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Old March 2nd, 2013, 10:45 PM
ctfamilyof5 ctfamilyof5 is offline
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Default Do you bring passport on cave tubing excusion?

We are cave tubing with VIV in April. Wondering what to do with passports? Leave in tour van. Buy waterproof bag and bring in tube? Do you bring original off ship or copy?

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Old March 3rd, 2013, 08:07 AM
Freebythesea Freebythesea is offline
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I always carry copies of our passports with us and leave the originals in the safe
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 08:52 AM
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As a general rule, unless the port requires you to have your original (like some in Europe), always leave your passport in the cabin safe and take a copy. You should also take a drivers license in case a security person wants to see a "real" ID and not a copy, although we've never had a problem showing a photocopy.
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 06:01 PM
galaxrex galaxrex is online now
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We ALWAYS carry our original with us on shore excursions and leave copies on ship and scanned copy on our gmail account. The rationale is that if for some reason you missed the boat due to illness, accident, or didn't get back to port in time you would have a hard time travelling internationally to get to next port or back to the States with just a copy. The van was securely locked and there is so much security and other tour groups at the parking area that we had no problem leaving stuff in the van.
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 08:19 PM
ctfamilyof5 ctfamilyof5 is offline
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I was thinking we should bring originals for the fear of missing ship, but then nervous of leaving in van! So undecided!
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Old March 4th, 2013, 07:41 AM
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Default Don't do it!

I would recommend against bringing your passports. Even with a waterproof bag, you don't want to risk having them get wet!

Your bags will be locked in a bus or a van, secure but definitely something that could be broken into. In my view, the chances of having them get stolen is higher than the chance of missing the ship!

The cavetubing operators are very attentive to the time and will make sure you get back in time for the ship. Also, I've seen on the boards here that if you miss the ship, most cruise lines will empty out your safe and leave your travel docs with the port agent.
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