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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, 03:11 PM   #31
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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, 03:39 PM   #32
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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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Old 03-25-2013, 03:54 PM   #33
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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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Old 03-25-2013, 06:34 PM   #34
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I honestly don't know - what good does the photocopy do you?
The local consulate or embassy can provide a replacement MUCH faster and with less hassle if you have a photocopy handy. In my case, I did have a photocopy when my passport was stolen but it was in my luggage, which somehow stayed in Newark instead of coming to Spain. So I got a temp emergency passport that I had to replace full price within a couple months of getting home. I also faced a slew of questions upon re-entry to the US with my emergency temporary passport.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:10 PM   #35
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I always leave my passport in the safe in the Stateroom or in a hotel room with the exception of Rome where DCL advised if you were going to the Vatican you needed your passport. The countries I have visited have advised me to leave the passport in the safe in the hotel room or the safe on the ship. On the US Department of State website they even advise you to carry a photocopy of your passport and leave the passport in the safe in certain countries.

If someone is not back when the ship is ready to leave DCL will get your passport from the safe in your room and leave it with the port agent. They have time because realistically it if they are leaving someone it is less than a handful.

As for the point of bringing my passport, even on a closed loop cruise, well that is a personal choice but for me it is the easier and I feel better having it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:28 PM   #36
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I thought I had to have pass port or birth certificate to get out of the port and back to the ship. I remember being told to go back and get my passport before leaving the ship in Nassau. So I do not need it to leave the foreign port???
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:12 PM   #37
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I thought I had to have pass port or birth certificate to get out of the port and back to the ship. I remember being told to go back and get my passport before leaving the ship in Nassau. So I do not need it to leave the foreign port???
In order to get on and off the ship, you need your KTTW card and a photo ID. If you didn't have a drivers license, then your passport would suffice. But no, generally, you do not need a passport to get off the ship.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:17 PM   #38
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Good to know thank you. Do my kids need birth certificates ?
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:37 AM   #39
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The local consulate or embassy can provide a replacement MUCH faster and with less hassle if you have a photocopy handy. In my case, I did have a photocopy when my passport was stolen but it was in my luggage, which somehow stayed in Newark instead of coming to Spain. So I got a temp emergency passport that I had to replace full price within a couple months of getting home. I also faced a slew of questions upon re-entry to the US with my emergency temporary passport.
The photo copy advice is somewhat old. A better choice now is to scan your passport and upload an image to secure online storage such as box.com. That way you can print out a copy anywhere and anytime you have Internet access (which is pretty much everywhere now).
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:40 AM   #40
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Good to know thank you. Do my kids need birth certificates ?
Only when you initially check in at your originating port. Children only need their KTTW cards to get on and off the ship in ports.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:35 AM   #41
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It depends on which ports. For Caribbean cruises where we're fairly close to the port, no. For our Med cruise the port city is just where we enter the country & our destination is an hour drive inland, I'd rather have it. I agree with OrangeCountyCommuter to carry it in a money belt. Should be easy when it's not a beach/swimming excursion.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:21 AM   #42
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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.
I agree. I have never heard of this and would not expect DCL to be going through my room looking for my passport. What if it's not in the safe, do they tear the room apart looking for it?
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:03 PM   #43
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I've read somewhere else on the forums that if you leave your passport with Guest Services at the beginning of the trip, they'll stamp it at every port for you? Is this true?
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:24 PM   #44
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I made black/white copies of ours. Should I re-copy in color?
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The photo copy advice is somewhat old. A better choice now is to scan your passport and upload an image to secure online storage such as box.com. That way you can print out a copy anywhere and anytime you have Internet access (which is pretty much everywhere now).
Agreed, but I have certainly been places where there is no ready access to Internet - including the police station in Valencia. I do email myself a copy of my passport prior to travel - but having a paper copy in hand saves some aggravation.
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