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Old January 13th, 2010, 12:50 PM
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I know this has been addressed many time before.... but just want to see if anything had changed.

My husband and I are going to take our 2 teens on a cruise to the Bahamas for their graduation gift. We plan on leaving out of Charleston - sometime in June. ( Have yet to pick a date ) We are letting them take 2 friends with them - so they will have someone to hang with.

Anyway - when we cruised last year - it was OK just to have a long form birth certificate and ID. I checked Carnivals website and this is what it states...
U.S. citizens taking “closed-loop” cruises are not required to have a passport, but will need proof of citizenship such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, a passport card, an enhanced driver’s license (EDL) as well as a government-issued photo ID. Children are also required to bring proof of citizenship, and if 16 and over, a photo ID is also required. Canadian and Bermudian citizens are required to have a passport for air, land and sea travel, including all Carnival cruises.
Although a passport is not required for U.S. citizens taking “closed loop” cruises, we strongly recommend all guests travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel). Having a passport will enable guests to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event they miss their scheduled embarkation or to fly back to the U.S. if they need to disembark the ship mid-cruise due to an emergency.

We will be leaving and coming back to Charleston - so it will indeed be a closed loop. Before you guys start jumping on my about getting passports -- keep in mind that I have to get 4 of them. So we are looking at about 400 bucks extra -- before even heading out on the cruise. :eek:

SO ---- can anyone confim this for me? That all we need is a long form BC and a ID?

Thanks in advance.
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Old January 13th, 2010, 01:13 PM
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puppydogeyessc,

The BC must have a Raised Seal or Original Stamp in order to be accepted and although it will be OK for the "closed loop" cruise you have to keep in mind that in the event you have to leave your cruise early and fly back to the U.S. a passport is required or it can cause some costly delays. You will have to do what you feel comfortable with doing.

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Do your self a favor and get passports. I think it's something everyone should have.
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I found that having a passport makes it so much easier both for embarkation and diembarkation. And they are good for 10 years.
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I know this has been addressed many time before.... but just want to see if anything had changed.

My husband and I are going to take our 2 teens on a cruise to the Bahamas for their graduation gift. We plan on leaving out of Charleston - sometime in June. ( Have yet to pick a date ) We are letting them take 2 friends with them - so they will have someone to hang with.

Anyway - when we cruised last year - it was OK just to have a long form birth certificate and ID. I checked Carnivals website and this is what it states...
U.S. citizens taking “closed-loop” cruises are not required to have a passport, but will need proof of citizenship such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, a passport card, an enhanced driver’s license (EDL) as well as a government-issued photo ID. Children are also required to bring proof of citizenship, and if 16 and over, a photo ID is also required. Canadian and Bermudian citizens are required to have a passport for air, land and sea travel, including all Carnival cruises.
Although a passport is not required for U.S. citizens taking “closed loop” cruises, we strongly recommend all guests travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel). Having a passport will enable guests to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event they miss their scheduled embarkation or to fly back to the U.S. if they need to disembark the ship mid-cruise due to an emergency.

We will be leaving and coming back to Charleston - so it will indeed be a closed loop. Before you guys start jumping on my about getting passports -- keep in mind that I have to get 4 of them. So we are looking at about 400 bucks extra -- before even heading out on the cruise. :eek:

SO ---- can anyone confim this for me? That all we need is a long form BC and a ID?

Thanks in advance.
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Yes: All you will need is the original birth certificate and government issued ID.

However: There is one other issue you will have to address. The friends of your children that you are taking with you. You will need a notarized letter from their parents granting permission for you to take them out of the country and giving you authority to make decisions regarding medical care and other matters concerning their well being. They will not be allowed on board without it.

The letter needs to be signed by both parents. If the kid's parents are divorced they will still need both parents to sign. If one parent has sole custody a copy of the custody agreement will also be needed. If one parent is deceased a copy of the death certificate will be needed.

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Old January 15th, 2010, 03:32 PM
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AHHHHH----

Thanks everyone.

And Mike --- thanks for bringing that up about the kids. That is something that I did not know..... I will make sure all of that is in order.

I knew I liked coming here for a reason.... hehe
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We cruised the Ecstasy in November with licenses and birth certificates.

The lady that checked us in gave us a little smack about it, saying she would let us through "just this one time", but my parents who checked in at a different station did not experience this.

I think she was just trying to emphasize that a passport is the recommended document, but I really didn't appreciate the manner in which the emphasis was delivered.
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