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Hi, we have just returned from our 14 day cruise in paradise! We were required to hand in our passports on embarkation day and they were returned to us the night prior to disembarkation. We always carry a photo copy with us when we go ashore and yes there is a safe in the staterooms.
Enjoy your cruise!
When you go off of the ship the only real documents or valuables that you will have are your cabin key card (this doubles as your ship ID card and it is scanned as you leave and return to the ship) plus any $$ or credit cards you take and stuff such as cameras.
We have some small water-proof bags that you can belt around your waist while you're snorkeling. We got them so long ago that I can't help you out with a source or anything, but just know that such a product does exist & start googling. Although, I have to say that we've seldom felt the need to use them except in Hawaii where you are warned not to leave stuff on the beach.
Yes there is a safe in your cabin...and all passports are held during the cruise.
SS Independence (Hawaii) 1989
SS Independence (Hawaii) 1991
SS Independence (Hawaii) 1992
SS Constitution (Hawaii) 1993
SS Independence (Hawaii) 1994
SS Independence (Hawaii) 1995
Delta Queen (Mississippi River) 1995
American Queen (Mississippi/Ohio Rivers) 1996
Mississippi Queen (Mississippi River) 1996
SS Independence (Hawaii) 1996
SS Independence (Hawaii) 1998
SS Independence (Hawaii) 1999
SS Independence (Hawaii) 2000
R-4 (10 day - Tahiti) 2001
NCL Star (Hawaii) 2002
Tahitian Princess (10 day Tahiti & Cook Islands) 2003
NCL Pride of Aloha (Hawaii) 2004
NCL Pride of America (Hawaii) 2005
NCL Pride of Hawaii (Hawaii) 2006
NCL Pride of America (Hawaii) 2007
NCL Pearl (Western Caribbean) 2007
NCL Pride of America (Hawaii) 2008
NCL Pearl (Alaska) 2009
NCL Pride of America (Hawaii) 2010
Paul Gauguin (10 day-Tahiti and Tuamotus) 2011
Paul Gauguin (10 day-Tahiti and Tuamotus) 2012
NCL Pride of America (Hawaii) 2013
NCL Pride of America (Hawaii) 2014
NCL Dawn (Western Caribbean) 2014
NCL Pearl (10-Day R/T Panama Canal) 2015
Just to let you know that the safe is not a large one. Enough space for wallets and a few valuables. I have never had any trouble leaving anything out in any of my past cruises. My camera equipment and laptop could not fit anyway. Good honest crew!!
__________________ Ruth -----------------
Windsong Jan 93/Tahiti, Ocean Princess Sep/02 West Coast, Windsurf Jun/03 Rome to Barcelona, Windsurf Jun/04 Nice to Barcelona, Windsurf Jun/04 Barcelona to Lisbon, Windsurf Dec/Jan 04/05 New Years, Windsurf Aug/05 Venice to Rome, Windsurf Mar/06 Barbados, Windsurf April/06 Barbados to Lisbon Windsurf Sep/06 Lisbon-Barcelona, Windsurf Sep/06 Barcelona-Rome, Windsurf Oct/06 Rome -Nice, Veendam Apr/07 Tampa-Venice, Paul Gauguin Dec/07 Tahiti French Polynesia, Windsurf Jan/08 Eastern Caribbean, Paul Gauguin Nov/08 Tahiti/ Marquesas Islands, Freedom of the Seas Jun09/Western Caribbean, Monarch of the Seas Jun 09/Bahamas, Tahiti Cruise Nov.09 Segment 1, Tahiti Cruise Nov. 09 Segment 2, Tahiti Cruise Dec 09 Segment 3, RCCL Holylands Sept.11, RCCL Greek Islands Oct.11French Polynesia and Cook Islands Jun/Jul/12