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Old 02-04-2013, 12:50 PM   #31
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We purchase Medical insurance when we cruise or travel out of the country. We just look at passports as another form of insurance. But hey to each his/her own .
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:02 PM   #32
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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.
My kids have had passports since they were 5. The first ones they never used. The second ones we used 2-3 times. When those expired, one was just about to turn 16 and the other was 15. I went ahead and got them because they needed them for their driver's license applications. We were thinking about waiting until the 15 year old was 16 so it would be good for 10 years, but I'm glad we just went ahead with it. Since then the 16 year old has been on 2 cruises and is now going to France. The 15 year old turned 16 but we went on a cruise 9 days after her birthday so we wouldn't have had time to get it.

Who knows when a good deal on a trip to Canada or Alaska is going to come up? Your 2 year old will be good to go!

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Old 02-04-2013, 01:22 PM   #33
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Yes, CC is Disney-owned, but it's foreign soil.

And, when cruising, as soon as you step aboard the ship, you are out of the country, and many medical insurances don't cover out of the country.

I'm pretty sure CC is leased from the Bahamians on like a 99 year lease. Doesn't change your point.

I checked and my health insurance does cover us if we are out of the country.....but I work for a major corporation and we have employees all over the world.

To the OP, I would not worry about passports on that cruise. I would not go to Mexico or other Carribean ports of call w/o a passport though.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:41 PM   #34
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My exact suggestion. I could hear the panic in the mother's post. The what ifs are always a possibility.
Agreed! You just never know what could happen. Yes, passports are expensive for a daily expense, but when you consider how much money you are spending on a cruise, and the fact that it is good for 5 or 10 years, the price becomes nominal. A ten year passport will cost you $12 a year - that's a dollar a month, or $2 a month over the five years for a child. For me, the peace of mind is worth it. I even use my passport for domestic travel....it's just a universally undisputed form of ID that I feel is necessary for my family.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:52 PM   #35
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Agreed! You just never know what could happen. Yes, passports are expensive for a daily expense, but when you consider how much money you are spending on a cruise, and the fact that it is good for 5 or 10 years, the price becomes nominal. A ten year passport will cost you $12 a year - that's a dollar a month, or $2 a month over the five years for a child. For me, the peace of mind is worth it. I even use my passport for domestic travel....it's just a universally undisputed form of ID that I feel is necessary for my family.
IF you will be cruising again with your children, even once or twice in the next 5 years OR if you will be flying annually (as we did with my children through 2011) it's nice to have. It's a simple travel document.

IF however, it will be extremely unlikely you'll use it again in the next few years, like us. (New baby due late 2013, no time or $$ for travel out of Ohio for another few years at least), then even $2 a month ($4 a month for 2 boys) over a 5 year period is too much.

I'll skip the head exam though. It would cost me a FORTUNE on my HDHP.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:16 PM   #36
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Not exactly correct...the US Coast Guard can air lift off of Castaway Cay.
This may be true, but whether the USCG comes or not is not going to be based on whether the person needing emergency treatment has a US passport, or is where they'd be taken.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:24 AM   #37
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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.


Don't feel to good yet...............yes the USCG does oftern air lift, if the Bahamian GC is not available. However the USCG goes where the Bahamian goverment says they can take you..........that maybe Nassau OR Freeport.

There is also the rare possiblity of needing to be airlifted off the vessel at sea.

There was just a post from a lady *nightmare in Nassau* whose child almost needed emergency surgery in Nassau and they had no insurance or passports.........luckily the child was ok but in the middle of all the horrors of being in the hospital, they were making trips back and forth to the US Ambassy to try and stragith out the problems of getting to the States.

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:07 AM   #38
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Did anyone else hear the talk about this on NPR last week? It was very interesting. I have been trying to find the link to post on here. It was talking about the various ways Americans travel without passports and what happens when they do become stranded. It mentioned how the cruise industry is the largest vocal opponent to passport regulation at sea. That the US government would like to make everyone have a passport to sail because that is the safest thing for the citizen but the cruise industry is adamantly against it because it would cut into their sales. Especially last minute, spur of the moment sales right before cruise dates. It also talked about how it can take up to 3 weeks to get an emergency passport to reenter the country. I wish I could find it. It was a good show. Anyone else out there hear it?
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:12 AM   #39
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In regards to emergency passports, this is what I was told by the very kind gentleman with the US State Department. Should you run into an emergency in the Bahamas, an emergency passport will be issued at the US Embassy. It takes approximately 24 hours for approval. This passport is valid for one year and can be converted to a standard passport at no additional charge. The cost of an emergency passport is exactly the same as a standard passport. The US Embassy is within 5 minutes of the cruise ports.

Another great tip I found out, passports are processed based on the date of travel. Even if your travel is within 4 weeks, don't spend the money on expedited processing. It will likely be returned within 14 days. We applied for my daughters passport on January 19th. We received it in the mail on January 28th.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:58 AM   #40
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In regards to emergency passports, this is what I was told by the very kind gentleman with the US State Department. Should you run into an emergency in the Bahamas, an emergency passport will be issued at the US Embassy. It takes approximately 24 hours for approval. This passport is valid for one year and can be converted to a standard passport at no additional charge. The cost of an emergency passport is exactly the same as a standard passport. The US Embassy is within 5 minutes of the cruise ports.

Another great tip I found out, passports are processed based on the date of travel. Even if your travel is within 4 weeks, don't spend the money on expedited processing. It will likely be returned within 14 days. We applied for my daughters passport on January 19th. We received it in the mail on January 28th.
Which is just fine if your emergency happens between 9 and 5 on a weekday that also isn't a holiday (US or the country you're in - often the embassy/consulates take both holidays since many of the workers are foreign nationals).

Passports are processed in the order received, unless expedited.

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Old 02-05-2013, 09:33 AM   #41
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Which is just fine if your emergency happens between 9 and 5 on a weekday that also isn't a holiday (US or the country you're in - often the embassy/consulates take both holidays since many of the workers are foreign nationals).

Passports are processed in the order received, unless expedited.

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Not to mention if there is a problem of some kind and US Embassy needs to check on something..in the meantime your sitting there running up a hotel and food bill, maybe have someone in a hosipital or at home sick.etc.etc.etc.......


The bottom line is get the Passport.......it saves a lot of travel problems when needed!

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Old 02-05-2013, 10:35 AM   #42
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You are only planning on one foreign port, but what if there is a serious medical emergency at sea? What if your closest port is foreign and not on your itinerary? On my recent Fantasy cruise, we ended up going to Cozumel in the middle of the night for a serious medical emergency, since it was the closest port at the time. This changed up our itinerary for a few days of our trip. Things do not always go as planned.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:11 PM   #44
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I think passports really should just be factored into the price of taking a cruising.
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I think passports really should just be factored into the price of taking a cruising.
Good point.
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