In most cases the cruise line conversion is much worse than your card issuer so use your card issuer. As has been mentioned before, Nationwide give one of the best exchange rates and no charges.
I believe you may have to go to the Pursers desk and ask them to specifically charge your credit card in US Dollars otherwise they will automatically do the conversion to GBP at a poor exchange rate. It may be an idea to ask them to run the billing in dollars the day before the cruise ends while you stand in front of them then at least the vast majority of your bill will be charged in dollars.
When you complete the form with your credit card details needed to create on board credit there is a little box which you need to tick so that they do not transfer to £. I understand they charge 3% to convert so it is best not to transfer.
We have just returned from Sea Princess (20 December) and had fantastic time - enjoy!
Who did you fly with?I am flying with thomas cook to join the Sea Princess on the 3 Jan 09 an so far have heard negative reports about the airlline.Any feedback would be appreciated. Happy New Year to you all.
Sorry for delay!
We flew with Thomas Cook. It was pretty awful! I am just in the frame that the holiday starts when we get on the ship and the flight is something you very much have to endure. I went with absolutely no expectations on the flight! The seats were very tight, the entertainment system crashed constantly - the food was awful but the holiday was worth it!!!
Hopefully you may get lucky???
Simple rule that most of us stand by is 'Never let cruise company convert your money. Allow the credit card company or bank to do the conversion'. That applies to whom ever you cruise with. It's their last opportunity to take a bit more money from you as you walk down the gangway.....Wilba.
Hi there Try and get a Nationwide card this will convert your transactionat the going rate and NOT the tourist rate. It also DOES NOT charge fro taking money out at the ATM's. I believe that Abbey also have one along similar lines but I have not used this one. We have used the Nationwide all over the world and it allows you to obtain small amounts when you dock and not having to pay the ridiculous amounts of charging on board ship. Sometimes you also find the ship will change any currency you want to change for the next port back into dollars and then into the currency requires!!!! Have a great time cruising.