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Ashleybs
02-07-2012, 04:58 PM
Do we need a passport if we are going to the Bahamas and sailing out of and returning to Port Canaveral? I'm confused by what I keep reading :confused3! Thanks.

kcashner
02-07-2012, 05:08 PM
Without getting into the debate about whether it is a good thing to have a passport from a safety/emergency standpoint (it is), NO, a passport is not required.

WHat is required is a CERTIFIED birth certificate (the one issued by the state where the birth took place, not a pretty gift type certificate that some hospitals issue) and for adults, a government issued photo ID. This is most commonly a driver's license, but can also be a military ID, work ID for those employed by a government, etc.

sauerkraut
02-07-2012, 06:47 PM
Just make sure you have a certified birth certificate, with BOTH parents names listed for each cruiser without a passport. You'll need your drivers license anyways to board the plane.

Have a great time! :flower3:

suzyqn
02-07-2012, 08:31 PM
Above info. is correct. We have sailed several years in a row with just birth certificates and driver's license. Will get those passports one of these days.

QCTodd
02-07-2012, 09:06 PM
Is there any places that actually spells this out in black and white that one is not needed? If passports were not needed for the kids our trip will be a lot easier to keep a secret!

QCTodd
02-07-2012, 09:08 PM
Also, what's the difference between the passport book and the passport card?

my2princessgirls
02-07-2012, 09:12 PM
Is there any places that actually spells this out in black and white that one is not needed? If passports were not needed for the kids our trip will be a lot easier to keep a secret!

Here: http://www.getyouhome.gov/html/lang_eng/eng_sa.html

I found the above in this sticky from this section of the dis, just scroll down to "passports".:thumbsup2 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2068966

sissy_ib
02-07-2012, 09:14 PM
Is there any places that actually spells this out in black and white that one is not needed? If passports were not needed for the kids our trip will be a lot easier to keep a secret!
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1139/~/documents-needed-to-take-a-cruise

Also, what's the difference between the passport book and the passport card?

The passport card is not what you want in this situation. The passport card is not good for flying internationally, only land and sea border crossing. Since a passport is not needed on a closed loop cruise you would only get one in case of an emergency that you would need to fly back to the US for. In that case you would need a passport book or wait to get help from US officials.