Everything is priced in GBP so there is no exchange rate issue. When boarding you will need to register your credit card (not sure about debit cards) and from then on everything is charged to your on board account. Your photo boarding card acts as your on board account card for purchasing drinks, specialist restaurants etc and any tours you purchase will also be charged to this account. No cash is used except in the casino (I can't remember if you can buy postage stamps on board but, if you can, then cash would be needed for those). Also, you can only purchase foreign currency on board by using cash (but exchange rate is poor). Use US Dollars ashore - take small denomination bills. You can check your account balance at the Pursers desk any time you like. More information is available on the island cruises web site. Hope this helps.
Hiya first time we went on star when she came to sea june 2006 we done med cruise and paid our bill in cash night before we went to bed .sorry on last night of our cruise unless they done away with it now i know every thing gets charged to your swip card any other time on escape we paid bye credit card but done cash this one time .we also asked if we had to put deposit down on account with paying cash and they said no .spoke to some one on escape they said they done thompsons cruise one time and were paying bye cash .had to put 50.00 pounds down as deposit.
Thanks for your help.
It is a cashless society everything you purchase on the ship is charged to your room account keep the receipts in case there is a query. Probably the only cash you might need if you go to the casino. We pay our final account by credit card and ensure if the option is given that the credit card company converts from dollars to UK currency and you should get a better exchange rate. We take some dollar travellers cheques and buy them before we go and then cash them at the bank on the ship for dollars cash to spend ashore, or we use our credit card as these are OK in the Caribeean and it also depends on how much we have spent. This ship used to be owned by Celebrity cruises when its name was Horizon.
Sorry I misled you, Royal Caribbean have sold there 50% share in Island Cruises and I read this meant dollars in future not pounds but they will be part of the TUI group who operate Thomson cruises so it should stay GBP, but in any event with a cashless principal cash is rarely needed and dollars is what you will require when you go ashore.