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It's been a while since I cruised or traveled to Europe and then used travelers checks.  If I get Euros through an ATM, can the front desk of the ship convert them back to USD?  After this cruise I have no use for Euros.

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Guest Services is happy to exchange Euros to USD for you.  It won't be the same as your bank at home, but you won't have to worry about bringing back unused Euros.

 

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If it’s a very nominal amount, no problem using the front desk.

 

A larger amount, I’d wait and exchange where the rate will be more favourable but totally up to you.

 

 

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They won't take coins, however ... just bills. Your stewards would happily accept either bills or coins as tips! Also there is usually a jar at the front desk where you can toss any currencies, which is given to charity.

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50 minutes ago, catl331 said:

They won't take coins, however ... just bills. Your stewards would happily accept either bills or coins as tips! Also there is usually a jar at the front desk where you can toss any currencies, which is given to charity.

 

We keep our Euros and Pounds as we travel enough to make it worthwhile to just keep it for the next trip. Currencies from areas we don't plan on returning to we manage closely to try and get down to zero, but any left off can always be deposited into charity bins at the airports as we depart.  

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5 hours ago, esther e said:

It's been a while since I cruised or traveled to Europe and then used travelers checks.  If I get Euros through an ATM, can the front desk of the ship convert them back to USD?  After this cruise I have no use for Euros.

Gladly  at a very poor exchange rate.    Best to go to you bank at home far better rates than at travel sites/

Remember you can not  exchange coins... only bills.      You can also  use your credit card at an even better exchange rate... and most everyone will take credit cards from cabs to rural stores...  It is safer for them rather than cash

Seldom  today  do I ever need local currency.... 99% on credit card.   Just spent 2 weeks in rural italy  and france and never needed any  euros... all cc.     Dont get your euros  till you have to  ... see how it goes.  you can always hit an ATM in any town post office or bank.

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But won't I need some for tips for tour guides, etc?  I'm sure they won't want USD.  I do plan on using my cc as much as possible, but some euros just for small incidentals.

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20 minutes ago, esther e said:

But won't I need some for tips for tour guides, etc?  I'm sure they won't want USD.  I do plan on using my cc as much as possible, but some euros just for small incidentals.

 

Of course you do.

 

And you will need cash for other things.

 

Cash can be king at times and much appreciated.

 

We use cash a lot - CC for hotels and other key expenses but otherwise, we use cash.  Call me cautious but I’m not risking my credit card or credit in every little spots for a few euros.

 

Have a great time - you’ll be fine and find what works for you best 😄  😉 

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1 hour ago, esther e said:

But won't I need some for tips for tour guides, etc?  I'm sure they won't want USD. 

On the contrary, tour guides happily take $US everywhere we've been.  They can exchange them readily. Likewise most vendors in tourist areas will take $US ... at an exchange rate very favorable to them of course. I bought postcards at Catherine Palace in Pushkin Russia with $US!  About the only places we've found that you must have local currency is on local ferries and buses. (Most taxis now take credit cards.)  Of course having some local currency is good for small purchases, but we've never needed very much.  One way to get some petty cash is to purchase a small souvenir in a gift shop using a US $20 bill and getting change in the local currency.

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Don't buy more euros than you need. You will pay a marked up price to buy euros with dollars, you will pay another marked up price to buy dollars with leftover euros, a double whammy.

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9 hours ago, esther e said:

But won't I need some for tips for tour guides, etc?  I'm sure they won't want USD.  I do plan on using my cc as much as possible, but some euros just for small incidentals.

Some small shops and cafes do not take CC's. When I am in Italy I love expressos and most espresso cafes take cash only. Buying an expresso for 2 Euros is one way to use the establishments restrooms. Also most public restrooms require Euros coins to enter or pay the attendants.

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But won't I need some for tips for tour guides, etc?  I'm sure they won't want USD.  I do plan on using my cc as much as possible, but some euros just for small incidentals.

 

Maybe I'll get $100 worth of euros and go from there.  I'm not concerned about the currency rate on $100.  You guys have been very helpful!  My husband passed away 7 years ago and I just felt like traveling again.  And as I said, we used travelers checks back then.  

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If you are a member of AAA, you can get foreign currency with no transaction charge (there are minimum amounts you have to buy though).  There is a charge to convert back.  I keep Euros and Pounds since I travel enough to use them.  The Swiss Francs I had I spent down so as not to bring too much home.

 

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never mind ... sorry

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13 minutes ago, catl331 said:

Last I knew you could still cash traveler's checks on the ship if you don't feel comfortable carrying a lot of cash. Then to get Euro on the ship you would pay just the exchange fee and not the 3% fee to first take a cash advance against your on-board account.

Many places today will not accept  travelers checks as they are massively counterfeited ...   In Hawaii only the banks would take travlers checks

As a pay back, using a credit card  1.  its insured what you purchase   2. you get FF miles, 3. you not liable for any un authorized purchase and its easy to dispute if someone does.   

Id start with $50 worth of euros  not $100.

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16 hours ago, esther e said:

But won't I need some for tips for tour guides, etc?  I'm sure they won't want USD.  I do plan on using my cc as much as possible, but some euros just for small incidentals.

Definitely you will. Cash for tips & incidentals. We only use the CC for larger purchases. Snacks, water, soda will be cash. Restaurant meals will depend on the cost and what our cash level is at that time. 

 

53 minutes ago, Hawaiidan said:

Many places today will not accept  travelers checks as they are massively counterfeited ...   In Hawaii only the banks would take travlers checks

As a pay back, using a credit card  1.  its insured what you purchase   2. you get FF miles, 3. you not liable for any un authorized purchase and its easy to dispute if someone does.   

Id start with $50 worth of euros  not $100.

I've been slowly using up my stash of Travelers Checks on cruises over the years. The front desk still takes them and we now we used them as our Casino Fund. Back at the turn of the century we always carried about $1000 in TCs as emergency cash when we traveled internationally. As I also traveled extensively for business, I would always have about $500 in TCs stashed away for a need. Again back before the turn of the century, I could always find an Amex Office overseas that would cash them for me. 

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