From what I read the cruise line will require Non-US citizens to surrender their passports when boarding the ship. Is this true?
What is the reason?
Who is responsible for the passports during the cruise ? What if it was lost/stolen?
Being a foreigner, passport is the most important identifiction document for me.
Does anyone know if we can hold on to our passports during the cruise? I don't mind showing my passport every time I go on and off the ship in different ports. I would rather do that than hand over my passport to someone else.
Can anybody help explain to me how this system works?
We are nervous because it is very difficult to get a passport replaced in our country.
Any help will be appreciated.
the reason you surrender your passport is to expedite the ship through customs, can you imagine the havoc and chaos it would cause if the ship had to wait for every foreign traveler to show up at immigration with their passports at every port? The ship is responsible for your passport. Make a copy of your passport and keep it in the safe in your stateroom. This is common practice all the cruise lines do it.
On Princess we didn't have to surrender our passport. We did have to show it to immigration before getting off in St Thomas, but we kept it on our safe in our cabin. Even if you have to surrender it, it will be safer with them then with you, so don't worry.
P S. we are Canadian, it might be different for our countries.
I have been wondering this same thing. It concerns me when I think about things like, what if we miss the ship and are stuck in Mexico with no passports? Also, my husband is a green card holder and being without your green card is not a good thing. I suppose I just have to relax about it.