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Old October 11th, 2002, 06:32 AM
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Default Re: Are the ports any safer??

I wouldn't worry about the Customs officials on disembarkation. The cruise is over and you are on your way home.

But, I too have noticed the increased security and surveillance after 9/11. We've cruised twice since then. The first time we cruised after 9/11, October of last year, the security around the ship and harbor was extremely tight:

- before the ship left port we noticed bomb sniffing dogs around all the pallets being loaded.

- in some ports in the Carribbean even before we approached the ship we had to show photo ids; my husband even one time had to take off his hat and sun glasses so that the police could take a good look at him.

- when we finally arrived home there was National Guard posted.

Quite an experience but I felt quite safe.
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