Originally Posted by Joey Troutt
I agree about the pass card may be an easier approach to the issue than a full fledged passport but there is still going to be a cost involved with the pass card. Also the passcard is not going to be universal (won't be accepted in all countries)
From the U.S. website
"Under the proposed implementation plan, the following documents will be acceptable to fulfill document requirements:
* U.S. Passport: U.S. citizens may present a valid U.S. passport when traveling via air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, and may also use a U.S. passport when traveling via sea and land borders (including ferry crossings).
* The Passport Card (also referred to as the PASS Card): This limited use passport in card format is currently under development and will be available for use for travel only via land or sea (including ferries) between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Similar in size to a credit card, it will fit easily into a wallet."
As for freebies from the cruiselines they do not discriminate between PAX
If they give incentives to people that do not have Passports and nothing to those that do have passports it is unfair.