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SAFES

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earl_m

Guest
#1
Are the safes on the Westerdam, the ones that you have to pass a
credit card or something similar. I like better the pushbutton ones.
this way you don't have to carry your card with you. I always think that someday i will open the safe and everything is gone. Are they really safe or and I am worring for nothing..
 
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sail7seas

Guest
#2
I believe all the Vista ships have a keypad where you enter your own 4 digit code. We have left very valuable jewelry and considerable cash in the safes on HAL ships and have never had a hint of a problem. Perhaps we shouldn't travel with jewelry but sometimes we choose to because we feel confident it is secure in the safe.
 
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suer182

Guest
#3
I cant answer on the opening mechanism of the safes, but IMO I think the safes are as safe as safe can be on any ship.

I would keep it low key on the precious gem stones you would have in there as well as the financial wealth. Bragging about it might draw attention with inquiring minds on what else you might have. With the George Smith case, he was flaunting his winnings from the casino and that was a first thought in regards to his so called disappearance.

I wouldnt be too concerned on the safety of your contents in the safe. On the other hand......

On my Maasdam sailing, when I went to unpack I noticed a few items missing. I had no proof if it was HAL or the airline. I went down to the pursers desk to inquire and was told that IF they searched luggage they would put an inspection notice inside the suit case. Same with the airlines.

No notice was inside the suitcase. 6 months later I get a package from HAL with some of my missing items. I just hope that they donate the unclaimed items as someone is walking around in two very expensive nice pair of designer shorts.
 
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Judi

Guest
#5
Holland America also has safety deposit boxes at the Purser's Office. We've used them in the past. We keep some cash with us for gambling, tipping, etc., but put the majority in the safety deposit box so we don't have to worry about it.
 
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sail7seas

Guest
#6
That's a good point about the safe deposit boxes.

I agree it probably isn't a good idea to run around any hotel/cruise ship mentioning how much cash/jewelry you may have with you.


Suer......... you were missing Clothes? Somehow clothing was missing from your suitcase? Wow...... Valuables such as cameras, electronics sure........but clothes? Was there any explanation included in the box you received as to where they found the items or how they came to know they were yours?
 
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2m2cruz

Guest
#7
We have been on quite a few Holland America cruises and never had a problem with anything being taken from the safe or cabin. We like the keypad access better than the credit card key that is used on some other cruise lines.
Don't like the HA security system that requires you to carry a separate picture ID off the ship in addition to the ship ID card. Do the newer ships have updated security ID systems?
 
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sail7seas

Guest
#8
Often the need to carry additional ID off the ship is the requirement of local authorities, not HAL, I think.

In many ports, in order for us to return to the ship, we have noticed we must show photo ID to land authorities upon returning to the port. We rarely show it at the ship. Almost all of the time, we only need the ship's card for scanning at the gangway.
 
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suer182

Guest
#9
S7S, The items that were returned were in an envelope with HALs return address from Seattle. Nothing else.

I honestly dont know how they knew those items were mine. The pursers desk refused to take my info since I had no proof my luggage was searched.

I also had a very small bottle of hazelnut flavoring that is part of the M.I.A. items. The bottle was still sealed with Wegmans label on it. Alcohol content....zero. lol I can only arsume that maybe my luggage was searched because of that and they honestly forgot to put my shorts back. I dont think my shorts were borrowed because of their value.