newbie question re documentation

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by erin1998, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. erin1998

    erin1998 Mouseketeer

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    Hello everyone,
    I have been reading these boards for a few weeks trying to decide whether to book a disney cruise or with another cruise line. Well, yesterday I booked my first cruise with DCL (and second cruise ever) and now have a thousand different questions.
    It will be just my 8 year old son and myself (single mom) and we are doing a 7 day land and sea in May '07. We are also extending our land portion by arriving 3 days earlier.
    The big question that I have right now (and the one that worries me the most) is that DCL informed my travel agent that since I am travelling alone with my son and we live in Canada, that I will need a notarized letter from my son's father acknowledging that I am taking him out of the country for our holiday. DCL stated this letter is required for immigration/customs purposes as their policies have become more strict with regards to single parents leaving Canada. My ex and I aren't exactly on good terms and I know that he will not write a letter for me (out of spite). I have a court order indicating that I have sole custody of my son, with my ex having visitation every second weekend. The court order states that I can take him out of the country for holidays/vacations as long as I provide written notice to my son's father 30 days prior to leaving. I do have a passport for my son, so that isn't an issue. My question is, if my ex won't give me a letter, will my court order be sufficient?
    I took my son on a Celebrity cruise in December and was asked by immigration at the airport for a letter from my son's father. I presented them with my court order and they accepted that. Will DCL accept my court order instead of the letter?
    Any info/advice would be appreciated.
    Erin
     
  2. HeatherH

    HeatherH Earning My Ears<br><font color="darkorchid">Okay,

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    If you have SOLE CUSTODY, and legal documentation to prove that, then that is all you need.

    Enjoy your cruise.
     
  3. erin1998

    erin1998 Mouseketeer

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    HeatherH,
    Thank you for your response. I have double checked my court order and it states that I shall have custody of my son. It also states that I can take my son out of our province (ontario) as long as I inform his father 30 days in advance.
    I know that his father will not write a letter, so hopefully my court order will do.
    Thanks again :)
    Erin
     
  4. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

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    Check with Disney to be sure.
     

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