(Closed) can we cruise without a passport?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not sure about the drink prices, but you definitely need a passport. There are a few cities that do day of passports or you can do the quick process which is also more expensive. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

It depends what places you’re going to.  I would think if you wanted to do Alaskan or something with no Canadian stops, you could, or if you did a carribbean that only stopped at US territory. 

I cruised with royal caribbean and a beer was about 6 bucks each, and those fancy drinks were often up to 8.95.  We did Europe, so we only drank dirt cheap wine in ports 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Not outside the US, I don’t think 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@babybird125: Yes, you can! Fiance and I went on a cruise last month (leaving the Port of Miami) and we do not have our passports….we need to apply to get new ones. Anyways, all you need to produce if you were born in the US is a certified copy of your birth certificate and a state issue id. If you weren’t born in the US then you need to present the original naturalization certificate with a state issue id. Also, you need to show your social security card as well. If you have any doubts, just call the cruise company you are considering. We went to Cozumel and had no problems! 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Can We Cruise WITHOUT a Passport ?

If you are both American Citizens, and going on a closed-loop cruise that leaves from the USA and returns there, then the answer is YES

BUT having a Passport no matter what is a good idea, because IF anything should go wrong, you’ll need a Passport to get onto a plane and fly back to the USA… OR prove your status to the Authorities (including a US Embassy) in the event of an Emergency to qualify for the help you are entitled to.

Cruise costs vary by lines, time of year, length of cruise, and WHERE your cabin is on the ship (lower and inside cabins cost less than uppers and outsides… those with balconies or Suites)

There are a fair number of expenses associated with going on a cruise that are not covered by your cruise fare – generally they include… Transportation to the Port (such as airfare & baggage costs and it is recommended to arrive the day before) – Overnight Port Accommodations – Transportation to the Pier – Almost ALL Drinks while aboard the ship (including Bottled Water, Pop, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Alcohol, and Specialty Coffees) – Photographs taken by the Ship’s Photo Team – Ship Souveniers – Onboard Specialty Restaurants – Spa & Beauty Services – Special Occasion Packages – Internet Access – Wine, Beer & Liquor Tasting Sessions – Some Workshops – Shore Excursions – Meals & Drinks ashore – and any Shopping

As well some Cruise Lines include the Tips & Gratuities into OR onto your cruise fare, others have you pay those daily (to a pooled fund) OR have you pay them on your own to the crew (some people also choose to top-up the daily rates, or extra tip for extra-ordinary service)

ALL of these extra’s add up… some claim that the Cruise Ships are now nickel & diming their customers, while others say they like the fact that everyone can make choices for what they want to do / pay for, and so the basic cruise fares are lower than if everything was all-inclusive (which is part of the reason the luxury lines are so dang expensive)

Generally speaking for your first cruise you can count on paying aprox 25% to 50% ontop of your basic cruise fare (cabin rate for 2) for all the extras you’ll have to cover (Hubby and I say, it is the “invisible” third person in the cabin)

There are certainly people who can do it for less… but if you are a drinker, or out to have a good time and enjoy the luxuries offered, that is where the pricing comes in at.

As for Alcohol Programs, not a lot of cruise lines offer them.  There are certainly Pop, Bottled Water and Coffee Programs, even some Wine Bottle Packges.  But only a few Cruise Lines offer Alcohol Packages.  (NOTE be sure and check out any Cruise Line you are considerings BYOB Policy as well… some won’t allow you to bring anything aboard, some allow a certain number of Bottles of Wine for example)

Hubby and I like Celebrity Cruise Lines… because they are pretty luxurious for a mid-priced cruise line, and have wonderful service (and some beautiful ships).  They also have a fabulous assortment of Beverage Packages… something for everyone… and the prices are reasonable for what you get.

Hope this is helpful,

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

One of my uncle’s best friends was dying of lung cancer so we inquired about passport rules for cruising, as they wanted to take him on a mini cruise before he passes, but didn’t have the time or want to pay the money for a passport. So the Passport People (office or dept? don’t know what to call it lol!) told us that as long as you did not get off the boat at any of the Non US stops, you can. This was about 3-4 months ago though so it could have changed. I would definitely check!!  

Most of my family takes at least 2-3 cruises a year and they said the drinks run $5-$9. Pretty similar to what mixed drinks run at restaraunts. This can really add up!! So just keep that in mind! I know a few people that have tried to get around the high price of drinks by buying bottles of liquor on the ship in the stores. But what the cruise ships do is, keep your liquor when you buy it and when you exit the ship at the end of your trip, they give it to you. 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

You would need to check with the entry requirements of each of the countries visited on the cruise. Most foriegn countries will require you to hold a valid passport before entering.

 

@LRCWedding:  Why would you go on a cruise visiting other countries if you can’t get off the boat- but I would check that regardless because the ports and sea (to a certain distance) are consider part of the country which requires a passport.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@j_jaye:  For the sake of cruising I guess? Undecided lol! I honestly have no idea, thats just what they said. Maybe they assume people will be okay with just eating, swimming, gambling on the ship? I don’t see myself ever going on a cruise but I definitely wouldn’t pay the $ to cruise to the Bahamas not to see them lol!! For the time we were looking for my uncle & his friend to take was like $350 for a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas. He passed before they could go anyway so it didn’t really matter.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

@LRCWedding:  LOL true I would never spend that $$$ to sit on a boat whilst everyone else gets to go exploring and eating fantastic local food!

OP- maybe  cruise that doesn’t leave the country? or what about hiring a boat and cruising a lake- the USA has such great natural beauties!

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