With the financial unrest currently taking place is Greece, many holiday makers have been left wondering how this will affect their time away. We at Cruise Deals have put together a guide to help those of you, who will be cruising to Greece this summer.
What to do with your Money
The current advice from Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is to bring ‘more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card). Visitors to Greece should be aware of the possibility that banking services – including credit card processing and servicing of ATMs – throughout Greece could potentially become limited at short notice.’
Holiday makers usually rely on drawing cash out of ATMs, as UK banks tend not to charge for foreign transaction fee. It has been widely reported that ATMs across Greece are running very low on cash, with local Grecians queuing for hours on end in order to withdraw money.
So bring plenty of cash in Euros – enough for the duration of your cruise or depending on how many Greek ports of calls you visit. Your ship is likely to have a currency exchange on-board, however do note that these are used to exchange smaller amounts of cash, so you will need to exchange larger amounts of money prior to your cruise.
It’s common knowledge that you usually grab a bargain by waiting to book shore excursions until you arrive in your destination. However many vendors may now ask for cash due to the current low value of the Euro. If you would like a bit more security, where possible pre-book and pay in advance for shore excursion through reputable companies. Or book through the ship’s shore excursions programme, this is likely to be the most convenient option, but provides you with the most peace of mind.
Tips for when you’re in Greece
As you would for any other holiday abroad, remain vigilant and don’t flash your cash. Pick pockets target tourist traps, so split your cash into sensible amounts. Leave important documents and the remainder of your cash on-board the ship. If you need to carry your Passport / ID, use photocopies or take a photograph of your documents on your smart phone.
Ensure that you choose an insurance policy that covers everything you will need for your holiday, and thoroughly read the policy in order to choose the right one for you.
The FCO have recommend as a precautionary measure, take extra medical supplies such as prescription medicines with you for your trip. It’s not guaranteed that pharmacies in Greece will be able to meet the demands due to potential low stock levels.
Keep up to date with what the current advice for travelling to Greece, is by checking the FCO website for updates. The FCO also available across all social platforms, so you can to keep up to date will the latest information and you can sign up for email alerts straight to your inbox.
Keep Calm and Carry on Cruising
It is very likely that tourists will be just as welcome as ever, due to the importance of tourism to the Greek economy. The best thing to do in the meantime is to support the Greek people by continuing to travel to this much-loved holiday destination, as it remains a firm favourite with people who return year after year. All the stunning ports of call, renowned culture and hospitality Greece has to offer, will ensure that it continues to be a must-visited destination.
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