Just wondered if anybody ever lost the Sign and Sail card when in port and how difficult it was back at the ship ?
Has anyone ever lost a S&S card when in port ?
Never happened to me - but I envision all sorts of problems. First, the police/military/customs/security outside the port facility as the first "bastion" - they usually just glance at your card and wave you through, but you usually need something vaguely the right size and shape to wave at them as you pass by. They are usually armed and often don't speak English. Then there's the next level as you pass the scanners (which may or not be functioning) and the possibility of a more thorough look at your card. Then there is the first cruise ship security - often with a portable device - to actually read your card. This is where you would likely be stopped - before you even got to the gangway. They'd likely call ahead - and things might be easier if you were traveling with someone who could vouch for you (and had their card) - and if you had some other form of gov't-issued photo i.d. No matter what - it would be a mess. The chances are that you'd never get to the gangway or tender without being stopped.
I haven't but saw a couple who did ... they gave their cabin number and the photo was pulled up ... then they had to wait for someone from security to bring new cards...
I was asked to hang on to my wife and sons S&S card in Phillipsburg St Martin, I lost both of their cards while some how mine remained safe in my wallet. The hardest part was getting back thru port security, maybe 10 minutes in panic mode. Once we were coming back on the ship they just looked up photos on file and sent us to guest services to print new ones. Not bad in hind sight. I have not been asked to carry any S&S cards for the last 6 cruises. Oh yeah I may have had a drink or two that day.
Never happened to me but I bet it occurs a lot, the way people hold them loosely going up the gangway with arm loads of other stuff. Drop them and they are gone into the briny deep.
That's why you get landaer. You wear it around your neck and put it under your shirt while in port.
Yes, I use the lanyard, too. I have never lost a S&S card in port luckily.