Usually it is 12 and under but by all means, check with the cruiseline first! Do not depend on your TA or even the boards for this vital information. We are right 99.9% of the time but that .01% could just be yo0u and ruin a vacation. <G>
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: birth cert or passport
As long as the certified birth certificate has the raised seal it will be fine. I know there is one state that issues their certified birth certificate (I believe it is one of the Carolinas) like a drivers license and has no raised seal, but that is accepted by the cruise line.
But, I will echo all the above - PASSPORT!!!!
Crown Princess 1/18/14....the NEW Me, Myself and I cruise!
We just sailed from Long Beach and on debarcation they had a special line for people with passports only. We didn't have one, so we like most of the people had to wait in long lines going through customs.
We will definately get them before our next cruise!
Some states have watermarks on their Birth certificates such as here in Va. , not all are raised seals and do not have to be. Get a copy of your Birth Certificate and leave the original in the baby scrap book, etc. Especially if it is circa 1960's.
A note to anyone cruising from either Long Beach or San Pedro - Immigration has set up separate lines for US citizens with passports at both locations. So, if you are traveling into these ports and want to clear Immigration in just a few minutes, a passport is the way to go.
I use a passport because my name on my birth certificate is different than my name now. (married and divorced) If this is your situation, you need a passport or a copy of marriage certificate.
We have cruised with Carnival many times. They will accept a certified cop y( raised seal) along with a state issued photo id such as driver' s license.
As far as kids go, we took our 10 and 11 year old granddaughters with us in May. All they needed was a birth certificate with a raised seal. With Carnival, guests age 16 and over need a photo id.
But can anyone help me with this question? What if my name on my birth certificate does not match my driver's license because I have been married? Do I need a marriage certificate? We sailed with Carnival last year, and I did not need a marriage certificate, but I don't know if things have changed. I can only find a marriage certificate with a number, but it doesn't have a raised seal--is that the real thing???
It should be fine. It is doubtful they will ask for a copy of your marrage certificate/license but you do need it just in case. They are aware of the custom of Westerners taking their husbands last name when they get married. Better safe than sorry BUT THE BEST ADVICE IS GET A PASSPORT!! Look around and there are many threads where people are panicing because of lost or shakey ID. With a passport, you have no worries at all.
The only place I'm aware of that requires a passport in on a small island in Hawaii. My husband and I have been on numerous cruises with only birth certificates and have had NO problems whatsoever! And we were not held up in any way, or saw anyone who had priority because they had a passport....
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That small island is not a Hawaiian Isle rather it is the independant country of Fanning. At the present time you may cruise to any Alaska, Canadian, Berumda, Bahamas or Caribbean itinary without a passport, just an original issued BC and Government issued photo ID. This is subject to change and many of us expect to see this change in the not to distant furture. Belize already requireds a passport to enter that country EXCEPT for cruiseship passengers. As for getting preferantial treatment and passing through immigration with a passport, we have received this preffered treatment on a number of occasions. You didn't notice because you were standing in line with your birth certificate while we walked by. <VBG> The fact remains that no for many cruises you do not need a passport at the present time. It is also factual that they are the preffered means of identification and one that is well worth the price. In addition you can jump on those really great deals that go to countries that do require a passport.
I got mine in less than 2 weeks, guess it just depends on how busy they are, but shouldn't take long and they last for 10 years. You'll need to bring in 2 passport pics and your birth cirtificate which they will send in, but you'll get it back with your completed passports, really the only way to travel.