hello, i just spent over 200.00 to get passports for my wife and i for our cruise to the caribbean in sept. only to find out 10 minutes later after reading in the paper that we didnt need them untill 2009. is this true? did i just spend 200.00 for nothing?
I just booked a cruise for October 2 days ago and my travel agent told me I did need them. However, I read in the paper you did not need them as long as your cruise departed and arrived back at the same U.S. Port. I also read that there are now two separate types of passports, one which is cheaper and is just for cruises and then the standard type.
I have no idea myself what is true anymore so i will probably just get one.
My husband, My 16 year old son, my 5 year old son and I just got our passports for a cruise to the Bahamas in June. Our TA said it would be safer so we said why not since we know we will want to cruise again.
I think it was money well spent. Everyone is confused over it because our government would never make up their mind and as another poster mentioned, if cruising to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean or Bermuda, departing and returning to the US, a passport will not be needed even after 6/1/09. More confusion!
I think you did the right thing though and it was money well spent. Remember, if something should happen and you need to catch up with the ship or fly home to the US, you'll still need it. It's kind of like travel insurance.... most people don't want it but when they need it, they wish thay had made that initial investment.
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Yes, you should absolutely have a passport. If you need to get off the ship and fly anywhere in a hurry, this will speed the process. Plus, it's such an easy way to travel when you have this identification.
Just got off a cruise yesterday... We didnt need them but the crew said you will need them starting in May or June. Dont worry you didnt waste your money! Plus they are good for 10 years... so it will give you a chance to go on more in the future!
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Now if I was reading correct the passport that is like 90.00 if for anywhere you go and the smaller passport card is good only to
use in side the US, cant be used for flying any where in or out of
Hope this helps.
Soon everyone will have to have a passport so the price of them
will only go up like everything else .
you can go to the site and read about the difference between the
two kinds of passports they are talking about.
YOUR PASSPORT WAS MONEY WELL SPENT. DON'T FORGET THAT YOU ARE MOST LIKELY GOING TO GET OFF THE SHIP IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY. GOD FORBID, IF THERE ARE ANY PROBLEMS ,WITH THE LAW OR ANYTHING ELSE, YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY NEED A PASSPORT. ALL U.S. CONSULATES RECOMMEND THAT EVERYONE TRAVELING OUTSIDE THE U.S. SHOULD HAVE A PASSPORT.
The government seems to have their heads up their backsides about these passports. Ambiguous is a strong enough word to describe passport policy.
I got mine in 2000 and will need a renewal in 2010. I always cruise with a passport and highly recomend others do the same. 8)
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We were told by our travel agent that a passport was not needed as long as you travel back to the same port, but being pass military we have had passports for a long time. I would recommend everyone to get one. The money spent is well worth it. It can be use for ID and is easy to carry than your birth certificate and drivers licennse.
Received my documents for my cruise yesterday and was checking
it to make sure everything is okay and on the passport requirments
page it as
the U.S. government will soon require all our guest including U.S.
citizens to be in possession of a valid passport when traving on
any Carnival cruise. Foreign nationals should contact their respective
government to obtain further details. The requirement may become
effective as early as Summer of 2008. Passports are required for air travel to or from Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, The caribbean. The bahamas and Bermuda. Canadian guest that travel
by air to or from any of our U.S. embarkation port. And it goes on
so be sure to read your document book you receive.