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Old 05-28-2013, 11:21 PM   #1
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cruise without a passport?

We are cruising on the Wonder in October, and I was planning on getting everyone passports but I'm curious to know if it's absolutely necessary. Has anyone ever did a cruise without one? I am more concerned of being stranded in a foreign country... If an emergency occurs.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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People do it on closed looped cruises with a government issued ID and birth certificate.

I would not personally choose to do this for the reasons you mentioned. Plus it opens up a world of possibilities. Flying somewhere new? Well, we already have passports!

Of course you should not take your passport off the ship in port, but many people make color copies to have with them just in case of said emergency.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:49 PM   #3
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Of course you should not take your passport off the ship in port, but many people make color copies to have with them just in case of said emergency.
This is probably a stupid question, but.....
If the point of taking the passport is in case you get stranded somewhere, what good is it to leave it on the ship? Will they really accept a photocopy?
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:49 PM   #4
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This is probably a stupid question, but.....
If the point of taking the passport is in case you get stranded somewhere, what good is it to leave it on the ship? Will they really accept a photocopy?

Silly person ... you looked at the issue logically!!!!

Having the photocopy CAN help the Embassy speed up your replacement process . . but it is NOT a get out of jail free card
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This is probably a stupid question, but.....
If the point of taking the passport is in case you get stranded somewhere, what good is it to leave it on the ship? Will they really accept a photocopy?

Silly person ... you looked at the issue logically!!!!

Having the photocopy CAN help the Embassy speed up your replacement process . . but it is NOT a get out of jail free card
Its not about being stranded in port for me. If I have an emergency in port hopefully a family member can retrieve my passport. You cant account for all emergencies. For me its more about an issue with the ship stranding us in a foreign port or having a serious enough medical emergency to need evacuation.
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Get the passports. Costly now but good for 10yrs. Keep a photocopy at home.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:20 AM   #7
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We are on the Wonder on Oct.19
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I cruised once with only my birth cert/ID and was nervous about it the whole time (miscalculated the expiration on my passport and didn't get the renewal in time). Plus, I keep waiting for that passport required for cruising rule to pop up suddenly.
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We are getting our passports even though we are cruising a closed loop cruise. I want them just to be sure I got everything covered. Plus, we can book another longer cruise without worry. I think the passport is just the best thing to have, it will give me more peace of mind. We aren't even getting off the boat with the exception of cast away cay!
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Get the passport. I just came off my first cruise in March without a passport and was also nervous the whole time. I did not enjoy myself on the islands because I was worried about getting back to the boat on time instead of just having fun.
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Last year on Magic our grandson traveled with birth certificate only. No issues whatsoever. You will be fine. As far as a color copy of a passport, it is useless, is not a recognized form of ID, must have the actual passport.
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You only need the passport, but lets look at the situation that occurred on Grandeur of the Seas. If you had been on that cruise, there would have been a delay in getting home, because you would not have been able to fly home from Freeport after the fire with only a driver's license in birth certificate. The American Consulate could have expedited a passport for you, but it probably would take a day or two. Now this is a rare situation, but it is something that can occur.
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Last year on Magic our grandson traveled with birth certificate only. No issues whatsoever. You will be fine. As far as a color copy of a passport, it is useless, is not a recognized form of ID, must have the actual passport.

The copy is more so you have the information to aide in getting help and a replacement if needed. Of course the a photocopy will not pass for anything, but it has all your info in one place when you need to go to the embassy or consulate to get an official replacement.
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We are cruising on the Wonder in October, and I was planning on getting everyone passports but I'm curious to know if it's absolutely necessary. Has anyone ever did a cruise without one? I am more concerned of being stranded in a foreign country... If an emergency occurs.
Clearly you're concerned & as PPs noted they were nervous when sailing, w/o passports. Do your self a favor get the passports & put your concern to rest.
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Clearly you're concerned & as PPs noted they were nervous when sailing, w/o passports. Do your self a favor get the passports & put your concern to rest.

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