phillips - Answered a Question by PARRY (18 Aug 08 21:31)

We took both. they took card details when we embarked but we also took dollar travel cheques. we are very pleased to say that we didnt use the card as we found everything very reasonable and were very surprised that our final bill was not more. pound very strong against dollar so this is prob why as we did not skimp on anything.

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Robertson - replied to phillips (19 Aug 08 13:08)

I didn't think anyone still used travellers Cheques ? - Far cheaper with a variety of plastic ( fee free ones of course ).

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phillips - replied to Robertson (19 Aug 08 20:52)

we got ours commission free in dollars at a very favourable rate months before our cruise! agree with you about the plastic< free of course as this is what we use in europe. will still do cheques for next one though because it means we wont use our money for mad xmas spending as we normally do!!!! WE are pretty hopeless normally with the old budget!!!!

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Parry - replied to phillips (22 Aug 08 15:12)

Thanks everyone for your responses, my initial reason for my question is that my husband hates credit cards. We have Nationwide debit cards, we havent used traveller cheques for years but thought we might need to if we couldnt use the debit card. Have always got a great rate with the Nationwide debit card and found ATM's in the remotest of places !!!!

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Wilba - Answered a Question by PARRY (18 Aug 08 23:04)

If you go to Princess website, bottom of the page, FAQ, Credit Card or cash/travellers cheques is their only payment accepted. Most lines do NOT accept Debit cards.

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Robertson - replied to Wilba (19 Aug 08 13:05)

I've used Nationwide Visa Debit card on both P&O and Princess Cruises. just hand it over at embarkation - never been a problem. Whichever way you pay go to the Pursers Desk and INSIST that they DO NOT convert your bill into Sterling. They give a poor exchange Rate £/$. Pay it in Dollars on your CC. and MAKE SURE you see them WRITE it down / input into the system there and then. They don't like it but - hey! that's life. Better still get a Nationwide C Card and you don't pay any fee just a straight good conversion rate. Sorry for the Nationwide Plug and waffeling on Wilba!

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Wilba - replied to Robertson (19 Aug 08 21:35)

Yes I've read so much about the Nationwide Card that I already have it on my next cruise shopping list. Regards.

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Ingle - replied to Wilba (20 Aug 08 12:20)

And a Nationwide credit card to go with the debit card. Same deal, no charges and you get the commercial exchange rate, which is around 5 cents more than the tourist rate. Brian .

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phillips - replied to Wilba (19 Aug 08 23:19)

Thought we had it correct but started doubting ourselves thank you we now know we might be doing it just a little bit correct .p s we are just second time cruisers so we just went with the flow on this site . actually it went very well last time so will go with it again. thank you for this site.

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