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GooniesAndy
02-06-2012, 12:23 PM
Hi all! As we are four weeks out from our cruise I am gathering everything together and, of course, coming up with new questions. I picked up my birth certificate this morning, and when I was filling out the paperwork it occurred to me that my birth certificate is, obviously, my maiden name. My driver's license is in my married name. I did use my maiden name as my middle name when I got married, which has made it a lot easier, but I was just wondering what other people's experiences had been with using their birth certificates + driver's licenses with maiden vs. married names on them. Thanks in advance!

teach819
02-06-2012, 12:26 PM
I have no actual experience with the cruise, but I imagine you could bring your marriage license along with your birth certificate. I had to provide my marriage license with my old passport, which was in my maiden name, in order to get a new passport with my married name on it.

justmestace
02-06-2012, 12:29 PM
I'm guessing you mean to say that you're going to use your birth certificate as ID for the cruise...and don't have a passport?

I'm sure they've encountered this a thousand or more times. Make sure you have photo ID with your married name, along with the birth certificate, and you'll be fine. If you're more comfortable also taking a copy of your marriage license, then do that too.

Dallas_Lady
02-06-2012, 12:29 PM
Looking forward to seeing other people's answers, I hadn't thought of this myself.

megalyce
02-06-2012, 12:34 PM
Okay, maybe I am reading the question wrong. Are you talking about GETTING your passport? Because, I'm fairly sure you *must* have a passport to sail.

Pretty typically, you can have your passport expedited and for a name change, you just need a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

Conservative Hippie
02-06-2012, 12:39 PM
Okay, maybe I am reading the question wrong. Are you talking about GETTING your passport? Because, I'm fairly sure you *must* have a passport to sail.

Pretty typically, you can have your passport expedited and for a name change, you just need a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

You are not required to have a passport to sail on a cruise that begins and ends in the same US port (closed-loop).

sissy_ib
02-06-2012, 12:41 PM
Okay, maybe I am reading the question wrong. Are you talking about GETTING your passport? Because, I'm fairly sure you *must* have a passport to sail.

Pretty typically, you can have your passport expedited and for a name change, you just need a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

You do NOT need a passport for most cruises originating in the US. A birth certificate and a government issued photo ID are all you need for closed loop cruises.

Also make sure you have the correct birth certificate. Sometimes people only have one from the hospital and this is not what you need. You need one from the state.
Also when I got my passport I had to get a new BC because I had a short form from California and due to counterfeits in the past they would not accept it. I had to order the long form. Not sure if they will take the short form for a cruise.

Queen of Oakville
02-06-2012, 12:44 PM
Much depends on what name you used to book your cruise? What is on your travel docs? You need to demonstrate that you are the person who booked the travel and match that up to your citizenship document.


Like you, I used my maiden name as my middle name, and I have both on my passport. I always give the TA my full name so I don't have any problems.

alexandmaddie
02-06-2012, 12:57 PM
I used my birth certificate on two DCL cruises before getting my passport. I had no issues with my married/maiden name.

megalyce
02-06-2012, 01:00 PM
Wow, I had no idea. Thanks to the State Dept. for making *that* clear!

Obviously, your birth certificate will be in your maiden name, so as long as your photo id (license) matches the name your reservation was made in, you should be fine.

kcashner
02-06-2012, 01:11 PM
You will have no problem provided you have a CERTIFIED birth certificate and a government issued photo ID. The government issued photo ID needs to match the name on your travel documents. Obviously the birth certificate may have a different name. You are not required to bring a marriage license or any other name change document. This is if you are using the birth certificate as your primary document for citizenship on the cruise.

Be sure that you have an original certified birth certificate. This is the document issued by the state. In the past, they were marked with a raised seal, but newer ones may have other means of indicating the certification. A copy of a certified document is no good. A "gift" birth certificate issued by a hospital is no good.

seven2go
02-06-2012, 01:24 PM
I will have to say that while several times I have been fine with my certified birth certificate and driver's lic, on my last cruise I did get a grumpy agent who decided to be picky (and annoying). He made a big deal about my dl name not matching my birth certificate. Well, of course because I am married! And NO I did not have my marriage lic ..... Of course he let me through but not without making a huge deal about how did he know I was the person my dl said. Well obviously my picture is on my dl and my husband and five kids with the same last name were there as well.....
oh well, maybe next time I will bring my marriage lic, but I did not think it was required!!
I do not have a passport and always use my certified bc just fine for closed loop cruises. I know the thoughts about passports, this is just my choice at this point.

It'sWDW4me
02-06-2012, 01:37 PM
I've tried to read the travel website but I'm still unsure - if you use a BC can you get off the ship in Mexico and Grand Cayman or do you have to stay onboard? :confused3

kcashner
02-06-2012, 01:45 PM
I've tried to read the travel website but I'm still unsure - if you use a BC can you get off the ship in Mexico and Grand Cayman or do you have to stay onboard? :confused3

You can get off the ship anywhere you'd like. The issue is not getting off the ship, it is getting back into the US when your return!

jdb in AZ
02-06-2012, 01:47 PM
I've tried to read the travel website but I'm still unsure - if you use a BC can you get off the ship in Mexico and Grand Cayman or do you have to stay onboard? :confused3

Yes, you can leave the ship. DCL asks that you take your photo I.D. with you as well as your KTTW card (room key), but usually the KTTW is all they use when you leave/return to the ship.

Lauren0505
02-06-2012, 01:48 PM
OP thanks for asking this question. I was wondering the same thing. Hope you have a great trip!

Does anyone know if getting on and off at Castaway Cay is a problem for people traveling with BC instead of a passport?
I just won a cruise and we are 7 weeks away from leaving on a Preview of the Fantasy. Worried that we won't have our passports in time.

It'sWDW4me
02-06-2012, 01:52 PM
Yes, you can leave the ship. DCL asks that you take your photo I.D. with you as well as your KTTW card (room key), but usually the KTTW is all they use when you leave/return to the ship.

Thanks! I'm still up in-the-air as to whether I want to get a passport or take a gamble. ;)

emtmom0104
02-06-2012, 02:12 PM
OP thanks for asking this question. I was wondering the same thing. Hope you have a great trip!

Does anyone know if getting on and off at Castaway Cay is a problem for people traveling with BC instead of a passport?
I just won a cruise and we are 7 weeks away from leaving on a Preview of the Fantasy. Worried that we won't have our passports in time.

castaway cay was no problem. it is a private island so all you had to bring with you was your drivers license and your KTTW card.

PAcruisnfamily
02-06-2012, 02:27 PM
Be carefull, you need to be sure since you'll be the one in the terminal waiting for clearance while the clock tics closer to the ship pulling away! You can cruise on a closed loop itinerary, however, if you have an emergency and must re-enter the country by airplane, you may be denied entry through customs at the US airport since a passport is required for air travel.
There was a TV special on the maiden voyage of RC's Freedom of the Seas a couple years ago and a newlywed wife was denied boarding until someone back home was able to fax a copy of their marriage certificate to the terminal. Better safe than sorry - if you don't have a passport, have documents with you to cover every conceivable documentation scenario to get you on that ship!

It'sWDW4me
02-06-2012, 02:45 PM
Be carefull, you need to be sure since you'll be the one in the terminal waiting for clearance while the clock tics closer to the ship pulling away! You can cruise on a closed loop itinerary, however, if you have an emergency and must re-enter the country by airplane, you may be denied entry through customs at the US airport since a passport is required for air travel.
There was a TV special on the maiden voyage of RC's Freedom of the Seas a couple years ago and a newlywed wife was denied boarding until someone back home was able to fax a copy of their marriage certificate to the terminal. Better safe than sorry - if you don't have a passport, have documents with you to cover every conceivable documentation scenario to get you on that ship!

I remember that story. The cruise was booked as Mr. & Mrs. Newname. ALL of her id was in her maiden name (they got married the day before so no time to have name changes processed). She didn't think to bring their marriage cert?! :rolleyes1 D'oh!! Yes, they were able to board once the marriage cert proved that she was Ms. Maidenname - matching her id - and now Mrs. Newname - matching her ressie.

sissy_ib
02-06-2012, 02:54 PM
OP thanks for asking this question. I was wondering the same thing. Hope you have a great trip!

Does anyone know if getting on and off at Castaway Cay is a problem for people traveling with BC instead of a passport?
I just won a cruise and we are 7 weeks away from leaving on a Preview of the Fantasy. Worried that we won't have our passports in time.

You don't need the BC after you initially board. You will get on and off the ship at every port using your KTTW and a photo ID. This is wither you have a passport or not. Did you order passports? They are coming in less than three weeks for most people. Congrats on the win!

I remember that story. The cruise was booked as Mr. & Mrs. Newname. ALL of her id was in her maiden name (they got married the day before so no time to have name changes processed). She didn't think to bring their marriage cert?! :rolleyes1 D'oh!! Yes, they were able to board once the marriage cert proved that she was Ms. Maidenname - matching her id - and now Mrs. Newname - matching her ressie. :rolleyes: You need to use your LEGAL name when booking. Ladies going on their honeymoons need to remember their name is not changed until they go and change it themselves.

I actually have to call DCL soon because I was booked in my maiden name for my cruise, got married during the trip, re-booked on board and it's booked under my maiden name. They just used the same info we had on file.

kalc12345
02-06-2012, 03:32 PM
We took a Disney cruise in Dec. I had no trouble with my birth certificate being in my maiden name. I didn't take my marriage certificate with me.

I recently book us a cruise through RCCL and I was told I needed to bring my marriage certificate along with my birth certificate.

So I guess each cruise line is different? But with Disney you don't need the marriage certificate.

clten
02-06-2012, 03:54 PM
We have always advised clients to bring along a copy of their marriage certificate if they are using a birth certificate. Not that it's required. We think of it more as insurance. If you don't need it, it wasn't a big deal to carry around one extra piece of paper. But if you do need it (like the one pp's story of the grumpy agent -- it happens more than you think), it's like gold.

We have also had more than one excited bride who couldn't wait to travel under their "new name". Any travel agent would be saavy enough to know to use the maiden name. But the average person booking on their own might not think about it.

ILoveWD
02-06-2012, 05:39 PM
Be carefull, you need to be sure since you'll be the one in the terminal waiting for clearance while the clock tics closer to the ship pulling away! You can cruise on a closed loop itinerary, however, if you have an emergency and must re-enter the country by airplane, you may be denied entry through customs at the US airport since a passport is required for air travel.
There was a TV special on the maiden voyage of RC's Freedom of the Seas a couple years ago and a newlywed wife was denied boarding until someone back home was able to fax a copy of their marriage certificate to the terminal. Better safe than sorry - if you don't have a passport, have documents with you to cover every conceivable documentation scenario to get you on that ship!

A married lady could not board Oasis of the Seas until someone faxed over a copy of her marriage certificate. I would take my marriage license just to be sure.

emtmom0104
02-06-2012, 06:18 PM
You don't need the BC after you initially board. You will get on and off the ship at every port using your KTTW and a photo ID. This is wither you have a passport or not. Did you order passports? They are coming in less than three weeks for most people. Congrats on the win!

:rolleyes: You need to use your LEGAL name when booking. Ladies going on their honeymoons need to remember their name is not changed until they go and change it themselves.

I actually have to call DCL soon because I was booked in my maiden name for my cruise, got married during the trip, re-booked on board and it's booked under my maiden name. They just used the same info we had on file.

This was no problem for me to do. When we called and made the new ressie they had my old name. We just asked them to change it to the new name, no questions asked!

sissy_ib
02-06-2012, 06:54 PM
A married lady could not board Oasis of the Seas until someone faxed over a copy of her marriage certificate. I would take my marriage license just to be sure.

As explained above that is because she booked under the wrong name. She booked using her husbands name. That was not her legal name. Her name was still her maiden name. You need to book whatever name is on your ID.

CruzTerri
02-06-2012, 07:17 PM
My son is getting married in August and I've advised my future daughter-in-law that all reservations for their honeymoon should be in the name on her identification, not her new married name. I explained to her why (I'm a notary in CA and names and ID are a big deal), so she told me she was glad I knew, otherwise she would have had a problem.

FYI - If it were me, and I had no passport. I would carry my BC, My marriage license and ID. Because if there is an emergency you'd definitely need both the BC and the Marriage License to show a chain of identification.

Another FYI - if you're flying, you now have to provide your First, Middle and Last Name when you make your reservations and they all have to be on the identification document that you use.

Postal68
02-06-2012, 07:49 PM
You do NOT need a passport for most cruises originating in the US. A birth certificate and a government issued photo ID are all you need for closed loop cruises.


what about your children?

D A P & I
02-06-2012, 08:02 PM
In order to board the ship, all Guests are required to provide proper
travel documentation. United States citizens can visit the State
Departmentís travel website at www.travel.state.gov, or call the U.S.
National Passport Information Center at 877-4USA-PPT for more
information.

All Guests claiming U.S. citizenship, including children, must present
one of the following as proof of U.S. citizenship or be denied boarding:


A valid, unexpired U.S. Passport (valid for land, sea and air travel)

OR

Original state issued birth certificate or certified copy of a state
issued birth certificate. A hospital birth certificate is not state
certified and is not acceptable as proof of citizenship. Guests 18 years
of age and older are also required to present a photo ID issued by a
Local, State, or Federal Government agency with the birth certificate.

I hope this information has been helpful. If you require further
assistance in planning your visit, please feel free to contact us.

We look forward to sailing with you!

Have a Magical Day!

Tucker
Reservations Department
Disney Cruise Line

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