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My fiance and I don't have passports and are going on a cruise in June to Cozumel, and Progresso. The Carnival website says a valid birth certificate is good enough proof of citizenship. Has anyone had any problems before without having a passport? We are getting married 2 days before the cruise, and figured we would have to change all of her information right away if we got passports anyway. So at this point we aren't planning on getting passports.

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We are going in 7 days and we don't have passports either. Just birth certificated for everyone. You shouldn't have a problem. The only advice I can give you is DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND IN COZUMEL (or any port). If you don't have a passport, it can be hell trying to get a flight back home without one.
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I am going on my first cruise in May and I'm going to use our Birth Certificates also. You probably already know to do this, but I would recommend not to have your fiance change her driver license to her married name so that it matches her birth certificate. Because I just got married so I am having to take my DL, birth certificate and my marriage licenses with me. (At least that is what people are telling me to do).

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I was having the same debate a few months ago when I booked my cruise. I was told that if something bad were to happen (medically) while you were in port, and had to be flown back to the United States, you would have a horrible time at best! They may not allow you to at all!

And secondly I wasn't so sure I wanted to take my Original birth certificate all over the country! What if it got lost? Then there could be another you running around!

So I opted to get a passport, and just feel better knowing I did. Now I don't have any worries or concern about it!

As for your soon to be wife having to change her name on it right away - you should call the courthouse, post office, or wherever it is that you apply for a passport and see how much trouble it will be to switch it from her maiden name to married name, it may not be as big of a hassle as you think.
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You will be ok for now with just the birth certificates. Make certain that they have a raised seal or label on them.
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I am going on my first cruise in May and I'm going to use our Birth Certificates also. You probably already know to do this, but I would recommend not to have your fiance change her driver license to her married name so that it matches her birth certificate. Because I just got married so I am having to take my DL, birth certificate and my marriage licenses with me. (At least that is what people are telling me to do).

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Just a little confused.... You recommend his fiance NOT to have DL changed before they leave so that it matches her birth certificate???
But no matter if you are married for 1 day or 10 years, after you change your DL to married name it will never match the birth certificate. So why does it matter if you were recently married or not when it comes to having to take your marriage license? Maybe I am missing something here.

I don't think that you need to take your marriage license unless your tickets are in maiden name and DL is in married name!
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The best advice on this question is simply this - if at all possible have a passport. No if, ands, or buts. I'm not saying that you cannot go without one but better safe than . . . . .
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True for now you can go with birth certificates. Apply for your passports now and use them on your cruise in June. Subtropic is right, better safe than. . . .
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We Canadians have to have a passport to cruise....period!!!! They will not let us on the ship if we do not have a passport. We now can't fly into the states without one either, driving we still can use other ID, but that will change by 2008 I believe? We can fly into Mexico, as long as its direct and use other ID as well. Its just something that one day in the future all travellers are going to have to have.
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I was told by Carnival that as of Jan 1st 2007 passports would be needed when traveling out of the country..We are going to Alaska in July and HAD to have Passports because we hit port in Vancouver..

I applied for my passport on Feb 26th and they said I will have passport in hand by april 26th..

Documentation the asked for was 1 picture ID such as a Drivers license a certified copy of my Birth certificate and my marriage license because my name is different that what appears on my birth certificate..

Better safe than sorry..Get the passports!
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Just a little confused.... You recommend his fiance NOT to have DL changed before they leave so that it matches her birth certificate???But no matter if you are married for 1 day or 10 years, after you change your DL to married name it will never match the birth certificate. So why does it matter if you were recently married or not when it comes to having to take your marriage license? Maybe I am missing something here.

I don't think that you need to take your marriage license unless your tickets are in maiden name and DL is in married name!
It it most important that your DL match the name given for the cruise booking. There is not an issue with her maiden name being on her birth certificate. It is just that the DL cannot be changed until you have your marriage certificate in hand. You won't have time to get a new DL back prior cruising. Book the cruise with her maiden name so it matches the DL. Does this help?
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On my first few cruises, I didn't have a passport yet. I had no problem using my birth certificate because I also have my maiden name (used as a middle name) on my driver's license. I was never told I had to have my marriage certificate by any of the people registering me at the check in counter.

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I think it is the law now that you need to have a passport. We use to use my daughters birth certificate to show proof, but our travel agent told us that we have to get her a passport now, because they changed the laws and everyone needs a passport.

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Hi RRush1969,

She can use her certified BC and DL until the end of this year. I'd also suggest you both apply for your passports, but also get an extra copy of your BC's, just in case the passport doesn't arrive in time. From what I've read it's now taking up to four months to get a passport.

I agree with readytogonow, be sure her DL and her booking have the same name.

Have a wonderful wedding and a great cruise honeymoon !
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