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Old 12-01-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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Do you need a passport for the Disney Cruise Line? We are taking a cruise on the Dream in December 2013. It's Bahamas (I think...) NYE cruise.

Just want to budget for the passports if need be. Thank you.
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The simple answer is no, you are not required to have passports for a cruise that is closed loop [leaves and returns to the same port]. If you would have a need to fly home while on the cruise, there are emergency repatriation proceedures in place to get you back to the U.S. without a passport.
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Do you need a passport for the Disney Cruise Line? We are taking a cruise on the Dream in December 2013. It's Bahamas (I think...) NYE cruise.

Just want to budget for the passports if need be. Thank you.
For US citizens on a closed loop cruise (beginning and ending in the same US port) the minimum requirement is a CERTIFIED birth certificate and (for those 16 and over) a government issued photo ID.

Personally, I travel with a passport. I don't have to carry everyones birth certificates, and don't have to worry if something happens and I have to fly home from a foreign port, because you have to have a passport to fly.

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Old 12-01-2012, 08:55 PM   #4
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You can also get a passport card, that is what we did and its much cheaper than a full passport.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:59 PM   #5
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You can also get a passport card, that is what we did and its much cheaper than a full passport.
Sorry, but a passport card is a waste of money if you get it only for a cruise. It is meant for border crossings on foot/by vehicle, not by plane. If you were to need to fly home from your cruise, you would need to go through the same process as if you cruised with just your BC.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:06 AM   #6
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Sorry, but a passport card is a waste of money if you get it only for a cruise. It is meant for border crossings on foot/by vehicle, not by plane. If you were to need to fly home from your cruise, you would need to go through the same process as if you cruised with just your BC.
Just to clarify... a passport card is accepted as proof of citizenship and identity when entering the U.S. via cruise ship (as long as you're coming from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean).

It isn't accepted for air travel. So if you had to fly home, you'd still have to go through the process to get an emergency passport.

FWIW, the passport card is handy to have as a secondary ID. It's also nice, because it doesn't have your address printed on it.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:33 AM   #7
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.... the passport card .... doesn't have your address printed on it.
Just to clarify, neither does a passport.
The PP lists your state. It asks for you to fill in your address in pencil, but few do. fwiw Just to clarify.

OK, I see your point now. Most ID's have your address, but the card doesn't. I get it now, my bad.
You have a good point.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:46 AM   #8
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Do you need a passport for the Disney Cruise Line? We are taking a cruise on the Dream in December 2013. It's Bahamas (I think...) NYE cruise.

Just want to budget for the passports if need be. Thank you.
I didn't read through everyone's post. But I lost 3 out of 4 passports 3 days before my cruise on the Fantasy. So I adventured to the passport office. I learned YES you can travel by land with a us ID or Passport Card (I think they are $35) but in case of a serious emergency they will not allow you or your children enter the US (with some hassle eventually) by flight. Flying international is a whole different ball game. So it's truly up to you wether you'd be ok with out them. Hope that helps.
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Get a Passport! The process is a pain in the neck, but probably worth it.

If you decide not to and have to rely on a Birth Certificate, be certain it will be acceptable BEFORE you cruise.
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Sorry, but a passport card is a waste of money if you get it only for a cruise. It is meant for border crossings on foot/by vehicle, not by plane. If you were to need to fly home from your cruise, you would need to go through the same process as if you cruised with just your BC.
Agreed--unless you make regular boarder crossings from Canada or Mexico, the passport card is worthless. On a cruise, it will not do anything more for you than a certified birth certificate. Either spend the money and get a real passport OR save all the money and cruise with birth certificates.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:25 AM   #11
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I have passports for my family except my 3 year old. Should I get it?
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I have passports for my family except my 3 year old. Should I get it?
I would I have one for my 3 year old. Better safe then sorry.
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IMHO, I just think it's silly to consider traveling internationally no matter the travel method without a passport. If you get a passport, pay the few bucks more to get a passport card as PP said as a limited back-up. My daughter has had both since she was 9 months.
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Just to clarify... a passport card is accepted as proof of citizenship and identity when entering the U.S. via cruise ship (as long as you're coming from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean).
I was referencing the fact that the added expense of a passport card is not justified because it does no more for you than a BC does when used as identification to board a cruise ship.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:11 PM   #15
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I was referencing the fact that the added expense of a passport card is not justified because it does no more for you than a BC does when used as identification to board a cruise ship.
If we're talking about getting ONLY a passport card, I'd tend to agree.

However, getting both a passport and a passport card does have some benefits... even if you never enter Canada/Mexico by land. To me, it was worth the expense.

As an example... I have a cruise coming up next month. My passport is locked up at home, my passport card is in my wallet. If something should happen to my passport in the next month, I can still go on my cruise.

Likewise, if I lose my DL (but not my wallet), I can still easily board an airplane, check into a hotel, order a cocktail, etc. A passport card is also accepted on its own when filling out an I-9 form (proving eligibility to work in the US)... No need for a social security card, DL, or birth certificate.

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