Posted October 16th, 2009, 12:59 PM
We are taking our first cruise. A 12 Night Med Cruise in April 2010. Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt. we will also be spending 5 nights in Rome afterwards.
My question is about currency. We are Canadian and are wondering what currency to take with us. Should we take all Euro? or order the local currency for Turkey and Egypt. Can the currency be changed on ship for the local tours, and if so should we take US with us for that purpose? We have a couple local tours already booked and they are paid in US dollars.
Just totally confused with what to bring with us
We found that charging with CC when possible makes sense with a no fee like Capital One. Other CC charge a foreign conversion fee.
Many tours and small local purchases expect local currency. You can always change on the ship but expect a combo of fee and poor exchange to cost you 5-15%, YMMV. ATMs are a good way to get a "small" amount of local currency. But think thru your port days, as yes ATMs are everywhere convenience and availability during a busy port day may or many not make this a practical strategy.
For our trip I exchanged a large some at our local bank. It was large enough that there was minimum conversion fee. Then I opportunistically converted addtional money at ATMs when I had time. A family member planned less well and got robbed at the airport.
What strategy you take depends really on how you plan to spend your port day.
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