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From those who have gone before
I'm trying to do some long range planning.
My experience in foreign travel is fly in, (convert minimum US to local currency for cab fare), (usually in one of the bigger if not biggest city), find a bank, (usually near the airport), do a cash advance on a credit card, (converted to local currency), carry a couple grand travelers checks for bulk/emergency purchases, Do all local business, convert any remaining money back to US and fly home.
Some of this might be applicable to a long range cruise, but I suspect in micronesia and a few other places there might be exceptions.
1. What is a recommended amount to carry in cash for fuel, check in, fees?
2. Do customs take American Express, (the airlines add these right on the ticket price).
3. Some smaller islands expect gifts, (how many and what objects are preferred)?
4. How much cash is suggested to take care of permits, and bribes?
Most of the cruising blogs just say "we checked in". A little detail would be good, or do most people just take it as it goes?
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