(Closed) Caribbean cruise honeymoon, name change, passport issues?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I used our work travel agent and it was just domestic travel.  She wanted to know if I was changing my name before the honeymoon and suggested waiting in case of any issues (which I planned on anyhow since we left at OMG early the morning after the wedding).

She said it was “imperative” that all documents you carry match, and that was just for domestic travel.  I would wait until you get back.  Unless you ONLY plan on taking your passport.  I don’t know anyone who carries their SS card unless they are looking for work.  But most people I know take their driver’s license out of habit, cause it’s in their wallet, or they actually plan on driving.

Post # 4
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@CrazyCatLady13:  book your cruise and flight in your maiden name only (current passport) and make all of your name changes after your honeymoon.

all travel documents must match your passport EXACTLY or they will refuse boarding.

i travel a lot and i have seen this so many times at the airport.  a couple on their honeymoon trying to check in and the airline refuses them because the bride was excited to use her “new married name” on their honeymoon.  it’s so disheartening.  a marriage certificate is not going to change their minds.

Post # 5
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@CrazyCatLady13:  Are you going to have the certified copy of your marriage license that quickly? We had to have our certified copy (raised seal) to change our names with social security and then our drivers licenses (we’re in MD). 

I have gathered you’re planning to cruise with the passport in your maiden name, but what state identification are taking off the ship with you? I’m not sure if you have previously cruised, but when you get off in ports you must have your Sail and Sign card from the cruise ship and some sort of state ID with photo to regain entry to the port. The names MUST match to re-board the ship without having to go through a lot of hoops.

My wife and I both have a couple years left on our passports, so we just book travel (mostly cruises) in our maiden names and haven’t had a problem yet. You would be fine to change your name with social security, though since you don’t need your SS card.


Post # 7
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Just wait! Don’t legally change your name until after you honeymoon 🙂

Post # 8
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I was told by our travel agent and multiple other people to wait until after returning from the honeymoon to change my name. If you are traveling Internationally all of your Ids nneed to match youpassport (which, as you pointed out cannot be changed in time after the weddindo and you don’t want to risk not being able to get through customs bc of name problems 

Post # 9
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@CrazyCatLady13:  I am going on a cruise next month. Its booked in my married name, but my maiden name is still on my passport…they told me to just bring a copy of my marriage license. However, I’m not sure how it works in your state but a few things to consider. I could not change my name at the ss office and the DMV the same day. It took at least 24 hours to get the info to the dmv after I changed my name at the ss office. It took a few weeks to get my new drivers license and ss card, you don’t get them on site, so you will have nothing that says your new name.

I would save yourself any trouble and wait until after. Happy cruising!

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