Double Cruise Journey via the Suez Canal travel blog


First there is the Euro. Good at the first four ports. We purchased 500 from our bank, Cost $600 @ $1.20 each. There will be 2 cab rides, airport to hotel and hotel to ship port. Food, sight seeing, a flea market in Barcelona. Let’s not forget a five hour flight lay-over in Germany. Did we get enough? Too much? Who knows because we will have entered a “giant crap shoot” of currency.

In Jordan the currency is called the Dinar. Just one costs $1.41 in USD. So if a soft drink & crisps cost 3.5 Dinar it is $5.15 USD.

Dubai, UAE has currency identified as the Dirham. It’s pricey @ $ 3.67 each USD. A coin that has 25 stamped in it would be worth 92 cents.

Muscat, Oman uses the Rial. The exchange rate is about $2.60 USD for one Rial. So $20 USD would equals 7.7 Rials.

From what I’ve be read India doesn’t allow you to buy Rupee’s outside the country. Nor can you leave with them. How this would be enforced I have no idea. Plus they suggest you need a certificate or ATM receipt to show they were purchased legally. We are making two stops in India maybe it will become clear once we are there. What is true and what is not. Rupee’s cost just 14 cents each. So $20 will buy 143 rupees.

Then in Penang, Malaysia they use the Ringgit. The cost is $4.18 each in USD. So a 50 coin is worth $2.09.

Our last stop is Singapore. They call there their currency dollars. One SGD dollar equals 73 cents in USD. $20 SGD will be about $14.60 .

There is a jar in our home with misc. foreign coins that could not be traded in for US currency. The trick is having enough for the bathroom and small purchases but not a lot left over.

Disclaimer: rates of currency exchange go up & down daily so those may vary from my entry’s.

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