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Old 04-06-2013, 10:22 PM   #391
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This came up on my cruise meet thread, but I thought I would post it here just in case. .

If you don't have to take your passport off the ship (and as I recall on other cruises I did not generally have to take it) you might want to have a copy on you.

This will be especially helpful if you decide to buy some costly piece of glass in Venice or some other high priced "remembrance" along the way. They will need the passport info to fill out the VAT forms at the merchant.

(It could also be helpful if you miss the boat, but that's another problem)
What about a passport card? Can you take these onshore instead of your passport booklet?
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:40 PM   #392
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What about a passport card? Can you take these onshore instead of your passport booklet?
Good thought. I feel wary of even carrying a passport copy with me into some of those ports. Anyone know if passport card copies would be worth carrying around?
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I would love to know DCL's policy on passport cards. I just renewed my kids passports and ordered the card also for my oldest kids, 15, 18, 19 and 21. I figured that would be useful for them if they embark on the own? Maybe I will contact DCL and ask...
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:27 AM   #394
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A passport card will not be recognized by any legal authorities at any port on a med cruise
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:31 AM   #395
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A passport card will not be recognized by any legal authorities at any port on a med cruise
One other note. The local merchants have likely never seen one either so I am not sure this card would work for the VAT forms

I am not sure why you would be afraid to take a copy of the passport
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:13 AM   #396
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I would love to know DCL's policy on passport cards. I just renewed my kids passports and ordered the card also for my oldest kids, 15, 18, 19 and 21. I figured that would be useful for them if they embark on the own? Maybe I will contact DCL and ask...
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One other note. The local merchants have likely never seen one either so I am not sure this card would work for the VAT forms

I am not sure why you would be afraid to take a copy of the passport
The US Passport card is not globally recognized as an official ID for the purposes of international travel. A few years ago, the US started requiring US citizens to show a passport when returning from places like Canada, Mexico, and The Bahamas by land or sea. The card was created to offer an easier and cheaper way for US citizens to do this on a frequent basis, such as those who live in border towns (a passport book is required for travel by air).

So the card is basically useless outside the western hemisphere.
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One other note. The local merchants have likely never seen one either so I am not sure this card would work for the VAT forms

I am not sure why you would be afraid to take a copy of the passport
With places like Rome notorious for pick pockets, it's a scary thought that someone might take even a copy of your passport these days. It never hurts to be careful.
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With places like Rome notorious for pick pockets, it's a scary thought that someone might take even a copy of your passport these days. It never hurts to be careful.
And they have your name and your passport number???? And trust me there is very little these things can get them.

But that's what a money belt is for. the things you don't want pickpocketed....

(Seriously it's very hard to do identity theft via a passport! )

And how would a passport card be safer?
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DCL won't offer transfers from port to airport for any guests whose flight is earlier than 11:00am.
Actually, they will ... we did this in 2011 (a 10:30 flight to Frankfurt) and have once again booked DCL transfers for a 10:30 flight out of BCN in late July. No problem at all.
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Back from the Rick Steves travel conference. The presenters were absolutely incredible. Way above my expectations. They convinced me to go with carry on only. Bought four maximum size carry ons. Learned lots about the the french riviera, athens and rome.
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This came up on my cruise meet thread, but I thought I would post it here just in case. .

If you don't have to take your passport off the ship (and as I recall on other cruises I did not generally have to take it) you might want to have a copy on you.

This will be especially helpful if you decide to buy some costly piece of glass in Venice or some other high priced "remembrance" along the way. They will need the passport info to fill out the VAT forms at the merchant.

(It could also be helpful if you miss the boat, but that's another problem)
In my experience, you can request a VAT form and have everything filled out except the PP#. You can fill that in once back on board. Whether or not they are "supposed" to look at your PP, I don't know. Having shopped at several different stores in different countries, I've never had a problem getting a VAT form without a PP. They just leave that line blank.

Now watch, on my next trip someone will insist. You could also take a photo of it with your phone to avoid carrying a hard copy.
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Back from the Rick Steves travel conference. The presenters were absolutely incredible. Way above my expectations. They convinced me to go with carry on only. Bought four maximum size carry ons. Learned lots about the the french riviera, athens and rome.
Carry on only? Now that's impressive.
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Carry on only? Now that's impressive.
Been a long time since I checked a bag that was not a surfboard. For some reason airlines don't see that as a carry-on.

We are going for 16 days. Five days clothes, wash them twice.
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Back from the Rick Steves travel conference. The presenters were absolutely incredible. Way above my expectations. They convinced me to go with carry on only. Bought four maximum size carry ons. Learned lots about the the french riviera, athens and rome.
I watched part of this online, particularly the packing lady. We always do laundry when traveling so we can pack relatively light since we don't mind the laundry.
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Carry on only? Now that's impressive.
I have done three weeks in Europe in a carry on and that included carrying Girl Scout uniforms...

Won't do it this trip because my mother is NOT doing carry on so.....
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