I keep coming up with questions. Thanks to all who have helped in the past week!!
1. If I am traveling with a US drivers license and a birth certificate (I know it's not the smartest or best way to travel, but for we didn't plan to travel until last week - unscheduled vacation from work - no time for application - leaving next week) - BUT since we are - Do you carry both of those off the ship with you during shore excursions? How do you deal with that when you are snorkeling?
2. Do the windows in the OV rooms open? We are on the Holiday, if it makes a difference.
3. Is there plenty of shade for fair skinned people? I have the mother lode of sunscreen, but I like to get out of the sun as well.
This message board has been a wonderful help. All ya'll (I'm from the South, can you tell?) pat yourselves on the back for such a great board!!
VAMartha: When I get off the ship, I do not take my passport with me...just my cruise card...but I usually have my driver's license with me.
I've not been on any ships that the windows open and most ships have areas with plenty of shade. Have a wonderful time on your cruise and please be sure to let us know how it went when you return.
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Birth certificate doesn't have to be carried off board, but DO carry your ship card and perhaps your DL.
Make sure your birth certificate has a raised seal. Mine had a seal, but a very faint one that you couldn't actually *read*. The official looked long and hard at mine, then felt it. Whew!!
Have a wonderful time!
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It's a good idea to carry a copy of your Drivers License off the ship just in case you need it to identify yourself to local authorities or verify a credit card purchase. Your shipboard card will identify you to the security agents when reboarding.
What happens is your picture is taken when you first board the ship and coded onto your shipboard credit card. Then when you leave the ship you (actually a staff member in most cases) will dunk it into a machine so they know you have left the ship. Then when you return they will dunk it back into another machine and your picture will appear on their screen and this verifies that you are now back on the ship.
If you plan to snorkel and you have some ID and your ship card with you, you can put it in a pouch called an Aquapac. It is waterproof and you can get them at an R.E.I or online at and R.E.I.com Or do a search online for them. They are a life saver. I have snorkeled before and it works great.