The problem with ID cards in the UK is a) there's a strong cultural dislike of them and b) whenever the Government has tried to establish one, it has been overloaded with links to all kinds of sensitive information. As the data would necessarily be available to quite low-ranking officials, it would be a dead certainty that the ID database would leak, and expose people to ID theft etc. That's the issue that the last attempt to bring them in hit, which was pointed out very vociferously by many people involved in data management. Something like the HK ID card which did simply identify a person would probably be fine - but governments always want to have more features! The fact that they were going to impose a charge for it of about the same amount as a passport also moved people against it. Passports are fine - you don't HAVE to have one unless you're traveling overseas, and in any case, they don't link directly to other databases. For everyday purposes, a driving license is fine and widely accepted. Although undoubtedly someone will come back and say that they don't have either, such people are a rarity these days.The UK has always had this problem of ID cards, call it a passport, in HK we had ID card, required to be carried, as passports were required to be carried if you were a visitor. Don't like the rules - don't come.
But given the issues with illegal immigrants and drug importation I really do not see why many are averse to carrying a document that cannot be easily forged that proves who you are. In Oz, and most 'place foreign' are a long way away, we are still accosted by Customs and Border Protection when offshore (from aircraft, helicopter or vessel), by VHF as to who we are and a requirement to give our Rego number - they have it all on computer and can verify what we advise. We don't find it an affront to our privacy nor personal freedom.
What is wrong with a cruise ship demanding the same sort of identification. If nothing else they need to confirm you are the person who booked the cruise.
I wonder how many people now do not have passports?
Irn-Bru? Greenock's going upmarket - it would normally be a bottle of Buckie and a stabbing. No wonder JWD marina has those great big walls around it ...They may need passports but their palates are in for a treat.
Cruise passengers at Greenock to get drinks surprise
All you achieve in having documents that are not easily forged is to increase the value of forgeries or stolen copies. Historically it's not been awesome for societies who have had to show their papers, or where governments have been able to keep lists of people's movements and attributes.I really do not see why many are averse to carrying a document that cannot be easily forged that proves who you are.
The answer is if they are coming from the UK then they will already have been through immigration conmtrol. You don't need a passport to go from Warwickshire to Hampshire that's the point of the CA.You don't need a passport to come to Guernsey on a private boat.
If you divert to France you do and if you decide to fly or go from Guernsey to UK or vv you now have to have a passport, photo driving licence, military id card or equivalent.
It has only recently been required by ferry CI to UK and going back a decade or more you did not need one to fly but I think it tightened up following the incorrectly named 9/11 ie 11/9/2001.
For the original post on a cruise ship in these Covid times all the passengers may be from the UK but the crew probably come from every nation under the sun so how do you tell them apart, so its probably easier to say all need passports?
Back to the original question - Not 'in the UK'And we're still not even addressing the fact that there's no reason I'd need to prove who I was in the UK.
Yes I responded to that a while ago and have no real problem with it.Back to the original question - Not 'in the UK'
That having been said, since Brexit happened and we lost a lot of freedom of movement I have started to question the whole passport and nationality thing. As a sailor and as someone who can work from a laptop anywhere I find it odd that I'm not allowed to just go anywhere and work from there. I find it even more strange that as a UK person I still have quite a bit more freedom than someone born elsewhere. Seems kind of arbitrary, especially when you consider how few people actually have a desire to leave their friends and family and move elsewhere!I would think it depends how far off shore you went. In theory going from the scillies to Scotland you'd leave UK waters, even if you didn't stop in Ireland so it's not completely unreasonable to ask for a passport to get back in. Sailing locally there's not a chance I'd carry a passport or hand it over if asked - we are not required to carry ID in the UK.
It says "after return to the UK" so it's not talking about cruises which start in the UK and remain in the UK for the entire cruise.