Taking notes like crazy here!! Am I ever glad to have wandered into this discussion as we leave soon for the South Caribbean. That is most useful advice, Tom. Takes care of one more thing I've been semi-fretting about.
BLESS YOU, and BTW, a very Happy New Year to you all.
September '05 Veendam to Alaska
January '06 Volendam to S. Caribbean
May '06 Volendam to Alaska
July '06 Tahitian Princess Honolulu to Papeete
Last couple of times we were in Nassau, we were told to take photo ID off the ship with us. Some brought driver's license, others brought passports. These were checked in an area set up near the gangway as we got back onto the ship.
Sandy, you are right about that. The only entrance to the piers is through the shopping center and you had to produced your room key and a picture ID. I have a color copy of both my drivers license and passport in my port wallet and they work fine. I have the drivers license in the place designated for it in the wallet and one would only know it was a copy if they inspected it removed from the wallet. It works great!
there was no difference between US citizens or european citizens.
Everybody was asked to show a picture ID when entering the cruise terminal, to get back to the vessel.
But RCCL did not tell us before about this fact on the ship.
But we have always a copy with us, so no problem.
But they have been really upset about some american passengers, who had no photo ID. But I did not know what happend to them, because we wanted back on the ship.
If your teenage sons are under the age of 16 - they are not required to have a photo ID. But, if they are 16 or over - they need one. If they do not yet have a driver's license - suggest you go to your local BMV and get a Photo ID or if there is time, apply for passports (they will be needed in the near future anyway).
Since 9/11/01, our experience has been that all Caribbean ports require adult cruise passengers of U.S. citizenship to show a photo ID and their cruise card when returning to the ship. Nassau, Cozumel, everywhere. We had always carried ID anyway, since it is just not a good idea to be in another country without being able to show who you are. As Tom notes - things are different for non-U.S. citizens who have to comply with differing immigration laws depending on which country they are from.
Our young son has cruised with us for years and he doesn't have to show a photo ID since he is under 16. However, he has a passport now and so he will start carrying a copy of the front page with him - as we do.
Although it's implementation has been delayed, the U.S. immigration law will be changing, in steps, over the next two years. Essentially, if you are a U.S. citizen and want to travel outside this country you will need a passport. This goes for everyone regardless of age. This includes going to Canada or Mexico, or any of the Caribbean countries. If you have time before your cruise, I strongly urge you to get passports and beat the mad rush which will soon be here.
Thanks so much for the responses. Our oldest son will turn 16 three days before our departure. He does have a passport so we will make sure he carries a copy of the info page of that with him, along with his ships card. Pardon my ignorance, but what is BMV? Motor vehicle office? Anyway, I get the impression that with passport he will be okay. Am I correct? Thanks again... man we can't wait for next week..we are about 6 feet off the ground right now. Just booked Cayman excursion with Captain Marvin's...look out Carribean, here come some Canadians !!