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  • On Jul 27, 2015
    Marlene from LA 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.

    We are sailing on the Disney Dream in November and I would like to know about using cash or credit cards in the Bahamas or on Castway Cay?

    Ahoy, Marlene!

    Thanks for stopping by the Moms Panel with your question.

    It won't be long before November arrives, and you'll be setting sail with Captain Mickey and his crew! I'm sure you're counting down the days - I know I would be!

    When you check in at the port, you'll be issued a Key to the World Card. This card will serve as your stateroom key, boarding pass, and shipboard charge card. Since the Disney ships operate on a "cash-free" basis, all shopping and room charges will be made with your Key to the World and charged to your stateroom. This holds true when your ship docks at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. You won't need cash or credit cards on the island, only your Key to the World card!

    A great perk of sailing with Disney Cruise Line is 24-hour Room Service, included in the cost of your cruise. While the food is included, tips for the cast members that deliver it is not. We usually keep an envelope of small bills in our stateroom safe for tips!

    When visiting other ports in the Bahamas, you'll be required to carry a Driver's license and your Key to the World Card. Disney Cruise Line recommends having a copy of your passport or other government-issued photo ID with you as well. (Guests are encouraged to leave passports and any travel documents in their room safe when debarking the ship.) Major credit cards are accepted as payment in most retail locations in the ports, so there's no need to carry large amounts of cash (in fact, it's discouraged). We typically carry a limited "cash stash" to tip drivers or tour operators on our Port Adventures.

    I hope this helps with your planning! Please let us know if you have further questions before you set sail.

    Have a magical day! - Diane W.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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