So really.. how much $$ do you take?

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  1. Scottiesmommy08

    Scottiesmommy08 Mouseketeer

    Sep 1, 2011
    We are a family of 3 going on a 4 nighter next month. We have the Stingray port adventure booked so we know we are looking at about $130 there and around $150 for tips. Santa is supplying GCs for individual souvenir purchases for the little one. Including tips for room service and others and anything else I may be forgetting (please elaborate) what is a safe amount to bring? :confused3

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Scottiesmommy08

    Scottiesmommy08 Mouseketeer

    Sep 1, 2011
    Should also mention that there will be no alcohol consumption.
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  4. eacosper

    eacosper Mouseketeer

    Jul 5, 2012
    My husband estimated about $500 just to make sure you aren't left out in the cold.
  5. the_bUg

    the_bUg Mouseketeer

    Feb 1, 2009
    maybe I don't understand. are you not having a cc bound to your storeroom acct for expenses? I doubt I will need much cash at all for the seven night cruise the wife and I will be embarking on.

    I mean well probably have 600+ in cash but I doubt most of it will be spent. all tips onboard will be billed to acct (including spa tips, drink tips, etc.). only need cash for tips on land and souvenirs on land.

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  6. Four Bears

    Four Bears Mouseketeer

    Nov 2, 2011
    Other possible extras are photos, nursery fees (if your little one is less than 3), adult dining (Palo or Remy), spa treatments or Bippity Boppity Boutique. Of course, these are things that are optional.

    Also realize that any beverage from any bar (with or without alcohol, ie. soda from a can) and movie theater snacks will be a charged.

    Also if you plan on booking another trip, you will need to put down a down payment (10%) as well.
  7. sambycat

    sambycat DIS Veteran

    Mar 24, 2007
    we usually have ~$300 cash on hand on any given cruise. we will usually have prepaid into our tips, maybe a small onboard credit. we charge it all onboard to our account and on to american express. honestly, even though we usually toss a few $20s towards tips in addition to our prepay, we usually leave with cash in our pockets. HTH!
  8. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

    Dec 15, 2003
    We normally take $1,000 in cash, $500 in Travelers Checks, and end up charging about $1,000 to our credit card for 4 people on a 7 day.
    All our excursions and alcohol are put on the credit card, all tips in cash.

    But we also are flying cross country, and usually have 3 meals going and 3 meals returning in airports.
  9. Scottiesmommy08

    Scottiesmommy08 Mouseketeer

    Sep 1, 2011
    So, just so I am understanding correctly.. We can attach our debit card to our account with say at least $400 on it and then $100 cash plus minor amounts on GCs we should be fine?
  10. Silver Queen

    Silver Queen DIS Veteran

    Oct 8, 2007
    We bring some cash, but rarely use it. It's much more convenient for us to put everything on our account and pay for it with our credit card. (We don't use debit cards.)
    Even though we use very little cash I would not be comfortable with just $100. I feel more comfortable knowing we have cash if we need it.
  11. rcchello

    rcchello DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2008
    I never carry more than $200 in cash on me. In 5 Disney Cruises I have never run out if cash and usually go home with at least $100.

    Almost everything onboard goes against my onboard account and most of the cash is spent on small items an tips in port.
  12. Uncleromulus

    Uncleromulus Plain grey will be fine

    Jan 28, 2001
    We took $600 for our 7 night Fantasy Cruise and came home with most of it--
  13. Kendal

    Kendal DIS Veteran

    Apr 13, 2013
    We have spent 500 on a 4 night dream ... It mostly depends how much as I tell my wife junk do u want to bring home... She spent 200 In just pictures....

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  14. 1025cruise

    1025cruise Mouseketeer

    Aug 6, 2013
    You are going to want to attach a credit card to your onboard account, not a debit card. With a debit card, you could run into issues due to the holds placed on it.
  15. Dawg91

    Dawg91 Mouseketeer

    Dec 20, 2009
    On the ship, the only actual cash you need is small bills for room service tips. Everything else can be charged to your onboard account. You can either put some cash down on your inboard account or put a credit card or debit card on it.

    If you choose to, you don't have to spend anything on your onboard account except tips. It's not hard to not spend anything. I charged only a spa treatment and a trip to the gift shop.

    You may want cash to spend on your travels to and from the port and on the excursions.
  16. teambeaman

    teambeaman Mouseketeer

    Sep 9, 2013
    Instead of putting your debit card down, you can make it a cash account. I think they'll let you charge $300 before you have to go and pay it down. We went on a 3 night, and if I would have stayed away from Bingo we'd have spent last than $100.
  17. vacation_junkie

    vacation_junkie Have Suitcase...will Travel :)

    Sep 13, 2009
    For us, we can spend under $100 on a 7 night cruise. We prepay our tips.

    -We don't drink.

    -We don't do excursions while on a cruise. We do them on our land vacations. We just like to relax when we sail.

    -We don't purchase the over priced photo's.

    -We travel so often that we don't pick up a lot of souvenirs. It all tends to be the "Same crap/different island" scenario.

    We do spend $ on room service tips , the odd specialty coffee , and the majority of it is spend by our son on the extra things he wants to do. Maybe a game or 2 of Bingo.

    Mind you some cruises I do splurge and buy a piece of Jewellery if it catches my eye. But for that it just gets charged to my credit card.
  18. JohnDS

    JohnDS DIS Veteran

    Oct 9, 2013
    I've asked similar questions and the replies always vary wildly. There is always the predictable "it's a cashless system, why do you need any cash?" and there is always the "we bring $1500 dollars and a stack of travelers checks."

    I plan on bringing a couple hundred bucks. I did read that guest services will cash a personal check up to $100 and they offer foreign currency exchange. So if you get money from a local ATM I believe you could exchange it for dollars

    MINNIEANN MOUSE Mouseketeer

    Mar 5, 2011
    This is great to know, I plan on doing this and using gift cards too! Thanks for the info ;-)
  20. jjje

    jjje One time I saw a guy wear cut-off jean shorts to d

    Nov 13, 2012
    On our recent 7 night cruise we brought $200 in cash and brought home about $50. The money spent went to tips (room service and excursion related) and for little souvenirs in port. The money we spent on board (not much beyond tips) was all put on a credit card.
  21. Jessica Sloan

    Jessica Sloan Mouseketeer

    Sep 28, 2013
    It probably depends if you are going out on your own and have to pay for taxi service etc....

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