• On Jul 8, 2016
    Samantha from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Going on my 1st cruise Nov 2016 from NY to San Juan , how much cash should I bring with me on the ship?

    Welcome aboard, Samantha! Your itinerary is such an exciting one! The sailing from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico is sure to be a very magical adventure for you! 

    Disney Cruise Line guests won't need much cash on the ship at all. Guests use their Key To The World Cards to pay for any extras onboard, which are then charged to your stateroom account. In fact, cash is not accepted at most spots onboard. There are a few things you will want to consider taking cash for though. If you'd like to order from the complimentary room service menu, it's traditional to tip a few dollars in cash to the Cast Member who delivers your order to your stateroom. Additionally, guests traditionally tip their guides on Port Adventures that are particularly enjoyable - which in my experience has been all of them! You may also want some cash for any souvenirs in the ports of call, though most locations will accept credit cards. Finally, if you use the helpful porters to assist with your luggage at the port terminals before or after the cruise, it is traditional to tip them a dollar or so per bag as well.

    I'd suggest planning a budget and bringing some cash for those areas I mentioned, Samantha, but know that any other purchases onboard will go right to your stateroom account which will be settled with the credit card you put on file.

    I hope those details help as you prep for your trip, Samantha. Happy sailing!
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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