My name is Faith, me and my husband Jason our planning a cruise in late Sept 13' for our wedding anniversary, I have a three year old son from a previous relationship, who my husband raises but is not a legal guardian. His Birth father, is absent, and besides being on the birth certificate has never been in his life. I don't even speak to him, or know how to contact him. we want "our" son to cruise with us, but is there some sort of loop hole I have to jump through to make this possible? I read something about a permission slip but I have no way to get one signed. what do I do??
If you have legal guardianship of your son, it should not be a problem. But I would highly suggest you bring the legal documentation with you proving you have sole custody. If you have joint custody or there is not legal documentation, it can be a problem.
This is directly from Carnival's website;
When traveling with a minor and both parents/legal guardians are not cruising, we strongly recommend bringing an original signed letter from the absent parent/legal guardian authorizing the minor to travel with you. This will expedite processing by the Department of Homeland Security. Please note that a notarized letter to this effect is required if debarking with children in Mexico.
In a situation like this, it's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
Hope this helps.
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Yes, please be very careful about having the right papers - if you do not have your ducks in order you may be denied your cruise with no refund or compensation from the cruise line.
This is just one of those very sticky situations where the cruise line cannot allow itself to be in a position of taking a minor child anyplace a legal guardian does not want him to go.
Now - even if no one can get a hold of his dad, that does not mean the cruise line will let it slide. You need to have either full legal guardianship or else get the dad to sign a release saying he can go on the cruise.
They won't get involved in your personal details or life - its all about the paperwork.