From: Ohioguy on
My wife was getting on me about getting a passport. I've never
needed one before, because when I went to Canada you still didn't need
one, and most of my travel is inside the US.

http://cruises.about.com/cs/officialinfo/ht/passport.htm

At first I read the above article, which has no date but is still
"dated", evidently, because it said no passport is needed for cruises to
the Caribbean. It mentioned a "Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative" or
somesuch card, which I guess has now been replaced with a "US Passport
Card".

Anybody ever used a "US Passport Card" ?? It is unlikely that I'll
be flying to another country, so that would probably be fine with me.
From: AZ Nomad on
On Mon, 07 Jun 2010 17:00:42 -0400, Ohioguy <none(a)none.net> wrote:
> My wife was getting on me about getting a passport. I've never
>needed one before, because when I went to Canada you still didn't need
>one, and most of my travel is inside the US.

why don't you read the documentation handed to you by the company
you're cruising with?
From: Tom K on
On 6/7/10 5:00 PM, Ohioguy wrote:
> My wife was getting on me about getting a passport. I've never needed
> one before, because when I went to Canada you still didn't need one, and
> most of my travel is inside the US.
>
> http://cruises.about.com/cs/officialinfo/ht/passport.htm
>
> At first I read the above article, which has no date but is still
> "dated", evidently, because it said no passport is needed for cruises to
> the Caribbean. It mentioned a "Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative" or
> somesuch card, which I guess has now been replaced with a "US Passport
> Card".
>
> Anybody ever used a "US Passport Card" ?? It is unlikely that I'll be
> flying to another country, so that would probably be fine with me.


The passport card is pretty much a waste. Just get a regular passport.
It's not like the cost is that different. But just suppose... let's
say you twist an ankle or something like that, and need to fly back to
the US. Or you miss the ship because of an excursion... or whatever.
But let's just say you need to fly back for some reason half way through
the cruise. A passport lets you.

Or let's say your wife likes it... and next year wants to go on a
Mediterranean cruise... you're set with the passport.

--Tom
From: rieker on

> Anybody ever used a "US Passport Card" ?? It is unlikely that I'll
> be flying to another country, so that would probably be fine with me.

A passport card is worthless, IMO.

If you are on a 'closed loop' cruise (one wherein you return to the same
port from which you sailed) a US citizen can use the combination of a
certified birth certificate and a govt. issued photo ID (drivers license).
I believe that children under 16 only need a birth certificate.

If you get sick and must return home from any foreign port, anywhere on
planet earth, you will need a real passport (not the 'card').

If you take a cruise that departs say from Ft Lauderdale, transits the
Panama Canal and you finish in San Diego, you need a passport.

A passport will cost you about $10/yr. You have to pay up front....they are
issued for 10 years (to adults, kids are a little cheaper and good for 5
yrs.)

http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1206635771151.shtm
"How will the final WHTI requirements affect passengers going on cruises?
U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises (cruises that begin and end at the same
port in the U.S.) will be able to enter or depart the country with proof of
citizenship, such as a birth certificate and government-issued photo ID. A
U.S. citizen under the age of 16 will be able to present either an original
or a copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad
issued by DOS, or a Certificate of Naturalization issued by U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services.
Please be aware that you may still be required to present a passport when
you dock at a foreign port, depending on the islands or countries that your
cruise ship is visiting. Check with your cruiseline to ensure you have the
appropriate documents for the stops you'll be making on your cruise."





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From: John Sisker on
All of the personal documents we're seeing now days from the cruise lines,
just mention the need for a passport. While there are still exceptions, that
is quickly becoming a thing of the past, and something the cruise line
seldom bother to even bring up anymore.

Our suggestion... get a passport. You'll need it eventually, if not right
away.

John Sisker - SHIP-TO-SHORE CRUISE AGENCY´┐Ż
(714) 536-3850 or toll-free at (800) 724-6644 & (Agency ID: 714.536.3850)
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