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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from Jaymac Radio in interesting Customs experience   
    A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took a 3-day cruise on Mariner of the Seas out of Port Canaveral to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  The ship was wonderful as anticipated and I can't believe how nice Perfect Day at Coco Cay was.  The day of debarkation was an unusual experience, however, and I thought I'd share it in case any other nitwits like myself still use a birth certificate instead of just ponying up for passports.  When I scanned my card to leave, Royal Caribbean security told me that Customs wanted to speak with me face-to-face - which was, of course, a weird experience even when you know you don't have anything to worry about.  We were escorted down the gangway and into the terminal, ultimately to the CBP agent waiting all alone in the Pinnacle/Suites line.  He collected our identification and led us to a room marked "Secondary CBP Processing".  Turns out the issue is I have a VERY common first and last name, which happened to match that of someone they were looking for I guess.  The agent said that had I been traveling on a passport it wouldn't have been a worry because they already knew who I was, then politely showed us how to exit the terminal once my identify was verified (I guess they just see your name and that you are traveling on the birth certificate). Needless to say, my next stop is applying for the passport before my next cruise!  That said, it worked out great because we essentially went through the Pinnacle lane and bypassed a huge line, exiting the terminal within 5 minutes.  The agents were very professional and I'm happy they were doing their job, but definitely something I'd rather avoid.
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from Fuzzywuzzy in interesting Customs experience   
    A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took a 3-day cruise on Mariner of the Seas out of Port Canaveral to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  The ship was wonderful as anticipated and I can't believe how nice Perfect Day at Coco Cay was.  The day of debarkation was an unusual experience, however, and I thought I'd share it in case any other nitwits like myself still use a birth certificate instead of just ponying up for passports.  When I scanned my card to leave, Royal Caribbean security told me that Customs wanted to speak with me face-to-face - which was, of course, a weird experience even when you know you don't have anything to worry about.  We were escorted down the gangway and into the terminal, ultimately to the CBP agent waiting all alone in the Pinnacle/Suites line.  He collected our identification and led us to a room marked "Secondary CBP Processing".  Turns out the issue is I have a VERY common first and last name, which happened to match that of someone they were looking for I guess.  The agent said that had I been traveling on a passport it wouldn't have been a worry because they already knew who I was, then politely showed us how to exit the terminal once my identify was verified (I guess they just see your name and that you are traveling on the birth certificate). Needless to say, my next stop is applying for the passport before my next cruise!  That said, it worked out great because we essentially went through the Pinnacle lane and bypassed a huge line, exiting the terminal within 5 minutes.  The agents were very professional and I'm happy they were doing their job, but definitely something I'd rather avoid.
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from Bob_KY in interesting Customs experience   
    A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took a 3-day cruise on Mariner of the Seas out of Port Canaveral to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  The ship was wonderful as anticipated and I can't believe how nice Perfect Day at Coco Cay was.  The day of debarkation was an unusual experience, however, and I thought I'd share it in case any other nitwits like myself still use a birth certificate instead of just ponying up for passports.  When I scanned my card to leave, Royal Caribbean security told me that Customs wanted to speak with me face-to-face - which was, of course, a weird experience even when you know you don't have anything to worry about.  We were escorted down the gangway and into the terminal, ultimately to the CBP agent waiting all alone in the Pinnacle/Suites line.  He collected our identification and led us to a room marked "Secondary CBP Processing".  Turns out the issue is I have a VERY common first and last name, which happened to match that of someone they were looking for I guess.  The agent said that had I been traveling on a passport it wouldn't have been a worry because they already knew who I was, then politely showed us how to exit the terminal once my identify was verified (I guess they just see your name and that you are traveling on the birth certificate). Needless to say, my next stop is applying for the passport before my next cruise!  That said, it worked out great because we essentially went through the Pinnacle lane and bypassed a huge line, exiting the terminal within 5 minutes.  The agents were very professional and I'm happy they were doing their job, but definitely something I'd rather avoid.
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from 4ensic in interesting Customs experience   
    A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took a 3-day cruise on Mariner of the Seas out of Port Canaveral to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  The ship was wonderful as anticipated and I can't believe how nice Perfect Day at Coco Cay was.  The day of debarkation was an unusual experience, however, and I thought I'd share it in case any other nitwits like myself still use a birth certificate instead of just ponying up for passports.  When I scanned my card to leave, Royal Caribbean security told me that Customs wanted to speak with me face-to-face - which was, of course, a weird experience even when you know you don't have anything to worry about.  We were escorted down the gangway and into the terminal, ultimately to the CBP agent waiting all alone in the Pinnacle/Suites line.  He collected our identification and led us to a room marked "Secondary CBP Processing".  Turns out the issue is I have a VERY common first and last name, which happened to match that of someone they were looking for I guess.  The agent said that had I been traveling on a passport it wouldn't have been a worry because they already knew who I was, then politely showed us how to exit the terminal once my identify was verified (I guess they just see your name and that you are traveling on the birth certificate). Needless to say, my next stop is applying for the passport before my next cruise!  That said, it worked out great because we essentially went through the Pinnacle lane and bypassed a huge line, exiting the terminal within 5 minutes.  The agents were very professional and I'm happy they were doing their job, but definitely something I'd rather avoid.
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from mom2mybugs in interesting Customs experience   
    A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took a 3-day cruise on Mariner of the Seas out of Port Canaveral to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  The ship was wonderful as anticipated and I can't believe how nice Perfect Day at Coco Cay was.  The day of debarkation was an unusual experience, however, and I thought I'd share it in case any other nitwits like myself still use a birth certificate instead of just ponying up for passports.  When I scanned my card to leave, Royal Caribbean security told me that Customs wanted to speak with me face-to-face - which was, of course, a weird experience even when you know you don't have anything to worry about.  We were escorted down the gangway and into the terminal, ultimately to the CBP agent waiting all alone in the Pinnacle/Suites line.  He collected our identification and led us to a room marked "Secondary CBP Processing".  Turns out the issue is I have a VERY common first and last name, which happened to match that of someone they were looking for I guess.  The agent said that had I been traveling on a passport it wouldn't have been a worry because they already knew who I was, then politely showed us how to exit the terminal once my identify was verified (I guess they just see your name and that you are traveling on the birth certificate). Needless to say, my next stop is applying for the passport before my next cruise!  That said, it worked out great because we essentially went through the Pinnacle lane and bypassed a huge line, exiting the terminal within 5 minutes.  The agents were very professional and I'm happy they were doing their job, but definitely something I'd rather avoid.
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in interesting Customs experience   
    A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took a 3-day cruise on Mariner of the Seas out of Port Canaveral to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  The ship was wonderful as anticipated and I can't believe how nice Perfect Day at Coco Cay was.  The day of debarkation was an unusual experience, however, and I thought I'd share it in case any other nitwits like myself still use a birth certificate instead of just ponying up for passports.  When I scanned my card to leave, Royal Caribbean security told me that Customs wanted to speak with me face-to-face - which was, of course, a weird experience even when you know you don't have anything to worry about.  We were escorted down the gangway and into the terminal, ultimately to the CBP agent waiting all alone in the Pinnacle/Suites line.  He collected our identification and led us to a room marked "Secondary CBP Processing".  Turns out the issue is I have a VERY common first and last name, which happened to match that of someone they were looking for I guess.  The agent said that had I been traveling on a passport it wouldn't have been a worry because they already knew who I was, then politely showed us how to exit the terminal once my identify was verified (I guess they just see your name and that you are traveling on the birth certificate). Needless to say, my next stop is applying for the passport before my next cruise!  That said, it worked out great because we essentially went through the Pinnacle lane and bypassed a huge line, exiting the terminal within 5 minutes.  The agents were very professional and I'm happy they were doing their job, but definitely something I'd rather avoid.
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from rtread in NFL Games on TV?   
    When we were on Harmony during football season they showed many of the games in the On Air club, just now the one I was looking to watch.  The Cruise Compass told you which games would be televised and when (in public areas).  Didn't try in the stateroom but did catch some college action on ESPN one night.
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from Neo in interesting Customs experience   
    A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took a 3-day cruise on Mariner of the Seas out of Port Canaveral to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  The ship was wonderful as anticipated and I can't believe how nice Perfect Day at Coco Cay was.  The day of debarkation was an unusual experience, however, and I thought I'd share it in case any other nitwits like myself still use a birth certificate instead of just ponying up for passports.  When I scanned my card to leave, Royal Caribbean security told me that Customs wanted to speak with me face-to-face - which was, of course, a weird experience even when you know you don't have anything to worry about.  We were escorted down the gangway and into the terminal, ultimately to the CBP agent waiting all alone in the Pinnacle/Suites line.  He collected our identification and led us to a room marked "Secondary CBP Processing".  Turns out the issue is I have a VERY common first and last name, which happened to match that of someone they were looking for I guess.  The agent said that had I been traveling on a passport it wouldn't have been a worry because they already knew who I was, then politely showed us how to exit the terminal once my identify was verified (I guess they just see your name and that you are traveling on the birth certificate). Needless to say, my next stop is applying for the passport before my next cruise!  That said, it worked out great because we essentially went through the Pinnacle lane and bypassed a huge line, exiting the terminal within 5 minutes.  The agents were very professional and I'm happy they were doing their job, but definitely something I'd rather avoid.
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from Jaymac Radio in Mariner of the Seas from Orlando   
    Same for this past weekend, you insert the card.
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from Cindy Leslie in Crazy Quest   
    My wife and I just returned today from a 3-day on Mariner and, being without kids for our anniversary, we attended our first Quest.  I told her I had heard many legends on the blog and wanted to see it for myself.  We had an absolute blast and would highly recommend this to everyone (18+, that is) - well, everyone who isn't too politically correct or easily offended. Some of our items required were: 8 items of clothes tied together, a "pair of twins" (this quickly became just boobs), a SeaPass card for Jack or Dianne (as the song with these names played).  Glad I'm finally with the in-crowd on this one and can't wait to play again when we go on Allure in September.
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from Chasity in Mariner of the Seas from Orlando   
    Absolutely!  I'd be glad to help with any other requests that might help them out as I've been there done that! 
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from Jaymac Radio in Mariner of the Seas from Orlando   
    Absolutely!  I'd be glad to help with any other requests that might help them out as I've been there done that! 
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    jaguarsfanfl got a reaction from PG Cruiser in Mariner of the Seas from Orlando   
    Absolutely!  I'd be glad to help with any other requests that might help them out as I've been there done that! 
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