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Old July 12th, 2009, 09:08 AM
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I know, I know. no lectures please? is anyone still traveling without a passport? I recently read that as long as you come and go from a us port the passport is not needed....anyone? thanks!
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Old July 12th, 2009, 09:14 AM
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If you're departing from a U.S. port and returning to a U.S. port, you don't need a passport, (this is called a loop trip) but this is only true if you're cruising. If you're flying in you need a passport.

I'm not taking any chances so I'm taking all of our passports.
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Old July 12th, 2009, 09:58 AM
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Here is the quote from Homeland Security:

Land/Sea Travel
Beginning June 1, 2009

• U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry are required to have documents that comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), most commonly a U.S. passport, a passport card, a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST, or an enhanced driver's license. See the complete list of WHTI-compliant documents.
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If you plan to go ashore but NOT through a carnival excursion, and if something happens where you miss getting back on board, you will be very, very sorry if you do NOT have a passport! You will be stuck in a foreign country without a passport. NOT something I recommend.

Tires go flat, other mechanical taxi or bus breakdowns, etc. or your not having set your wtch to the ship's time can cause you to miss the ship.

However, if you are on carnival excursions, they will hold the boat for your group.

Play it safe and get a passport!
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I would acquire a passport. The expense of one is minimal compared to the cost of 1 cruise. The peace of mind that if need be you could return to the U.S. quickly alone is worth the expense. Bear in mind that if you go ashore without it and the ship departs without you you are sunk.
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We just returned on the Fantasy, traveled with only birth certificates & drivers license (for those over 16). I understood I was taking my chances by not having one should an emergency arose....but since my return, the adults of the household have applied and I'll post the time frame when they come in (just applied this past Fri), we have an upcoming trip in Sept so we should have them back in tme. We will also be getting ones for the children also soon.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 10:06 AM
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Default Passport all you need to know

This should answer all your questions

http://www.cruise-simple.com/cruise-passport.html
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Originally Posted by getsemani1
If you're departing from a U.S. port and returning to a U.S. port, you don't need a passport, (this is called a loop trip) but this is only true if you're cruising. If you're flying in you need a passport.

I'm not taking any chances so I'm taking all of our passports.
If you depart and return from the same US port a passport is not required. However, I wouldn't leave town without it.
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No lecture from me because we don't have passports either, and we are sailing this Saturday. Carnival told us that we would be fine with our birth certificates, etc. Hubby was born in Berlin to military parents and was later adopted by step-father, so we have to bring adoption papers, too.

When we booked our cruise last month, I figured we wouldn't get passports back in time (still waiting on that tax refund that we filed back in February!) When we get back, I plan to get passports for the future. You never know when you might need them! I am praying that all goes well when we are at port!

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The word for today is ambiguous. = a.m.b.i.g.u.o.u.s
As in the government is being overly ambiguous and needs to get the head out of it's *@! and tell something certain.
Last I heard one needed a passport already. That cutoff date has come and gone ??
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I am aware that a passport book or a passbook card is not required on our Sept 09 cruise to Mexico, however, after reading all of the different posts, we applied and just received our first ever passports. No worrying now if we miss the boat after having too much fun at Senor Frogs.
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Troth - the gov drew a line in the sand on Jun 1. The problem there is that sand is not a permanent surface. They began blurring the lines before they even got to the deadline.
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Troth - the gov drew a line in the sand on Jun 1. The problem there is that sand is not a permanent surface. They began blurring the lines before they even got to the deadline.
Why am I SO surprised?
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We applied for our youngest daughter's passport on June 23, and we just received it yesterday, the 17th. Now the entire family has passports which gives me a peace of mind.
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"Currently"...you can cruise without a passport.

And I do understand that people who do not travel much may not want to lay out $100 each for one cruise.

However, please be aware the the government is notorious for "changing their minds" and when they do...they usually do not leave a lot of time for you to make the change.

Our son just turned 18 last month and we just received his 3rd passport.

I am glad we have this one now, since the old one had an Israel stamp in it which would prevent us from entering several other Arab countries.
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