This shouldn't be a problem if you are cruising this year. If you plan on cruising (or going anywhere outside the US) NEXT year, you'll all need a passport. Just to be on the safe side, your friends should bring a copy of their marriage certificate.
If you have the time before your cruise, I'd recommend you all get passports. It makes everything so much easier and faster!
People who aren't "paying attention" will be applying for passports in the latter half of this year, so you might want to consider doing it NOW!
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When I booked my first cruise the TA told me to bring my birth cert and marriage cert if my name was different than on my birth cert. The cruise was to Ensenada and no one even asked for my marriage cert. My second cruise was Mexican Riviera, and they made a point of asking for my marriage cert as well as birth cert, so I was glad I took it. It probably just depends on who you get that day. If you are not wanting to get a passport yet, definitely take both birth certificate and marriage certificate, plus photo ID.
My TA also told me to bring my marriage certificate as well as my birth certificate. I was glad she told me as I was asked for it. Since then I got a passport. I agree with the others, if you have time get the passport. If not, make sure all those ladies have their marriage certificates too.
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when and where are you cruising? After 12/31/06 you will need a passport to cruise just about everywhere. Some islands have tightened their immigration laws already and require passports, Aruba is one (i think)
Otherwise all of you will need a certified copy with a raised-seal or watermark, of your birth certificate, a picture id and the marriage certificate. (it can really be a hassle fumbling with those 3 documents + any immigration forms) while in line.
Just get a passpsort. I can't understand why some of our friends south of the border are loathe to do so. We live in an age of heightened security, and EVERYONE should have one. Consider yourselves lucky, yours is cheaper and good for ten years, Canadians need new ones every five years.
Thanks, all. Hubby and I have passports and regularly visit 'north of the border' where we keep our boat. I was mostly wondering for my Mom (83) and my sister-in-law's mom (88) whose birth certificates are quite old. I think we are all clear for a great time. Thanks again.
sailor: It's unanimous! Go for the passport soonest possible. The longer you put it off the more time it takes and standing in line just to get processed could take a toll on your patience! Download the PDF application forms from the U.S. Dept. of State, Passport Site. All requirements are clear, what original documents you'll need (with raised seal from issuing agency), proof of birth, proof of citizenship, proof of current residence, etc. The total cost is $97.00 for 10 years. What else can guarantee you the right to come and go as you please, where you please for $9.70 a year? Once you have the passport, you can renew on line or by mail for the rest of your life! The first step on this road is the most vital - most cruise lines require that you possess a valid passport prior to traveling, although not federally mandated til Dec. 06, some won't let you cruise to foreign destinations because of lengthy custom agencies in some places - remember, they must clear on behalf of each registered passenger. It's inevitable - beat the rush and do it yesterday! Meanwhile, if cruising in next month or two, bring all I.D. and docs PLUS certified marriage license (not the one from your religious ceremony - the one from the issuing legal agency of your state). Nuff said.....happy waves to you.
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