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Imperial Waterways of Russia: Dollars/Rubles/ATM/Credit Card
dschmitzdschmitzMember since 8/18/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:40 PM
We have always used credit cards and ATMs for purchases in Europe with no problems. Do the ATMs in Russia work the same? How widely accepted are Visa/MasterCards? Is there any need to take much cash in dollars?
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communitymanagercommunitymanagerMember since 10/5/2011 Login to add friend Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 11:45 AM
Hello,
Please review our cruise guide to learn about what to expect during your cruise in Russia.

Russia cruise guide - http://www.uniworld.com/Media/US-English/4/2/2013/1112-15_IWR_CC-SE.pdf

Information about ATMs: ATMs connected to bank networks such as PLUS or Cirrus are widely available in most major metropolitan areas, in airports, city centers, and in some instances, hotels. Fees for transactions vary. ATMs are not available onboard the ships. Your bank can tell you which network your ATM card can access, and whether a debit or credit card must be used. Make sure that you have the correct PIN for the card you plan to use before leaving home, as the PIN is required for all money withdrawals. It is also recommended that you bring an overseas contact number for your bank or credit card company in case you require assistance while traveling.

Credit Cards and Traveler’s Checks: Most major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) are accepted worldwide. Credit cards are also accepted onboard. Traveler’s checks and debit cards are not accepted onboard, nor do we recommend them for use in Russia. There may be some stores or locations where cash is preferred (especially for small purchases), or a particular credit card cannot be used for purchases. Please make sure you keep a supply of cash on hand. Please contact your bank and/or credit card companies to let them know that you will be leaving the country to avoid any problems using your credit card(s) overseas.
The amount of cash you bring is up to you. There will probably be smaller shops or street vendors for souvenirs that will not accept credit cards. Hopefully when reviewing the cruise guide, it will give you an idea of what to expect and how much cash you'll need.
Hope this helps. If you have any other questions for us, feel free to contact us here again or via email at customerservice@uniworld.com or 1-800-733-7820.
Best regards,
Anne (community manager)
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abradyabradyMember since 4/16/2013 Login to add friend Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 5:03 PM
I thought I read somewhere in the brochure that tips are not included in this cruise package. Nor is wine/beer included in this cruise as is advertised for other Uniworld.tours. I would think that cruise staff would prefer their tips in rubles, so I am going to figure out what I would possibly tip for service on this cruise and convert some dollars to rubles. I also read in a DK tour book of Moscow/St. Petersburg that it is not uncommon for Russian stores to give foreigners change back with rubles that are worthless today. I believe that any ruble printed before 1978 is considered worthless and will not be accepted in Russian stores. So be careful if change is made in a store that you are getting back currency printed after 1978.
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