Though haven't used the new Crui$e Ca$h in any of it forms, I did inquire directly w/ Carnival about the program since I normally would of bought several Bar and Photo tickets. The way they explained it to me was that the new program will be use it the cruise it's purchased for or lose it. It's not meant as a way to pre-fund your S&S account or as a budgeting tool, it's meant to be sent from non-sailing friends, family, and business associates (such as TAs) as gifts to passengers on a particular cruise. Also remember if you buy the bar or photo credits they are only good towards purchases from those departments on board. As to if the general Crui$e Ca$h they were unable to confirm or refute that the funds from it would be available for use in the casino for slot or table play, but they did say that it would cover any other purchases made on board from any other department .
They suggested using the new Carnival Gift Cards if I was looking to be able to budget cruise funds ahead of time since any unused portion will be refunded back on a new gift card to me the last night of the cruise. Then that card could be used on subsequent bookings, either as part of the cruise payment, on a new S&S account, or even given away as a gift to someone else. They said the GC more like the FunShip Dollars than the other offering in the fact that it has no restrictions on use. The only disadvantage I do see w/ the GC compared to the FSD is that you can not apply it directly to a booked cruise either as a payment or to a future S&S account the way you could w/ the FSD in the past. With the GC you need to present either the eCard or the actual plastic card to Guest Services or at an account kiosk to have it applied once on board. To apply it towards the payment of a new or existing booking you would need the certificate or card #. The one thing that is better though is you can use the GC to make pre-purchases through the online excursions and the Gift Services, which you could not do w/ the FSD.
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