Jenn
Dedicated June 2018

Not needing Passport on Cruise?

Jenn, on November 7, 2017 at 4:27 PM Posted in Honeymoon 0 56
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We are going on a cruise to the eastern Caribbean for our honeymoon and I was told today by a coworker that just went on her honeymoon that as long as I was leaving from the United States we didn't need a passport. Anyone know anything about that?

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Latest activity by AtoZ, on November 10, 2017 at 10:59 PM
  • SSJKarigan
    VIP August 2017
    SSJKarigan ·
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    Have you tried Google?

    https://www.passportsandvisas.com/cruise/lines/carnival-cruises

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  • Brittney
    Expert June 2018
    Brittney ·
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    That's not true. If your cruise leaves the country you need a passport. They won't let you on the ship without one. Not sure what cruise line your co-worker went on, but I imagine this is the norm for most.

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  • Mrs Robes
    Devoted October 2018
    Mrs Robes ·
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    That's 100% not true, definitely bring your passport.

    ETA: just read info on it, i guess you can however I still would bring it.

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  • BlueHenBride
    Master March 2017
    BlueHenBride ·
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    DH tried to convince me of this (he didn't have his passport), but the more he looked into it, the more we came to agree that even if he could, he'd be screwed if there was an emergency and we ended up on a random island needing a plane home. He wouldn't have been able to fly back into the US.

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  • Jenn
    Dedicated June 2018
    Jenn ·
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    Thanks everyone! I thought we would need one based on the research I had done but as first year teachers, I was hoping to potentially save any money possible!

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  • M
    VIP November 2017
    M ·
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    Any cruise I've researched require/ strongly suggest your passport and even a birth certificate in some cases. I would definitely bring something more than your ID to make sure your covered.

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  • GymRat
    Master May 2017
    GymRat ·
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    It's a good idea to have a passport anyway.

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  • WeddingCruiser2019
    Devoted January 2019
    WeddingCruiser2019 ·
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    This is true however I strongly discourage it. For cruising you only need your birth certificate and valid ID (as long as you are leaving from the US). Even though the cruise line doesn't require it, I still bring my passport and still bring it to shore with me (since God forbid something happens and I get stuck behind I do not want to be in a foreign country without my passport).

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  • WeddingCruiser2019
    Devoted January 2019
    WeddingCruiser2019 ·
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    @OP - for a piece of mind contact the cruise line you are going through. Cruises have different regulations for the islands when compared to just traveling there directly - so even though you may need a passport to get to island A if you flew directly you don't need it for cruising.

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  • MRSGodiva
    Super January 2017
    MRSGodiva ·
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    My only experience has been with Carnival cruiseline. They currently do not require a passport for cruises departing from and returning to the same US port for US citizens. You can cruise with an original copy of your birth certificate (long form, not short) and DL (or other approved photo ID, check link below). However, as PPs have stated, having a passport is good to have of something happens while out of the country.

    https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/category/~/travel-documentation-and-online-check-in/~/travel-documents/c/406

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  • Sara P.
    VIP October 2018
    Sara P. ·
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    Yes that's true. As long as you are leaving and returning by the same mode of transportation, you can use your birth certificate. But if there's an emergency and you have to fly back to the US, you're SOL. Better to just get the passport if you have time.

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  • Kat
    Savvy November 2017
    Kat ·
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    Went on a cruise for my bach two weeks ago. My sister who does not have a passport just brought her birth certificate and drivers license we went on royal Caribbean but we returned to the same port.

    We also got off in the Bahamas she brought it with her to return on the boat she had no issues.

    Now you don't even have to fill out custom forms when you re-enter into the US which I was surprised about.

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  • J
    Just Said Yes October 2018
    Jordan ·
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    I had to get a passport for my mother's cruise wedding, and I'm having a cruise wedding myself and insist on everyone who is cruising get passports, I would get it either way just incase

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  • Mandi
    VIP May 2016
    Mandi ·
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    If you are on a closed loop cruise (leaving and returning to the same US port) you do not need a passport and can use your birth certificate and driver's license. However, if you would need to fly home from one of the cruise stops due to an emergency, you likely will not be able to do so without a passport.

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  • The Future Mrs. Hughes
    Dedicated December 2017
    The Future Mrs. Hughes ·
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    Mandi is correct

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  • Beachy
    VIP November 2017
    Beachy ·
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    I personally wouldn't chance it. I would make sure you have a passport. If you get stranded, you might not be able to get home in a good manner.

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  • S
    Just Said Yes June 2018
    Sierra ·
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    We went on a Carnival cruise about a year ago to Cozumel, Mexico and we did not need one. However you never know what would happen while in the country. If we missed the ship for whatever reason, we'd have some difficulties getting back

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  • Jessica
    Dedicated March 2018
    Jessica ·
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    You technically only need your birth certificate and ID, but it's still a good idea to have a passport. If, for whatever reason, you get stranded in another country, your birth certificate won't do much for you.

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  • Morgan
    Dedicated September 2018
    Morgan ·
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    I went on a cruise last year that did not REQUIRE a passport. However when I went to get back on the ship at on of the ports (Bahamas) they were checking for passport. Also it's so easy to get a passport idk why you wouldn't

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  • Vanessasaurus
    VIP June 2019
    Vanessasaurus ·
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    If it's a "closed loop" cruise (which means it departs and returns to the same US port), you technically don't need a passport. But say if you got ill in one of these foreign countries or missed the ship and got stuck there, it would be a huge pain to get back to the US without a passport (you'd most likely have to go through a long process with the US Embassy in said country). In case of emergencies, a passport is reccommended.

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