I found something today at a local outdoor store that specializes in adventure travel (read travel to countries and activities that most of us see in National Geographic). Under 10 dollars CDN. Peace of mind in case it's ever required.
And really, who knows. I live in Winnipeg at the moment a few blocks from the Red River. Is it really going to hurt to have my passport in a waterproof case going forward?
My thoughts on this whole photocopying thing; perhaps ignorant, perhaps with a touch of realism.
I'm not sure what good a photocopy of a passport would actually do, but it seems to provide a certain level of comfort for people; they don't fear losing the original and get the possibly false sense of security that it would actually be sufficient in a urgent situation. I can tell you with some degree of certainty that you won't want to be taking along a photocopy of your passport to some international destinations.
Maybe for fun on the way back from my cruise, I'll try flashing Canadian Customs a photocopy and see how that works out for me. I am confident that they're friendly enough to release me
I'll resist the temptation on the way in the U.S.
Obviously, a cruise is different and not something I'm at all familiar with. I appreciate everyone's input today and I'll be leaving it in the safe if that's the way of the land - in its new waterproof case which is quite flashy.