From: John Sisker on
While traveling on our last cruise aboard the Star Princess, we encountered
many different countries and cultures (Northern Europe & the Baltic's). And
this included numerous exchanges of money. For example, once we sailed away
from Ft. Lauderdale across the Atlantic Ocean, the USD (United States
Dollar) was seemingly a thing of the past. During the 10 ports that we
visited, we encountered the Euro Dollar (which is now greatly deflated), the
Pound in England, and three different types of Kroner's, depending on the
Baltic country.

The Pursers Deck on the ship would help exchange one currency for another,
plus there were a couple of machines set up on the ship to do so as we.
Naturally, the exchange rate was not very good. We even heard of some
passengers who were saying, that as soon as they were ashore, they were
going into town to find a bank, and much better exchange rates. Is this what
you do, or do you simple bite the bullet and take the rates that the cruise
line offers?

However, we found a middle road that worked for us. At first, we were very
conscious of just the right money in the right place. Yet, we seldom bought
more that cheap souvenirs anyway. So we quickly gave that up as an
unnecessary hassle for us. The bottom line is, we just put most purchases on
a credit card, and get some extra one's and five (USD) for tipping. We saw a
lady on one of the shore excursion do this, so figured, why not! No shore
excursion guide seem to turn down an American five for a tip.

We also knew that using a credit card overseas comes with an extra cost, but
it still seemed a lot easier to us than worrying about all the different
currency and difference exchange rates. Of course, if we were looking for
really bit ticket items, that may have been a different story. Besides, we
felt if we could afford this cruise to begin with, this was not the time to
pinch penny's.

One thing we did note however, which would have been a little embarrassing
to us, after a ten and a half hour shore excursion, one lady cut in front of
everyone else, to give our guide a dollar tip. We found that rather cheap -
considering, but to each their own I guess. This lady didn't seem to bat an
eye in this regard. Oh well, hopefully we helped make up for that somewhat.
We believe rewarding good service.

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From: Ari on
On Fri, 21 May 2010 08:48:31 -0700, John Sisker wrote:

> The bottom line is, we just put most purchases on
> a credit card, and get some extra one's and five (USD) for tipping. We saw a
> lady on one of the shore excursion do this, so figured, why not! No shore
> excursion guide seem to turn down an American five for a tip.
>
> We also knew that using a credit card overseas comes with an extra cost, but
> it still seemed a lot easier to us than worrying about all the different
> currency and difference exchange rates.

Question: Is this really breaking news for this NG?
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From: Charles on
In article <85o8j1Fq15U1(a)mid.individual.net>, Ari
<AriSilverstein(a)yahoo.com> wrote:

> On Fri, 21 May 2010 08:48:31 -0700, John Sisker wrote:
>
> > The bottom line is, we just put most purchases on
> > a credit card, and get some extra one's and five (USD) for tipping. We saw
> > a
> > lady on one of the shore excursion do this, so figured, why not! No shore
> > excursion guide seem to turn down an American five for a tip.
> >
> > We also knew that using a credit card overseas comes with an extra cost,
> > but
> > it still seemed a lot easier to us than worrying about all the different
> > currency and difference exchange rates.
>
> Question: Is this really breaking news for this NG?

There is nothing wrong with him posting it but holy cow.....he is
supposed to be a travel agent and has no clue........

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From: Ari on
On Fri, 21 May 2010 19:06:25 -0400, Charles wrote:

> In article <85o8j1Fq15U1(a)mid.individual.net>, Ari
> <AriSilverstein(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> On Fri, 21 May 2010 08:48:31 -0700, John Sisker wrote:
>>
>>> The bottom line is, we just put most purchases on
>>> a credit card, and get some extra one's and five (USD) for tipping. We saw
>>> a
>>> lady on one of the shore excursion do this, so figured, why not! No shore
>>> excursion guide seem to turn down an American five for a tip.
>>>
>>> We also knew that using a credit card overseas comes with an extra cost,
>>> but
>>> it still seemed a lot easier to us than worrying about all the different
>>> currency and difference exchange rates.
>>
>> Question: Is this really breaking news for this NG?
>
> There is nothing wrong with him posting it but holy cow.....he is
> supposed to be a travel agent and has no clue........

It's Usenet, people can post anything they want, I'm just trying to
get a lay of the land around here.

If this post is considered real news, then everyone must be
laying...down.
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From: Charles on
In article <85olsaF26sU1(a)mid.individual.net>, Ari
<AriSilverstein(a)yahoo.com> wrote:

> If this post is considered real news, then everyone must be
> laying...down.

Not sure what you mean by real news. I guess I am not getting what you
are getting at by using that term. I only read what you quoted since
Sisker is in my bozo bin, but Sisker claims to be a professional travel
agent but oddly does not know stuff that people who travel would know.
At one time years ago he was selling advice, I think for $25 a shot.
LOL. But otherwise given that this is a rec. group there will many
different levels of news posts.

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Charles