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Old 12-31-2002, 04:05 PM
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We are new to cruises. In light of all of the trouble in the world these days, I was wondering what kind of security precautions/checks are visibly taken by the cruiselines. I am specifically curios about Carnival since we are about to take our first cruise on that line.
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Old 12-31-2002, 04:05 PM
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We are new to cruises. In light of all of the trouble in the world these days, I was wondering what kind of security precautions/checks are visibly taken by the cruiselines. I am specifically curios about Carnival since we are about to take our first cruise on that line.
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Old 12-31-2002, 06:11 PM
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One security precaution is to strictly enforce ID requirements. In order to be allowed onboard you must produce a valid government-issued photo ID (such as driver's license) and an original or certified (not photocopied) birth certificate. If your name has changed you must also provide an original or certified document of that change (true for married women, for example). A valid passport can replace these items.
Another is that if you are stopping at a U.S.(or U.S. territory) port after being in a foreign port, all passengers are required to meet onboard with immigration officials before being allowed onshore.
As far as luggage is concerned, precautions are similar to the airlines' - as most cruisers fly to the port of embarkation anyway, this is not a big deal for nearly everyone.
Basically, make sure you have proper ID, and otherwise just relax and enjoy yourself!
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Old 01-01-2003, 05:35 AM
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Another couple of things that I'd like to add, is if you're flying, DON'T lock your luggage any longer. If the luggage is locked, they'll take bolt cutters to the locks. With the cruise lines, you are also not allowed to bring nail clippers, nail files, etc., in your carry on luggage. It's allowed in checked in baggage. This makes no sense to anyone. Our friend whose a travel agent, had her nail clipper removed last year. If you plan on doing much traveling, passports are the way to go. We carry them even flying around the country. Birth certificates MUST have a raised seal, and not just certified. We just took a cruise last month, and someone was being denied passage in the check in counter next to us. They had passports, so don't know what the problem was. Have a great time and enjoy. Security is a lot more visible while on the ship itself.
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Old 01-01-2003, 09:03 AM
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I can't speak for Carnival, but I will tell you what we saw on Princess in February 2002, just a few months after the awful events of September 11, 2001.

During the initial boarding process, your photo was taken digitally and stored in a computer system. Each time you left the ship, you needed your cruise card, which was scanned and you were obivously marked "off the ship". When you returned, you passed through a metal detector and/or security checkpoint. Your card was scanned again, and this time your picture appeared on a screen for one of the security team. This allowed them to visually confirm the identities of the people boarding the ship in a foreign port. The entire process went very smoothly.

I don't know this for a fact, but I'd be shocked if the cruise lines didn't employ "plain-clothes" security personnel in the public areas of the ship. Department stores do it to prevent shoplifting, the Las Vegas casinos do it to keep an eye on everything.

Frankly, the cruise line generated a lot less hassle than the airport security goons. Because of our unusual itinerary, our flights were all one-way tickets. Now, we all know that only terrorists book one-way tickets, which explains why I was virtually strip-searched at every airport. There's no easier way to sour my mood on my honeymoon than to make me take off my shoes and open my pants on every leg of my journey. We even saw the screeners confiscate a nail file from a passenger. The nail file was bent in half and tossed in a trash can. My opinion? If you can bend it in half, it's probably not going to be an effective weapon.

There are new security rules in place as of today, Jan 1 2003, which state that all luggage is supposed to be screened with the magic machines. Hopefully, this will speed up the process of getting through the airport - not to mention eliminating the embarassment of having a federal worker pawing through your underwear.

So, yeah, the cruise lines take security seriously, but they seem to do it a lot more gracefully and pleasantly than the airlines. That's not hard, but it is appreciated!


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Old 01-01-2003, 01:01 PM
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1/ It is a fact that not all State governments issue birth certificates with a raised seal. NC is one of them.
2. If you do not have an original birth certificate, it is best to request a duplicate from the government authority that issued the original. This duplicate may have a seal on it but not necessarily raised. As long as it is an official governement document, it will be acceptable along with your driving license for identification.
3/ Get a passport. I am convinced that in the not too distant future, all travelers outside of the USA will require one. It will certainly help prevent any potential problems concerning your ID. Cruiseman
 
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