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Old 07-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #16
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Thank you to everyone who has replied! One more question: Do I need a passport book or a passport card?
Cards are cheaper but I don't think you can fly with them either. Pretty sure they are only good for cruising and border crossings.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:55 PM   #17
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I called Disney Cruise Line to ask them about passports because I got married in November. I'm actually going on the same cruise you are on October 7th lol :-)

I have a passport in my maiden name but not my married name. They said all I need is my Drivers License, Birth Certificate and copy of my marriage license. I'm brining my maiden name passport too just in case they need that for anything but yeah, DCL said no passport was needed for the 4 night bahamas cruise.
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:08 AM   #18
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DCL doesn't require passport, because their cruises are closed-loop. However, if you have an emergency that requires you to be treated in another country and fly home, you will need a passport book.

Like I said earlier in this thread, we had three emergency evacuations during our last cruise, one of them being a child. There's no way I would travel out of the country without a passport book. It's a small price to pay for peace of mind.
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FYI, the current eta listed on the passport site, as of July 8th 2012, is 4-6 weeks.

http://travel.state.gov/passport/pro...sing_1740.html
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You do not NEED a passport. SHOULD you have one? That's a matter of opinion. As mentioned above, if you have any situation that occurs that makes it so that you cannot return with the ship (emergency, miss the ship, who knows what), you cannot fly home (without hassle) without a passport. You will need to go through a lot of hoops, during a (probably) difficult time and not be able to leave instantly, when that's most likely what you will be wanting to do depending upon the situation.

DH and I will never cruise without a valid passport. Why risk it? Sure, it's betting the odds of something going wrong, but do you have health insurance, car insurance, home owners (renters) insurance? A passport is insurance that you can travel where you need to when you need to in the easiest possible way.

You can pay to have them rushed if you are worried about the turn around time. More money, I know, but also peace of mind. Worth every single cent in my opinion.

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Old 07-08-2012, 04:24 PM   #21
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Closed loop cruises do not need a passport. That is a government regulation, not a cruise line one.

Personally, I think they are the best form of ID. I wouldn't leaving the country without them.
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DCL doesn't require passport, because their cruises are closed-loop.
SOME of their cruises are closed-loop. You'll need a passport for the transatlantic cruises, Mediterranean cruises, and depending on the ports, the Panama Canal cruises.
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SOME of their cruises are closed-loop. You'll need a passport for the transatlantic cruises, Mediterranean cruises, and depending on the ports, the Panama Canal cruises.
True!

I was responding to the OP who was going on a 4-night cruise to the Bahamas, though, which is why I said that DCL would not require a passport for a closed-loop cruise.
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All the info in this thread has helped me greatly! I was worried about getting our passports before the 75-day mark. Thanks!
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:01 AM   #25
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DH and I already have passports. We applies for DS's passport on a Saturday at the post office and received it in the mail TEN DAYS later. For real.

That said, he's 14 months old. I imagine the background check didn't involve much effort .
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