When you go onshore, what do you usually carry your valuables/identification in? I'd like to be able to jetski, waterski, etc. without worrying about losing things or getting them wet. I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good way to carry stuff?
We use a water safe box on a string around our necks. I picked them up one summer, but I know they sold them on our Celebrity cruise in one of the gift shops when we were on it in 2000. Dh and I have used them a number of times since...especially at water parks.
Ours are about 4" high, 3" wide and about 1" thick. They are perfect to hold your ship ID, license, credit card(s) and some cash.
I'm not sure where you could pick one up now...hmmm....maybe a drug store or a walmart in FL before sailing?
Those boxes are great--they sell them in any travel store, or in the luggage department of large department stores.
I also like to use a backpack while on shore excursions (not for the water, obviously). It's a nice way to stash your towel, water, book, etc., and if you're doing some hiking or biking, it gets it out of the way on your back.
We always carry a fanny-pack to hold the valuables. Most beaches will have lockers that you can lock- up your valuables. We take a collapasable tote to carry our beach towels, sunscreen, stuff like that.
We used lanyards to carry our IDs and money in. This way you don't have to dig through pouches to find your ID all the time. They were nylon and had zippered pouches so that you could store money and the ID goes in a clear plastic pouch in front. Also good for storing room cards. Everything else we put in fanny packs.
You can also try a splash caddy. It is a waterproof pouch that goes around your waist , and can hold ID, credit cards, even a small camera. It comes in 2 sizes. magellans.com is a really cool site that has it, plus lots of other neat travel stuff. Hope that helps!!
regarding the passport question, we just came back from carnival victory. they took our passports when we boarded and only gave them back to us on the last day. we carried our sail and sign card and a drivers licence as id (they never asked for the driver's licence). we kept a photocopy of our passports in our safe. we didn't dock on any port where we needed a passport (I think barbados requires them), and for future refference i will try to book cruises where the ports do not require passports, because if the cruise ship keeps them that means that on each port day if you need it you have to line up at 6am to get it. I don't know why they have to keep them anyway.
We always keep a color photcopy of our passport, shrunk 50% and laminated, in our possession while onshore any place we go. That way you always have proof of who you are and which country you are from. We have never had to use them, but you never know!