Post # 1
I know you don’t “need” a passport for a certain cruises(were doing a western caribbean from tampa), and im just wondering if anyones actually ever not gotten a passport for a cruise and how it worked out? We’re trying to decide if we really need to get them. I know if we miss our ship or whatever then we’re screwed, but i read that if you book excursions through the cruise line then you’re fine. Is there anything else to worry about if we dont get passports? Any personal experiences? thanks!
Post # 3
i would strongly suggest that you do. you don’t want the stress of thinking you might not be able to board the ship without one. my SO didn’t have one for our first cruise in december 2008 before they changed passport rules and traveling by sea, and they still gave us a hard time about it. i strongly recommend you get passports.
Post # 4
Hmm I don’t remember if we needed a passport when we went to the carribbean, but 2 years ago when we cruised to Mexico, they checked our passport everytime we got back on the ship.
Post # 5
Your cruise FAQ’s should be able to tell you if you need one. Are you sure you don’t need one for the Carribean?
Post # 6
You DO need either a passport or a passport “card” if you are planning to get off the ship, new law. A passport card will suffice as you are flying out of the US.
For any bees wondering if your cruise starts in another country and you are flying into that country you will need a passport.
Post # 7
I know they informed us that by the time of our cruise next June we’ll need to have a passport for our cruise to the Bahamas. Were planning on getting the passports in the next few months.
Post # 8
I have a passport, but FI doesn’t. We are traveling on Carnival and according to their site, they recommend you have it, but don’t require it. Our stops are private island in the Bahamas, San Juan, PR, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. Grand Turk would be our only problem as you do not need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands.
Post # 9
@calico61979: If you don’t want to get off the ship at the last stop, you don’t need one. If you want to get the full experience and get off at all the stops, you will need passports.
They probably “recommend” but don’t “require” it for the cruise because you can get off at 3 of the 4 stops without one. But, i’d want to get the full experience and would get one anyway! I’m a travel addict, though – I use my passport multiple times a year.
Post # 10
I was just reading a thread about this on cruise critic this morning. A number of people said that they cruised without a passport and had no issues but I personally wouldn’t do it. We’re in the process of trying to get our passports now for our honeymoon cruise. Sure, they’re expensive and there’s definitely tons of other things we’d rather do with the almost $300 that they’re costing us but we’d rather be safe than sorry. Should anything unexpected happen on your cruise, you’ll be up shits creek and not allowed to re-enter the country.
Post # 11
@calico61979: I just went to the Bahamas last year, you need a passport to go there. Not sure if the fact that you are going to a “private island” changes that though.
Post # 12
It’s not that difficult to get a passport (at least not in Canada, not sure how it is in other countries), I would say just get one.
Post # 13
@calico61979: The Bahamas are not part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, so you would need a passport.
Post # 14
Another thing to consider is if there is a storm/hurricane, the ship will be diverted to different islands. What if all the stops are non-U.S. territory? I would get a passport!
Post # 15
You still have time to get an expidited passport for your husband so why not just do it and save yoruself any potential headaches later.
Post # 16
The last time I was on a cruise was when they started the Western Hemispher Initiative and I do remember our travel agent telling us that we needed a passport. Each time we came back on the ship our Passports were checked. It was either the West or East Carribean side, I forget.
Booking a excursion through the cruise line does not change the fact that if you are stepping on foreign soil you will need identification to come back into US “soil” so to speak.
Do you know what ports you are stopping at?
These are the islands in the Carribean that DO require a Passport Book or card
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands (includes Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, and Virgin Gorda)
- Cayman Islands
- Dominican Republic
- Jamaica (except for business travel)
- Netherlands Antilles (includes Bonaire, Curacao, St. Eustatius (“Statia”), Saba, and St. Maarten)
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Turks and Caicos
From here: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_3256.html