I have a certified "copy" of my birth certificate from the state of Virginia and will be going on the Carnival Victory on 12/04/05. It does not have a raised seal but does have a watermark. I was wondering if it will be okay to use or should I get a passport instead? Any help will be greatly appreciated. This is my first cruise so I don't wont to be left behind.
If you are planning to cruise again, you might want to consider
getting a passport. I think you still have time and after 12/31/05,
you will need one to cruise. Passports take the guesswork out of
Actually you will not need a passport till Jan 1, 2007. They delayed it another year because the Caribbean islands said it was unfair that people could still go to Mexico and Canada. The US Government agreed and with the NO Passport office closed for who knows how long it looks like that was a wise decision.
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If you are cruising to the Caribbean and/or Mexico, IMO, I'd wait until next year to get a passport. You may already be aware of this, but to apply for a passport you have to send in your original Birth Certificate.
With the N.O. office out of commission, I wouldn't take the chance that you'd get everything back in time, and then you would have a problem!
Went ahead today and got signed up for a passport. The lady said it would take 8 weeks to get it. Hopefully it will get here in time for my cruise. If not, oh well maybe next year I will get to cruise.
Hopefully you will get your passport in time.
But if for some reason you don't get it by 8 weeks, I would contact the county Vital Records Department in the state you were born to request a certified copy of your birth certificate. This way you could use that so you won't miss your cruise.
Here is Los Angeles our birth certificates have no raised seal only the watermark and I have had no problem boarding the ships. You do need a photo ID like a drivers license or DMV ID card.
Wishing you the best of luck.
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IMO,passports just make things move much faster! You dont need one YET,but you will ! Might as well put in for one sooner than later,that way you are prepared just in case you win a nice trip somewhere that DOES require one !Dot
Passports are also very useful in other areas than travel. Many of my relatives, that lost everything in flooding in New Orleans, had their passports packed in their emergency kit and now the children have picture identification with them.
Our sons are working on their second passports...since the first one only lasted 2 years.
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While that birth certificate would be acceptable I ALWAYS highly recommend that you get your passport. You will probably be cruising again and possibly to areas that already need a passport. In addition you will soon need it for proof of ID and it is the single best document to do that. One of the most precious documents we have is the Passport as it does so much in proving who you are.