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Hi all! 👋🏻

Question - going on a Greece/Croatia cruise from Italy this summer.  Do you need to bring your passport off the ship with each different country port? Or once you’ve shown your passport with RC you’re good to go for the week? Do you keep it in your room or should we keep it on us when in different ports?

Thanks for your help! 

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1 hour ago, Scoular said:

Hi, you technically don’t need to as all you need to re-board the ship will be your sea pass, but it’s advisable. If something happened that would cause you to miss the ship, you would need your passport to at least get you to the next port to catch the ship back up.

Aaaaaaand this is why I ask! 😄 Thank you! Never thought of all the possible situations to be in, makes sense! 

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3 hours ago, JennP said:

Hi all! 👋🏻

Question - going on a Greece/Croatia cruise from Italy this summer.  Do you need to bring your passport off the ship with each different country port? Or once you’ve shown your passport with RC you’re good to go for the week? Do you keep it in your room or should we keep it on us when in different ports?

Thanks for your help! 

I don't agree with some other cruisers.  Pick-pocketing is a real risk in many ports.  Therefore, we follow Royal's guidance.  I have known people who were robbed.  I once had my passport soaked with seawater on an excursion.  I haven't known anyone who was left behind and needed something the Port Agent couldn't retrieve.  Normally, on a cruise you put all valuables in your stateroom safe.  More and more ports want a photo ID to go with your seapass, but the cruise compass will spell it out.  If you do choose to carry a passport off the ship, consider a super-secure under-the-clothing pouch.  They even have some with wires sewn into the straps so they can't be "clipped and yanked."

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