We are taking a 14 night South American Cruise on the NCL Sun. I'm trying to figure out how much money we need to bring along. All shore excursions etc are paid for. Can anyone help me out. How much should I plan for:

Fuel Charge?
Photos they sell on board?

Are there any hidden fees I might be overlooking? Just want to be prepared!!
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 11-25-2008, 08:41 PM
Jill SC's Avatar  
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 336
You only need to take money for small purchases on shore. All the shipboard expenses are charged to your account, you never need money (except for the casino and if you want to tip over and above the automatic daily charge).

Need some cruise help?
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 11-26-2008, 02:24 AM
sparks1093's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Vermont
Posts: 145
As Jill said you'll need cash for the casino. For budgeting purposes you'll be charged $10 a day per person for tips (going up to $12, in January I believe), the fuel charge was included in your ticket, drinks vary but mixed drinks start at around $5 and up and on our weekend cruise my wife and I spent about $60 on the photos they sell, which of course you don't need to buy. Bon voyage!
NCL Dream May 2008

Read and post cruise reviews
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 11-26-2008, 06:45 AM
billybuzzy's Avatar  
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 1,716
Newlywed08- As part of the boarding process you will be required to provide a credit card to secure the shipboard account. You may also secure your account with a cash deposit.
You will then be issued your ship's card which serves as your room key and your shipboard chargecard. Except for those additional tips you choose to give those crewmembers who go above and beyond the call of duty - you won't need cash on the ship. Cash tipping is a good idea for room service, hardworking wait staff Etc. (If you do it-boy will the attention you get be great-remember a ship is a tight knit community-the better you treat the crew-the better they will treat you!)
You will need cash when you go ashore for your purchases.
Drink costs are slowly rising and the average is approaching $7.50 plus 15% for the fancy drinks. If you specify you want the beverage in a regular glass rather than a souvenier glass you'll save $2 or more. There are beverage menus in the lounges and you can get a quick feel for the cost and plan accordingly.
You will love NCL's "Freestyle"!
Above all relax and enjoy-it's a cruise!
Happy Thanksgiving-& Welcome to cruise-chat!

Bon Voyage,

  #5 (permalink)  
Old 11-27-2008, 07:33 AM
Berick1234's Avatar  
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,497
We only take about $200 cash with us on a 7-9 day and usually don't spend all of that....As has been stated, you pay for everything on the ship by your ship's card....Most ports will accept credit cards too, but for small purchases, cash works better....and I usually carry $2 bills to hand out for that extra service that gets extended by the ships crew...plus I give my room steward a $20 bill when I first meet them....works wonders for the rest of the time on board....this is in addition to the regular tip at the end of the cruise....the crew works hard and long...treat them nicely...Happy Cruising....

Bob E
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 11-27-2008, 08:57 AM
bmh bmh is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 143
We also give the room steward $20.00 at the start of the cruise , works well. Last week we took $600.00 cash and after all the expenses at the airports,extra tipping,and other purchases ashore including a few beer we still brought home $350.00. We do not in general play the casino, I am not sure if cash is used there.
Closed Thread

bring, caribbean, cash, casino, cruise, drinks, money, ncl, norwegian, pay, play, recommended, review, royal, ship, weekend

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How much cash? MKCruise10 General Cruise Chat 2 03-22-2010 02:31 AM
How much cash to bring...... dhornick Carnival Cruise Line 34 01-28-2007 10:52 AM
CASH!! bellj25 General Cruise Chat 8 12-07-2004 11:48 PM
How much cash should I bring on my cruise? Frase General Cruise Chat 6 11-01-2004 04:39 PM
CASH hghrlr1 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 3 05-23-2003 10:24 AM

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:49 PM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2