We are sailing from Boston to Bermuda on 7/25 aboard the Norweigan Majesty. This is my family's first cruise, and there are seven of us going. One major concern, though, is that my husband's aunt who is going with us got a certified copy of her birth certificate for the trip but then she laminated it. I have talked to my travel agent at AAA who said that it should be fine so long as they can SEE the raised seal. Not that I don't trust the travel agent, but I'm a little nervous about this because I don't want to get there on Sunday and have her be turned away because it is laminated. Has anybody else out there gotten on board with a laminated birth certificate? Thanks so much for any advice or help!!
I would suggest you get a new certified copy of that bc ASAP. From my experience in processing bc's for Federal and State programs a laminated copy was not acceptable (you could'nt check for alterations or feel the authenticating stamp). Also, alot of travel authorities now use machines with black lights and such to check for tampering-this can't be done on a laminated copy.
When we went out of the country (post 9/11) I had to take a certified bc, cert. marriage cert. and both my husband's and my certified bc's for our kids-this because my married last name is a hyphenated version of my maiden and married. This year we are doing passports for all of us.
Not to worry about getting a birth certificate in time for the cruise. We all live in New Hampshire and can get one on any day in Concord (capital) in about five minutes. Thanks to all for the advice. I appreciate it.