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Old April 2nd, 2012, 12:01 AM
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On every cruise I've been on that had ports out of the USA I've always been told that a passport and photo ID is mandatory for traveling .
I've yet to been asked to show any of the above with the exception of US Customs .
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I've been asked for ship's card and photo ID EVERY TIME I re-boarded the ship on my last cruises.
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On every cruise I've been on that had ports out of the USA I've always been told that a passport and photo ID is mandatory for traveling .
I've yet to been asked to show any of the above with the exception of US Customs .
You would have certainly shown your ID at embarkation, before boarding the ship.
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On every cruise I've been on that had ports out of the USA I've always been told that a passport and photo ID is mandatory for traveling .
I've yet to been asked to show any of the above with the exception of US Customs .
In two instances, I have been carded so to speak when I tried to get back on ship - once it occured in Puerto Rico and the second time in St. Thomas. I had my ship pass but I didn't have photo id. It was a minor delay situation.
I did get back on the ship okay, but you might want to keep my experience in mind.
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I always had to enter my passport info online prior to the cruise and had to show it when I embarked.
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I think Henry is talking about when you get to ports?? I know there was a time or two that we were told to carry a photo ID on the island, but that was never asked for.
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All cruise lines give insstructions to carry a government issued ID and your cruise ship pass. I have been asked for the ID at many ports. Take both and don't augury about it.
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I think Henry is talking about when you get to ports?? I know there was a time or two that we were told to carry a photo ID on the island, but that was never asked for.

Donna is correct
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Well then, I have no idea who would have ever advised you take your passport ashore with you in the caribbean.

I carry a copy of the "pertinent page" in my wallet, but only to help, it's in no way an official document.

Coming back on board, in some ports they do have gates to get through at the pier. Some islands they will just accept your shipcard, others will ask for ship card and photo id. NONE will ask for your passport.

If you were to get "stuck" in one of those ports of call for some reason, missing the ship...you'd definately want to have your ID with you.
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On my last cruise everyone seated at my dinner table except my wife and I carried their passports off ship .
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We have only cruise the Caribbean and the only except to having to show both Govt ID and ship card has been at Costa Maya, Mexico. Every other port we have been asked for both. It is no problem carrying our driver license with our ship card. We don't bother with passport as we always know what time to be back on board and are on early. The times we have taken excursions not with the ship they have always been in the morning and for no more than 4 hours.
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On my last cruise everyone seated at my dinner table except my wife and I carried their passports off ship .
Then they were creating an opportunity to lose their passports
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I would never carry my passport ashore. Only my license and cruise card. You never know what could happen. If it gets lost or stolen, it could cause a problem trying to get home.

To get back on the ship at ports, the cruise card is usually sufficient to get back on. If a photo ID is needed, the cruise line will usually state so. I still always carry my license just in case though as losing a license isn't as critical as a passport.
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I think much depends on the ports being visited. Some ports have you pass two stages; one to get access to the terminal, and the other to get on the ship. I think generally, your ship card is sufficient to get back on the ship, but port crew require photo ID.

Some ports, require photo ID for the adults but not for kids. I always keep my passports in the safe. I bring our driver's licenses for photo ID to get on/off the ship or through the ports.
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Much ado about nothing.

Carry a driver's license or some other sort of government ID (like you do every day of your life) along with your cruise card and you'll be fine. Leave the bloody passport in the safe and stick a scan of the data page in your wallet like Kuki says.

This works pretty much all over the world. I seldom carry my passport whether I'm cruising or doing land travel except when crossing frontiers (unless the hotel doesn't have a safe--rare these days). I've never carried a passport around in Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Egypt, Jordan, Japan or even China. The only place I've really had to do it was Russia and that was because they wanted to stamp it after we got off the ship.

This is simply not a big deal. You need to have a passport, but you don't need it with you every minute. Once upon a time you needed it to cash travelers checks and stuff like that, but nobody even knows what travelers checks are any more, so that's off the table.

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On my cruise that ended last week several people used travelers checks .
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Wow travelers checks. The last time that I have used them was in 1976.

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We used them in 2008
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Fran and I both (and everyone around us) had to show a photo ID, (we used our driver's licenses) at a kiosk to two folks in uniforms, prior to getting to the ship itself. This occurred in I think it was '07 and it was either at St. Maarten or St. Thomas. I think it was St. Maarten but I can't be sure.

In fact we were even advised over the ship's PA prior to debarking to carry a photo ID ashore with us. Maybe there was a "one time" underlying reason, they never explained and we didn't ask. That's the only time we were ever asked.
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On my cruise that ended last week several people used travelers checks .
Surprised to hear they still exist. Can't remember the last time I used them.

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Some people still have rotary phones and typewriters .
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I used travellers cheques on my last cruise in February March 2012

The bank wanted me to use a USD Mastercard instead.
I don't trust the CC approval process. Their system could go down at any time... and has left me stranded several times. (DECLINED! Please try again later.)
So it's travellers cheques for me.
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I personally think travelers cheques can be a responsible back-up if only for those "just in case" moments. Of course that entails many variables such as exchange rates, where they're used, etc., convenience of conversion (both before and after shopping prior to reboarding) and should probably be converted in a few instances at legitimate banks, etc., immediately upon arriving ashore.

They can provide a modicum of flexibitility relative to Henry's historical problems but I certainly wouldn't cash hundreds of dollars of them because then you're inviting just outright theft.

If one finds something to purchase wherein for whatever reason a credit card can't be used, one could usually find a financial institution that would offer official exchange rates. Of course in St. Thomas it's rather a moot point.

As for the rotary dial phone and typewriter, well uhhhh.............. whatever floats your boat.
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Don't need to find a bank. Guest services (or the casino) will cash travellers cheques as required, right on the ship. I usually go ashore with $200 or so in cash, and a credit card, just in case. The credit card is the back-up, not the travellers cheques.
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I personally think travelers cheques can be a responsible back-up if only for those "just in case" moments. Of course that entails many variables such as exchange rates, where they're used, etc., convenience of conversion (both before and after shopping prior to reboarding) and should probably be converted in a few instances at legitimate banks, etc., immediately upon arriving ashore.

They can provide a modicum of flexibitility relative to Henry's historical problems but I certainly wouldn't cash hundreds of dollars of them because then you're inviting just outright theft.

If one finds something to purchase wherein for whatever reason a credit card can't be used, one could usually find a financial institution that would offer official exchange rates. Of course in St. Thomas it's rather a moot point.

As for the rotary dial phone and typewriter, well uhhhh.............. whatever floats your boat.
I have several friends who do not have cell phones ,computers and answering machines and they don't have any problems not having them.
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Guess what? You can carry your passport off the ship, your drivers license or leave everything on the ship. It's your problem if you can't get back on.

If you leave the ship you are being irresponsible if you don't carry some sort of ID. If you are in the Caribbean or in most European countries you won't need to carry your passport with you but you better have a driver's license or other government issued ID. Sometimes it's required to get back on the ship and sometimes it isn't. It can vary. I've had to show it in Cozumel but other times I have not.

You can take a photocopy of your passport on shore and in the event you miss the ship it will help you get a temporary passport or clearance to fly home. The passport number is the primary bit of information on that piece of paper but in reality that's all it is, a piece of paper with your smiling face on it. It is worthless as identification or proof of citizenship.

I will leave my passport on the ship or with the ship when they require you to turn over your passport. However, if I am going on a private tour that has a chance that I may not make it back to the ship (overnight in Cairo, Beijing or even Rome) then the passport goes with me. I will not be stuck in a foreign country without it. If I want to get to the next port or get home I don't want to deal with the delays I will encounter with my "photocopy". If I missed the ship I probably would have dealt with enough already.

I have told the tale of our 2006 China cruise where the ship's overnight excursion in Beijing was held up for almost four hours because the hotel would not accept photocopies of the passports and a car had to drive two hours back to the ship to retrieve the passports. The guides would not continue the tour until everyone was checked into the hotel so the people had to sit and wait.

I booked a private overnight tour and had to go to the Hotel Director before they gave me my passport, telling me the whole time that all I needed was the photocopy. I had dinner with the Hotel Director the night after we left Xingang (Beijing) and he apologized for telling me this when HAL had to do partial refunds of a very expensive tour to people because they told them all they needed was a photocopy.

So: Take whatever ID you want ashore and if some official asks for it I hope you have the right one.

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Which is the easier scenario to deal with (considering either is unlikely, but possible)?

- Passport lost while on shore. Must notify authorities and plan arrangements once back on ship.

- Passport left in stateroom safe. Detained on shore due to unforeseen circumstance. Stranded in foreign country without documentation.
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I have frequently been asked for ID and/or ship card to enter the port area We surrendered our passports to the purser when passing between Greece and Turkey. Sure enough when we got them back they had been stamped in both countries. But we didn't have to carry them with us.
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