Originally posted by Dave:
The usual drill in the western hemisphere ports is to require those over 16 to show their cruise card and a "government issued" photo ID. They don't break it down beyond that. I've never had more than a glance made, to check that the name on the ID matched my cruise card. It isn't as though you are being processed through immigration. I've never been told which IDs were good and which ones were no good. My Alabama drivers license has worked everywhere, including Canadian ports, the BVI, Mexico, all the other Caribbean islands. My son's high school ID has been accepted without question.
Dave, We are going to Panama & Costa Rica in February. Are you saing we only need a driver's license when we are in those ports? Papa
it sounds like it's a bad idea to take the passport ashore
I wouldn't call it a bad idea, just something that is unnecessary in most ports. Why chance losing your passport when you can leave it safely locked up in your cabin? If a port requires it, the ship will tell you. But given that closed-loop voyages don't even require U.S. passengers to have a passport (yet), you will not be asked for one at any destination covered under the closed-loop exemption.
I hope Nassau isn't heading down the Ocho Rios path.
Not that bad yet. It has definitely changed a bit though. They were yelling "Go to Atlantis" even after we left the terminal and walking to the taxi. We had six Senior Citizens in the taxi group. They kept thinking they were suppose to go with the people that were yelling Atlantis. I took charge of that and told them to stay with me and ignore everyone else. Once a Boy Scout...
They had taxis right outside the door of the terminal. I guess the next driver in line for a fare wasn't one of those as we had to walk. The terminal doors are locked for returning passengers and they are forced to walk by the kiosks. Nothing like exiting Dunn's yet. Or, the way it used to be.
Had to show picture id in Puerto Vallarta. Policeman or port person was standing there. It held things up a bit.
When I was in California, several different stores asked for ID when I paid with cc. At the zoo I made a comment that I had never been asked for my id so many times. He said they have a lot of identity theft out there. I think he was being serious.