CARRY YOUR IMPORTANT PAPERS/DOCS ONBOARD

I t would seem obvious..passports, meds and so on..in your carry on...yay many cruises ago, NCLs puter got a hiccup...we were issued our key cards as usual, but they didn't include our perks/packages...YIKES!!!  terminal woman didn't know squat...supervisor said go to Guest Services on board...expecting a hassle, we did...fortunately, my wife, who in another life was a filing cabinet, had all our printed out booking docs in her bag...Guest Services guy looked, said its not in the puter onboard either....ooooh boy, here we go...but then, he looked at the docs, did some magic fingers stuff on his KB, and gave us new cards...innocently..I said, boy Im glad we had those docs...he said, very pleasantly, "yep...all fixed...and Im glad you had them too"...which was the equivalent of saying...without them...you cant prove much of anything....

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I agree, we always print out important documents and take them with us.  Technology is great...when it works.  These days anything can happen, and it's nice to be able to have the paper documents as a backup.

Sometimes I get the feeling peeps place more importance on figuring ways to sneak booze on board, or schlepping water, than really important stuff...yknow ships have been known to "lose luggage"....tags come off, and so on...anyone ever see the pile of unidentified "left over" unclaimed luggage after embarkation?  I did...exactly once...fortunately I spotted the thing...very happy I did, but that wasn't the plan....

It might be overkill, but i print out EVERYTHING--from my cruise docs to excursions purchased to on-board credit and dinner reservations made.  It puts me at ease and it has proven useful on more than one occasion.  And I also keep the original emails for all purchases filed in my email account which I can access if needed on my phone.

 

Not overkill at all...that's EXACTLY what we do..if its printable, we're carrying it....after the cruise is completed.. I put stuff in archive...theres stuff in there oldern dirt..I "ought" to get rid of it...but...

 

Not overkill, just smart. We also print everything. On one cruise we had $700 of onboard credit. Between future cruise credits a promo going and our stock. Once onboard none of it appeared. Went to front desk with all the paperwork showing everything we were supposed to receive. The young clerk asked if she could have the documents and get back to us the next day. Being a little paranoid of things disappearing I told her she could make copies and I’ll keep the originals. Well guess what they needed copies again the next day they couldn’t find them. It was cleared up that afternoon. 

We too print out everything and have a nice travel folder that all papers go in. As for passports we always carry 2 photocopies in 2 different places just in case the original gets lost. It may not be good for a lot but if the passport is lost or stolen it is all you have and can be a benefit. 

I print everything out and put in my handy dandy tabbed portfolio in the order we will need them (parking at airport, flight docs, etc).  My family pokes fun at me for being OCD about it, but I couldn't enjoy the trip if I wasn't sure we have everything we need.

I think you and my wife are related......I wont admit it, because id never hear the end of it...but I feel good knowing she's that organized...all I gotta do is carry stuff and walk in the right direction....

 

I don't trust computers...they don't like me much either, so we have reached an understanding. I keep hard copies of everything I do on any computer. That OCD trait has saved my bacon more than once.

You think its an generational thing? that young clerk on the other side of the counter also seems to get flummoxed when you have PROOF POSITIVE their sacred puter is wrong...they usually have to go for help...someone older, wiser, and with more juice.. younger folks (which is darn near everyone else lately) don't seem to carry papers, backup, whatever....just wave the phone around...nor do they seem to be able to carry on much of a conversation when stuff starts hitting the fan, which it does sooner or later...but this is another subject entirely...mea culpa...

 

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