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Author: bryce478

Joined: 1/12/2012
Posts: 2
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Traveler Since: 2012

July 15, 2013

Can anyone tell me if when purchasing euro's onboard the ship do we just pay the exchange rate or the exchange rate and a processing fee?

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
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Traveler Since: 2002

July 15, 2013

 In general the GCT ships do not do currency exchenges, and, if they do, their rate is not as good as an ATM. The may exchange very small amoubts as a convenience to passengers and change larger bills to smaller change, as a convenience. They will direct you to an ATM or bank. Some countries rules will not allow them to do currency exchanges. To act as bankers for 140 or 160 passengers would require them to carry a lot of cash and incur the risks of theft.

Author: garyrr

Joined: 8/25/2012
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Traveler Since: 2000

July 15, 2013

ATMs are definitely the way to go!    In almost all European countries - you can find them anywhere.   Suggest you find a bank (internet banks as one suggestion) that don't charge a fee for using another bank's ATM - and one with minimal, if any, charge for conversion.   (Ally Bank offers free accounts, no charge for another bank's ATM use, and no additional fee for conversion charged by them - the banking system may charge up to 1%)

Author: mary jayne halli...

Joined: 9/25/2010
Posts: 65
GCT Trips Taken: 27
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Traveler Since: 1989

July 15, 2013

My experience on the river cruises (and I have been on at least 7 of them) is that they do make exchanges to euro at the desk, usually in the amounts of $50 and I don't think they often run out as you are docked somewhere every day.  However I have only used them perhaps at the end of the cruise for some tipping expenses as I do ALWAYS use the ATM for the best rate, however I do think on the ship there is not much difference. 

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