Neil and Ida Down - Answered a Question by Baker (01 May 08 15:33)

Use a Nationwide credit card and insist that the account is paid in US dollars and do not let them convert it. You should get almost $2 to the £1 that way.....Nei.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Davis - Answered a Question by Baker (01 May 08 19:10)

If you don't have/want a Nationwide credit card, you can always take out dollars from the Post office (they don't charge commission) before you leave and pay your bill in cash.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Vockings - Answered a Question by Baker (02 May 08 19:13)

Any credit card (not just Nationwide's)can be used to settle the bill onboard with no extra charges because it is a merchant transaction and not a cash advance so you do not need to sign up to Nationwide's-any credit card will do, but make sure that you insist on Princess billing you in dollars as the conversion rate you get from the credit card company is far better than the Princess rate.Princess will not accept Maestro/Cirrus(ie debit cards) so you need Mastercard or Visa.When you are actually abroad,if you want to get cash from an ATM then the best card is Nationwide debit card or HSBC's debit card but only on a Plus or Premier account with them-hope this helps.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
macro - Answered a Question by Baker (03 May 08 12:56)

The post office do not charge commission - they make the money from a much worse rate of exchange. Do not be misled. Neils advice is excellent. I have taken out a nationwide account and credit card just to use abroad after reading http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/. I did it on the internet and it took 10 days till all done and pins came through. very worth while and much safer than using my usual cards/accounts. Otherwise, check exchange rates on the internet and buy travellers cheques or currency. M & S and Travelex are usually v good. If you use cash or t chqes you can pay into your onboard account on day 1 and top up as you go along or they will refund you any excess at the end of the cruise.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Bavister - Answered a Question by Baker (03 May 08 17:57)

Normally you register a credit card when you go on board and then the bill is delivered to your cabin a couple of days before you are due to disembark for you to check. We have never had anything wrong with our bills - and then they just take it on your card. Easy.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report

Daily Top 10 Deals

  • Caribbean & Madeira! Inc Flights

    P&O Cruises - Britannia - 27 October 17 - 14nts

    Southampton : Madeira : Phillipsburg : Castries : Grenada : Bridgetown (Overnight)

    Now from £999 Was £1079

    • Includes Direct London Flights & Transfers (Regional Flights Available At A Supplement) 
    • Free Port Parking on Balconies & Above

    View More P&O Caribbean Deals>>


  • No Fly Barcelona, Rome & Corsica

    Princess Cruises - Crown Princess - 29 Jul 17 - 14nts

    Southampton : Barcelona : Corsica (Ajaccio) : Rome (Civitavecchia) : Florence/Pisa (Livorno) : Genoa : Marseille (Provence) : Gibraltar : Southampton

    Now from £999pp Was £2019pp

    • Exclusive Port Parking on the highest grade of balcony & above
    • Exclusive Low Price!
    • Includes All Meals & Entertainment On Board

    View More 2017 Princess Cruises >


  • No Fly Half Term Spain & France

    Royal Caribbean - Navigator of the Seas - 19 Oct 2018 - 7nts

    Southampton : Bilbao : La Coruna (Spain) : Cherbourg (France) : Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) : Southampton

    Now from £689pp

    • FREE Port Parking OR Pre Cruise Stay on Select Balcony Cabins & Above
    • All Meals Included
    • Kids from Just £475!

    View all 2018 Royal Caribbean Southampton Sailings >>

Show More Deals
Lisa West's blog

I did it!!!

By Lisa West

Last weekend I completed in the London Moonwalk – what an amazing but very emotional experience. Our group The Girls from the Ditch meet at 5pm where we had arranged for a mini bus to take us all down to London. We had to be in Clapham Common for 9pm so we had plenty of time to get down there. The day didnt quite go to plan for my sister who was joining me on the walk, her Grandson decided to come 2 weeks early and arrived at 2.30 in the afternoon, so after being up since 4.30 Sa...

Read More

May 22 2017 07:17:47:000AM


NCL All Inclusive Drinks&Tips ...

By Gina Rowan

Gina Rowan's blog

 Recently NCL announced that their Ultimate Drinks Package & prepaid gratuities were now mandatory in all of their sailings. At first glance this would seem to be a good idea. After all, I can’t tell you how many enquiries I get on a daily basis, asking if a drinks package is included. Rightly so, as your bar bill is usually the most expensive item on your cruise bill!So there has been a definite trend towards passengers preferring a total cruise fare with an all inclusive d...

Read More

May 25 2017 11:00:20:000AM

Fancy a Movie Night in or Away?

By Haydn Jones

Haydn Jones's blog

There is nothing my family love more than cuddling up of a Sunday night , curtains closed, eating microwave popcorn and watching a movie. Its become a Sunday night tradition in our house. Although there is something my two boys love slightly more – movies under the stars on a cruise. We often end up missing the shows and evening entertainment, because for them this is the perfect treat. Sun loungers, blankets, hot chocolate and even pop corn and pizza bought to you whilst watching a fil...

Read More

May 21 2017 08:33:12:000PM