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Old 10-22-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
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I was wondering what everyone else does as far as cash. What denominations do you take? Should I take $100's & $50's or nothing over $20? I will have plenty of $1's for tipping but was concerned about on shore shopping etc. Is the dollar accepted in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya & Cozumel?

I don't want to buy something on shore, pay with say a US $100 bill and have them try to give me back change in a different currency. I am aware that I will NOT need cash onboard except for tips and that I can exchange $$$$ at guest services before going ashore.

Larger denominations make the money wad a lot smaller to carry in pocket so when I go on vacation in US I always take large bills. Thanks in advance.

P.S I want to use cash ashore because I believe I can barter a better deal with cash. I know someone may say just use credit card but my card charges me a 3% foreign fee for out of country transactions.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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Dollar is accepted at all caribbean ports. But I would take nothing bigger than $20.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:17 PM   #3
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Op we usually take smaller denominations with us when we go ashore. Do you intend to make some major purchases on you cruise? That's really the only reason to bring larger bills with you. Guest Services should be able to break large bills for you. Not every place will be able to give you change in U.S. money, but the larger stores should be able to.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:09 PM   #4
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I would keep it to $20's or less for the ports. I think you might have a hard time changing a $100 bill in port. If you want to minimize the # of bills and plan to settle your on board account in cash I would use the $100's for that.

I normally kept a mix of large and small bills but more large than small.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:57 AM   #5
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Can I ask how many 1's I should plan on bringing for tipping? We are doing a 4 night Dream cruise SUNDAY with 8 people!!!
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:58 AM   #6
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Can I ask how many 1's I should plan on bringing for tipping? We are doing a 4 night Dream cruise SUNDAY with 8 people!!!
You can put the tips for your dining room waitstaff and you cabin steward on your KTTW account. The automatic 15% gratuity for bar drinks goes on your KTTW also. I believe you can put spa and salon gratuities on your account as well. So, you will need small bills for tips to room service, and for gratuities to the people dealing with your luggage, taxis, and tips to tour guides, etc. It kind of depends on what you do during your cruise. You can get larger bills changed for smaller bills at Guest Services.
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Can I ask how many 1's I should plan on bringing for tipping? We are doing a 4 night Dream cruise SUNDAY with 8 people!!!
The 1s I use are typically for room service and shuttle bus drivers. (At airports etc).
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:33 AM   #8
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I prepaid the tips because it was easier for us to budget that way. So do you think that 30.00 in 1's is enough?
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:36 AM   #9
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Can I ask how many 1's I should plan on bringing for tipping? We are doing a 4 night Dream cruise SUNDAY with 8 people!!!
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:41 AM   #10
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You will also be tipping if you go to the bar or order a specialty coffee at the coffee bar usually $1 per drink but you can also sign it to your room.
Anyone that helps with your luggage expects about $1 per bag.
Since room service is free most people tip a dollar per entree delivered from room service. Having coffee delivered in the morning is great its not the same coffee that you find in the dispenser up at the buffet.
Also you may want to leave extra cash at the end of your trip for your stateroom keeper and your servers if they go above and beyond.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:44 PM   #11
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I am bringing $45 in $1's. Tips for room service, luggage handlers, guides and any service that is excellent. We to did the prepaid gratuity which I had a HUGE problem with. IMOH a gratuity is never assumed it is earned and it sure seems to me that with Disney it is assumed.

Just like at the parks when you do a sit down with more than 4 ppl an automatic gratuity is added. Considering the sit downs we did were all buffets the service was mediocre at best so Im hoping it is much better on the ships.

I think I might just exchange currency at GS before going ashore that way I will know what Im spending.
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I was wondering what everyone else does as far as cash. What denominations do you take? Should I take $100's & $50's or nothing over $20? I will have plenty of $1's for tipping but was concerned about on shore shopping etc. Is the dollar accepted in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya & Cozumel?

I don't want to buy something on shore, pay with say a US $100 bill and have them try to give me back change in a different currency. I am aware that I will NOT need cash onboard except for tips and that I can exchange $$$$ at guest services before going ashore.

Larger denominations make the money wad a lot smaller to carry in pocket so when I go on vacation in US I always take large bills. Thanks in advance.

P.S I want to use cash ashore because I believe I can barter a better deal with cash. I know someone may say just use credit card but my card charges me a 3% foreign fee for out of country transactions.
At home, I usually carry nothing smaller than $100 bills; however, on cruises, I prefer small bills, particulary for tips. Also, while in Grand Caymans and Nassau, I used a credit card and was not chared a foreign fee as I was charged in US dollars.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:50 PM   #13
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For porters I generally tip $2.00 per bag. With your group of 8 that would be approx $30-32. I generally carry $1, $5 and $10 bills for this as you could have two porters for this large a group.

I also carry about $50 in ones for room service tips.
If you use a shuttle bus service from a hotel you will have those tips as well. Generally we give $5 for two of us.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:59 PM   #14
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My family of 3 just finished a 7 day cruise on the Fantasy. I brought $240 in 20's. Got home with $1 in my pocket.

I gave the person who unloaded our car upon arrival and the porter who helped us to the car at the end of the cruise each $20 for our 6 bags. I tipped $20 on several excursions. We averaged $2-$7 each day for room service tips. (I tipped $2 for coffee and $5 for meals.) We also spent $60 in Cozumel.

We don't drink and charged everything to our room on-board.

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Old 10-23-2013, 01:41 PM   #15
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@ setablaze you can go to guest services and have the automatic tipping taken off and pay it with cash I feel the same way you do
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