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Old 01-30-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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Confirm: Passports not needed to enter Western Caribbean Ports

Right? My understanding was most folks left their passports inside their staterooms while disembarking to these ports. My mother says she had to have her passport every time on her EASTERN cruise with a different cruise line. We have a problem with some of our birth certificates not having full names (middle initial only) of the parents. Supposed to get them today but am expecting DH and DD won't be able to get theirs. Thanks!
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You don't need them for Eastern either. If you are on a closed loop cruise (start and end at same port), you need a BC or passport to get off at the end. At any port, you use your KTTW card and a government issued picture ID, which could be a passport if you choose, but it could be a driver's license, military ID, etc.

I've heard Colombia requires a passport, but that is not a port on Disney except for the Panama Canal and that is an open end cruise so passport required.

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Thanks for that!
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Just in case, i keep a photocopy of our passports with us at all times. Can't hurt to have it in case of misfortune or incident.
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You don't need them for Eastern either. If you are on a closed loop cruise (start and end at same port), you need a BC or passport to get off at the end. At any port, you use your KTTW card and a government issued picture ID, which could be a passport if you choose, but it could be a driver's license, military ID, etc.

I've heard Colombia requires a passport, but that is not a port on Disney except for the Panama Canal and that is an open end cruise so passport required.

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What about kids? Do they need some sort of photo ID to get back on? Or will their BC work?
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What about kids? Do they need some sort of photo ID to get back on? Or will their BC work?
Kids only need their KTTW card to get back on board at the different ports.
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As an aside, I got a Passport Card last time I went on a cruise. It's small and convenient, the same size as a state ID, but only good for travel on a cruise ship or by car, not when flying air.
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You don't have to have your passport with you as people stated above.

But...

If you don't take your pp with you and something happens during your excursion (medical emergancy or you miss the boat) then your pp is still onboard amd can give you trouble getting a flight back home...
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Well, after a bit of running around we finally have completed the passport application process. Their camera didn't work so we had to go to CVS to get photos and for some crazy reason I had to go back home to get our marriage license. No one said anything about the birth certificates not having full names of parents on them. It's not over til it's over though and it ain't gonna be over til we have passports in hand....
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Just finished the western caribbean cruise. Everyone needs their WTTC card. Adults need photo ID. We were told that photcopies of your passport was ok. No one actually asked for them though.
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You don't have to have your passport with you as people stated above.

But...

If you don't take your pp with you and something happens during your excursion (medical emergancy or you miss the boat) then your pp is still onboard amd can give you trouble getting a flight back home...
If you are unable to re-board (accident) or you miss the ship, supposedly the cruise line will check your stateroom for your passports and leave them with the port officer. That's always been the story I've been told about how cruise lines do it. If you know you can't reboard, you should notify the ship and tell them to access your safe to get passports, but the story most travelers tell is that the ship will do it if you miss the boat.

So, on your daily navigator, there will be a name and number for the port officer on it - keep that if you're getting off the ship, it's who you call if you're going to miss the boat.

But, if you carry a copy of the passport, it has all the info on it that you need, so it expedites the US consulate in your port re-issuing you passports. It's the difference between a replacement passport (which is fast), and trying to cobble together the info to confirm your identity in the first place, which would be the longer delay.

We always travel with passports (can't fly back to U.S. without them), never carry them in port, always carry a photocopy in port.
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