CrusinTim
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

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In response to review, CrusinTim says ...

Cruising is a learning experience. As with any vacation that is being taken, it is always advisable you inform your banking institution as so a situation such as your doesn't put a damper on your trip. We have two bank accounts (at different banks) but always used one of them for our cruises and never had an issue. On one cruise last year, we decided to use the other bank for a cruise and even though we did inform them we would be traveling, they still locked our account while we were in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico due to the incremental charges the cruiseline applies during the cruise.  The ship allowed us to call our bank to try to straighten out the issue but the bank would do nothing over the phone. The crew aboard the Brilliance of the Seas were very accommodating and also explained that this has happened to other passengers in the past with the bank we were using. We had no choice at this point but to use the other banks card but could only withdraw from the onboard ATM (they wouldn't allow us to use a different card) but we were able to pay in cash. So as you see, even after 9 cruises (at that point), there could still be issues. My advice is to make sure  you advise your bank in person of your travel plans and they put a notation on your account as so not to "flag" your account for repetitive charges from the same vendor. Don't let this shed a bad light on cruising, like I said, cruising is a learning experience.

 

Tags: Princess Cruises Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean Princess

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Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

As with many first lessons, some are painful.

Fortunately for us, we had an excellent agent explain everything to us including the Credit card problems that could come up. So, we did not or have not had any issues in any of our travels. Our bank have been very accommodating in this regard. You pointed out that you are 22 years old, that could be one of the issues, In the past the cruise line may have had issues with the demographics. My son had the same issues on his honeymoon cruise, however, not about the credit cards, it is just an age thing.

I hope your future cruises will be more relaxing and enjoyable, now that you know a bit more. Make sure you select a very good travel agent and ask lots of questions.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Thanks for the info. 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

We do always do this and so far have not experienced this problem.  But we did run into a problem with a credit card.  The company cancelled all the cards used at a certain store and sent new ones in the mail.  Fine, except that we were on a 3 1/2 month cruise.  Luckily I had my card that was not affected.  It always pays to bring two cards with you while traveling.  You never know what may happen.  Gloria

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