I have a question about passports. I have heard pros and cons about taking your passports with you when you go ashore in Europe if you are an American. I was always told never to take your passport with you and leave it in your cabin safe. I do make copies and leave one at home and take a copy with me and keep it with my plane tickets, etc. Can someone please tell me what the correct procedure is? I have been told that the basis for taking the passport with you when ashore is if something happened (such as an accident, etc.) you have proof you are an American. If you did not have your passport with you, it would be more difficult to prove your identity and you may possibly be detained in the particular country. Someone also suggested scanning a copy of your passport in sending to your email box so if you had a problem you could retrieve the copy from your email. I would be very worried about the passport getting stolen by a pickpocketer. I have been reading on a lot of different cruise boards that you have to be careful about carrying your handbag, etc. Thanks for everyone's input.