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Old 06-22-2013, 02:28 AM   #691
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In regards to St. Peters, is the rule that women's knees have to be covered or that no shorts are allowed? If you wore a dress that came just above the knees would they let you in?
No bare knees or shoulders. The rule isn't about shorts v dresses; its just about being covered up.
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I can't post a picture here, but here is the Greek Isles menu for anyone on the next Greece sailing.


http://medcruise2013.blogspot.com.es...sles-menu.html
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:21 AM   #693
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For those of you who've already sailed/been to the Med, when you tap an ATM does it show your available balance like it does here in the US? Listed in Euros or US$?

Also what was your daily limit to tap an ATM? I know this would vary & I need to contact my bank but just curious.

Do you feel it was difficult to get enough cash because of the limits? We have prepaid everything except for tips for drivers of Rome in Limo, entrance to Accademia in Florence, entrance to Pompeii and the fee + tips to our Vatican & Pompeii guides from RiL. We won't need to be buying train tix, etc so hopefully not huge sums of cash needed but just curious.
I'd prefer to use a cc for most purchases. Were there a lot of places that accept cash only?
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For those of you who've already sailed/been to the Med, when you tap an ATM does it show your available balance like it does here in the US? Listed in Euros or US$?

Also what was your daily limit to tap an ATM? I know this would vary & I need to contact my bank but just curious.

Do you feel it was difficult to get enough cash because of the limits? We have prepaid everything except for tips for drivers of Rome in Limo, entrance to Accademia in Florence, entrance to Pompeii and the fee + tips to our Vatican & Pompeii guides from RiL. We won't need to be buying train tix, etc so hopefully not huge sums of cash needed but just curious.
I'd prefer to use a cc for most purchases. Were there a lot of places that accept cash only?
When we withdrew money, it didn't give us a balance. It just showed us what we took out (in Euros).
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:25 AM   #695
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We used debit card all the time in Europe no problem. Whenever I've used the machines it shows in my own currency £s for me so yes should show in dollars.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:57 AM   #696
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For those of you who've already sailed/been to the Med, when you tap an ATM does it show your available balance like it does here in the US? Listed in Euros or US$?

Also what was your daily limit to tap an ATM? I know this would vary & I need to contact my bank but just curious.

Do you feel it was difficult to get enough cash because of the limits? We have prepaid everything except for tips for drivers of Rome in Limo, entrance to Accademia in Florence, entrance to Pompeii and the fee + tips to our Vatican & Pompeii guides from RiL. We won't need to be buying train tix, etc so hopefully not huge sums of cash needed but just curious.
I'd prefer to use a cc for most purchases. Were there a lot of places that accept cash only?
Did you exchange money at all? I worried about the same thing and had Euros left over (even with a 4 day Paris stay post-cruise).

We needed cash the same stuff you needed cash for (tix, fees, tips). In Barcelona ALL of the restaurants I went to gladly took CC and even took tips on CC. I found I needed cash mostly for:

1. Restaurants in Italy
2. BATHROOMS
3. Vending machines for waters
4. Entrance tix
5. Tips
6. Any unpaid tours

I changed $200 US onboard but the rate was not great. I can't remember but I think I only got 140Euro. I didn't do another change after that.

BTW (and just random babbling here), I noticed that there were alot less purchases onboard than normal (people browsing, etc). That 20% VAT really was horrendous. My $76 D&B wristlet came out to be $94. Of course I get home log on to Disneystore.com and it's there for $76 plus I can get 10% w/Disney Visa.

Good luck!
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Did you exchange money at all? I worried about the same thing and had Euros left over (even with a 4 day Paris stay post-cruise).

We needed cash the same stuff you needed cash for (tix, fees, tips). In Barcelona ALL of the restaurants I went to gladly took CC and even took tips on CC. I found I needed cash mostly for:

1. Restaurants in Italy
2. BATHROOMS
3. Vending machines for waters
4. Entrance tix
5. Tips
6. Any unpaid tours

I changed $200 US onboard but the rate was not great. I can't remember but I think I only got 140Euro. I didn't do another change after that.

BTW (and just random babbling here), I noticed that there were alot less purchases onboard than normal (people browsing, etc). That 20% VAT really was horrendous. My $76 D&B wristlet came out to be $94. Of course I get home log on to Disneystore.com and it's there for $76 plus I can get 10% w/Disney Visa.

Good luck!
Will the Greece sailings be charged VAT?
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Greece is part of the European union, I can't see any reason why you wouldn't be charged VAT
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Greece is part of the European union, I can't see any reason why you wouldn't be charged VAT
I thought I had read somewhere that if a ship sails to a non-EU port that it wouldn't be charged the VAT. The Greek cruise sails to Turkey which is not part of the EU (I think).
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I thought I had read somewhere that if a ship sails to a non-EU port that it wouldn't be charged the VAT. The Greek cruise sails to Turkey which is not part of the EU (I think).
This is what I've been hearing so far as well, but we'll have to wait until this first Greece/Turkey cruise returns this week to confirm for sure. Fingers crossed for no VAT!
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This is what I've been hearing so far as well, but we'll have to wait until this first Greece/Turkey cruise returns this week to confirm for sure. Fingers crossed for no VAT!
Oh no, Croatia is joining the EU on 1st July 2013 so that means our 12 nighter with Venice and Dubrovnik will get charged VAT Boo hiss!

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Did you exchange money at all? I worried about the same thing and had Euros left over (even with a 4 day Paris stay post-cruise).

We needed cash the same stuff you needed cash for (tix, fees, tips). In Barcelona ALL of the restaurants I went to gladly took CC and even took tips on CC. I found I needed cash mostly for:

1. Restaurants in Italy
2. BATHROOMS
3. Vending machines for waters
4. Entrance tix
5. Tips
6. Any unpaid tours

I changed $200 US onboard but the rate was not great. I can't remember but I think I only got 140Euro. I didn't do another change after that.

BTW (and just random babbling here), I noticed that there were alot less purchases onboard than normal (people browsing, etc). That 20% VAT really was horrendous. My $76 D&B wristlet came out to be $94. Of course I get home log on to Disneystore.com and it's there for $76 plus I can get 10% w/Disney Visa.

Good luck!
I haven't exchanged any money yet. I saw on AAA.com that you can buy Euros and have them FedEx'd to home but it's a crappy rate. Also I've read (& friends/coworkers say) so much about ATMs being so plentiful & offer the best rate to get cash that it's not worth getting any at home. We will have 3 calendar days in Barcelona so I could get tip envelopes all ready before boarding and tap while in port for mid-cruise spending.
It's kind of a balancing act to tap enough, but not so much that you worry about carrying lots of cash, and then not being stuck with a lot at the end of the trip.
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Oh no, Croatia is joining the EU on 1st July 2013 so that means our 12 nighter with Venice and Dubrovnik will get charged VAT Boo hiss!

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This is what I've been hearing so far as well, but we'll have to wait until this first Greece/Turkey cruise returns this week to confirm for sure. Fingers crossed for no VAT!
Turkey is an "associate" member. Now I have NO clue what that really means or how it effects the VAT so..

Theoretically you can get some of the VAT back if returning to the US. Step 1 is Disney has to give you the forms and from what I have heard that is a problem!
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For those of you who've already sailed/been to the Med, when you tap an ATM does it show your available balance like it does here in the US? Listed in Euros or US$?

Also what was your daily limit to tap an ATM? I know this would vary & I need to contact my bank but just curious.

Do you feel it was difficult to get enough cash because of the limits? We have prepaid everything except for tips for drivers of Rome in Limo, entrance to Accademia in Florence, entrance to Pompeii and the fee + tips to our Vatican & Pompeii guides from RiL. We won't need to be buying train tix, etc so hopefully not huge sums of cash needed but just curious.
I'd prefer to use a cc for most purchases. Were there a lot of places that accept cash only?
When we went to Europe a few years ago we went to our local bank and got Euros. I had heard that it was easy to find and use ATMs in Europe and so this time we didn't bother.

We just got back from the 6-1-13 Magic Med cruise and: I wish I had brought my check book (I empty my wallet of almost everything when I cruise) because I could have purchased $200 Euros from Guest Services if I had had a check. Their exchange rate was ok. At the end of the cruise you can exchange the Euros, up to the amount purchased back to them at the same rate (no coins). That would have been very convenient and cheaper.

At the ATM's on shore, I used our Bank of America card. In Barcelona, the Vatican and Funchal we got $200 Euro. One ATM would not accept our card because it didn't the have the chip. In all three cases, we were charged a $5.00 withdrawal fee, a $2.65 international withdrawal fee and a $5.00 balance inquire fee (I didn't ask for the balance but got a message "balance is not available" on all three receipts) - $277.80 to get $200 euro - $12.65 in fees the rest due to the poor exchange rate. How much of this is BofA and how much is the ATM I don't know.

When I used my Chase Disney Rewards Visa. The merchants weren't happy that the cards didn't have a chip because they had to print out receipts and have us sign for them and manually process them. I think that may have been an issue when negotiating the prices. Chase charged a 3% transaction fee.

What I learnt: bring euros from home, bring my check book for getting euros from guest services (save your receipt for returning any remaining euros) and get a credit card with no foreign transaction fees (Capital One is one and it has no annual fee).
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