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Old 12-09-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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Cash on 7-day

In anticipation of our first cruise, I'm hoping some experienced cruisers can give me an idea of how much cash is needed for a 7-day cruise. We've prepaid gratuities but from some posts I've read here, it is common to tip several of the crew members. I'm also assuming that on the excursions you would need cash. I think all of the destinations accept USD but is it smart to bring travelers checks instead? Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:14 PM   #2
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We brought $200 (family of 3) for our 8 night and came back with most of it. The only thing we used cash for was room service and tipping drivers and tour guides. We used USD. I guess it really depends on your spending style. We tend not to eat at port since the food on the ship was already paid for, unless it is something that you can only get in that part of the world. Regarding tipping crew members, the only ones I could think of was room service and although we thought we would use it more being on a longer cruise we didn't. But again that depends on which CMs you interact with on the cruise and think deserve an extra tip and that's different for everyone. We never bring traveler's checks. Just credit cards and cash. Hope that helps. Happy Cruising!
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:29 PM   #3
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Thanks! That info really helps!
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:57 PM   #4
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Also, isn't there an ATM on board if you find you need more cash?
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:19 PM   #5
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I brought $500 for extra tips. Came back with $200.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:50 PM   #6
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Also, isn't there an ATM on board if you find you need more cash?
No, there is no ATM on board. Guest Services will cash a personal check for you if needed.

Not sure what OP's reference to tipping several crew members means--the gratuities that you have pre-paid will cover that. Any bar items will have a 15% automatic gratuity added; you are free to add more, but that will be charged to your KTTW account. You may also choose to add additional tip to your Palo/Remy ticket. It is customary to tip room service a few dollars. Tipping in the spa is by adding it to the KTTW ticket. There are no other on board CMs who can accept and keep a cash tip. If you give a cash tip to a CM in a non-tipped position, they are required to turn it in to their manager or to guest services (depending on the position). In the child care area, it is used for a department function; in most other departments it is donated to a charity. Failure to turn it in can result in firing!

The other thing you may need cash for would be the porters in the terminal if you use them.

For two of us, I usually bring about $300 and bring most of it home with me...I'm just cautious in case of credit card failure, inability to get to ATM, etc. Gotta have a few dollars to feed kiddo in airport on the way home!
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:16 AM   #7
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for safety of traveling, consider buying gift cards in the amount that you're pretty sure you'll be spending onboard... you can hold your cards right in your wallet and they take up little room
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:09 PM   #8
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It is customary to tip room service a few dollars.
... and this can be done via a room charge, so no need for cash there.
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