Posted September 27th, 2017, 11:12 PM
Thanks everyone. We have two cards and neither charge foreign transaction fees, although I would think any ATM would charge a fee to use it.
That's why the Schwab debit card
is so great: they refund those fees.
We will need a lot of 2 Euro coins for tips as local guides and drivers are not covered in our cruise price.
This is a problem with ATMs. But your hotel or ship should be able to give you some change, and small purchases lead to lots of change back.
We also had a discussion with our cards customer service regarding using a pin for purchases. Neither accept a pin, only signature, but according to them, as long as their is a human involved (not a automatic kiosk, etc) we should be able to sign for anything we buy.
That is true for stores and restaurants. But we bought transit passes in Montreal this afternoon, and the kiosk required a PIN. Thankfully Barclay Arrival
visa card has one and the transaction went smoothly.
Those two cards are 'priceless' for foreign travel
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