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Old 12-07-2011, 10:42 AM
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Don't misunderstand- what I tried to say was that I always use cash to buy anything OFF of the ship. I always have at least two credit cards with me at all times JUST IN CASE I act dumb and miss the ship leaving; but for trinkets and other junk in the ports, I ONLY use cash. Granted, someone in your own country can spam your credit card just as easy, but why take the chance when in another country. I go by the rule; if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is just that. I don't buy diamonds, gold, etc., on a ship, nor in any other country where you don't KNOW the merchant. Much like another post on this site where they bought a worthless diamond, or the "Art Sales" that used to be on RCCL ships; buy at home where you know, or can VERIFY, the seller. If it seems really "cheap", it probably is.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:29 PM
 
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One more thing about returning to the ship. Make sure you look at your daily planner to see what time "All Aboard" is. If I'm remembering correctly, I think it's usually about half hour prior to sailing. Example, if you are in port from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, ALL ABOARD is at 4:30 pm. The captain will let you know if you need to change your watches, which leads to my next point.

Make sure you keep your watch on Ship Time, and not local island time, if there's a difference. If you do need to adjust your watch, it will be reflected in your daily planner, as well as on the bulletin board on TV.

As others stated, the ONLY time the ship will wait for you is if you are on an excursion that you booked through the cruise line, and that excursion is late getting back.
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