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Old 04-20-2013, 08:11 PM   #1
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Any problems with Birth Certificates?

has anyone that has cruised lately had any problems using their birth certificates to bored the ship?
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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2 years ago when we went on the Dream my husband used his birth certificate and was fine.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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There is not a problem boarding the ship as long as the cruise takes off and comes back to the same US Port. The only problem would be if you try to come back in the United States not on the ship; like flying home because of an emergency.

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) allows U.S. citizens (including children) sailing on cruises that begin and end in the same U.S. port to travel with one of the WHTI compliant documents, listed below. Additionally, baptismal and hospital certificates, copies of U.S. passports and naturalization papers, are not WHTI compliant documents, therefore, are NOT acceptable.

· Valid U.S. Passport

· Passport Card

· Original or suitable quality copy of a Birth Certificate (Issued by a government agency: state/county/city)

· Certificate of Naturalization

· Trusted Traveler Program Membership Card, e.g., Nexus Card, Sentri Card or Fast Card

· Enhanced Tribal Card

· A Consular Report of Birth Abroad

· Enhanced Driver's License (EDL)
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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We cruised on the 3 day Dream last week and all 6 of us used our birth certificates.. We went to Nassau and Cast Away.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:20 PM   #5
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Just a word about birth certificates.... Just last week my friends tried to cruise another cruise line with a hospital issued birth certificate for their youngest child and it was refused, of course. It appeared very official and they had no idea they had not brought the "real thing." They were a four hour flight from home and missed the cruise, losing 1000s of dollars. Most importantly, they were heartbroken. So, be sure you have the correct copy.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:28 PM   #6
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Just a word about birth certificates.... Just last week my friends tried to cruise another cruise line with a hospital issued birth certificate for their youngest child and it was refused, of course. It appeared very official and they had no idea they had not brought the "real thing." They were a four hour flight from home and missed the cruise, losing 1000s of dollars. Most importantly, they were heartbroken. So, be sure you have the correct copy.
Thanks, we all have our state issued birth certificates
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:53 PM   #7
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Just a word about birth certificates.... Just last week my friends tried to cruise another cruise line with a hospital issued birth certificate for their youngest child and it was refused, of course. It appeared very official and they had no idea they had not brought the "real thing." They were a four hour flight from home and missed the cruise, losing 1000s of dollars. Most importantly, they were heartbroken. So, be sure you have the correct copy.
An official birth certificate has a stamp or seal on the document.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:03 AM   #8
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An official birth certificate has a stamp or seal on the document.
Also add hologram,water mark and there are a few other methods....some people get caught up in the "raised seal" or no deal idea
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:33 AM   #9
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Just a word about birth certificates.... Just last week my friends tried to cruise another cruise line with a hospital issued birth certificate for their youngest child and it was refused, of course. It appeared very official and they had no idea they had not brought the "real thing."
I really think hospitals need to stop this nonsense. THEY know that what they issue isn't official, so why on earth do it? Children born in hospitals in America have a birth certificate issued by the state registrar's office, and the state gets the info from the hospital. The parent has to order the certified BC from that office. There is no reason a hospital should be doing anything that might confuse anyone.

And I'm a little disturbed that since they had official BCs for at least one other child (from your wording), they didn't realize they needed one from the state for the youngest.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:45 AM   #10
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The one from the hospital is like a souvenir birth cert.
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has anyone that has cruised lately had any problems using their birth certificates to bored the ship?


While it is totally ok on a closed loop cruise to use a official BC, but if you have a problem, like a health issue in a foreign port or need to fly home fast in a emergency or miss the ship, it becomes a big hazel and issue. You will need to go to the US Embassy, get a temporary Passport and that takes 2 days or more!

You have to pay for a hotel and meals while you wait! If someone is back home and ill..that's a lot of waiting!

We just feel its not worth the problems not to have a Passport!


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Old 04-21-2013, 10:39 AM   #12
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What if its not a closed loop, like from Canada to California? Anybody have experience with that?
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What if its not a closed loop, like from Canada to California? Anybody have experience with that?
You would need a passport. The only exemption allowing BC & photo ID as opposed to passport is closed loop cruises (beginning & ending in the same port.
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While it is totally ok on a closed loop cruise to use a official BC, but if you have a problem, like a health issue in a foreign port or need to fly home fast in a emergency or miss the ship, it becomes a big hazel and issue. You will need to go to the US Embassy, get a temporary Passport and that takes 2 days or more!

You have to pay for a hotel and meals while you wait! If someone is back home and ill..that's a lot of waiting!

We just feel its not worth the problems not to have a Passport!
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Yes, yes and yes! While you CAN take a closed-loop cruise with a birth certificate, I would not want to do it. It is really not that difficult to get a passport, so for peace of mind I really suggest you bite the bullet and get them for your group. Also the whole world opens up to you!
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What if its not a closed loop, like from Canada to California? Anybody have experience with that?
You will need a passport....and for Canada make sure you don't have even DWI on your record, they may not let you into Canada!

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