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Old August 14th, 2008, 03:46 AM
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Default Ov vay, what were we thinking? IDs dilemma

We'll be boarding our first cruise this Sunday, hooorah. One minor thing though (among a couple more). All in my party have passports, but not all of us have an additional picture ID. I think I read somewhere that all lines (NCL in our case) requires 2 picture IDs during check-in? Is that true? Some of the kids have college IDs. Do those work just as well?

Whenever I hear picture IDs, all I think of is driver's license and most in my group don't drive, since there's other ways to be crazy in New York.

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Old August 14th, 2008, 06:37 AM
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I've never heard that you need 2 pic ID in order to board, there is one on every passport and you mentioned that all have passports. For some ports, they recommend carring a pic ID along with you, I think I had to do that once and never did anyone ask to see any ID, so I couldn't understand that. I never take my passport when visiting a port either, so I think you'll be fine to board.

May want to contact the cruiseline and see what they say.
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(see my answer on the NCL board)

We have been asked to show ID before getting to the ship and the copy of the passport has been enough then.
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Old August 14th, 2008, 11:45 AM
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You may need to carry your passport in certain ports.

A story:
We were leaving for our first cruise, going through the TSA checkpoint at a departure airport. My DW's lisence was expired - after a moment of panic she realized she had passport in hand and all was well.
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I never go anywhere without my passport--port included!!!

I used to bring my ID from my workplace, but I have a freshly voided, but not expired, passport I can use for ID....
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A Passport is all you will need for check in.

You "may" need to bring the passport with you to get in to certain ports. You can also use a photocopy of your passport and ship's card to gain entry to "certain" ports to reboard the ship.

The best thing about a passport is that it's the best form of ID you can ever have.

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If you have a passport card in addition to the passport book, the card could be used as a secondary id. Otherwise, just go to the nearest department of motor vehicles and the ones who don't have an ID can simply apply for and recieve a State Issued Photo ID Card right on the spot. It takes about 30-60 minutes per person.
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