We received our docs for the Spirit-Hawaii on 9/25.
Being a good boy, and not wanting to delay the embarkation process, I started filling them out. (Yea, I know "Get a Life!")
My question to the expert Carnival cruisers is: Why in the world do they want my social security number for boarding?
It can't be security, or all the great folks NOT from the US would be "unsecure". Or maybe I'll be getting my benefits a few years early from Carnival???
Anyone not filled in the SSN and still boarded?
By the By, what's up with the post cruise info card wanting the airfare designator info? I smell marketing data rather than "get off the ship to catch airplane home" data. I reckon this'll be another blank on the forms.
Data needs to be provided to customs and immagration both in the US and in the ports you will be visiting. Unlike when you fly or drive into a country, Carnival will be clearing the whole ship through customs in each port. There may be a million John Smith's
in the world but there is only one with each SS#. They need it to identify YOU. Don't be so paranoid about giving out your SS# to a ligitamate user. Not likely Carnival will be stealing your identity and if someone wanted to they would not need you to tell them your SS#. Frankly, I'd be more worried about credit card fraud than identity theft.
Your departing flight information is used to determine disembarkation order. Not everyone can get off first and if you had an 11 am flight, you would want to get off
ASAP versus the guy with the 4pm flight.
Carnival does this boarding thing 2 to 3 million times a year. They have it down pretty good by now. Relax, fill out the documentation and have a nice vacation without getting yourself worked up over a non issue.
Thanks PapaBill for the response. I guess there's a small misunderstanding on the post. Curiosity, not paranoia drove the question. My queen runs a large Social Security office in S. California and was questioning me on the use of the number for boarding puposes. We've cruised RCI and Princess and didn't submit that data.
I understand the disembarkation queing based on flight schedules, it was just a curiouser on my part what the fare designator did for that purpose. Whether I paid full fare, used frequent flier miles, or a C code doesn't change the flight schedule, or Carnivals ability to confirm flights if they so choose, and yes I filled that out.
The origional post does indicate I have way too much time on my hands before we leave. About the only way Carnival would see me worked up is if they ran out of beer.
You DO NOT need to provide your SSN to the cruise lines for ANY purpose. If you look at your SS card, it specifically states that it is NOT to be used for identification purposes of any kind other than for Social Security benefits. Stick to using your passport for ID.