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Old September 20th, 2004, 01:32 PM
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We are taking a 15 day cruise thru Panama Canal and stopping at various ports. Why is it that we dont need a passport? I have one, husband does not. Princess assures me...(I asked on three seperate occasions) that we will not need one. Anyone else have these concerns?
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Old September 20th, 2004, 02:41 PM
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We have been on 27 cruises and for some reason I dont no but the ports dont ask for them.But we find when we travel that it is a lot easier for checking in using a passport.If you have the time I would get the PP it is good for 10 years.
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Old September 20th, 2004, 02:49 PM
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I agree with Dan, if you have time get the passport. What if something happens and you miss the ship or have to leave due to an emergency? It can be very difficult to get out of (or into) a country without a passport.

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Old September 21st, 2004, 07:48 AM
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exactly what the other have stated. What if you need to get out of a forgeign country to get home for an emergency? It can be very difficult without a passport, not to mention the inconvenience you have to go thru at customs when coming back into the US if you don't have a passport. There are two lines at customs - one for those with passports and one for those who do the birth certificate route, guess which line moves faster with less hassle?????
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Old September 21st, 2004, 08:31 AM
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The only times we use passports on a cruise are checking in and and customs (and the airport if we have them on us). With the world situation, and if you travel a lot, I would get one. You never know when countries will change their policies (some flip-flop). I would hate to miss a trip or pay a bundle because suddenly I needed a passport. There is a rush service, but it will cost you. And as someone has said, theyre good for 10 years. We even got my son one soon after he was born. I believe children's passports are only good for 5 yrs.

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Old September 21st, 2004, 09:58 AM
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OK Thanks. I will try and talk him into it..or maybe lie a little and say he has to have one? I would feel better..but pay $100 to get in a quicker line? I might have a tough time convincing him with only that to fall back on. His reasoning for not getting one..Im an American I can go anywhere..Need I say more...?
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Old September 21st, 2004, 11:37 AM
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We cruise a lot and none of us have a passport. We got through the lines jsut as fast. I have our birth certificates and all the id we need in a envelope and we get thru the lines just as fast. I find no need to get a passport. unless some of the ports demand we have one. Thats jsut me i guess... Happy cruising
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Old September 21st, 2004, 11:13 PM
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Passports cost $75.00. You can get one at the main Post Office in your city. You do pay more for a rush job. Who knows you and youy husband may do a land vacation out of the U.S . I am having the same problem with my friend. I plan on visiting Iceland and he has no passport. He says that he only wants to cruise (our 5th ).
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Old September 22nd, 2004, 10:44 AM
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Thanks I know passports are usually $75.00. But at our local post office I found they are $85 (California) and $20 for on spot passport photo. I think we will just risk it and go without. Thanks everyone for your advice!!!!
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 09:38 AM
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FYI - you can get a passport photo at CVS, Walmart for a lot less than $20.00.
The passport decision is ultimately up to you, but think about it this way- it will cost you $8.00 per year for 10 ten years to have a document that is the universal form of identification all over this world. If you plan on doing any kind of travel (land or cruise) within the next ten years that involves going out of the country, the way this world is now, you will need that passport.
As i stated before what if something happens and you need to get home in a hurry? IF you have a passport - no problems, without it you could face delays, red-tape, extra fees and all kinds of problems trying to get out of a foreign country.
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 10:14 AM
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Kinkos also does passport photos on the spot. The last poster had it right- $8 for 10 years is a good investment. What if you want to take a spur of the moment trip? Youre stuck if you dont have a passport. And what if the US decides to require everyone to have one. It will be a mad dash to get one, resulting in an increased waiting period. Plus-if you get the passport now, you will probably come out ahead down the road as the cost might go up yet again! I say get one now!

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