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How much cash should we take on a cruise?  4 day. We prepaid tips and gratuity but I feel like I should also bring cash for a little extra here and there. Where else would we need cash on the ship besides the casino? Nassau? Cococay? Anywhere else on the ship?  Sorry-1st time cruiser here!

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I think you'll need cash for:

  • Tipping parking bus person (for helping with your luggage) at airport
  • Tipping porters at terminal at beginning of cruise
  • Tipping porters at terminal at end of cruise
  • Cash for shore excursions (tips, food, souvenirs)

Some people will want cash to tip bartenders onboard.

And of course, if you plan to gamble in the casino you will need cash.

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4 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

Not if you just play the machines though right? That can go right to your on board account

True, although some people prefer to take cash out before rather than run up their bill onboard.

But you're right that you could charge it to the slot machine and not get hit with a fee.

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25 minutes ago, CrusoeFam said:

How much cash should we take on a cruise?  4 day. We prepaid tips and gratuity but I feel like I should also bring cash for a little extra here and there. Where else would we need cash on the ship besides the casino? Nassau? Cococay? Anywhere else on the ship?  Sorry-1st time cruiser here!

casino? - if you table gamble, bring cash.  You can't get money free there unless you already have status.

Nassau? - want any souvenirs? Bring cash, barter for better price in markets.

Cococay? - I was the straw market on cococay once before it became perfect day.....haven't been back since, don't even know if they still have it....but again....if you want chachkees (?spell?) you will need cash if its still there.

Tips for room stewards you will need cash

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1 hour ago, CrusoeFam said:

How much cash should we take on a cruise?  4 day. We prepaid tips and gratuity but I feel like I should also bring cash for a little extra here and there. Where else would we need cash on the ship besides the casino? Nassau? Cococay? Anywhere else on the ship?  Sorry-1st time cruiser here!

If you run low on cash and don't want to pay ATM fees, you can use a slot machine in the casino.... Insert your Seapass card in any slot machine, set up an account to draw from your on-file credit card, load the machine up with however much you want, play a minimum bet and then cash out the rest.  I regularly grab an extra $20 to $30 that way as-needed and then we don't have to carry more than a couple hundred bucks cash with us at the start of the vacation.

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1 hour ago, Matt said:

I think you'll need cash for:

  • Tipping parking bus person (for helping with your luggage) at airport
  • Tipping porters at terminal at beginning of cruise
  • Tipping porters at terminal at end of cruise
  • Cash for shore excursions (tips, food, souvenirs)

Some people will want cash to tip bartenders onboard.

And of course, if you plan to gamble in the casino you will need cash.

Absolute awesome tip!! Thanks!!

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I bring singles for tips for bartenders/ as well as waitstaff in the casino.  I’m not on a beverage package. I’m Diamond plus and Casino prime(free drinks in the casino).  I’ve no idea how these bartenders get any money out of the free drinkers since the berate packages include gratuities.

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Matt pretty much hit the nail on the head with a good list of what you'll need cash for.

I tend to budget about 100 per port (usually 300 - 400 total) and I dip into that for additional tips at the end.

I usually grab 10-20 in singles for pre and post tipping

  • shuttle from home to the airport
  • shuttle from the airport to the hotel
  • shuttle from hotel to port
  • port luggage team
  • shuttle from port to airport
  • shuttle from airport to home
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I tip in cash, 1s and 5s throughout the cruise for drinks, as well as 20s to put together bigger tips for cabin steward, waitstaff, and anyone else at the end of cruise who I appreciate. Precovid, envelopes were provided on the last night. Someone can say if this is still a thing. I also tip cabin steward upon arrival, saying thanks for having room so perfect. I’ve found this goes a long way throughout the rest of the cruise. If you do any shore excursions, it’s nice to tip in cash, guides and drivers. Basically I bring piles of cash lol. 

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30 minutes ago, fa-li said:

I tip in cash, 1s and 5s throughout the cruise for drinks, as well as 20s to put together bigger tips for cabin steward, waitstaff, and anyone else at the end of cruise who I appreciate. Precovid, envelopes were provided on the last night. Someone can say if this is still a thing. I also tip cabin steward upon arrival, saying thanks for having room so perfect. I’ve found this goes a long way throughout the rest of the cruise. If you do any shore excursions, it’s nice to tip in cash, guides and drivers. Basically I bring piles of cash lol. 

Still a thing, happened on our cruise on Freedom in September

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1 hour ago, Psycho and Barb said:

We tend to avoid Guest Services because there always seems to be long lines.

We were on Oasis 12/19-12/26 and the only day there wasn't a line at Guest Services was day three. 

I got $100 out of the ATM onboard and it gave it in $50 bills, so that was a little inconvenient. 

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