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We never take passports ashore in ports, unless told to do so. Just the ship card, and a photo ID such as a drivers license.

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Unless it is required by the port, we leave them on the ship.

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One of the most frequently asked questions on these boards. With over 20+ cruises under my belt, I am part of the DO NOT take them group . Lots more bad things can happen by losing your passport than are likely to happen where you might need it. You will get alternate answers however.

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I never carry my actual passport on shore excursions. However, since I tend to take primarily private tours, I carry a photostatic copy of the picture page of my passport in my wallet.

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Hi, do you bring your passport with you on shore excursions or leave in your room? Thanks!

 

This is a frequently asked question - perhaps a 'sticky' thread would be appropriate.

 

The common / best advice is to leave the passports in the cabin safe.

 

There are times when you will need to take it with you - for example, last September in LeHarve you needed to show a passport both leaving the ship and again re-boarding after the excursion. [and in between there was no secure storage].

 

Some ports of call expect / require visitors to have a passport. [not a common occurrence].

 

You should know what is required based on announcements or publications [or ask at the tour office or front desk] before the tour.

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It really depends on the port.

 

In the Caribbean, unless advised otherwise by the ship, I tend to leave my passport in the safe and take sea pass and driver license ashore. Especially if I'm going to the beach. (Passport card works well instead of driver license.) In other parts of the world I tend to always carry my passport.

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Just don't miss the ship you might need them to fly home or to the next port

 

 

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Typically, IF you miss the ship, they will enter your room and open the safe. If you've left your passport/documents in there, they will give them to the port agent for you to collect when you show up at the dock.

 

If you don't leave your passport in your safe (put it in a "safe" spot elsewhere in the room) it will not be collected and handed off to the port agent.

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Just don't miss the ship you might need them to fly home or to the next port

 

 

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Most cruise lines will take your passport out of your safe and give it to the port agent if you miss the ship.

 

Port agent info is always in the newsletter if you need him/her.

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Make sure you have your passport number and city of issue with you; this is best done by a photocopy of the main page. One ship offered this service at reception, so probably others will do the same.

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I scanned a copy of my passport and saved it to my phone. Since the only cruises I have taken did not require a passport to board the ships at the different ports, I always left my passport in the safe. It's more likely to be lost, damaged, or stolen if I take it on an excursion than for me to miss the ship. If an emergency were to occur, I would contact the ship and have them get my passports out of the safe.

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THe only place I can think of that requires you to carry your passport ashore is Russia

We had to take our passport ashore in Tunisia.

 

Also in either Nicaragua or Guatemala (can't recall which) on one cruise.

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THe only place I can think of that requires you to carry your passport ashore is Russia

 

An overnight stay at a Bangkok hotel requires a passport. However, single day excursions don't. Many countries require a passport to check into a hotel if you elect to stay at a local hotel rather than return to the ship. Areas of interest that are hours away from the port are good candidates to stay in town for the night to save on hours travelling back and forth to overnight on the ship.

 

Unless required, we always leave our passports in the room safe, even on land vacations. They are much safer there than on your person. If you need it in the very rare case of an emergency, you can always arrange to have it picked up and brought to you. If you loose it, it is a lot more complicated, time consuming, and costly to get an expedited replacement.

 

Just not worth the risk to carry it when it isn't necessary. Just like expensive jewelry, passports are a very desired item to steal, pickpocket, or rob you of. Stolen passports are worth thousands of $$$$ on the black market, and can cause severe problems with identity theft issues in the future.

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I carry a photostatic copy of the picture page of my passport in my wallet.

 

Why? How would that help?

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We always leave our Passport Book in our cabin safe unless we are told by the ship to take it with us.

We do use our Passport Card as our Government Photo ID so take it with us along with our cruise card.

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I was rather surprised that even though we were within Icelandic waters the entire time we were at sea, Windstar collected our passports at check-in, giving them back the evening before departure.

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I feel much more comfortable having my passport with me. It's second nature to have it zipped into it's RFID protected pocket in my crossbody bag.

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Always take it with me.

 

Identity theft is rampant on cruise ships and you never know when you might need it.

 

Funny how people stash it away like some kind of sacred object. Do you leave your house without the front door key too?

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I was rather surprised that even though we were within Icelandic waters the entire time we were at sea, Windstar collected our passports at check-in, giving them back the evening before departure.

 

 

Many luxury cruise lines do that. It might be as a service to the customers to keep them safely locked in the purser's safe. Some mass market lines do this for specific legs of the cruise. In these cases, it's to facilitate approvals from local governments for passengers to be cleared to go ashore. Some countries require all passengers to be cleared before anyone can leave the ship. Collecting the passports ahead of time makes that task more efficient, and benefits everyone going ashore - although without passports in hand. Many river cruise companies also collect them when embarking and give them back the last night of the cruise.

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Always take it with me.

 

Identity theft is rampant on cruise ships

 

How is your identity going to be stolen is your passport is in your safe? Are you that paranoid that you suspect the crew will go into your safe and copy your identity information for nefarious reasons? :confused:

 

and you never know when you might need it.

 

I have traveled all over the world for decades and have never needed my passport unless it was required. I have never been randomly stopped and asked to "show my papers".

 

Funny how people stash it away like some kind of sacred object.

 

I don't "stash it away like some kind of sacred object". I protect it like a valuable resource.

 

Do you leave your house without the front door key too?

 

Not even remotely similar. :rolleyes:

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Always take it with me.

 

Identity theft is rampant on cruise ships and you never know when you might need it.

 

Funny how people stash it away like some kind of sacred object. Do you leave your house without the front door key too?

May I ask the source for this bit of information? I've not read much in the way of people having their identity stolen while on cruise ships. And I'm fairly certain if it's that big a problem we'd hear about it here.

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Our passports stay in the cabin safe until we need them on TAD for a B2B cruise or when the cruise is over.

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May I ask the source for this bit of information? I've not read much in the way of people having their identity stolen while on cruise ships. And I'm fairly certain if it's that big a problem we'd hear about it here.

 

Identity theft is not a “here and now” problem. Once your identity is stolen, it may be years before it is used. The info is sold again and again and stored away.

 

As somebody else on this thread stated, the crew can open your safe, you think they’re not organized. If you’re on a ship excursion they know exactly when you’ll be back.

 

It’s a perfect setup.

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How is your identity going to be stolen is your passport is in your safe? Are you that paranoid that you suspect the crew will go into your safe and copy your identity information for nefarious reasons? :confused:

 

 

 

I have traveled all over the world for decades and have never needed my passport unless it was required. I have never been randomly stopped and asked to "show my papers".

 

 

 

I don't "stash it away like some kind of sacred object". I protect it like a valuable resource.

 

 

 

Not even remotely similar. :rolleyes:

 

You go one way, I’ll go another. What I know is that is everything goes sideways and I need my passport, I’ll have it.

 

You?

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I have traveled all over the world for decades and have never needed my passport unless it was required. I have never been randomly stopped and asked to "show my papers".

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But there are occasions not related to border officials when one is asked for a passport. Checking in at a B&B or hotel in many countries, making a large purchase are two that come to mind.

 

I have even heard that traveling near the border in southern states one may encounter random stops where one is asked to prove citizenship.

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But there are occasions not related to border officials when one is asked for a passport. Checking in at a B&B or hotel in many countries, making a large purchase are two that come to mind.

 

I have even heard that traveling near the border in southern states one may encounter random stops where one is asked to prove citizenship.

 

You may have "heard" this and that. I have been to over forty countries on six continents and have never been asked randomly for identification. I speak from my experience, not what "I have heard".

 

And yes, when checking into a hotel in most countries, a passport is necessary. But, after that, for the duration of the stay, you most often do not need your passport to visit the area. That depends entirely on the country. Russia, for one, requires you to carry a passport at all times. But, that is not the norm in most countries.

 

And I have never been asked for a passport to make a purchase in any country. We purchased a large marble fountain in Viet Nam a couple of years ago, with a total of over $4,000, including shipping. Just the credit card and our California driver's license were needed. Again, my experience, not what I "have heard". In fact, some hotels will keep your passport until you check out. Egypt is an example. So, that pretty much negates your advice in those countries.

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Identity theft is not a “here and now” problem. Once your identity is stolen, it may be years before it is used. The info is sold again and again and stored away.

 

As somebody else on this thread stated, the crew can open your safe, you think they’re not organized. If you’re on a ship excursion they know exactly when you’ll be back.

 

It’s a perfect setup.

I was the one who stated they would open your safe to collect your passports if you miss the ship. Ship's SECURITY will. Not all crew have access to your safe.

 

Yes, room stewards have access to your room, and may know that you're off the ship (or not), but I doubt that many passengers just leave their personal information just sitting around in the room. Not saying that some don't, but that's on them, as leaving that info just lying around in a (basically) public space is dangerous.

 

Plus, it's not a really good idea for someone who has access to a passenger's room to actually steal stuff. I mean where are they going to go? Where will they hide the stuff they steal?

 

I still think if identity theft was a cruise ship problem, we'd hear about it here.

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As somebody else on this thread stated, the crew can open your safe, you think they’re not organized. If you’re on a ship excursion they know exactly when you’ll be back.

 

It’s a perfect setup.

 

The crew cannot open your safe. Only Security personnel can, and only with a second staff person as a witness. No need to make stuff up to justify your personal preferences. :rolleyes:

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You may have "heard" this and that. I have been to over forty countries on 6 continents and have never been asked randomly for identification. I speak from my experience, not what "I have heard".

 

And yes, when checking into a hotel in most countries, a passport is necessary. But, after that, for the duration of the stay, you most often do not need your passport to visit the area. That depends entirely on the country. Russia, for one, requires you to carry a passport at all times. But, that is not the norm in most countries.

 

And I have never been asked for a passport to make a purchase in any country. We purchased a large marble fountain in Viet Nam a couple of years ago, with a total of over $4,000, including shipping. Just the credit card and our California driver's license were needed. Again, my experience, not what I "have heard". In fact, some hotels will keep your passport until you check out. Egypt is an example. So, that pretty much negates your advice in those countries.

 

Our experiences obviously differ. I have been randomly stopped and asked for id in a foreign country. I have been asked for passport id making a large purchase. And certainly in days gone by it was always required when cashing travellers cheques.

 

As to what I have heard, perhaps https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Border_Patrol_interior_checkpoints will be of interest. My point was that random stops are known to happen, even in the US. (It is a good idea for non-citizens travelling near US border areas to carry their passport.)

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Identity theft is not a “here and now” problem. Once your identity is stolen, it may be years before it is used. The info is sold again and again and stored away.

 

As somebody else on this thread stated, the crew can open your safe, you think they’re not organized. If you’re on a ship excursion they know exactly when you’ll be back.

 

It’s a perfect setup.

 

So you’re saying that the cabin steward is in cahoots with the excursion desk staff, and possibly the security team who count you on and off the ship? So when you go ashore, the excursion crew radio the security team, who confirm that you’ve left the ship on a four-hour excursion, and they radio the cabin steward to let him know that you’re confirmed off the ship, and he/she goes into your cabin, gets your passport and steals your data. So all the crew would know about this practice, but no one talks about it. Including the spouses/partners of crew, some of whom have been passengers themselves.

 

Since you’ve already given your passport number, address, telephone number, birthdate and credit card details to the cruise line, wouldn’t it be simpler for a front desk staff person to be the one in charge of stealing your identity? Whether you leave it in your safe or take it with you, the cruise line already has all your passport details. If you don’t trust their data security procedures, why do you cruise?

 

We started cruising in 1998, and we’ve taken 34 cruises, on many different cruise lines. And so far, no one has stolen my identity on any of these cruises.

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I must admit that the notion of my identity being stolen by accessing my passport from my safe cabin, by a multinational crime syndicate has never crossed my mind! I will continue to leave my passport in the safe cabin, nevertheless. Still safer than carrying it ashore. Whatever may be said, a determined thief will always be able to take your passport, valuables if he/she really wants to.

 

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Once we get to our cabin, our passports go into the safe for the majority of our cruises.

There are some itineraries (Baltic, Med) where we are required to turn in our passports to the front office.

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Identity theft is rampant on cruise ships ...

 

 

Please provide accurate documentation for this statement.

 

Otherwise your assertions are as believable as your cruise record in your signature.

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If I'm staying close to the port area or going on a ship's excursion, I'll leave my physical passport in the cabin safe.I do have a photo of it on my phone.

 

If I'm taking a lengthy or independent tour or going off on my own, I'll bring the actual passport with me.

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