This is not inteded to debate the benefits of a passport...I know the pros and cons. Normally I am an obsessive planner but this has been my daughter's senior year and has been filled with college plans etc. Not to mention the fact that she was very ill this fall and required multiple hospitalizations and surgery. I just realized that our passports will expire the month that we cruise. Do we NEED passports to board the ship? If I absolutely need them, I will, but I will have to expedite them and I'd rather not have that expense if its not absolutely, positively, and completely necessary.