Passport Book or Passport Card ?

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by bella-noel, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. bella-noel

    bella-noel Mouseketeer

    Oct 27, 2010
    I am planning a 4 day Disney Dream cruise to the Bahamas and I was thinking about getting passports for my family. I saw that there are two choices, the book and the card. What is the difference and which one would be right for me and my family?
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  3. mdsoccermom

    mdsoccermom DIS Veteran

    Jun 20, 2010
    Passport cards are good for border crossings land or sea only. They may not be used for international air travel, whereas a passport book can.

    Personally, and this is just my opinion, if you are going to get documentation to travel internationally, then spend the money for a passport book. IMO, that is the best form of identification.
  4. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

    Dec 15, 2003
    Realistically, Passport cards are pretty worthless. If you have an emergency and have to fly home, they have no value.
  5. sorul82?

    sorul82? <font color=red>I have an alibi<br><font color=lim

    Apr 12, 2006
    Yes, what they said.
  6. sonny75

    sonny75 Earning My Ears

    Jan 13, 2011
    We also considered getting the cards, which are considerably cheaper, but ended up with the books. I think the cards were really meant for people that regularly commute by land from U.S. to Canada or Mexico and vice versa. While the card is accepted for travel outside the U.S. by sea also, I would have to agree that the book is probably the way to go, due to the emergency factor, and the possible need to have to fly home.
  7. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2003
    If you are going to spend money, go all the way and get the book. As others have said, the card is basically worthless in an emergency, which is the only reason you need one to begin with.

    Either spend nothing and do birth certificates (this means you are betting on no emergency; you will return on the ship...which is, of course, likely), or get what you WILL need in the event of an emergency--which is the passport book.
  8. owensamo

    owensamo DIS Veteran

    Mar 19, 2002
    While I agree with everyone else - we have passportbooks for ourselves and our 8yo DD - I do wonder if a passport card would be sufficent for Alaska cruises out of Vancouver.

    We're looking at an Alaska cruise in 2012 or 2013, and my parents don't have passports. As it's hard enough to get them to fly to Seattle, and they're not likely to ever go anywhere else out of the country, I'm wondering if they might be able to save some money and get the card, since we'll be land boardering the drive to Vancouver, and *all* of the ports on the cruise are in the US. If there's a problem, we don't need passports to fly from home from Alaska.

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