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Old 12-03-2012, 08:46 AM   #16
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The post that I originally quoted said that they got the cards instead of the passports for their cruise because they were less expensive.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:39 AM   #17
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The post that I originally quoted said that they got the cards instead of the passports for their cruise because they were less expensive.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:28 PM   #18
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If you live in Louisiana or one of the states effected by the Real ID Act - you may need a passport beginning on 1/15/13, not for the cruise, but to fly domestically. Google "Real Act ID Louisiana" I don't remember which other states are also included.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:07 PM   #19
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when you did your registration, it should have had your requirements that you need to take to the port with you.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:34 PM   #20
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Is a passport required for your cruise? No.

But I can't imagine traveling internationally without one. And we do live close to Canada and travel there as often as we can, but we still see no point in the enhanced licenses, passport cards, etc. True passports for us.



A previous poster made a good point, to make sure that your birth certificate is the right version. They now require both parents names on the BC, so you need to make sure that your certified BCs are the correct version.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:59 PM   #21
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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.
Here my .02...
If it's only a 3 or 4 night cruise (Bahamas/Castaway Cay) and you don't plan on cruising again. I would just cruise using your Birth certs & driver's licenses. Here's why...the only place you could possibly fly home from is Nassau and in the event of an emergency just go to the embassy and they will help you out. So I wouldn't spend the $$ for such a tiny chance when you could get one at Nassau if you really needed it.


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Old 12-04-2012, 01:36 PM   #22
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Is a passport required for your cruise? No.

But I can't imagine traveling internationally without one. And we do live close to Canada and travel there as often as we can, but we still see no point in the enhanced licenses, passport cards, etc. True passports for us.

A previous poster made a good point, to make sure that your birth certificate is the right version. They now require both parents names on the BC, so you need to make sure that your certified BCs are the correct version.
How can you require both names on a birth certificate?
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How can you require both names on a birth certificate?
Well my question when I first heard about it was opposite...there were states that did not have names of parents on a BC?

If your question is about situations where a father is unknown or someone doesn't want him to be on there, I imagine there's a way to accomplish this. I figure that it's just a spot for parent names that needs to be filled in in some way.

All we know is that there were BCs that used to be correct and now aren't valid because of that issue, so every has to make SURE of their BC validity. States change their BCs sometimes. Just think of the controversy with the last two elections, because a state changed the format of their BCs!
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My father's BC just says his late name and then 'boy'; no first name. He had a lot of trouble when he got his first passport and my grandfather had to submit an affidavit that he was indeed the 'boy' born at that time.

There are a lot of problems with BCs. I used to do name changes for the county, and most were for women changing their names after marriage or divorce, but a good number of them were for people with errors on their birth certificates so that the name on the BC didn't match the name on their ID, the name they had 'always' used. Some were the people using a nickname, but many were different spellings or just plain mistakes. The state department wasn't going to issue the passport in any name other than that on the BC, even though the SSN, driver's license and everything else had always been to Jeffery not Jeffrey, Debra not Debbie, or Browne not Brown. It was a hassle, and this was before 9/11 and Homeland Security.

Many people try to use the abrievated BC to get a passport or board a ship. You need the official one with the seal of the county clerk or secretary of state on it. Mine doesn't look fancy, and in fact is just a photocopy of microfish, but it has the official seal on it. My kids' are 'certificates' but have the seal too. When we were waiting in line for their 2nd passports, the woman behind me had a smaller version of the birth certificate, like an index card, but without all the information my kids' had on theirs, and it wasn't certified. She took off in a huff because they wouldn't accept it.

It really is so much easier to give them a passport when you get off. The officer doesn't have to decide if 'this' really is a Montana BC and whether the seal is official. One of my kids is foreign-born, so I'd have to have her certificate of foreign birth, plus the original C of C (which is an 8 x 10 glossy document with her photo that I really don't want to be lugging around) and then explain it all to the customs officer every time. Passport!

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My problem is dd has a passport but it expires within six months of our cruise so she needs her bc that only has my name listed on it.
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I just called DCL and it's ok.
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My problem is dd has a passport but it expires within six months of our cruise so she needs her bc that only has my name listed on it.
No, the '6 month's remaining' on the passport is the rule of the country you might travel to, not the rule of the US. For example, China will not give you a visa unless you have 6 months remaining on your passport, but if you return to the USA from any country and your passport is still valid, you're fine.

My kids' birth certificates only have my name on them because I am their only parent. Never been a problem.

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I also asked about future cruises on her current bc and I was also told I was fine.
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My problem is dd has a passport but it expires within six months of our cruise so she needs her bc that only has my name listed on it.
We we traveled in may my sons expired 6 days after we got back and I had no trouble with it. It's really what your budget calls for and what your comfortable with.
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This is the state depts page with links to more info about the BC/parent name thing.

The problem, I believe, is that there were official BCs that had NO parent info on them. No spot for the info, not just that A parent was missing, or listed as unknown etc, but just no spot for that info.


neg, I'm in a funny spot with my name. BC is just first last because that is how I was named. In elementary school I chose a middle, and started using it. By the time I got a SSN, which at the time was gotten as you approached the age to work, I got it with first middle last. Drivers license has that, passport, everything but BC. With no actual name change, because at the time middle names were simply by usage. It was all fine then. About 12 years ago I wanted to change my middle, or at least drop it, and found out I would have to first change my name to include the middle, then change it again. Ugh.

Got married 9 years ago and neither of us changed our names, but I realized that that would have been the perfect time to try to accomplish what I wanted to do. Silly me.

Sorry for the . Went with what neg was saying though.
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