Booked a Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic Sea cruise

We are leaving July 13,2020(a day before my birthday.) My question is: I've heard in Russia that you need to take your passport off the ship with you so you can get back on the ship? We are going on Norwegian Escape. I've heard its okay to leave your passport on the ship but I've also heard that you need it with you. Anybody that has done this cruise through NCL got any insights. :)

6 Answers

I heard of someone that travelled to Russia years ago and heard the same thing, so my guess is that's true, you do need to carry some form of your passport (either a copy or the original) with you. You can always call Norwegian and ask.

I am going to get a PacSafe purse and carry it with me. This is a cruise I've always wanted to do :)

I asked a neighbour who just did a similar cruise with Holland America and she said they took their passports whenever they got off the ship.

I have not done this cruise but it’s on the bucket list. I have read that you will need your passport when you get on and off the ship in Russia. I’ve also read that if you want to do Russia on you own you may need a visa. Booked ship tours you don’t need a visa. I got conflicting info on this so definitely check with NCL. Have a great cruise.

Keep in mind that ship policy may be that you need only your pass card from the ship to board but the local government may have their own regs such as you need your passport to enter the port area.

Awesome. Enjoy your trip.

Personally, if I were to be in Russia I would carry my passport at all times when off the boat.


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