I worried about this, and sent for an origianl marriage certificate to show this. Guess what? No one ever questioned why the names were different. I never had to show my marriage license. I too will get a passport next time. Check with your cruise line just to see what they say, but I doubt you will to show your marriage license.
You can believe that as security concerns become more and more of an issue (whether justified or not), you'll be required to have a passport almost everywhere--if for no other reason than our friends (what's left of them) and neighbors increasing their requirements to match what we are requiring of them!
By the time your first passport expires in 10 years, you won't be able to get away with inferior forms of international identification, so you might as well do it.
Before I went down with my application, I called to see what I needed and they didn't mention having a marriage certificate. When I got there, someone else waited on me and refused to process it without the certificate. So I called around and got it at the town hall in the town I lived in when we got married. When I went back again with my application, a different person waited on me and said I didn't need it - only if I had been married/changed names several times. I got stressed over nothing! I had my passport 10 days after I applied (I did not request expedited service, just got lucky). This was just one month after 9/11.
You might want to call first and see what they say. I guess they don't all have the same training????
I carry my Birth certificate and marriage license and drivers lic. with me in an envelope. that way when ever i need it it is right there. easy to grab out of my fanny pack and hand it over. I put my husbands in an envelope also and he puts his in a shirt pocket. That way it is all ready also. We get through the lines very easily.
I brought my marriage license on both my last cruises along with my Driver's License and Birth Certificate. I was never asked about the different names at all and never asked for a marriage licenses. But this time I will bring it again because you rather be safe than sorry.
I just cruised in May and took my marriage license since I used bc and drivers license and they never questioned the different last names and didn't ask to see my ml. I guess when they saw a man next to me with the same last name they assumed that is why my bc and dl had different last names.
I talked to Carnival last night and was told...you SHOULD have proof of each time there is a name change. Sounds like a good idea.....but I feel sorry for those that have been married a few times........