Originally Posted by johnthed0g
Live & learn...so in the US you need your original birth certificate to get on the ship? Why on earth do you need to do that?
If you do not have a passport it is your proof of citzenship, and if you use a birth certificate then you must have a state issued photo id to go along with it.
Of course if you cruise with just a birth cert and end up having to get off the ship on one of the islands and have to fly home it will be a big hassel as a passport is needed to enter the US from another country via air.
The island of the Caribbean do not care if you do not have a US passport but the US does.
We got our passports prior to a cruise in 2005 and while we do not have a single stamp from any country I have found that having it has helped me with other things here at home, such as applying for a replacement Social Security card and renewing my drivers license.