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How much money should I bring on cruise

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Bring a supply of $1 bills for tips.  Also some 5s.  The only other cash on board is in the casino. Everywhere else you will use your sign and sail card.  For island shopping you can of course use cash, but don’t flash a wad.  Only bring a small amount. You can always use a credit card in any of the recommended shops.  Speaking of which, use only the ships recommended shops.  If this is your first cruise, I recommend the port shopping talks they have on board.  Sit up close for a chance for some free swag.

This is a a topic where you get a wide variety of answers. Our family uses 2 formulas and it depends on how much we prepay for the on any vacation. This would include paying upfront for the parking, shuttles, auto-gratuities or discretionary hotel charges, beverage packages, spa treatments, excursion/attraction tickets, and specialty dining.

When we are able to pay almost everything up front before boarding we will bring $100 per adult per day ($50/ child when our son used to sail with us) plus enough emergency cash to cover emergency plane tickets to home.

When a unable to pay upfront we sill figure on about $100 per adult per day for seadays, but bump port day budgets up to $200 per person/day. Again we will also have an emergency fund for a flight home.

That's not to say we actually use the cash, as much as possible goes on points/cash back credit cards. We use separate cards for the ship board account and what will be used to make purchases in ports. (Helps to pin-point any possible fraud.) The amount we spend on CC gets put aside that we can pay the bill as soon as we return. Though we do also take our debit card, it never leaves the safe once aboard, it's there strictly in case an emergency arises and we need account access ether through an ATM or bank in port. remember debit cards have much fewer consumer protections than a credit cards does.

Remember that if shopping straw markets and small local shops cash goes further when haggling. Having exact "change" to do this is best, but there is no need to hit your own bank before the trip to turn your entire budget in to bunch of singles and 5s. Most ships will gladly break a few large bills down either at the Guest Services desk or in the casino, in fact some lines even have bill breaker machines.

I prepay my account no less than a $400.  I also bring $400-500 cash.  If I spend it I do is I don't I don't.  Seems to work out.

I prepay as much as I can, then bring $500 cash on board for a one week cruise or less, mostly 1's, 5's, 10's, and a few 20's, all for additional tips.

On longer cruises 15 plus days, we bring along close to 1000.00 cash to make sure we can do what we really want in ports. Shorter cruise, plans are already set so we only bring  about 300.00 each. I worked in hotels and room service in my youth for a few extra bucks, so I make sure that if I have single 1.00 $ bills, I feel bad because  a buck doesn't go far.  So I believe 5.00 bills work best.

But tipping is subjective and to each their own.

 

We bring very little. All of our excursions are prepaid and so are our gratuities, so we only need cash for tipping, and for a few souvenirs for our grandchildren. We use our photos for our keepsakes, so we spend little on the ports. We've always had some Onboard Credit to cover any small extras we may want, so our expenses are really all covered before we leave home.

 

This would be us too, thanks for this because I've been trying to figure out how much cash we needed as well. We aren't shoppers, other than a few small souvenirs (we collect shot glasses) we won't want much. Our plan is to have $500 free on our CC & the kids have saved up their money & will give us $100/each that will go on our card as well & that will be their money to do what they want within reason (souvenirs/treats). Since we are staying in Orlando for the night after we get back in port, I was trying to factor that in as well but again, not big spenders. We did decide to take a 2nd CC that has a small limit to use solely at the hotels/rental car places for the holds they require since we have all of these things paid through points & don't want to tie up our main CC with holds.

Your plan sounds perfect! Enjoy. Happy

All the information above is sound advice.  In the paste we have taken about $500 in cash and maybe spent $100-150.  This includes dinner the night before we sail, since we go out a day early.  This next cruise we plan to spend more as our way to help the islands we visit recover from the hurricanes.  As others have mentioned, you mostly need small bills for tips in the ports and if you wish to additionally tip the staff on the ship, personally. Also, I'll repeat any gambling money in the casino, although that can be from your S&S card if you wish. Enjoy your adventure.

I count on $100 pp per day..  We never spend that much cash.  We bring smaller bills to give as tips to drivers, porters or guides.  Also slip some cash to servers & stewards on board if they go out of their way for us.  We use mostly our credit cards exdept for small souvenirs, post cards, stamps, etc...remember also that the front desk can give you small bills for your larger ones. 

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