Posted August 7th, 2006, 12:59 PM
Hi, my husband and I first time cruisers on oceania need info if we can bring our own alcohol on board (wines vodka etc,) also we would like to tour Athens any suggestions on tour guides? and exchanging money better at airport in the states or in Europe?
any help very much appreciated
You'll be able to bring alcohol onboard for consumption in your cabin. Bringing a bottle to dinner with you will result in a $20 corkage fee.
We also booked Spiros, but due to a change in dates in Athens, were reassigned to his colleague, Fotios. Spiros had assured us, by E-Mail, that he, himself, would be with us for our tour. Brian_uk, who was also on our cruise, says he booked Spiros as well (interesting, huh?) and was also reassigned to a colleague.
For money exchange, I've found the best rates to be from local ATMs in Europe...but my bank, Wells Fargo, tacks on a $5 foreign ATM charge--so the larger the amount charged, the more reasonable. Money exchange at airport banks usually has the fee figured in by playing with the exchange rate. For example, if the published market rate is $1.25 = 1 euro, that airport bank may be selling euros for $1.33 and buying them at $1.17. American Express does pretty much the same thing here. I always like to buy some Euros before I leave home, just to avoid the hassle of dealing with it on arrival, especially if I'm on my own from airport to ship.
But really, the best advice is to do what is most convenient to you and not worry about the exchange rate. A $5 fee or a few percent charge on a few hundred euros for a several thousand dollar vacation should be of minimal concern. Remember, by cruising, MOST of your vacation cost is prepaid and in US $.
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