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Old January 28th, 2006, 12:49 AM
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Default Can I get my passport stamped?

This may sound like a weird question, but as I've heard here before, there are no weird questions.

This will be my first cruise and I know they recommend a passport, but what do they actually do with it besides look at it when you embark? Do I keep it with me? When we go into one of the ports, do they stamp my passport for that particular country?

I always said that before I died, I wanted at least 3 stamps in my passport from foreign countries. Now, I just turned 30 and I'm nowhere near dead, but I'd still like to have these stamps. If it's not a common practice to stamp the passports at each port, is there a way for me to get mine stamped anyway?
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Where are you cruising to? It is stamped once you go thru Customs which to us was coming back to the US. We had ours stamped when we return to Long Beach, Los Angeles (San Pedro) and also in Canada but the guys in Ft Lauderdale wouldn't stamp it for me . We had a chance to get it stamped for Fanning Island but the times weren't convienent and it was optional.
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We are leaving from Miami and are going to Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan (Honduras), and Costa Maya (Mexico).

You said you had a chance to get it stamped for Fanning Island but the times weren't convenient and it was optional. Who did you have to go to in order to get this done? Was it a seperate line at customs for each country you visited or was there a place on the ship/in port that did it while you were there?

A lot of questions, I know, but it's important to me to have this done and I don't want to screw it up. :-)
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If I remember it right, it was different that other cruises because it was around the Hawaiian Islands. We were going from US to Fanning back to a US port so they did the customs while at sea or right before we left. We didn't have to do it when we debarked. You are only going to go thru customs when you return so you would only get it stamped in Miami. I could be wrong so you might want to ask at the purser's desk. Good luck.
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We are leaving from Miami and are going to Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan (Honduras), and Costa Maya (Mexico).
Your passport will not be stamped by authorities in any of the countries you're visiting on the cruise. The only time it will be stamped is when you return to the United States.

If you want a stamp from any of the countries you're visiting, you'd likely have to find a gov't building in port and request it.
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They didnt even stamp ours when we returned to Miami after New Years. We went to Aruba, Panama, and Costa Rica. My husband asked the customs agent about the stamping, and he said they just dont do it anymore except for foreigners. However, he did offer to stamp ours. It used to be fun to collect stamps from all over.

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We've asked and had ours stamped a couple of times, including the Bahamas. Sometimes you have to go to a post office or other gov't building, but coming back into Port C. we just asked and they stamped it.

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When I was in Panama I asked our tour guide how I could get my passport stamped. He said the only way was that you have to go threw customs and stay at least one night in the country. (not on the ship)
Too bad we can't get our passport stamped showing all the ports we visited!!!
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