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When we first began cruising, we always carried our passports when we left the ship. Now, things are different. All we need is our sail and sign card and a government issued photo ID. At our age, health issues may crop up at any time so we do carry a photo copy of our passport. It's just so much easier to leave the passport in the cabin safe - no worries about losing it. We also go into a port with a minimum of cash and one credit card. We have photo copies of all of our cards and the appropriate phone numbers in case of any emergency. We've never had any problems off the ship but being prepared, to the extent we can, is the way to go.

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@Tootie I do agree with some you state like limit cash, 1 credit card and making photo copies of credit cards and passport.  

With that said i think carrying a copy of your passport really is not very effective as if you needed to seek sanctury in a u.s. embassy or proof of citizenship a copy will not hold up, nor a government issue I.d. I would recommend to get a passport card which is as good as your actual passport and the size of a driver's license. This way you can carry the card with you and leave the actual passport on ship. If you don't have the card you can order one. If you don't want to do that then I would carry the actual passport and leave a copy on the ship safe.  Also I've never been asked for my drivers license when reboarding the ship at a port, all port personnel and ship security ask for the sail and sign card and when scan it shows on there computer your picture to verify its really you. 

Consider this... would you travel by air to another country, let's say in Europe would you leave your passport at the hotel? The answer should be No!! It's your proof of citizenship and undisputed proof of identity.  A cruise ship would be no different.

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@Tootie I always bring my passport off of the ship as a just in case measure, but the idea of leaving it behind sounds luxurious. I get nervous walking away from my bag at the beach/water-based excursions because that's where I end up storing the passports. I always get so anxious that I wouldn't be able to get back on the ship without them. A copy is a great thought. It would feel better to at least a copy, but it would also feel less risky. What if I ended up loosing the passports while off at the port? That would be too awful. I struggled enough to get my daughter's here on time before this cruise. We forgot to put her gender on the renewal and it messed everything up. Let's just say it ended up being the most expensive passport ever. 

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@Kendall James-Vargas you should get the passport card, it's about the size of a driver's license and also hard plastic. This way you can leave your passport on ship and carry the card or vise versa 

I keep hearing people saying they are concerned about getting g back on the ship without their passport in hand... I've never been asked for anything other than my sign n sail card which the ship scans and shows your picture. Im really confussed by this fear... have you had to show your passport to get back on ship???? 

i fully understand the stress of getting g a passport... couple years ago I didn't realize my passport had expired and booked a cruise and was 4 weeks out ...no appointments for several weeks and then the processing time... so had to camp out all night at a post office to be a walk in, then hired a expedited service that would walk my application in and process my application same day.  I received my passport in 5 days. Yep never will I let it expire again lol. 

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@euroguy That's a great idea, and likely a bit more affordable too. I don't think I have actually ever had to show my passport to get back on the ship but you just never know. That's my fear, the unknown! We just waited way too long for this passport and had to expedite it initially, but then we missed one piece on information (that the clerk overlooked as well). At that point we had to mail additional information and a physical addendum to correct this issue. At that point they processed the information as correct and we had to pay an additional fee to have it expedited again. Then it was taking too long and we had to request to change the shipping address it to our Florida property address in order to receive it in time. They sent it to our other home address and left it on the doorstep. I had to call a neighbor to rush to grab it, run to the post office, resend it to use at an overnight fee of $70. It's been such a headache; I basically have an unhealthy relationship with the passport now because it's so valuable.

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@Kendall James-Vargas oh my... you soumd traumatized and certainly need you upcoming cruise and maybe a spa  massage while on the ship 😇

Rwgarding the passport card, i ordered mine at same time I applied for passport. I believe you can order it separately.

I agree i would never leave the ship without either my passport or passport card as it's the one and only real proof of citizenship in the event of an emergency while off ship, but never ever fear about getting back on ship without it. 

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