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Old 04-26-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Passport Card VS Passport

Hello! We are cruising for our 3rd time in Sept. I just checked our passports and mine is good for 5 more years, but my DD's expire this August. We only use the passports for whn we go on cruises so I was wondering if I should just get the passport card instead of the actual passport. Has anyone ever used this for a cruise? I checked the passport website and it said the card was okay for sea trips into the Bahamas, but not flying in. What's your opinion?
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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Don't waste your money on a card. Either get a passport book or just travel on a birth certificate. Unless you live near a border of Canada or Mexico and cross often, the cards aren't really used enough to justify the expense.

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Old 04-26-2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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The card is actually cheaper thn the passport which is why I wanted to get that instead. Because dont you need the passport to cruise?
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The card is actually cheaper thn the passport which is why I wanted to get that instead. Because dont you need the passport to cruise?
Currently (always subject to change) you can cruise to the Bahamas on a state issued BC.

The cards are cheaper because they are worthless. You can use them to enter a country by land or sea, but not air, which you can also do on a birth certificate, so why bother? They are helpful if you live in Vermont and cross into canada all the time, but not for much else.

A child's passport is $110 and good for 5 years. To me it is worth it to have the real passport. My kids use theirs all the time for ID and to travel.

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Hello! We are cruising for our 3rd time in Sept. I just checked our passports and mine is good for 5 more years, but my DD's expire this August. We only use the passports for whn we go on cruises so I was wondering if I should just get the passport card instead of the actual passport. Has anyone ever used this for a cruise? I checked the passport website and it said the card was okay for sea trips into the Bahamas, but not flying in. What's your opinion?
A passport is not required at this time for a cruise to the Bahamas. It is only necessary if their is an emergency and you need to fly home in which case the card would not help you anyhow.
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Currently (always subject to change) you can cruise to the Bahamas on a state issued BC.

The cards are cheaper because they are worthless. You can use them to enter a country by land or sea, but not air, which you can also do on a birth certificate, so why bother? They are helpful if you live in Vermont and cross into canada all the time, but not for much else.

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ITA with Nancy! If you are considering getting the card for only cruising then don't bother. It won't be any different for you than a BC. Either spend the difference to get a full PP or save your money IMO.
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I have both the passport book and the passport card. I however live on the US-Canadian border and frequently go across to Canada. I would not recommend a passport card for anyone who doesn't live in a border state and makes trips back and forth.
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Hello! We are cruising for our 3rd time in Sept. I just checked our passports and mine is good for 5 more years, but my DD's expire this August. We only use the passports for whn we go on cruises so I was wondering if I should just get the passport card instead of the actual passport. Has anyone ever used this for a cruise? I checked the passport website and it said the card was okay for sea trips into the Bahamas, but not flying in. What's your opinion?
I agree with PPs, the passport card is a waste of money unless you cross the Mexico and/or Canada border on a regular basis.

You say you only need the passport for cruising, what if you decide to take a cruise that does require a passport, such as a Panama Canal or Mediterranean cruise?
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I agree with PPs, the passport card is a waste of money unless you cross the Mexico and/or Canada border on a regular basis.

You say you only need the passport for cruising, what if you decide to take a cruise that does require a passport, such as a Panama Canal or Mediterranean cruise?
Or a one way Alaska?
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On a closed loop cruise, the only time you would need a passport would be to fly home in an emergency or if the Carnival ship you are sailing on breaks down in a foreign port, so a passport card is useless on a cruise.
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WOW! Thanks for all the info guys! I really thought you needed a passport to go on the cruise. We used them the last time, and I just thought you did. Once again, Disboards rocks! :-)
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It is only necessary if their is an emergency and you need to fly home in which case the card would not help you anyhow.
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On a closed loop cruise, the only time you would need a passport would be to fly home in an emergency or if the Carnival ship you are sailing on breaks down in a foreign port, so a passport card is useless on a cruise.
Or your Disney ship breaks down or catches fire (which has happened(.


And actually those Carnival passengers were allowed on the charter flights without a passport. But if you miss the boat or need to get home quickly you won't get the same treatment
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Currently (always subject to change) you can cruise to the Bahamas on a state issued BC.

The cards are cheaper because they are worthless. You can use them to enter a country by land or sea, but not air, which you can also do on a birth certificate, so why bother? They are helpful if you live in Vermont and cross into canada all the time, but not for much else.

A child's passport is $110 and good for 5 years. To me it is worth it to have the real passport. My kids use theirs all the time for ID and to travel.

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Not even any good if you live in VT because we have enhanced driver's licenses which offer the exact same benefits as the passport card.
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