It was just mentioned that the cabin safes on the new Pride are secured with a magnetic swipe from a credit card. Is there an alternate method of securing the lock other than using only one card? i.e. ATM card from a bank, my AAA card, etc. I have limited experience with this method of securing the safe and always make good use of it each cruise.
I just got off the Victory and I used my sail and sign card, because I didn't want to carry around a credit card too. You can use any card with a magnetic strip.
I did make the mistake of locking the safe with one sail and sign card then trying to open with my boyfriends by mistake. It makes the safe unopenable and maintenance had to come and open it. This was NOT included in the safe instructions so be careful to remember exactly which one you used to open it.
Other cards can be used, like your drivers licence or ATM card, so I imagine the AAA card would also work.
The safe in our room on the Pride specifically stated on the front "Do Not Use The Blue Sail and Sign Card." For what reason I do not know. The instructions said to use a credit card. I suspect the S/S cards are not that secure.
And yes, it is a problem when one card is used but two people need access to the safe.
As others have said, it does not have to be a credit card, just a card with a magnetic strip. I used my Price/Costco membership card and it worked fine. Also could use your AAA membership card if you have one.
This seems ridiculous - why would anyone carry any card around with them other than their sail & sign card. I have sailed numerous times with different lines and the sail & sign always worked and some lines have you key in a 4 digit number on a keypad.
Same card used to lock the safe MUST be used to unlock it. It is quite simple to use. Just close the door, swipe the card and it's locked...same way to open it. The safe itself is fairly small just enough room for wallets, keys, docs, jewelry, etc. You shouldn't have any problems using it.
The instructions do say to not use the sail and sign card and the issue is security, but the room number is not on the sail and sign card. There is a 4 digit card number.
There is still risk; when you order a drink and they bring you your receipt, your name, card number and room number are on the receipt. So in order to get into your room and into your safe, somebody has to order something and charge it to your card 1st.
Within a day, you'd be surprised how many of the crew members know your name. These people work around the clock and they are all over the ship. They do look at who is using these cards everytime you charge something.
But for best security, use your AAA card or drivers license. It's pointless to carry around a credit card since you can't charge anything with it.
What is also risky, is leaving receipts laying around. Many of the bartenders and waiters will charge drinks to your room if you simply give them the card and room number. But they will require both and the receipts have that information.
Thank you to everyone for your answers. I will just carry the AAA card and leave it in a draw! It won't be a big loss or security issue. I know we used this scan card method once, but would not want to have to carry a "card" around just to open the safe!
Marnie, although I understand your issue with crew & security with one's sign & sail card, I certainly have never had nor heard of any one dishonestly using someone else's card. I hope this has never happened to you. It pays to check your account too during your cruise just in case an erroneous charge is applied. Pursers usually have no problem removing the charge.
About half of the sail & sign cards I have have the cabin # on them. This is the reason that it isn't a good idea to use your s&s card, someone not only gains access to your room, but the safe as well. As for the crew being dishonest and charging extra drinks on your cards, it doesn't happen, they have too much to lose if they are caught and they would be. Now other passengers can and have used found and/or stolen cards for drinks and casino charges etc so if you do lose you S&S card report it immediately!
You are welcome. I think that back in Dec or early Jan you asked about a review of the Inspiration. If you are interested, there are a couple of recent reviews on the member review board.
Have a great trip!
No, I've never had a problem with someone charging something to my cabin. I couldn't imagine someone being so bold as to try using someone else's card number, just for a free drink. I was just trying to point out the possibility for those concerned about security. And I do check the room tab about 1/2 way through the trip, and it's always accurate. I do save my receipts for this reason; it's worth it for peace of mind.