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Old 12-30-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Cruising and Passports

I have spent the morning over on the cruise tips forum (and am still reading) but most of the information about passports is to do with US ones. I know there are a few here who have cruised - you have convinced me to finally cruise also - but was wondering what happens with our Aussie passports. Do they collect them and keep them for the whole cruise? Will we need them to get back on the ship at Cozumel? Should I take a copy with me when we leave the ship?
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:17 PM   #2
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We cruised LA to Mexican Riviera this past September and our passports were never kept from us. We went through customs at the port upon first boarding and they were handed straight back. We only needed photo ID when leaving the ship for excursions/port days so we only took our ship ID cards and our drivers licences. We went back through US customs once cruise was over.

I hope you have a great time, this was our first cruise and definitely won't be our last.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:59 PM   #3
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Yep, same as Liz

I don't think you'll regret cruising, i'm on the verge of booking our second
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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Bec and Liz are correct you only need your passports when boarding and disembarking at the start and end of the cruise. Shore excursions I just used my driver's license.

Your idea of a photocopy is also a good one just in case you loose your passport at any time. Much easier if you have a copy with all the details.

You will love the cruise,we were treated like royalty on our last disney cruise and i am trying to get family to go again on our next trip at the end of 2013. DW gets motion sickness and it was a bit rough on our last night at sea last time so she was a little put off I think.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:11 PM   #5
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As above. Always keep a copy of your passports on your email account too just in case. It's quicker to open up an email doc than to contact someone at home to fax a copy should you lose it.
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