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Old April 24th, 2007, 02:05 PM
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With all of the hoopla surrounding the passport regulations, I thought for sure passports and birth certificates would be checked at embarkation. A Cruisemate posted a review about their Nassau cruise and said they only checked for picture ID's. At first I thought this was because of the itinerary...but a friend did the Western Carribean and she said they only checked picture ID's.

Do we have any other recent cruisers who can remember their embarkation procedures?

Please note......I am in no way suggesting that this documentation is not needed.....AND I will be bringing my documents, just like it says in the rules!

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I was asked for proper identification when I checked in. I gave my passport... I saw other people handing over thier birth certificates.
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I talked to carnival before booking my cruise because I do not have a passport yet, and they said a birth certificate is fine till 2008, right now the only thing you need a passport for is air travel, which if I could afford one right now trust me id have it!..But till then I got the birth certificate Also from when I went I was asked for all proper identification, not just my ID but they were nice 8)
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Thanks Dina and Carlene.......I guess these two were an exception to the rule!

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every cruise that I have been on; they have check my picture ID and my birth certificate.
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I just returned from an 8 day aboard "Liberty". They asked for, and checked passports both coming, and going.

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When you check in at the cruise terminal at the beginning of your cruise you have to have ALL the proper paperwork (passport-BC, etc). When you go into each new port you will need to carry your ship ID card (sign and sail) and a picture ID I believe. That's all they check at that point. You do not have to carry passport or BC on shore at ports.
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A Cruisemate posted a review about their Nassau cruise and said they only checked for picture ID's.
I don't believe it. I am not calling you a liar, but really doubt that you are getting on the ship without proper documents.
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I'm just repeating what I've been told.....and I was checking with fellow Cruisemates to see if anyone else had the same experience. I wasn't trying to incite a riot with you Irish!

EDITED to add this...

Anyway, I went back and checked the post and Floridanamaw was right......the post said no ID was checked at the ports....nothing mentioned about embarkation. However, I did call my friend back and asked her again....she said they only wanted a picture ID....go figure!

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Melody, I was not trying to start a riot. I just think that the report is not accurate. I understand that you are just passing on what you read.

Sorry, no ill intentions by my post.
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Irish, go back and read my edit!

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I too have never boarded a cruise ship without being asked for proper documentation and also when leaving the ship.
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I'm just repeating what I've been told.....and I was checking with fellow Cruisemates to see if anyone else had the same experience. I wasn't trying to incite a riot with you Irish!

EDITED to add this...

Anyway, I went back and checked the post and Floridanamaw was right......the post said no ID was checked at the ports....nothing mentioned about embarkation. However, I did call my friend back and asked her again....she said they only wanted a picture ID....go figure!

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Hi Melody,

I'm confused . I think we may be comparing "apples and oranges" here . Did your friend say they boarded the ship with only their DL? (If so, I'd love to know which ship so I can stay away!)

Or-In some ports you need a DL and the ship card to get back to the ship, in others you only need your ship card. That would make sense.
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On my Nov cruise to Nassua at embarkation they checked my BC & DL since I did not have my passport.Also, with a passport you do not need your BC.
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I'm with Fern on this one. Like airline lingo you have to know what she is saying. I can board a ship in St Thomas, but what she is talking about I think is boarding the ship at the begining of the cruise. BC and DL or passport.
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Hey All,

When my friend told me she boarded the ship without showing her birth certificate or passport, I told her she had to be mistaken. However, I was mistaken regarding the post I read. That person DID say No ID at PORTS. Now back to the friend.....I asked again....same answer! I think she is wrong and/or confused as well! Her DH will have to settle it!

PS I went to the local office to get birth cards so I wouldn't have to carry those large birth certificates. Before I could get the change back in my wallet, my cards were printed! Now that's service!
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In my experience, it has been very hit and miss what they check. We always hand them one big pile with everyone's photo ID and birth certificate. Some actually check each one carefully. Others don't even look at what we gave them.

The custom officials at disembarkation have been just as inconsistent. Some really check the documentation, others barely even glance at it. That's why I think the new passport requirement is so laughable. How much safer is requiring passports if the agents aren't going to consistently check them anyway?
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That's why I think the new passport requirement is so laughable. How much safer is requiring passports if the agents aren't going to consistently check them anyway?
All passports must have a readable magnetic strip. The agent first swips your passport. If they get a negative "hit" in the databases, you are not going anywhere.

Then the agent will look at the photo and and at you. The picture better match. Most have also looked at the stamp pages to see where we had been (over the life of the passport).

I have had agents ask me and my wife questions about when we left, where we stayed, etc. Again, it better make sense.
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When my friend told me she boarded the ship without showing her birth certificate or passport, I told her she had to be mistaken. However, I was mistaken regarding the post I read. That person DID say No ID at PORTS. Now back to the friend.....I asked again....same answer! I think she is wrong and/or confused as well! Her DH will have to settle it!

PS I went to the local office to get birth cards so I wouldn't have to carry those large birth certificates. Before I could get the change back in my wallet, my cards were printed! Now that's service!
Yes, I think your friend was confused ! Maybe she was so happy to be cruising she just didn't notice what they checked at embarkation!

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The custom officials at disembarkation have been just as inconsistent. Some really check the documentation; others barely even glance at it. That's why I think the new passport requirement is so laughable. How much safer is requiring passports if the agents aren't going to consistently check them anyway?
Every time we've embarked and disembarked (since 9/ll) the customs officials have checked our passports, even though we couldn't possibly match a "terrorist" profile! IMHO, I'm more than happy that they do!
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Hey, if she got off the ship, the sign & sail card had to go through the security check-out, showing her off the ship. When she got back on, the same thing happened, security check-in, showing her back on the ship. The sign & sail card is all you need in port to get on or off. It has your picture embedded in it and security makes sure it's you using it.

Now to embark, at the check in counter, they look at the birth certificate and picture ID or just a passport. They stamp your tickets, take your credit card info and give you the sign & sail cards.

When you disembark and go through customs, the agent will look at the documents to make sure you are legal to enter the U.S..
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When my friend told me she boarded the ship without showing her birth certificate or passport, I told her she had to be mistaken. However, I was mistaken regarding the post I read. That person DID say No ID at PORTS. Now back to the friend.....I asked again....same answer! I think she is wrong and/or confused as well! Her DH will have to settle it!

PS I went to the local office to get birth cards so I wouldn't have to carry those large birth certificates. Before I could get the change back in my wallet, my cards were printed! Now that's service!
Hey Melody,

Your friend was probably so excited, as we all are, when she got on the ship that she really wasn't paying attention. The cruise lines are very specific in what documents are required and that they have no problem denying boarding to anyone without these documents.

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I am here to tell you all a story on myself... . On the last cruise I did I had foolishly packed my birth certificate and passport in my checked luggage. When I got to the check-in desk, I only had my ticket and DL. Sandra had everything in order and she was allowed to vouch for me and I was allowed onto the ship.
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I am here to tell you all a story on myself... . On the last cruise I did I had foolishly packed my birth certificate and passport in my checked luggage. When I got to the check-in desk, I only had my ticket and DL. Sandra had everything in order and she was allowed to vouch for me and I was allowed onto the ship.
You know actually when you think about it the documents are only technically needed when you return home, glad they were so forgiving of your blunder.
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I was asked for my passport on embarkation on Carnival Pride in February. I was also asked for it at every port, leaving and reentering the ship.

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Just got back 4/28 if you have passport great, if not you need your BC. After 1/1/2008 you will need a passport. If all you have is your BC then you will need you a ID with you photo on it. When you get off the ship you need to have your ship card and photo ID. We had our passports, but used our photo ID/DL when we got of so we would not lose our passports.
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I was asked for my passport on embarkation on Carnival Pride in February. I was also asked for it at every port, leaving and reentering the ship.

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This is definitely not the norm, the only thing I have ever needed while stopping in the various ports is a photo ID and my Sail & Sign card.
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just to be safe, on my first cruise in July I will be bringing my passport, b.c. and drivers license. When I go on excursions, I will carry the photocopy of the passport and my drivers license as well as sail & sign card, and keep passport and b.c. safely locked in the room safe).
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Just returned from the Liberty. Birth certificate and photo ID were required at check-in and when leaving on the last day thru customs. In ports, Sail and Sign card and photo ID (photo ID is for the port areas if you are stopped by authroities. When returning to the ship, you just scan the Sail and Sign card before entering - it shows your picture on their screen)
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Just returned from the Liberty. Birth certificate and photo ID were required at check-in and when leaving on the last day thru customs. In ports, Sail and Sign card and photo ID (photo ID is for the port areas if you are stopped by authroities. When returning to the ship, you just scan the Sail and Sign card before entering - it shows your picture on their screen)
Just a note to those who do Key West as a port of call, you MUST have a photo ID and your sail and sign card! (The photo ID can be your passport or other legal ID such as a state ID or state DL) They were very thorough in checking you back in as they stop the tram and custom officials board the tram (I Would not use a photocopy of either the ID or passport; wouldn't want the hassle).
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