Silversea does not limit the amount of money you may carry during your voyage. For safety reasons, Silversea recommends that guests take precautions and not carry excessive amounts of cash. Many purchases can be conveniently made using credit cards or travellers cheques and do not require cash transactions. Silversea is not responsible for any loss of money. If you bring more than USD$10,000 into or out of the United States (e.g. in the form of US or foreign currency/coinage, travellers cheques in any form, money orders, etc.), you must report it to the US Customs Service. For additional information and forms, see the US Customs’ website at: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel. If you are not a US citizen, please contact your local customs office.
Upon embarkation, guests will be asked to register their VISA®, Master Card®, American Express®, or JCB credit card number and expiration date, which must be valid through the final day of their voyage. All charges for services provided and products purchased on board the ship must be settled in cash, by travellers cheque in US dollars, or above listed credit card at the end of each voyage segment and before final disembarkation from the ship. A 2% transaction fee will be charged for all cash advances.
Although all shipboard charges are in US dollars, Silversea processes shipboard credit card transactions through the United Kingdom. Please be aware that some credit card companies charge a foreign transaction fee. Silversea encourages guests to contact their credit card issuer in advance of their cruise to enquire about possible foreign transaction charges.
It is a good idea to exchange some of your funds at a bank before leaving home. Most international airports also exchange funds, though they often charge higher exchange fees. In certain ports of call there will be a local bank representative onboard to exchange funds into the currency of the host country.
Travellers cheques in US dollars may be cashed 24 hours/day at the Reception Desk and may be used to pay your shipboard account.
Prior to departing, US guests should consider registering their valuables (e.g. jewellery, cameras, electronic equipment, etc.) with US Customs. Although this is not a requirement, it will help to prevent delays in clearing Customs upon your return to the United States. For further information, please consult your travel professional or visit the US Customs Services’ website at http://www.customs.gov/xp/cgov/travel.
On your return flight home, the airline will provide you with a Customs Declaration Form. If you plan to make numerous purchases abroad, it is recommended that you keep all sales receipts handy in your carry-on bag to help you complete this form.
US Customs will permit each traveller to return to the United States with no more than USD$800 worth of merchandise purchased abroad without paying duty. A 10% duty will be charged for the next USD$1,000 worth of purchases, and on purchased items that total more than USD$1,400, an additional rate will be assessed based on the retail value from the country of origin. Limits on tobacco and liquor are as follows: 100 cigars or 200 cigarettes and one litre of wine, beer or liquor.
UK residents may visit the Customs and Excise website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk. If you are not a US or UK resident, contact your local Customs office.