First time cruiser (Alaska)-confusion regarding passports!
I will be traveling in early May on Norwegian Cruise Lines and my cruise embarks from Seattle, WA (flying in from California). I just noticed on the itinerary that one port of call stop is in Prince Rupert, Canada. I was told that I only need an original birth certificate and not a passport but someone else said I need a passport. I do not have time to get one! Can someone please please clarify? Also, can you dress casually on the ship (jeans) or do you always have to dress up? What is the tipping policy and do you have to pay for every meal? I'm trying to find a place I can find answers to these questions.
For this trip you can get by without a passport. BUT YOU SHOULD GET ONE if you ever intend to travel outside of the United States again.
You will need a raised seal birth certificate along with photo idea.
On NCL you can dress casually every evening if you chose (no shorts in the evening). You can eat FREE each evening at some of the restaurants onboard. You can chose to spend slightly more ($5 -20) to try out some of the other alternate restaurants.... but you certainly won't starve without doing so.
When in doubt contact the cruise line and they should be able to give you proper information regarding whether or not you will need to have one. Going out you will not but coming back in might need to have one.