Our travel agent said certified copies of Birth Certificates would be fine along with photo IDs, all I see mention of in the postings are passports. I don't really think we would still have time to get them (Cruising in Apr). We are going on Western Caribbean cruise. Info please
Traveling with a passport is the best identification you can have, especially if you plan on doing more cruises. To get into Barbados starting in March you will be required to have one, I heard Aruba will be next.
Technically all you need for the ports in the Western Caribbean at this time is an original birth certificate issued by the state and a photo ID issued by a government authority such as a Drivers License.......BUT......It is changing all the time and I forsee in the near future that you will need a Passport to go anywhere outside the USA so go an get one. You have time and it is the best form of ID you can ever have and is recognized world-wide as positive identification. Oncew you have it you can also check into those cruises that take you to countries that DO require you have a passport.
Two words, passport .. passport.
You have time.
Our daughter is traveling to Cancun (hotel) an we said no passport you don't go. Final word and she is 24. There are to many times I read where an individual needs assistance from the American consulate etc and they won't give you the time of day without a passport.
Do yourself a favor and apply.
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You have plenty of time to get a passport and it is something you will always have should you need it. Go to most larger city postoffices, they can process you with picture in no time and for a higher fee you'll have it in 10 days. Seems to me it was about $ 150.00 plus overnight charge but you'll have it for 10 years and be assured you will have it in case you need it.
IF you have a second "official" copy of your birth certificate (the one with the raised seal), I would make a normal application for your passport and not a "rush" one. We (hubby and I) applied recently and it only took 12 days for his passport to arrive. I mistakenly put the wrong copy of my birth certificate in my application so it was returned for the "official" one -- mine took 17 days.
If you don't have two "official" copies of your birth certificate (and can't easily obtain a second one immediately) you are stuck with the high fee.
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We ordered our passports beginning of December and got them about 2 weeks later! I would definitely get them as it's easier to just take them then BC's, ID, and marriage licenses (change of name proof). This will be our 1st cruise with passports and I'm looking forward to only having to bring them.