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View Poll Results: What do you do with passport while out at port?
Take passport out to port 34 28.33%
Leave passport in stateroom safe 86 71.67%
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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Passport @ Port-- Poll

All "BC/ID vs. Passport" debates put aside...

Lets get a poll going for those exercising their choice to travel with a passport. Which do you do:
  1. Take passport out to port
  2. Or leave passport in stateroom safe

I've read reports that DCL themselves will check your stateroom for your passports & leave it with the port officer (if you miss the ship). On the other hand for the uptight, you may want your PP with you at all times for emergency/peace of mind. Whatever the case is, I wanted to see what people did with their passport while out of the ship.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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I just feel a lot better with the passport with me. In my mind my drivers license does not mean anything out of the US but my passport is identification all over the world. I do not know if that is correct but that is how I feel.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:49 AM   #3
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Left ours in the cabin safe. We thought the chances of losing it or having it stolen were greater than needed it. We have had two experiences, once in England our passports were stolen. Once in Paris I found a teenage girl with her had in my purse. I think she was looking for my wallet, but she could have taken my passport in the process. So, my thoughts re bad stuff always go to passport being stolen.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:56 AM   #4
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Left ours in the cabin safe. We thought the chances of losing it or having it stolen were greater than needed it. We have had two experiences, once in England our passports were stolen. Once in Paris I found a teenage girl with her had in my purse. I think she was looking for my wallet, but she could have taken my passport in the process. So, my thoughts re bad stuff always go to passport being stolen.
This is my view as well. Generally speaking, the chances of having a passport stolen are greater than the chance of me needing it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:18 AM   #5
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I made photocopies of ours and had them with us..just in case.

I didn't want them to be lost/stolen.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:23 PM   #6
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I made photocopies of ours and had them with us..just in case.

I didn't want them to be lost/stolen.
This is what we do. I had my passport stolen once in Spain. Now I leave the actual passport at the hotel and carry a photocopy with me.
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I made photocopies of ours and had them with us..just in case.

I didn't want them to be lost/stolen.
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i checked “leave it in room” but it really depends on where we are going and what we will be doing. i bring some kind of id with me. we left it onboard when we went on a snorkeling thing - i wasn’t sure how we would lock things up.
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I made photocopies of ours and had them with us..just in case.

I didn't want them to be lost/stolen.
We do the same thing.
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I'd leave them in the room safe. I agree with one of the PP; copy and bring that along. It just another thing you don't have to worry about.

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:48 AM   #11
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I usually keep a copy of my passport on me and my orginal is locked away in the safe. I also keep one of those passport ID which is only good in certain countries but I just look at it as another form of ID.
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I usually keep a copy of my passport on me and my orginal is locked away in the safe. I also keep one of those passport ID which is only good in certain countries but I just look at it as another form of ID.
I do that too...I am paranoid about losing my passport.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:49 AM   #13
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When we cruised the Med in 2011 DCL sent a memo around saying NOT to take our passports off the ship. We took color photocopies with us instead and left them locked up in our safe. It was also posted on the website under the European cruise information.
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When we cruised the Med in 2011 DCL sent a memo around saying NOT to take our passports off the ship. We took color photocopies with us instead and left them locked up in our safe. It was also posted on the website under the European cruise information.
Did they give a reason for this advice? "In case you miss the ship we want to be sure you get to spend a day at the local embassy trying to get new documents"

Some advice is made to be ignored IMHO
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:46 PM   #15
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When we cruised the Med in 2011 DCL sent a memo around saying NOT to take our passports off the ship. We took color photocopies with us instead and left them locked up in our safe. It was also posted on the website under the European cruise information.
I have heard this many times. We will be leaving ours on the ship in the safe. There is much more risk associated with the passport being stolen. In November 2009 some people who were on a Disney excursion in Nassau were robbed by gunpoint. Some of them had their passports stollen. In that situation, what are you going to do? Fight them for it back? If someone else gets your passport you have a big mess on your hands. If it is on the boat, it is safe and it can be retrieved for you if necessary.

I always make 2 photo copies of all of our passports before leaving the country. Before I leave home I place a copy in our safe so that my mom and dad can get it if I need it, I take the other copy on our trip so that I may have that on me at all times when off the ship. The passport stays locked in a safe. We did this in Europe on our honeymoon as well. It is actually what is recommended by most cruise ships and I did see that it is what Passporters recommends in there DCL guide.
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