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The Cruise Lady: Money - or the Lack of It!

Updated 419 days ago

Lorraine has written on a number of cruise topics since joining Galveston.com lo, these many years ago – but she needs your input to continue these missives. Any questions about cruising? If Lorraine doesn’t have the answer, she can surely find it for you – after all there is a wealth of information out there – and Lorraine loves to “share the wealth” – LOL!

That said – let’s talk money!

What’s the first thing that happens to your cash in Vegas? It’s converted into those cute little easy-to-spend “chips” or slot machine “tokens – hey – “play money” right?

Cruise ships use the same mentality – upon check-in you receive a card commonly referred to as a “sea-pass” – it serves as your cabin key, your identification, AND your credit card for the duration of the cruise. Just charge everything to that little card – it’s “play money” – NOT!

You can secure your sea-pass with a credit card or a cash deposit – but, if you’re on a limited budget, be sure to keep a running total of your charges so you won’t find yourself out of business on the second of a seven day cruise. There is a running joke among veteran cruisers –the announcement: “would Mr.” so-and-so” please report to the Purser’s Desk” – means either a used-up cash deposit or a maxed-out credit card.

You can always tap the ATM for Casino play (the only venue on a ship where cash is accepted) but you can’t use it to purchase a cocktail.

On the last day of the cruise you will receive an itemized bill listing all those nasty bar charges you probably won’t even remember making. Just a hint – keep copies of all charge slips in an envelope and compare item for item to your final billing. Cruise lines can and do inadvertently make errors in posting to folios – you sure don’t want to pay for some other cruiser’s Long Island Iced Teas – or even worse, expensive Champagne do you?

Article written by Lorraine Highseas

Certified cruisaholic who’s sole purpose is to help you enjoy one of life’s greatest things to its fullest. Check out her Facebook page by clicking here.

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