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Old 10-19-2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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Do kids need passports for Eastern itinerary?

We are going to St. Maarten and St. Thomas/St. Johns and Castaway Cay. We went in April to Bahamas and Grand Turk and the kids didn't need passports. Just wanted to confirm this still held true. Anyone know?
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:37 AM   #2
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Wouldn't everyone need passports for St Marten as it is a foreign country? St Thomas is part of the US Virgin Islands but St Marten isn't.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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Wouldn't everyone need passports for St Marten as it is a foreign country? St Thomas is part of the US Virgin Islands but St Marten isn't.
You don't need passports for a closed loop cruise from a US port, as birth certificates will suffice. However, you would need passports if you had to fly home from St. Maarten or the Bahamas in an emergency.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:47 AM   #4
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No passport is needed for closed looped cruises that depart from the US and return to the US. We have taken many cruises with a birth certificate.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:01 AM   #5
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No passport is needed for closed looped cruises that depart from the US and return to the US. We have taken many cruises with a birth certificate.
Just to clarify, closed loop means it departs from and returns to the same US port. https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...-take-a-cruise
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:38 AM   #6
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Passports

You can do a search on this topic on DIS boards. It has been covered completly. Lots of problems if you have to come back any other way that on the ship you left on. If ship breaks it becomes a problem. That is why Triumph was pulled back to Moblie, AL. C Dream had to charter special planes to bring those passenger back from St Thomas that did not have passports to Orlando, to have the Ship Coustoms Agents clear them back in.

If you or chrildren get sick. Big story on this with DCL ship mother no passport and child in Mexican Hospital, they were not going to let the mother stay. Said she had to leave with ship.

If you plan on doing more crusies in the next 5 years go out and get passports for all. Chrildren good for 5 adult good for 10.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:08 PM   #7
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We just did the eastern in January and only used a birth certificate for our daughter. Have a great cruise!
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:29 PM   #8
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Passports will not be necessary if everything goes well. Your children will re-board from ports using their Key to the World room key card.

I just sailed that itinerary last month with 2 children.

I did, however, choose to get them passports. It gave me peace of mind to know that if we had an emergency and had to get back to the US on anything other than our specific sailing, we wouldn't have a whole lot of craziness.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:46 PM   #9
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Caveat- this depends on which excursions you go on as well.
Ex:
http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cr...homas-st-john/
Requires guests 16+ to carry a passport. Read the fine print!

"Guests who are U.S. Citizens and ages 16 and up are required to carry a valid passport in order to participate on this tour. Children ages 15 and under who are U.S. Citizens may travel on their valid passport or an original birth certificate (with raised seal). All non-U.S. Citizens are required to carry a valid passport meeting the necessary visa requirements to enter the British Virgin Islands and re-enter the United States. Anyone under the age of 18 traveling with an adult who is not the parent (aunt, uncle, grandparent, friend, etc.) must have a notarized letter of permission to join the tour (not just a note) with them on tour. The tour involves international travel and this is required to leave the country."

There are also several on the Alaska itineraries that require them.
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