We used to go ashore and buy cans at spar shops it can be pricey if kids drink juice all da.
Yes you have to pay for all your drinks and you can also keep an eye on you bill just go to guest relations on deck 5 and they will give ou a statement as and when you want it. basically the card is your money all the time you are on board. whatever you buy you will have to use the card, also your children will be issued with a card so make sure you budget them as they can easilly run away with it. no money changes hand until your last day when the card runs out and you hav to pay your bill then anything you buy on board you can se cash and its all in pounds. example 1 can of coke/sprite etc £1.40 so be careful.
You will have to pay for all drinks, internet access, items from the shop and any excursion you take. Coffee is free if you drink it from the main resturant, if you go to the cafe then coffee and cake are chargeable.
The card use is easy, everytime you buy something it is charged to the card. You just sign your name and room number.
You dont have to add anything on for tips everytime you purchase something like a drinks as its already included in the holiday price.
At the end of the cruies you are free to give cash to any of the staff that you feel deserve a tip.