My advise is current, as of this day...15 March 2005
We applied for our passports today, and my info was accepted. My wife had a very pretty birth certificate from the hospital she was born at...complete with golden raised seal and pretty stamps and footprints...NOT ACCEPTED It was not registered with the state
Ordered hers today from the state office where she was born.
Our Clerk of Court said they were expecting all travelers to need passports by January 2006. They sometimes get the word first about such matters.
Lastly, it is NOT the cruise line that examines your documents and grants your right to sail,...I think it is US Customs .