No Cash

Do all of the cruise lines require you to use your cruise card for even minor charges at the gift shop or using the laundry machines? I like keeping my bill at zero but on Princess, you have to charge even the smallest item to your room?  Is that true on other lines?

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Yes, they do but you can also put money into your account in lieu of a credit card. The credit card company does put a hold of a certain amount of money on your card which may not come off for a couple of weeks later. To try and escape surprises on your credit card, pre-pay as much as you can. Also get printouts of your statement throughout your cruise.

Our experience has been yes, credit card is the way to go.

There may be some that allow the use of cash -- a big sum of it -- as a spend down kind of account but I am sure it is highly monitored and large purchases need to be cleared at the POS.

Yes...everything on the card. I will just add cash as I go or pay it off at cruise end.

All the lines I have been on are cashless. I only keep some singles on me to tip in cash for drinks.

Tip on S&S card get a "Thank you" Tip in cash, make a friend.

I do that too... Keep singles to tip in cash, and just charge everything else, and pre-pay the gratuities.


I'd like to use cash, too.

Carnival puts everything on your cruise card.

The Liberty accepted cash on our cruise a couple of years ago in the gift shop only and there was even a sign on the counter saying cash was accepted. Other cruisers were commenting that they were surprised too. Apparently it was something being tried out to see if guests preferred paying with cash over their S& S card.

The card is all you need. Don't leave your cabin without it. There are actually some resorts that work the same way. Everything on the room card. It makes accounting on their side so much easier when no employee has to handle cash.


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