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Old December 15th, 2013, 02:04 AM
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I haven't been on a cruise for 5 years and have recently booked one. My question is, do I still not need a passport (port of call is Cozumel), only my birth certificate and a photo ID?

I know ideally I should get a passport but I don't travel out of the country nor do I frequently go on cruises so I don't see the need to spend the money for a passport when other documentation would be sufficient.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 09:29 AM
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If your cruise begins and ends in the same US port you are on a closed loop cruise. US Customs and Border Patrol does not require you to have a passport. Check their website and Carnival's for exact ID requirements. That said, it is always advisable to have a passport in case some unforeseen incident requires you to leave the ship and return home from a foreign port on your own.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 11:36 AM
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You could always get the passport card.....the cost is less.
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I'm surprised your travel agent didn't give you the information about this, but all you need for a 'closed loop' cruise is an original birth certificate, not a copy, along with a government issued photo ID, such as a driver's license.

We just got off a Carnival cruise today and the customs agent didn't even asked to see our daughter's and our grandson's birth certificate, but it is required.

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Thanks all for your replies. Glad nothing has changed as far as needing a passport. Cruise Planner, we booked our cruise ourselves online.
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I am surprised at the number of people who cruise without a passport. I hear the number is as high as 1/3 of all guests.
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You could always get the passport card.....the cost is less.
Passport card is a waste of money unless you do a lot of border crossings. You still can't fly with a passport card so you are no better off with the passport card.

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Passport card is a waste of money unless you do a lot of border crossings. You still can't fly with a passport card so you are no better off with the passport card.

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Good point......didn't know that's how that worked. I guess if your not flying out of country it's a good option but I too prefer the passport.
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You need only to be suddenly disembarked off your ship in port as we were to know that traveling without a passport, can put you in a bad predicament...
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Old December 17th, 2013, 12:35 AM
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No passport required for closed loop cruises.

If I somehow ended up stuck on an island paradise, as long as I had a credit card, I'd hang out on the island until Carnival sent a rescue ship!
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Old December 21st, 2013, 08:43 PM
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Actually, I'm not even planning to get off the ship @ Cozumel, seen it a couple of times already....lol. So I guess I'm definitely a "closed loop" cruiser this time.
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