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We have a 25 day Mediterranean cruise with 8 days Trans-Atlantic into Fort Lauderdale coming up. I intend to pre-purchase my Euros from my local US bank before departing the US. If I buy too much, can I use the excess Euros in the casino to buy chips either at the tables or the cage ? If not, what do I do with the excess ? Selling them back to my bank is a huge loser. Maybe hang onto them for the next cruise ??. I don't think the guest service counter will exchange them.

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Tip the crew with them! :D They can save them until they are someplace they can spend them (e.g. Martinique) or exchange them on their way home at the end of their contract.

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Send them to me for my cruise next month. I can spend them in Ireland and Le Havre. My plan is actually to get enough pounds and euros to have for spending money but to use credit card for major purchases.

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We are frequent travelers to and within Europe and do not have much problem with excess Euros. For one thing, we simply get our Euros our of European ATMs where we get the best rates (we have several ATM cards on banks/credit unions that do not charge any foreign exchange fees. Since we get our Euros on a regular "as needed" basis...we do not usually have a lot of excess when we are ready to go home. Most of the time we just bring our Euros home..and save them for our next trip. You will likely be able to sell your Euros at the Guest Relations desk although you will take a loss (probably about 5-7% on the conversion.

 

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You can exchange them at several places in Fort Lauderdale. You are going to pay an exchange fee though. If you don't have a huge amount left over, use them to tip extra. Or, use them as an excuse to take another trip. "I wasn't going to go to Ireland, but I had these leftover euros and a hankering for bangers and mash."

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:cool: we usually get 700-1000 euros 200 before we leave and the rest from a local bank. rarely even have a hundred left and we go almost every year so no problem.

 

Thanks. Because we will be staying in Venice for 4 days, and we need to pay for the private water taxis from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to the ship, we will need at least 600 Euros for meals, water taxis, etc. We will need at least 110 Euros for the private water taxi (for our group of 4) as soon as we land at Marco Polo airport. We will get the rest from ATM's (bank-o-mats) as we progress through the Mediterranean. We just have to do it port-by-port. Our credit card doesn't charge foreign currency fees, but there maybe a user fee charged by the bank that operated the ATM. So, it is silly to get 50 Euros and pay $5 to get it. I want to withdraw larger amounts and hopefully not go overboard and have hundreds left over when I arrive in Ft. Lauderdale. At that point, it will go into our foreign currency piggy bank for future cruises.

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:cool: we usually get 700-1000 euros 200 before we leave and the rest from a local bank. rarely even have a hundred left and we go almost every year so no problem.

As someone already suggested, it is possible to use euros for additional staff tips. I could be wrong, but I am told that there is a "bank" onboard the ship for staff, and I think the staff can either deposit the cash in their account, or possibly exchange it. So, it probably doesn't matter in which currency you tip.

However, I agree that I prefer to bring our euros home-- kept in a baggie--so I can see them often, anticipating having cash on arrival the next trip. Euros are so pretty!

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If you are totally convinced you will not be returning to Europe (or anywhere that Euro is the currency), then you can donate to a charity via the Front Desk.

If you are left with too much that you don't want to just give it away, see if there is a European passenger who might want to 'buy' the currency from you for American dollars. Even trading at even face value would get you something, and provide incentive for someone to trade.

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Tip the crew with them! :D They can save them until they are someplace they can spend them (e.g. Martinique) or exchange them on their way home at the end of their contract.

 

The crew never minds getting their cash tips in Euros! :D

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