When on a cruise & leaving the ship for a tour, what do you do with your passport?
Posted 20 March 2009 - 03:32 PM
While preparing for my upcoming cruise, I've read sooo many articles about how to handle your passport, especially when you're off the ship & on tours.
I know to make copies of my passport & will leave 1 copy at home with my mom & then take another copy on the cruise. But the articles I've come across have given me food for thought in that some advise you to take your passport with you anytime that you leave the ship.
The reasoning for this is that in the event that something happens to you, like if you don't make it back to the ship on time for some reason & the ship leaves you, you will have your passport with you, which is said to make it easier for you in the event that you have to travel from your current port & meet the ship at the next destination or if you have to go back home.
It has been said that a copy of your passport is not helpful in those cases & you can't really travel with a copy. The only thing that the copy of the passport will do is help to get you a new one quicker.
So ofcourse, this has me thinking, what do you do with your passport when leaving the ship? Do you always take it with you no matter what?
Do you leave it in the safe until the end of the cruise, not removing it until its time return home?
Posted 20 March 2009 - 03:35 PM
Posted 20 March 2009 - 03:38 PM
| Originally Posted by ~Andrea~ |
RCCL told us to bring our passports off the ship. They said it would be required to get back on. I remember them checking sometimes and other times not at all. We took ours off the ship in Jamaica and Mexico. We left it in the safe in Labadee.
Posted 20 March 2009 - 04:34 PM
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 05:04 PM
Posted 20 March 2009 - 05:23 PM
Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:24 PM
| Originally Posted by ~Andrea~ |
What ship and itinerary are you doing?
| Originally Posted by Tlseege |
We always took ours with us. Not that I wanted to, and I probably would feel more safe with it on the ship, however we never book excursions through the ship itself, so if I were to ever need transportation back to the US or to the ship, I'd probably need it!
Thanks for all of your responses. I guess I'll find out their process next week. Maybe I won't even have a choice & I'll be required to take it with me.
I'll certainly post my review upon my return...Now to packing
Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:27 PM
| Originally Posted by Cattie |
They do offer passport cards. It's the size of a CC or DL. They recognize it on cruises. Once I get my new passport when I change my name, I'll be getting one of these also.
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