We are leaving from Copenhagen and will need 6 different currencies for our shore excursions. What's the best way of dealing with this? Do we have to take a small amount of each different country's currency? Travellers Cheques? or just a credit card? Although I don't want to pay for a cup of coffee or souvenir with a credit card!!! Help!
If you are leaving from Copenhagen can I assume you are doing a Baltic cruise? We did one a couple of years ago and used nothing but U.S. dollars. We did see a couple of places that did not take U.S. so it is good to ask first--and if they do not, just go someplace else; it is much easier than dealing with six different currencies.
Welcome to cruise-chat, Raeburn. On all but one of our Europe cruises, we also had to deal with different currencies, although our maximum was just two. What we did is to bring small amounts of cash in each one (for instance, we'd exchange dollars for Euro or pounds before leaving home), and use credit cards for the larger purchases. We also used ATMs -- be sure to let your bank know in advance as many ATMs in Europe do not accept PINs longer than four digits, and your bank will tell you what to do.
This summer we did a cruise with 8 different Countries
We took a small amount of each currency.... we actually ran out of NOK & had to hit the ATM for more
Some place will take CC but if your card holder charges a % for transaction fee then may be worth going to an ATM
The only place we have used USD in the past was Russia
Enjoy the cruise
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Most of Europe will take Euros, even if it isn't their currency yet. When we took the Baltic cruise 6 years ago, we used an ATM to get a small amount of local currency if we needed it, there is usually an ATM in the port area. Any larger purchases we used a credit card.
The leftover local money we gave to our cabin steward since he was cruising the area for another couple of months and could use it.