I’m checking in online for my very first Caribbean Carnival Cruise and it is asking me to select the account I want to open – either credit/debit or cash but then they say they don’t take cash on board, so how does that work? haha which do you recommend? – Cailin, Halifax, Nova Scotia 
First off, congrats on taking your very first cruise. You’re going to love it and appreciate escaping Canada’s cold weather. To answer your question, lets first start with the onboard cruise spending basics.  No cash/credit is accepted onboard the cruise ship the exception of the casinos. On Carnival (and every other cruise line), you’ll be issued a sail and sign card when you board the ship and that’ll be your onboard credit card. Everything from drinks, excursions, shop purchases and specialty venues will be linked to that card and it will be charged at the very end of the cruise.

Debit/Credit Cards

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This is the option that I recommend because it’s so easy. When you do your onboard check in you simply enter your credit card number and when you get to the pier they will swipe it and every purchase you make on the voyage will be carried over until the end – then you’ll be charged.
Keep in mind that debit cards are subject to an authorization hold and can tie up your cash availability throughout your voyage. If this is something you’re concerned about, you should consider getting a prepaid credit card. Authorizations can sometimes take up to a week to be released depending on your financial institution.
I use a debit card from a credit union in Jacksonville, Florida and it takes exactly a week to be released.
At the end of your voyage there will be a folio printed out and you’ll be ab

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