I' m on a Princess cruise. Some one told me about "express check in". This is done thru the Princess web site. When I got there I noticed a immigration section that appears I would have to provide my social security number and my passport number. I am concerned about having my ss# anywhere on the web. Is this really required? y? Is anyone concern about this and has anyone received "exprss check in" without providing the SS #.
It is a good idea to be cautious about giving out your SS number on an unsecured site. If you clicked on the page for express check in and received a message that you are entering a secured site then I wouldn't be concerned. If not, you might call them and ask if you can give it to them over the phone. Now realize too, a phone is not all that secure either.
We routinely give our credit cards to waitresses, clerks, etc. and probably give it little thought of who might use this information criminally. We also write checks in the mall and give out our SS number as identification which is written on the check and goes through some processing center with little or no worry. I don't give mine out casually but I also don't get so concerned that I go to great lengths to avoid disseminating the information.
I also used the "cruise personalizer" on the Princess site, gave them all my information including the credit card number for the sign/sail card, didn't have a problem at all. I do believe the site is secure and it truly does help make the check-in process much faster and less of a hassle by having all that information given.
You do not have to reveal your SS#. I have never given it to any cruiseline even though it is asked for on many forms. Only once did a clerk point out that it wasn't there and I just told her I would not provide it and there was no problem.