What about currency and how do I pay for my extras on board?
The currency used on board our ships is US $. We've made paying for on-board expenses very easy. When you check in you open a shipboard account by registering a major credit card - VISA®, MasterCard® or American Express®*. Please be advised that an initial as well as multiple holds will be placed on your card account based on your on-board purchases. This will reduce the amount of available credit on the card. After settling your on-board folio, these card holds may remain on your account for up to 30 days after the cruise ends.
Authorisation-hold releases are solely within the discretion of your lending institution. If you prefer to pay by cash or traveller's cheques, a suggested deposit for a 7-day cruise is US $ 300 per person, US $ 150 per person for cruises up to 6 days or US $ 450 per person for cruises of 8 days and more at check-in (subject to change). Then, you simply sign for your personal expenses as you go and they will be charged to your account.
Personal Cheques, debit cards or currencies other than the US $ cannot be accepted on board, except on our European cruises where deposits in Euros are accepted. Any excess deposit will be refunded at the end of the cruise in US $. Please note that, should you wish to change this excess deposit to Euros, a foreign exchange fee will apply. Please also keep in mind that it's always worth having a small amount of local currency for immediate expenses on arrival at your destination and for any purchases you make at your ports of call. Traveller's cheques and most major credit cards are accepted in the ports we visit, with the exception of Traveller's Cheques, which are not accepted in Cuba.