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  • jc, liverpool
    started a topic Pound v US Dollar.

    Pound v US Dollar.

    Hi all
    There are two interesting threads ongoing at the moment,,,,Drink prices and Tips.

    Over the last 7 days the Pound has dropped 5% against the US Dollar.
    As most cruise lines operate in US Dollars,,,,for British passengers this means drink prices and auto-grats have effectively increased.
    My last cruise on a US ship (Celebrity Eclipse) last year,i had the included drinks package,and my on board spend was only £27,,,,so wouldn't affect me much.

    Is this a good reason to go for the pre-paid A/I and pre pay auto tips.
    Or do you play the currency casino and hope the Pound goes up?

    Its 1.42$ to the pound now,,,how low would it have to go before it affected your decision to book a US ship,and book with P&O!!

    I bet one of you old guys remember $2 to the £.....the good old days eh!!
    JC

  • Topdeck, London
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    A long time ago Princess had change machine where stick in £$€ and it would give you back of the other 2.

    The rate was loaded so $->£/€ was making the money, the reverse was just the inverse rather than loaded.
    Could put £ in get $ out take them to a UK bank and get more £ back.

    (you could buy bottles at the bar for similar price to the shop for consumption on board at that time as well)

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  • Taffy, Wales
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    Originally posted by Little Red Rouster, Lancaster View Post
    Another issue that springs to mind is when you settle your onboard account do you advise the cruise line to charge your credit card in dollars or let the cruise line convert to pounds at their onboard rate. We always find that the onboard dollar rate is much lower than the current exchange rate. We always opt for the dollar charge to our credit card.
    Hi LLR.
    I once got a better deal on P&O changing some £s to $s the exchange rate had dropped quite steeply as we crossed from Soton to the Caribbean ,according to the daily paper? but the exchange rate stayed the same on the ship for most of the cruise.
    Never happened again ...Taffy

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  • Cooke, Ashby
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    In 1985 the dollar and pound nearly touched parity. Shall we not panic yet? It would not make me change cruise lines.

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  • Little Red Rouster, Lancaster
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    Another issue that springs to mind is when you settle your onboard account do you advise the cruise line to charge your credit card in dollars or let the cruise line convert to pounds at their onboard rate. We always find that the onboard dollar rate is much lower than the current exchange rate. We always opt for the dollar charge to our credit card.

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  • Taffy, Wales
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    Luckily we have a drinks package and paid the grats for our next cruise so prices fixed since this time last year,
    We were in the USA when the rate was $2 to the pound .Prices already cheaper than UK and a great exchange rate .We were buying trainers on Marco Island and this German came with a suite case and asked the sales man to fill it with Nike Trainers,When asked what size he said any just any just fill it .
    Like spending monopoly money,and they were in an economic downturn the restaurants were so pleased to see you the waitress grabbed you as you walked in grateful to see someone who tipped....Taffy

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  • BigMac, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by jc, liverpool View Post
    You can't remember,,,Yeh right!!
    Why wasn't 'five bob' know as a dollar then?
    JC
    Actually, five bob was called a dollar (so I'm told). However, except for commemorative coins, crowns have not been around for decades, but half crowns, or half a dollar lasted into the seventies.

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  • andyn, Bucks
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    Originally posted by jc, liverpool View Post
    5% incease in on board spend on a WC?
    JC
    Cunard charge for the toilet!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Neil Down, Southampton
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    Originally posted by jc, liverpool View Post
    Hi all


    Its 1.42$ to the pound now,,,how low would it have to go before it affected your decision to book a US ship,and book with P&O!!

    I bet one of you old guys remember $2 to the £.....the good old days eh!!
    JC
    1. A damn sight further that it is at the moment......

    2. Yes and yes.


    .......Neil

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  • tuggy, warminster
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    This raises yet another Question & that is !! On top of paying for the Cruise how much do you actually pay onboard on top of that, A bargain Cruise price sometimes is more Expensive than a Cruise that does not give you incentives to book like O.B.C. /Drinks Packages ect. My last cruise 24 nights my onboard bill at the end of the Cruise was a hefty 19 U.S Cents

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  • Islander, Quendale
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    Originally posted by DUETTO, Staines View Post
    As a young lad I am sure it was $4 to the pound then. Might be wrong a long time ago.
    I think you have to go back to the 1940s, so I don't remember that one!

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by jc, liverpool View Post
    Hi Mrs M
    I only put the 'old guys' quip in to be mischievous....
    Its one of those mornings.
    JC
    ...and I only replied with 'old biddy' in like mode because, as I think is totally obvious, I'm a youngster.







    At heart!!!!

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  • jc, liverpool
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    Hi Mrs M
    I only put the 'old guys' quip in to be mischievous....
    Its one of those mornings.
    JC

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  • jc, liverpool
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    Originally posted by DUETTO, Staines View Post
    As a young lad I am sure it was $4 to the pound then. Might be wrong a long time ago.
    Hi Duetto.
    Hope you are having a good time.
    I was thinking of you when i wrote the topic........5% incease in on board spend on a WC?
    One less cocktail a night i think.
    JC

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  • DUETTO, Staines
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    As a young lad I am sure it was $4 to the pound then. Might be wrong a long time ago.

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