Cruising with just a birth certificate western Caribbean

I am needing some help.  I am not working with a travel agent. I know know big mistake on my part. 

I will be traveling with my cousin this December  on a western Caribbean cruise we will embark out of New Orleans the ports of call are Costa Maya Mexico, Grand Cayman Islands, Saint Thomas Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel Mexico.  This will be my cousin first time to cruise, her son, and husband will also be going. None of them have passports. I told them when they booked in May they should get them. But they did not get the passports. Now we are less than 45 days way.   I know it is better to have a passport. But it as if they don't want to get one. So, my question is can they just go a official birth certificate? If so how does that work, will they be able to get off at all the ports?  Will it take them longer to board the ship.  An help would be great thanks. 

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In order to get the best and most accurate answers, I suggest you call the cruise line directly.  In 1998, I know it wasn't too difficult because my parents used theirs, but time have changed and I wouldn't want you to get to the port of embarkation and have your family turned away. Please come back and tell us what you learn, just in case there is someone else wondering.

The better question is does the cruise line your are booked on allow passengers to board without a Passport. Some cruise lines are strict even when the government doesn't require a Passport they still can make it a condition of the cruise contract.

Even if you booked on your own there should be a customer service or passenger care phone # on the booking confirmation. Use that and call the cruise line directly.

AT this point if your cousin and family need passports, the expedited processing will more than double the price of each passport (quadruple if they opt only for the passport card). This is regardless if they go through the mail or make the in person processing appointment. BUT remember at 45 days out most cruise lines will have penalty fees attached to cancelling the booking, and even cancel for any reason insurance does not cover lacking the proper paperwork.

You can get express or a same day passport.  But it will be costly.

Thanks, for the help. I found out that a Brith Certificate will be okay as long as it is official certificate.  However they highly recommend a passport. They basically said do not miss the ship.  

Thanks for coming back and letting us know what the cruise line said.  Hope it works out as advertised.Happy

Canadians need a passport to fly internationally, so we always have ours for our cruise.

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