Yeah..Jeff only had the certificate the hospital gives too. I'm glad it was so easy to get! It's a little overwhelming shopping in a place like that. In Jamaica all the shop owners try to entice you into their little stall instead of any other. Lots of "hey honey, you look over here", etc. And you have to be willing to say NO nicely and walk away. Some will try to make you feel guilty for offering a price they think is too low...you have to just roll with it! Alaska is one place I just have no interest in. I feel like I live in Alaska half the time living here in the frozen tundra that is upstate New York in the winter. Jeff's parents did an Alaskan cruise several years ago and really enjoyed it. Thanks Connie! Sometimes it pays to be a planner! NY has an enhanced drivers license that can be used in lieu of a passport to go to Canada and the Caribbean. But...Jeff's license is not up for renewal yet and since you can use the BC and your driver's license we decided to do that rather than pay the extra for a new license. (We already had to pay $30 for the new BC!) The only issue we will have is if for some odd reason he needs to fly out of the Bahamas back to the US. The BC/license is only suitable for closed-loop cruises, no air travel. If that happens...I guess he'll have to live in the Bahamas! I get the "all travel without getting to the vacation". I think, however, that the modern cruise ship has so many on-board activities that it is just a big floating resort! Then the excursions at port are just icing on the cake! You can either book your excursions through the cruise line or go out on your own and do it independently. It's more costly to go through the cruise line for the most part, but the advantage is they make sure you are back to the ship before it leaves port. If an independent trip is planned, you're on your own..they'll leave ya! We are only doing a cruise line sponsored excursion in CoCo Cay because it is a private island..no independent activities other than just the beaches.