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Old 03-19-2013, 05:14 PM   #1
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Passports????

Just want to make sure i have everything ready for our first cruise? The way i'm reading it all we have to have is a copy of our birth certificate and a photo id. We don't have to have a passport.... Right?
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:16 PM   #2
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Just want to make sure i have everything ready for our first cruise? The way i'm reading it all we have to have is a copy of our birth certificate and a photo id. We don't have to have a passport.... Right?
For US citizens on a closed loop cruise the minimum requirement is a certified birth certificate, and (for those 16 and over) a government-issued photo ID.
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Just want to make sure i have everything ready for our first cruise? The way i'm reading it all we have to have is a copy of our birth certificate and a photo id. We don't have to have a passport.... Right?
Not just a copy, but a certified copy. This is different than a photocopy, it is issued from a government agency.

In order to answer your question about whether or not you need a passport, we have to know where you are cruising to and in which country you hold citizenship.

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Old 03-19-2013, 05:46 PM   #4
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Just want to make sure i have everything ready for our first cruise? The way i'm reading it all we have to have is a copy of our birth certificate and a photo id. We don't have to have a passport.... Right?
Make sure you have a certified copy of birth certificate (raised seal) and if your name is different on your birth certificate and drivers license you will also need certified copy if marriage license
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:54 PM   #5
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We are doing the Wonder to Cozumel and Castaway Cay. We are US citizens. Does anyone know if we need passports for that?
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We are doing the Wonder to Cozumel and Castaway Cay. We are US citizens. Does anyone know if we need passports for that?
ANY closed loop cruise (departing and returning from same US port), the minimum is certified BC and (for those 16 and over) government-issued photo ID.

You certainly can use passports if you have them.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:03 PM   #7
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They are not REQUIRED, but you may want to read some threads here about people who had close calls who didn't have them. It depends on the risks you are willing to take.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:17 PM   #8
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I am on the 7-Night Western next week and on the cruise documents it says exactly this, "Guests under the age of 16 may present one of the following: Original OR copy of their state issued birth certificate"

I was actually surprised to see this on my documents as I always thought they had to be original or certified copies. We travel with passports, but I thought that was interesting.

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Old 03-19-2013, 06:25 PM   #9
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This is copy and pasted from the Pre-Arrival Guide:

Required Documents for U.S. Citizens
All Guests claiming U.S. citizenship must present one of the following as proof of U.S. citizenship:

• A valid U.S. Passport
• A valid U.S. Passport Card
• A valid state-issued Enhanced Driver's License - this is a special type of license that provides proof of identity and US citizenship; not all states offer Enhanced Driver's Licenses - visit http://www.getyouhome.gov for the
most up to date list of participating states
• A valid Trusted Traveler Card (NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
• Government-issued photo ID along with one of the following:
• Original or copy of their state issued birth certificate
• Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State,
• Certificate of Naturalization issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

• Guests under the age of 16 may present one of the following:
• Original or copy of their state issued birth certificate
• Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State
• Naturalization Certificate issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

With the exception of the state issued birth certificate, photocopies of the above documents are not acceptable.

United States citizens can visit the State Department's travel website at http://travel.state.gov or call the United States National Passport Information Center at (877) 4USA-PPT (487-2778) for more information.
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I am on the 7-Night Western next week and on the cruise documents it says exactly this, "Guests under the age of 16 may present one of the following: Original OR copy of their state issued birth certificate"

I was actually surprised to see this on my documents as I always thought they had to be original or certified copies. We travel with passports, but I thought that was interesting.
Hmmm, on our last cruise, our cruise documents said:

Guests under the age of 16 may present one of the following:
-Original or certified copy of their state issued birth certificate.
-Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State.
-Naturalization Certificate issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


I know the "certified" wording didn't used to be in the cruise documents, but was added a while ago.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:27 PM   #11
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Hmmm, on our last cruise, our cruise documents said:

Guests under the age of 16 may present one of the following:
-Original or certified copy of their state issued birth certificate.
-Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State.
-Naturalization Certificate issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


I know the "certified" wording didn't used to be in the cruise documents, but was added a while ago.
Well these are documents for my March 30, 7-Night Western so I can only speak to what is listed in them.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:55 PM   #12
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thanks for the help everyone we are sailing to Nassau and cc from port Canaveral and back on October the 6th. can't wait!!!!!!
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:57 PM   #13
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Well these are documents for my March 30, 7-Night Western so I can only speak to what is listed in them.
The only difference in what you've posted is 'an original or copy of the birth certificate.'

One cannot legally copy a C of C or a naturalization certificate for proof a citizenship (you can copy to preserve the information, like you can make a copy of your passport just to have it, but not to present it as proof of citizenship).

I'd not chance showing up with a copy of a birth certificate you printed on your home copier. If you have the original to make a copy, just bring the original. A lot of people have what they think is an original birth certificate and it is just a certificate from a hospital or other non-official source. Only the county or state can issue the official document. My kids have a lovely one that has a green border and is on safety paper. Mine is a (terrible) photocopy of a microfish page, on legal paper but with all the info on one side of the page and info on other children born that day. BUT it has the seal of the State Recorder on it so it's an original.

I don't like to argue with clerks and government officials. I like to show them what they want, and what they want is a passport, and if they can't have that they want a fancy birth certificate with a raised seal, and if they can't have that they'll take my crappy birth certificate. What they won't take is something unofficial issued by the hospital.

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Old 03-19-2013, 06:59 PM   #14
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It surprises me that a simple photocopy of a BC is acceptable. Even at school, we require parents registering a child in pre-k or k to present a certified copy with the raised seal. We then make a photocopy after we verify that it is indeed a certified BC and return the original to the parent. Why? Because photocopies can be falsified very easily.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:03 PM   #15
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Don't shoot the messenger. I'm only showing you what Disney has printed in their cruise documents and in their pre-arrival guide. It surprises me as well.
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