I just booked on the Maasdam leaving Norfolk on Feb 9, 2006. I have read about passport highly recommended and also not yet required. I do NOT have a passport and did not think about it when I booked but do I need one? I live in NC and I am a US citizen. I am so nervous about not having one but I have heard it will take longer than I would be leaving on my cruise. I live in a small town in NC and have no idea where to get a passport in time. I heard DMV does this and I will check tomorrow. But bottom line is I know it is best to have a passport but do I have to?
At this late of a date you may have a problem obtaining a passport in time but with the itinerary you have for this eleven day cruise you will be OK in not having a passport. Just don't miss the boat in Barbados. You will need to visit the American Embassy to get off the island without one.
Make sure you show up with a State or county issued copy of your birth certificate. It should have the raised seal or the official state seal and NOT a copy. You will also need a state issued picture id, such as a drivers license.
If you are a woman or man and your first or last name has changed from what is on your birth certificate from marriage, divorce, etc. you will need to have documentation to show the change. I.E. Divorce papers, Court name change, adoption papers.
As of December 31, 2006 you will need the passport so when you get back you will be so hooked on cruising you will take that documentation and go ahead and get the passport.
Have a great time on your cruise and come back tanned and relaxed.
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Also, DO NOT try to get a passport this close to your sailing date. You have to send in your original birth certificate and if it's not back in time you'll be up that proverbial creek!
Have a wonderful cruise!
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