Booked honeymoon under new name..bad idea?

posted 1 year ago in Honeymoons
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Honey bee

If you will need your passport for any ports of call, I would call Carnival ASAP and have that booking changed. No way will you have your new passport in time.

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Buzzing bee

Yeah, if it’s international and you need a passport, you’ll never be able to get your passport changed in time. I would call Carnival to see if you can change that as soon as you can.

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Buzzing bee

Change it to your maiden name quickly, if you wait to long you might be charged a hefty fee! You won’t have any documentation that you are married b/c your marriage certificate will have to be sent to the court and that takes about 2-3 weeks usually after that you’ll be able to legally change your name.

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Sugar Beekeeper

You need to change it back!! You won’t even have your marriage certificate, let alone SS card, Driver’s license, and Passport etc before your honeymoon!

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Bee Keeper

If you’re going internationally you’ll need your passport as ID and it won’t get changed in time! So either get Carnival to change the name or go through the hassle of legal name change early (which may or may not be an option prior to the marriage depending on state and is a total pain in the ass)

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Busy bee

I don’t know how cruises work, but if you are leaving the country and need a passport to travel to wherever you are going, it was indeed a bad idea. It will take WAY longer than 3 days to get your name changed legally in most states, and even longer after that to obtain a passport with your new name on it (you have to send things off and have them returned to you).

If you are not going to need a passport, then I’m not sure. I’ve never been on a cruise so Im not sure what type of identification they require, but if they are anything like an airline and do require your ID, your ID and your ticket have to have the same name or they will not let you on.

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Helper bee

@mississippibride:  It should be ok, so long as your flights are booked in your own name (assuming you’re flying). Just explain everything to them and they should understand. You might want to use your SO’s card to pay since his name is probablystaying the same.

*Edit: Ah, a cruise. I’m not sure how they work. Using your old name would probably be much easier, although it could still be possible to board.

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Sugar Beekeeper

Yep change it back! You will need your passport so your names need to match. 

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Bumble bee

I wouldn’t have done that. Especially if there’s a passport or flights involved. They are very strict and will not allow you on if names don’t match. See if you can swtich it back to your maiden name.

We aren’t going on our honeymoon until the summer and our wedding is in March and I am bummed I can’t change my name legally until after we get back because I booked everything in my maiden name because I knew it would be a pain to get my passport changed in time. It stinks.

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Busy bee

@mississippibride:  I’m actually really glad that you asked this question.  We are also doing a cruise for our honeymoon and even though I hadn’t thought of what name I would use to book it, this thread has helped me realize that I need to do it under my maiden name.  It’s kind of a bummer because it’s exciting to get to be Mrs. for the first time, but you definitely don’t want to have to worry about anything going terribly wrong because of a technicality.  I’d change it for sure…you need your passport to go on pretty much any cruise nowadays.  Good luck :)

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Sugar bee

Bad idea.  Your passport and identification will absolutely still be under your old name, and won’t match your ticket, so you can’t get onboard.

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Helper bee

@crayfish:  Why wouldn’t they have the marriage certificate? I thought everyone got it as soon as they said their vows and signed the paper (that’s what happens here). I would have thought 3 days would be plenty time!

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Honey bee

@MeelaMay:  Different states within the US do it in different ways, but with many, you obtain your license in advance, sign it along with the officiant during the ceremony, and then take it back to the courthouse to make it official. I think you get them faster in the UK because most officiants are associated with the council (at least in England they are, so I’m assuming Scotland is the same).

And the big deal here is not so much with the OP’s being able to board the cruise ship; it’s immigration laws at any ports of call. In some countries, your name has to match exactly what the passenger manifest says, for them to let you go into port. So it will likely be one of the countries she visits that won’t let her in, rather than the cruise ship itself. Airlines are a little different— your name on their manifest must match the name on the passport– but that’s because they do not want to pay your return transport once you’re rejected by foreign immigration checks. A cruise ship is already transporting you back, so in most cases they will let you on. They just won’t let you off till you’re back home.

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Helper bee

You will not have enough time to change your name all your drivers license and passport before your honeymoon. Call them ASAP and pray that they will let you change everything to your maiden name.

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