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Old May 30th, 2007, 05:39 AM
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tried to find the original post but couldn't so I started another...sorry.
anyway, when taking the copy of your passport on shore excursions, should the copy be in color or is black and white ok?
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A black and white copy of your passport is fine.
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You know, I have never done this. (taking copies of passport on land) I would be interested in hearing from others who have needed it.

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I am not sure why one would need a copy?
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I dont see why a copy of your passport would do you any good in port. A copy simply means you placed your passport on a copier and made a copy, but there is no way to verify you really have your passport in your cabin on the ship, if you are asked for it on land. That being said the cruise line will tell you what ports you need your passport to either embark or disembark the ship at.
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I am not sure why one would need a copy?
Hi Lou,

I travel abroad quite a bit in my line of work and I always have a photocopy of my passport with me, along with my actual passport.

The main reason being if something happened where I lost my passport, I have the photocopy to present to the US Embassy in the foreign country. Sure, you don't need a photocopy, but having one helps the process of getting a replacement more quickly or getting out of the country for that matter.

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Andy,

I agree with you, but do you think it is necessary for us to carry a passport for a day long excursion? I wonder if the risk of our identity being stolen is worth the use of a passport, if needed.

If you are flying to Mexico city then yes, have it, but what about a beach trip, from a cruise ship?
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Luanne,

Thanks for asking about the need for a passport of copy of one on an excursion from a cruise ship. I wasn't really thinking about that with my reply, my mind was more in line with the business traveling I've done.

Do I think I should carry one on an all day excursion while cruising? Hmm, I think I will just to be safe.

Is it necessary? Probably not since all these ports of call are loaded with foreigners from the cruise ships. It's likely if anything were to happen to a person such as an injury or heaven forbid an assualt, the local authorities would know the person is from one of the cruise ships in port. I'm sure the locals could get confirmation on who a person is easily enough.

Still, if something did happen and I found myself in a position where I was unable to identify myself (being unconscious for instance), it'd be nice to have a copy of my passport in my wallet or on my person when they're trying to figure out who I am.

Better safe than sorry as they say, and a photocopy of your passport is an easy thing to do and store in your wallet. Of course, if your wallet got stolen, then you'd be out of luck.

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As a former INS officer a copy of a passport is not valid proff of citizenship, you may get sent to secondary delaying your embarkation. Just a suggestion.
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If you are well prepared, you already have your Sail and sign card, as well as your drivers licence around your neck, or in your pocket, so that would be your ID
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If you are well prepared, you already have your Sail and sign card, as well as your drivers licence around your neck, or in your pocket, so that would be your ID
Good point. I agree that your drivers license and sail & sing should be all you need to prove you come from the ship.

But, the old boy scout in me says, what if something happens and you miss the ship? Now you're stuck in another country. The drivers license will help you get back to the states if you cross the border (Mexico and Canada) in a vehicle or on a ship, but not with air travel from what I understand. I think vehicles and vessel passengers will need a passport starting in 2008.

Still, it's a pain to carry around teh passport. I wish it were smaller where it would fit neatly in a wallet. Will I carry my passport in Cayman and Calica in two weeks? Well, probably not.... lol. I will have a copy of it in my wallet though.

I understand what the Marine (Jarhead, ooh rah!) says about a photocopy not being proof of citizenship, but I can't help but think having the passport number available makes things easier for the people who'd have to research if things came to that.
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My dear Andy,

DON'T MISS THE SHIP!!!!!
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Never! I won't miss the ship. I can't. I'll have my 8 year old with me.

Now if I was by myself, who knows...

Funny how kids turn us old fogey's into responsible human beings.

Luanne, keep your eyes peeled in Grand Cayman!
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I think we had to have our passport getting back into the dock area in Cayman and maybe Ocho Rios last October if I remember right. Then the S&S card to get on the ship. I always take my passport in port - it just isn't that much trouble for me. Put it in a small ziplock to keep it dry if you are planning to get wet. Just my thoughts. Guess whatever makes your sneakers squeak though.
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Sorry Bob, but that is why they tell you to take your sign and sail card. Your info is on there. They know that you can't get a card without proof.
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Sorry Bob, but that is why they tell you to take your sign and sail card. Your info is on there. They know that you can't get a card without proof.
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We've never taken our passports off the ship. We do take a copy of our passports, our Sail & Sign cards and our DL's. We've only been asked for picture ID (DL) and S & S to get back on the ship.

On some cruises (not in the Caribbean) the ship requires you to leave your passport with the Purser.
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I guess a little over kill never hurts.
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I have never taken my passport off the ship when in port. A copy is really not needed but if having a copy makes you more secure, then . . . . . . . . .
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I never travel in any foreign country without my passport even on cruise shore exscursions . If there should be any kind of trouble or accident a copy will not do you any good. I make two color copies of all the pages, one I keep in the cabin safe and one I give to one of my traveling companions but I keep my passport with me. I like to be prepared.
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