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Up till now, I have never had any problem with putting money/jewelry, etc. in the safes on the ships.  Normally we have been using a credit card to open/close the safe, but I don't know if that is what is used now.

 

My question, if you have used the safe in the room, have you ever had a problem with someone getting into the safe, other than someone you knew?  The reason I ask, I read Clark Howards emails, and he was saying the safes in a lot of hotels are not safe anymore, because there are "key numbers" they can put into the safes to open them up.  Just wanted your opinion on this, as I cannot afford to lose what I would be putting in the safe.  Up to this point I have "trusted" everyone that cleaned up my room, but I thought I would ask anyway.

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One time nearly ten years ago, we couldn't open our safe on the Conquest. I don't remember if it was a key pad or a card type safe.

 

Someone from Guest Services came to our cabin, accompanied by someone from Security.  One opened the safe and immediately stepped back to give us access, while the other watched.

 

I sincerely doubt that room stewards or maintenance crew can open the safes, even in case of emergency.

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41 minutes ago, bury me at sea said:

One time nearly ten years ago, we couldn't open our safe on the Conquest. I don't remember if it was a key pad or a card type safe.

 

Someone from Guest Services came to our cabin, accompanied by someone from Security.  One opened the safe and immediately stepped back to give us access, while the other watched.

 

I sincerely doubt that room stewards or maintenance crew can open the safes, even in case of emergency.

same experience for me too...I also remember having to sign a document or two as well...

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57 minutes ago, bury me at sea said:

One time nearly ten years ago, we couldn't open our safe on the Conquest. I don't remember if it was a key pad or a card type safe.

 

Someone from Guest Services came to our cabin, accompanied by someone from Security.  One opened the safe and immediately stepped back to give us access, while the other watched.

 

I sincerely doubt that room stewards or maintenance crew can open the safes, even in case of emergency.

Same experience here.

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It's a touchy subject.  I know for sure that I was missing a few hundred dollars from our room....I have to confess....it was NOT in the safe...it was in my wallet...in my purse...which was in my suitcase....so ya...you CAN'T TRUST YOUR ROOM STEWART....They will go through everything....if they want to look...Guest Services...."if you didn't use the safe"?????...REALLY....IT'S STILL THEFT FROM MY ROOM....IS MY IPAD SAFE ON THE DESK?????  Do I have to hide my cell phone????  Stay out of my stuff....stay out of my suitcase....you are paid to clean the room..not to go through my things....

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1 hour ago, susan1957 said:

It's a touchy subject.  I know for sure that I was missing a few hundred dollars from our room....I have to confess....it was NOT in the safe...it was in my wallet...in my purse...which was in my suitcase....so ya...you CAN'T TRUST YOUR ROOM STEWART....They will go through everything....if they want to look...Guest Services...."if you didn't use the safe"?????...REALLY....IT'S STILL THEFT FROM MY ROOM....IS MY IPAD SAFE ON THE DESK?????  Do I have to hide my cell phone????  Stay out of my stuff....stay out of my suitcase....you are paid to clean the room..not to go through my things....

We put our valuables in the safe because cabin doors are often left open while the steward cleans and I would prefer not to tempt strangers strolling by. 

I don't worry about the stewards themselves.

 

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I don't worry about it at all. I can't live looking over my shoulder, most people are honest and would not walk into a strangers cabin to ruffle through their belongings. 

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28 minutes ago, summersigh said:

We put our valuables in the safe

because cabin doors are often left open while the steward cleans

and I would prefer not to tempt strangers strolling by.

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Cabin doors are left open while the steward does his thing

not only for security reasons

but also to allow the room to ventilate as much as is possible.

 

On boarding day

if you've ever been to your deck before The Time

you'll see ALL cabin doors wide open (ready for you)

but also ventilating the whole place!

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4 hours ago, beshears said:

Up till now, I have never had any problem with putting money/jewelry, etc. in the safes on the ships.  Normally we have been using a credit card to open/close the safe, but I don't know if that is what is used now.

 

My question, if you have used the safe in the room, have you ever had a problem with someone getting into the safe, other than someone you knew?  The reason I ask, I read Clark Howards emails, and he was saying the safes in a lot of hotels are not safe anymore, because there are "key numbers" they can put into the safes to open them up.  Just wanted your opinion on this, as I cannot afford to lose what I would be putting in the safe.  Up to this point I have "trusted" everyone that cleaned up my room, but I thought I would ask anyway.

There is a difference between hotels and ships.  Just about any one with  burglar skills and intention can break into hotel rooms and into room safes.  It is a little more difficult for them to access cruise line staterooms.  Anything that is missing or lost from a cruise line stateroom is blamed on the assigned steward.  

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Yes Elaine5715, that does make sense.  If we leave our cabin door "locked" at all times, there really shouldn't be much access to it, other than the room steward, as you suggested. 🙂  Always before, if we needed something done to the TV, bathroom, etc., one of us always make sure we were in the room when this was done.

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47 minutes ago, beshears said:

Yes Elaine5715, that does make sense.  If we leave our cabin door "locked" at all times, there really shouldn't be much access to it, other than the room steward, as you suggested. 🙂  Always before, if we needed something done to the TV, bathroom, etc., one of us always make sure we were in the room when this was done.

Just about any past employee of a hotel who is a criminal probably can access a hotel, not so on board.  Also, I believe many people who are missing cash should look first at those traveling with them.  

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Yes I I agree. In the over 25 years that I have cruised on and off, the friend that I would have with me, I will trust them completely. My money was always in the safe when I looked for it

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We never had a problem leaving everything out in the open. We always leave our laptop, iPad, and cells out. One morning, not realizing it, i left $300 in $25 chips on the dresser, amazingly (not really) the money was still there when we got back from breakfast. 

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The only problem I've ever had with Carnival cabin safes occurred when I put a legal sized manila folder in the safe.  Guess it was too big and got jammed somehow against the door, preventing it from opening after it was locked.

 

Called GS, and a "locksmith" and security guard came up to the cabin, opened the safe, and admonished me about putting oversized objects inside it.

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9 hours ago, coevan said:

We never had a problem leaving everything out in the open.

We always leave our laptop, iPad, and cells out.

One morning, not realizing it, i left $300 in $25 chips on the dresser,

amazingly (not really) the money was still there when we got back from breakfast. 

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Same experience here! (apart from the casino chips..)

 

Cabin stewards know their axx is graxx if anything goes missing!

They become the numero uno suspect if anything goes wrong.

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1 hour ago, Aplmac said:

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Same experience here! (apart from the casino chips..)

 

Cabin stewards know their axx is graxx if anything goes missing!

They become the numero uno suspect if anything goes wrong.

Beat me to it. Great point although their wages may not be great. How much money would a room steward have to take to cover their lost wages. Cause yes they will be suspect number one if anything goes missing.

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12 hours ago, Elaine5715 said:

There is a difference between hotels and ships.  Just about any one with  burglar skills and intention can break into hotel rooms and into room safes.  It is a little more difficult for them to access cruise line staterooms.  Anything that is missing or lost from a cruise line stateroom is blamed on the assigned steward.  

I did read a thread on here where teenagers in the adjoining cabin would crawl over the divider between the balconies to enter the cabin through the unlocked balcony door, so there can be a small threat on-board. We never carry anything really valuable with us and the safe has always be sufficient.

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12 hours ago, Elaine5715 said:

Just about any past employee of a hotel who is a criminal probably can access a hotel, not so on board.  Also, I believe many people who are missing cash should look first at those traveling with them.  

Please...REALLY? Remind me next time this happens to ask my sister to open her purse so i can check it...LOLOLOL

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17 hours ago, beshears said:

Up till now, I have never had any problem with putting money/jewelry, etc. in the safes on the ships.  Normally we have been using a credit card to open/close the safe, but I don't know if that is what is used now.

 

My question, if you have used the safe in the room, have you ever had a problem with someone getting into the safe, other than someone you knew?  The reason I ask, I read Clark Howards emails, and he was saying the safes in a lot of hotels are not safe anymore, because there are "key numbers" they can put into the safes to open them up.  Just wanted your opinion on this, as I cannot afford to lose what I would be putting in the safe.  Up to this point I have "trusted" everyone that cleaned up my room, but I thought I would ask anyway.

I've never had a problem leaving money in the safe or accidently leaving it out in the stateroom. But, I think your question now is how do the safes operate. They used to operate off the magnetic strip on the back of any credit card or even your sail n sign. Now, they operate off a keypad and 4 digit code which you select to lock the safe. That same 4 digit code will open it. And yes, there's obviously a 4 digit master code which will open any/all safes.

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The obvious problem to me is carrying around or later counting large amounts of small bills from the safe (thinking of bringing $100 in ones and fives).  Being only on my 2nd cruise ever, I have to dismiss these as rare occurrence.  I want to relax & feel my stuff is safe if I take the normal precautions.

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18 minutes ago, soonernstlouis said:

...  I want to relax & feel my stuff is safe if I take the normal precautions.

 

That's exactly my approach.  I have never worried about having anything stolen from my cabin.

 

I don't even put my one dollar bills for tipping in the safe.  I keep them in the desk drawer so they are handy for room service, handy to grab a few as I leave the cabin, and handy for my cabin mate too.

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2 hours ago, susan1957 said:

Please...REALLY? Remind me next time this happens to ask my sister to open her purse so i can check it...LOLOLOL

Yeah, really.  Being in the casino. can't tell you how many people argue about someone helping themselves to the other person's stash or telling the buddy, "what she don't know"...

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3 hours ago, sparks1093 said:

I did read a thread on here where teenagers in the adjoining cabin would crawl over the divider between the balconies to enter the cabin through the unlocked balcony door, so there can be a small threat on-board. We never carry anything really valuable with us and the safe has always be sufficient.

 

 

I read about a teenager jumping a balcony into the drink. 

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