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.