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Currency is dollars, but you will each be issued with a Seapass and all your spending on board the ship will be charged to your stateroom account and you can normally monitor your spending by keeping all the receipts in case you have a query and via your television which will list all spend. Having dollars is OK for the Caribbean accepted widely and sort this out before you go and get a better rate here than you will get in the ship. Most pay there bill on the ship via a credit card if you do then make sure you tick the box for the credit card company to make the conversion to UK currency rather than the ship. Your credit card will also be welcome in the islands in the Caribbean. We often take a limited number of dollar travellers cheques bought here then you can cash them on the ship withut the conversion problems. Hope this helps others may add further advice.
Would we be able to settle all bills at end of cruise with a debit card or travellers cheques? Thanks for your comments we have found this usful information! Have you actually travelled on "Vision of the seas"? Are we in for a treat or not?
This is the info from Vision of the Seas credit "Normally, to activate this SeaPass account, most guests provide a credit card (American Express, Optima, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and Diner's Club), to which these purchases are charged at the end of their cruise. In addition, the SeaPass system may be activated with traveller's cheques, debit cards or cash. A running tab of all your purchases will be kept under separate folio numbers for each guest, and an itemised statement left in your stateroom the night before disembarkation.
If you do opt for travellers cheques you may find yourself in a queue on the final morning as your statement won't be known to you until the night before. but with more and more passengers using credit and debit cards this might not be a long queue, but if you want to avoid this then use your debit card if you don't have a credit card. One final warning don't quote the date on an open website you will be on a cruise ship, best say the spring, couple of months time, there can be a few people out there who might like to know when you are away, don't panic but be wary in the future. No we have not been on the Visiion of the Seas the advice comes from being already on 14/15 cruises and as there are nearly 300 cruises ships an impossible task for anyone.
Yes you say you have onboard credit. This will be automatically credited to your onboard account & the final total of your bill will be reduced accordingly. As for packing be aware a laundry service is available. Regards Wilba.
Always US$ on board, everything is charged to your room just like in a hotel and you pay at the end by creditcard. 2 formal nights per week. I assume you are going on the Thomas Cook charter so their luggage allowance is 25kg pp. I suggest that you sign up for the meetandmingle party thrown by RCI and that is a good way to get to know your fellow cruisers before you board and you will have ready made friends on board.
If you have OBC it will usually show up on your account 3-4 days into the sailing.
HOPE YOU HAVE A FANTASTIC TIME. It is a cashless life on board sips. Your account is credited and you pay at the end. It is always worth investing in a Nationwide card to take abroad, we have found that we get better rates of exchange and you can get the local currency very easy.
If you are being charged per day for tips you can always opt out as soon as you arrive on board and tip as you see fit.
Do your homework first on your ports of call as the trips on board are expensive and you always make a stop at some carpet or perfume factory!!! This is very easy onthe internet or try out the Dorling Kingsley Eyewitness Books.
If you want to book a special meal on board it is always worth booking before you go to avoid disappointment.
Thanks very much for your comments. When you say do your homework first on ports of call, can you then book direct? Is it a particular site on the internet?
I normally look in The Dorling Kingsley Eye Witness books and there is a book called the Caribbean Ports of Call by Fodors. We then leave the ship armed with the locations we want to visit and then do a deal with the taxi drivers.
What locations are you going to?
You may well meet another couple on board and be able to share the price of a taxi for the day!
It is not so easy in the Caribbean to use public transport. Always aim to get back to the ship an hour before sailing. And take contact details on the daily news with you when you leave teh ship just in case you require it.
I really hope you enjoy the trip and will become bitten by the bug like so many of us. We are off to Australia and New Zealand in two weeks time!!!!