Not to me personally, but it does happen. The regulations are strict, and will be followed to the letter, so, passengers need to be properly documented...It's very sad to say.....I almost went on a cruise! Dot your i's and cross you t's.
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Cant say that I have, altho we have only been on one cruise so far. I dont understand even with are last cruise being are first it was made pretty clear which documents we would need,And with web sites like this one to help people out (which they helped us out quit a bit) I dont understand how you could end up at the dock without the proper paper work?
There was a thread on the Princess board early this year from a young lady (non-US citizen) who was denied boarding because of lack of documentation (or a member of her party - I forget which.)
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Especially now it's important to provide citizenship documentation, passports or whatever is needed. Have it handy and ready to show. They're even strict at the Canadian boarder. They look carefully at everything. Found out how serious on a tour through certain parts of Alaska that crossed Canadian boarders. It took awhile for all of our tour group to be processed. They, the Boarder Guards, would not be rushed. Luckily we had been well prepared by Cruise Tour Director and everyone had proper documentation.
Had a wonderful time...but it would have been disterous if even one person had not had their 'papers' together.
I allway carry my passport even on domestic travels. I have been a Naturalized US citizen for 47 years, but it's hard to prove without a passport.
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All non US citizen must have a valid passport to travel. The passport requirement does NOT apply to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning directly from a U.S. territory. Homeland Security Dept is the institution that checks the documents on embarkation. It is always good to have passport, but if you don't and you are US citizen - you need original birth certificate (or certified copy) and Government issued photo ID (as a Driver License). The name on the reservation should match the name on the Driver License. Passengers under age 16 travel with original Birth Certificate. Passengers at age 16-18 need original Birth Certificate and School (photo) ID. Double check with the Cruise line and airline if they need additional documents. Guests who fail to provide the cruise line with proper proof of citizenship and photo ID will be denied boarding and will not receive a refund. The website that gives you detailed information about travel documentaion is Welcome to Travel.State.Gov