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Old 02-03-2013, 11:10 PM   #16
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Oh my gosh, now that makes me feel soooo much better. I really don't want to go through the hassles of passports for what seems like one port.
And the best part is the Coast Guard does not charge US residents
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:22 PM   #17
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And the best part is the Coast Guard does not charge US residents
Really? That seems odd to me, but then again I live in the desert so dealing with the coast guard is not something that I have ever had to do But I know that when the national guard is called in they don't charge you, so I guess that makes sense. Who knew.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:02 AM   #18
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Really? That seems odd to me, but then again I live in the desert so dealing with the coast guard is not something that I have ever had to do But I know that when the national guard is called in they don't charge you, so I guess that makes sense. Who knew.
The Coast Guard is expressly prohibited by statute (Title 46 US Code, sec. 2110) from charging a fee for any search and rescue service.

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Old 02-04-2013, 05:10 AM   #19
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Not exactly correct...the US Coast Guard can air lift off of Castaway Cay.
Cool! I have no idea really.. I just had the se question and was told by a prior cruiser that while cruising to CC, they discussed airlifting her sick son to the ER in Nassau.

So I dunno really. Here's hoping I don't ever have to find out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:22 AM   #20
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I always read that if you get stuck, you can't fly back to your country without a passport. So I have to ask, how do people get home? Or do they become permanent Bahamians? Lol

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I always read that if you get stuck, you can't fly back to your country without a passport. So I have to ask, how do people get home? Or do they become permanent Bahamians? Lol

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You have to get clearance from the US and an emergency temporary passport thing (not sure if it is called a passport in that situation?). It takes time though. It isn't like you are going to get back the day of the emergency for surgery or something. But yes, you do get back eventually. IMO, the point is, in an emergency situation would you really want the stress of then having to try to get back into the US on top of everything else? Esp if it is your child who is sick or hurt?
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:36 AM   #22
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Not exactly correct...the US Coast Guard can air lift off of Castaway Cay.
It might be the US coast guard or it could be the Bahamian one. And they are going to take you to the closest emergency facility, which might not be in Florida. They also aren't going to take your entire family, just the necessary one(s) which might be just the patient. I think they try to take an adult too, but if they can't, they can't.

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It might be the US coast guard or it could be the Bahamian one. And they are going to take you to the closest emergency facility, which might not be in Florida. They also aren't going to take your entire family, just the necessary one(s) which might be just the patient. I think they try to take an adult too, but if they can't, they can't.

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I was wondering about that being that it is international waters. I wonder how they decide that? I think there was someone on here talking about how they do only take the one person. I am sure if it is a child they would take one parent too but how awful would that be if it was your husband and you had to then somehow get home after he had left. I keep thinking about that woman who posted on here about her BIL and sister. He had a heart attack on the boat. I just don't know how someone would handle that. I would probably be a basket case! I would be so worried and then trying to figure out how to fly back with all the kids to see him. The passport issue would put me over for sure Glad we have them.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:34 AM   #24
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Hi all! I am new to the forums; however, have been reading a lurking like crazy. I am very tempted to schedule me and my 3 children on the 8 day Bahama's cruise in March; however, we don't have passports. My understand from what I have read is that US citizens can cruise on ships which begin and end in US ports. The cruise I am looking at is Galveston, CC, WDW, Key West, and then back to Galveston. With the exception of CC these are all US ports - will we be ok with just certified birth certificates or did my plans just come to a screeching halt as none of us have passports?
Read this post, "Nightmare in Naussau". http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3058632

Passport are cheap when you think about it, they are good for 10 years.
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Read this post, "Nightmare in Naussau". http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3058632

Passport are cheap when you think about it, they are good for 10 years.
Passports for kids are only good for five years. Also, they cannot be renewed, but have to be applied for all over again.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:25 PM   #26
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If I left this country - even "just" on a cruise ship - without DS & I having passports, I should take that money I saved on the passports and have some sort of brain scan done, because it's nuts. If there was any kind of emergency, something that would be considered pretty "minor" on dry land and in our own hometown, I would so NOT want to have the added stress of trying to get some sort of emergency passport or clearance or whatever.

A passport is pretty cheap peace of mind -- and I am not only decidedly not-rich but also a cheap-a$$. But there are some things you just factor in the cost for, and a passport is one of them. Not just for traveling, but as the one irrefutable form of i.d. you have in your possession.
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There really is no need to reduce this thread to that line of discussion.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:53 PM   #28
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My family is taking the same cruise as the OP and we are not getting passports. We wouldn't be using them for anything else in the next five years so it's not worth the money to us. I'm not sure what it is about other peoples passport decisions that gets people so worked up. I promise not to come crying to any of the die-hard passport people if my family gets stranded by a medical emergency.
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I'll be getting a passport for my now 2 month old for our cruise in October when she'll be 11 months. Ridiculous since it is only good for 5 years (not to mention the picture will be so current...NOT)? Yes. But, I'd rather travel with a passport. Also, I feel passports travel a bit better than certified birth certificates...I always worry about the seal not being raised enough after the folding, unfolding, refolding, stored in pocket...I feel it is more of a hassle getting a new one of those than a passport.
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Read this post, "Nightmare in Naussau". http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3058632

Passport are cheap when you think about it, they are good for 10 years.
My exact suggestion. I could hear the panic in the mother's post. The what ifs are always a possibility.
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