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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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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   #4
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We are on the Wonder on Oct.19
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:15 AM   #5
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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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Old 05-29-2013, 05:15 AM   #6
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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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Old 05-29-2013, 05:29 AM   #7
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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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Old 05-29-2013, 06:26 AM   #9
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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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A color copy of your passport will help in RETRIEVING your ID, not subbing as a form of it. If you can get to a consulate or embassy it is helpful.

That's all.
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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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Old 05-29-2013, 07:07 AM   #13
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I got my daughters passports (their first cruise this year) the other day as a precaution. If something was to happen (knock on wood) I want the ability to hop on a plane and get home. Peace of mind is how I justified the cost..
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Question What about a 12 year old?

My nephew is 12. He can not get a passport because his father is not in the picture (a piece of trash) and we would unable to get the "father's" permission, which you need for a minor getting a passport. We leave in August and are planning on using my nephew's birth cert. as his only form of ID. Do we need anything else as far as an ID? I don't even think there is anything else. Will we be ok?
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My nephew is 12. He can not get a passport because his father is not in the picture (a piece of trash) and we would unable to get the "father's" permission, which you need for a minor getting a passport. We leave in August and are planning on using my nephew's birth cert. as his only form of ID. Do we need anything else as far as an ID? I don't even think there is anything else. Will we be ok?
We have the same issue with my daughter and her bio mom, whom she has no contact with. My daughter has now sailed twice with only her bc. Just make sure it's a closed loop cruise, and at least one person who is listed on the bc is going on the cruise with the child. I understand all the responses for passports and indeed the rest of us have a passport, but not everyone is in the position to get one until they are an adult due to selfish "parents".
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