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myspecialks March 19th, 2005 05:15 PM

Lost birth Certificate
Can one cruise without it? My sister just realized she has misplaced her birth cert...what are her other options..she has no passport.

Mike M March 19th, 2005 05:27 PM

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No she cannot. She will have to contact the county or state records bureau and obtain a certified copy with the official seal. If she is cruising soon she will need to do it as soon as possible.

This is what Carnival required for proper identification:

"(c) Proper travel documentation is required at embarkation and throughout the cruise. Any guest traveling without proper documentation will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued. United States citizens must produce proof of citizenship in the form of a passport (valid or expired for less than 10 years), original birth certificate, state-issued certified copy of birth certificate, U.S. Military ID, or original Naturalization papers."

Take care,

myspecialks March 19th, 2005 05:32 PM

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eeks..forgot to mention that we are leaving this Thursday..and she was born in NY & now lives in FLA. She has FLA> governmant ID..won't do any good huh?

Jacque Bearstows parents March 19th, 2005 05:59 PM

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Chances are that she can have a copy sent overnight.
I would be on the phone first thing Monday morning...............

Jim Bragg March 19th, 2005 06:43 PM

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It MUST be a birth certificate as well as one other form of Photo ID. You need to contact NY and have them send it overnight. Without she will not be allowed to get on the ship. One more reason for Insurance and to obtain a passport for future use. I wish her the best and hope it makes it on time.

myspecialks March 19th, 2005 08:05 PM

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She found it! Yipee!

CA Cruiser March 19th, 2005 08:09 PM

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Whew!! Glad that's over....Now go and have a wonderful time. When you return, get a passport for future travels and put it in a safe place! LOL!

Jim Bragg March 19th, 2005 08:11 PM

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That's GREAT!! Now you can slap her and tell her that as soon as you guys get back you are going to get your passports. <G>

myspecialks March 20th, 2005 07:46 AM

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LOL..good advice..I have a sister is so disorganized these days..she plans on getting at least another certified birth certifcate....

getsemani March 20th, 2005 10:03 AM

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If my husband would've given me the passports to put away, i would've put them in our safe box, but nooooooooooooooo, he thought he could do a better job than me. Now they're no where to be found. Thank God I have all the important docs in a safe box, including our travel docs (that he doesn't know about, lol).

I need to get another passport because I'm flying to Mexico in July, and it's best to have a passport.

jford March 20th, 2005 12:57 PM

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Jim Bragg March 20th, 2005 01:02 PM

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I'm very serious about this folks. You really should get your passport as soon as you can now. Very soon you will be required to have one to enter the USA and they will not accept just a BC. It has already been talked about in the halls of Congress and I see it as just a matter of time now with that time getting shorter. I predicted that the other countries would demand a passport soon but it looks like the USA will be the one that requires it for International travel and that will probably include Mexico and Canada as well as the rest of the world. Go ahead and get it now before it is required as will take a very long time because of the sudden increase of applications.

Post Edited (03-20-05 15:00)

myspecialks March 20th, 2005 02:53 PM

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good point JIm!

HeidiHo March 20th, 2005 04:04 PM

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Since you have to send your BC along with your passport application, I am in the process of ordering extra certified copies so that we don't have to be w/o them while our passports are on order. You never know when something might get lost in the mail either so having an extra copy is a good idea.

CruisegirlKim March 21st, 2005 09:14 AM

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I hope by the time you get this post she has already contacted NY and is getting her BC Fed Exed over night.....

I do have to ask why is she waiting till the week before the cruise to say something?

I know everytime I have cruised, Carnival and the TA's have all said it a few times YOU MUST HAVE A BC etc.

CruisegirlKim March 21st, 2005 09:19 AM

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Okay never mind just saw where she found it.

Diverbl March 21st, 2005 09:19 AM

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Anyone who is planning on travel outside the United States, no matter the destination and no matter the requirements of the destination country, SHOULD HAVE A CURRENT UNITED STATES PASSPORT. It is foolish to travel without one, and it is painless to get one, so do yourself a favor - get a passport.

If you should ever encounter any trouble while in a foreign country, having your passport will make things much simpler than merely having a birth certificate.

Khrysta March 28th, 2005 07:39 PM

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if they are soon going to require passports, they really need to bring down the price...

Big Craig March 29th, 2005 10:05 PM

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the price will not come down, you do not have to ever have a passport, just do not travel outside the USA very soon.
the same as gas prices never coming down either, you dont have to pay it if you dont want to drive anymore.

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