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Best way to pay.

Discussion in 'Caribbean Ports' started by brobinson, May 23, 2010.

  1. brobinson

    brobinson Active Member

    We are going on a southern Caribbean cruise in about 4 weeks. Is it best to pay for things we buy in port with cash or with traveler's checks? I've heard it's not a good idea to use credit/debit cards. Please advise.
     
  2. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    I'm not to keen on using my debit card away from my home territory but the credit card is another thing.

    I would recommend using it rather than carrying a lot of cash. YOu have a record of your purchases and actually some leverage should a transaction go awry. If a merchant is hooked up to a major card he usually is legit.
    That being said one must kept track of the card and who has possession probably a little more that back home.

    Also we always travel with a backup 2nd card just in case something goes wrong.
     
  3. brobinson

    brobinson Active Member

    Thanks! I didn't know if traveler's checks are still widely accepted, as that would be my preferred method of payment.
     
  4. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    Travelers cheques are a thing of the past compared to cards these days. Even I haven't used them in years.

    Bought time you got out of the house again :)

    You can still cash them at the "Bank" or whatever they use for a bank now on most ships . Check for sure with your cruise line or TA.

    Lots of merchants these days are actually not taking them or would rather not.
     
  5. broberts

    broberts Active Member

    I leave my debit card at home and use a credit card for larger store purchases. You'll also need a fair bit of cash for taxis, markets, food stall purchases, etc.

    Before you go call your credit card company and tell them about your travel plans. If you don't do this you may well end up having problems using the card. A toll free number for doing this is typically printed on the back of the card.

    I do carry some traveler's checks. But these days one generally has to cash them at the purser's (front) desk or a local bank. Many merchants don't take them.
     
  6. michelsheps

    michelsheps Banned

    you are right. I have faced the many problems once, when I was on a trip to uk.
     
  7. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    We still carry traveler's checks and we do not wish to carry large sums of money.

    We do cash them either at the front desk in a hotel, front desk on a ship or with our concierge on the ship.

    This way we can take small change off the ship for small purchases. We use one of our credit cards that we have requested to have just a small limit on it -- just in case something would happen to the card.
     
  8. earl_m

    earl_m Social Host

    We will use our credit card in the hotel or ship. but never on shore .I don`t want them to get my credit number. If I can,t pay cash I will wait to by it on board or buy it at home.
    I know I would be able to cancel any purchases that I think would be wrong.I don,t need that kind of problems
     
  9. brobinson

    brobinson Active Member

    Thanks to all of you for your input. I don't want to use credit/debit cards in port, so I'll probably get traveler's checks and cash them on the ship, as we need them. It may be archaeic, but it's safe!
     
  10. Islandlover

    Islandlover Active Member

    Make sure to take plenty of small bills if you plan on buying things from the locals! :)
     
  11. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    We take travelers checks and cash them at the pursers desk the night before we get to a port. I also take a lot of $1 bills for tips - on and off the ship.

    Also, we do take a credit card with us on the islands. As we are not big spenders, we've very seldom used it. BUT...before leaving home I contact my Credit Card companies...and inform them of our entire itinerary, including dates, and what we expect our purchases to be while we are traveling. This way, if we are supposed to be in St. John...we are not making purchases in California. LOL
     
  12. fountain44

    fountain44 Active Member

    i think travelers checks are a waste of time. The purser will give you cash and put that amount in your ship card thats how carnival has always done it. Then once on the island ATM's are all over. I wouldnt bring a wad of cash with you, but to bring 500 bucks isnt that crazy and should get you through a couple of islands
     
  13. riverdees05

    riverdees05 Active Member

    Do most of the islands take US Dollars?
     
  14. broberts

    broberts Active Member

    Yes they do. On a few islands with some merchants you have to be careful about any change due as you may get it back in local currency. Take lots of small bills to get around this problem.
     
  15. Jeanie

    Jeanie Well-Known Member

    We take travelers checks and cash them at the pursers desk the night before we get to a port. Sometimes we use a card
     

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