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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 03-25-2013, 11:11 AM   #16
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Nassau and St. Marten we took our passports so that we could get them stamped by customs.
Exactly. What's the fun if you don't get the stamp?

Some countries require foreigners have their passports with them (not countries on DCL cruises). If it is 'safe' to carry your passport around Russia and China, it is safe to have it in St. Maarten.

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Old 03-25-2013, 12:49 PM   #17
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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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Old 03-25-2013, 01:00 PM   #18
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It would depend on the port.

Our last cruise was to St. Thomas (USVI), San Juan (US territory) and Castaway Cay. I left the passports in the safe. IF something happened I could get home with my drivers license.

Our 2nd cruise was to Canada and I had them with me. That was a much easier port to deal with because I wasn't swimming on the beach were I wouldn't want to leave them potentially unattended. They were on my person at all times.

Our first cruise was to St. Maarten and to St. Thomas. I carried them to St. Maarten (especially since I was renting a car) and left them in the safe at St. Thomas. We didn't get to stop at CC.

Our next cruise it to Alaska. I'll have to carry them at Skagway as we will be crossing the boarder from the US to Canada. Otherwise I will probably leave them on board since I will be in the US.

I have a purse that is designed to protect my passports and other things(RIFD safe, slash safe, the straps can't be easily cut and I can lock the zippers, but I still don't like to carry them around if I don't need them.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:03 PM   #19
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I carried mine with me in Nassau and felt totally comfortable. My purse is also Fort Knox. You'd have to take me out to get in it. =P Not to say that would never happen but I felt quite safe.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:29 PM   #20
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Moneybelt for passport

I've always followed this advice and never had a problem:

http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/moneybelt.htm


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Old 03-25-2013, 01:37 PM   #21
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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, 01:46 PM   #22
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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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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
It is much worse to spend the time at an Embassy when it has been stollen. That is the reason for the advice. It is far easier to get the passport from the ship then from an unknown assailant who then may use your passport to gain entry into the United States or worse, use your passport for illegal activity.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:13 PM   #24
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I don't get the logic.

People will argue until they're blue in the face that you MUST get a passport, even on a closed loop cruise because "in case of emergency" do you want to spend time in the embassy working out paperwork? It's an "insurance policy".

So what in goodness gracious is the logic behind leaving it on the ship? Say you're on an excursion and you are in a car wreck. Transported to emergency room with a broken leg and miss the ship. If your passport is on the ship then you'll have to *spend time in the embassy working out paperwork*! WHAT??

What is the advantage of having a passport? For closed loop, the *only* benefit of a passport is to avoid embassy/state department hassle in the case you'll need to fly home. If you don't have it on you .. it seems to me anyhow.. that all benefit of having it is gone.

Plus, let's be realistic. What is the big deal if it is stolen? I mean, it stinks, you don't want that to happen -- but you report it and move on right? I suppose re-entry to the US would be a problem -- but that will be a hassle if *any* of my ID is stolen. Why would DCL suggest you leave the passport on the ship?
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:28 PM   #25
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LOL! I am still taking mine.

I would MUCH perfer to be robbed in Europe. There the criminals don't have guns! In my home town you can die. Unlikely in Rome. Give me Rome.
That said in all my years of reading travel message boards I cannot recall ONE "robbery" where a money belt worn below the clothing was "taken"

(I do recall one instance, but it seems like there was a lot of booze and a prostitute involved so... if the woman of your dreams suddenly appears you might think twice!)

DCL is probably assuming most of you are carrying in your purse/pocket so you can get the "stamp" but if you have it strapped to your body IMHO it's safer then leaving it on the ship.

I am not sure how it's "Far easier" to get the passport from the ship after I miss it. What are they going to do throw it overboard to me? And you need a passport in Europe to check into a hotel etc....
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:03 PM   #26
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People will argue until they're blue in the face that you MUST get a passport, even on a closed loop cruise because "in case of emergency" do you want to spend time in the embassy working out paperwork? It's an "insurance policy".

So what in goodness gracious is the logic behind leaving it on the ship? Say you're on an excursion and you are in a car wreck. Transported to emergency room with a broken leg and miss the ship. If your passport is on the ship then you'll have to *spend time in the embassy working out paperwork*! WHAT??

What is the advantage of having a passport? For closed loop, the *only* benefit of a passport is to avoid embassy/state department hassle in the case you'll need to fly home. If you don't have it on you .. it seems to me anyhow.. that all benefit of having it is gone.

Plus, let's be realistic. What is the big deal if it is stolen? I mean, it stinks, you don't want that to happen -- but you report it and move on right? I suppose re-entry to the US would be a problem -- but that will be a hassle if *any* of my ID is stolen. Why would DCL suggest you leave the passport on the ship?
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:23 PM   #27
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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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Old 03-25-2013, 03:38 PM   #28
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I honestly don't know - what good does the photocopy do you?
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:56 PM   #29
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I have used a photocopy in Paris for the VAT tax refund.

That's really about the only useful purpose I have found.

I do leave it in my hotel room often, but then the Marriott doesn't move overnight
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:06 PM   #30
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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.
I don't think Disney has the time to go to your stateroom look for your passports and give them to the port officer if you are late /miss the ship.
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