Post # 1
Hello! I just got married this past Saturday (3/16). I had to go ahead and get my name changed on my drivers license and SSN for work and insurance related reasons, but I had booked my cruise with Carnival under my maiden name. My passport is also under my maiden name. This originally wasn’t a problem, as our honeymoon was going to be on 3/18, but we ended up pushing it back until May. And now I don’t know what to do!
Should I go ahead and get my name changed on my passport? I’ve read on some sites that if I bring along a marriage certificate I should be fine, but I don’t know if that’s true for all areas. Should I also get the names changed on the cruise?
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
@Kite1011: If you bring your marriage certificate, you should be fine. But if your cruise isn’t until May, that seems like enough time to get another passport with your new last name and change your reservation info too
Post # 4
Congratikations On your wedding! I am a travel agent and deal with cruise lines often. The easiest solution is, if you did not book under Carnival’s “Easy Saver” rate code (which charges $50 for a name change), just call your travel agent, or Carnival if you booked directly with them. Tell them that you want to change the name on your cruise documents to your maiden name for now. As long as your passport matches your ticket, that is all that matters.
Post # 5
I took a cruise with a passport in my maiden name last year, and it was no problem. I just booked everything that needed to pass customs in my maiden name as well. (Yes, I’d been married for almost 2 years at that point, and actually STILL haven’t updated my passport).
Post # 6
When it comes to crusing… the important thing is that the name on your Passport matches the name on the Passenger Manifest.
This is so, US Cutoms & Immigration (aka Homeland Security) and the TSA – Transportation Security Commission (the folks at the airports) can CONFIRM that you are who you say you are
Their primary points of focus will be your Booked Ticket(s) and your Passport… and for best results your name within should match.
If you have married in the interim, it is a good idea if you bring along your Wedding Cerificiate (and your Drivers License) as a form of back up idea… although chances are rare that you`ll be asked for it (majority of Customs folks will be only looking at your Passport info)
Hope this helps,
Post # 7
To anyone reading this topic…
NOTE – Passports & Cruising
You’ll often hear that a Passport isn’t necessary for American on a “closed loop cruise” (one that orginates in and ends in the USA) such as many of those that go to the Caribbean.
And altho that it is true… having a US Passport is a good thing. Especially if there is an unforseen circumstance… like a illness or accident to yourself as a Passenger, your Travelling Companion… or even someone back home (and you have to get back quickly). OR even if there is a major issue with the ship.
Such as the case last week where the Carnival Dream ran into a problem while in Sint Maarten / Saint Martin and had to off-load passengers and fly them back to the US (to Cape Canaveral / Orlando where the cruise had originated from)
Having a Passport comes in handy… in such cases… as it’ll make things a lot easier if you find yourself unexpectedly staying over in a foreign country, as a foreign visitor for whatever reason.
AND if it means flying, it will eliviate some headaches (especially if you aren’t doing so enmasse like the cruisers from The Dream did)… as getting back into the USA with a passport in hand is a 100x easier than doing so without. Without means Homeland Security is going to take longer to process you, because they have to somehow have you prove that you are indeed are who you say you are (despite having ID). ONLY a Passport ensures that that process is quick and painless !!
US Passports are relativly inexpensive items ($ 135 all in for a regular adult passport) and valid for 10 Years.
Lol, the cool thing about owning a passport, is one you have one, you tend to realize how wonderful travel is to foreign destinations… be that somewhere far away and exotic as Asia, or close by and interesting as Canada, Mexico or The Bahamas. Well worth the investment IMO.
Hope this info is helpful,