Contributor Level: Purser

Proof of Citizenship

Do you really need a passport when taking a cruise?


6 Answers

Contributor Level: Captain

Legally (as it applies to US Citizens only, not citizens of other countries or resident aliens in the US), if you arrive on the same ship at the same port that you left from, and you go to certain Caribbean countries, you only need a birth certificate and ID.

However, if you miss the boat in one of the ports (think being late, ill or injured) then a passport would be extremely handy (otherwise you have to deal with embassy officials, who may or may not be working that day).

In my opinion, I would not leave my home country without it.

Contributor Level: Captain

I always take my Passport with me...even if it stays in the cabin safe and I just have a Xerox of it on me.   You never know what can happen,  your late back to the ship and left behind,  the ship breaks down and is towed to a foreign port and you need a passport to fly home.

Contributor Level: Captain

Always carry your passport and another piece of ID. You never know when you are going to need it.

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

If you leave from a US port and come back to a US port, you do not need it. However, what if there is an emergency and you have to fly home? You can not fly everywhere without a passport. The passport card is not acceptable to fly. You need the book. We got ours in 2008 for our 1st cruise.

Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I don't travel outside the U.S. without a passport.

Contributor Level: Captain

It's STRONGLY recommended, but not necessarily required. Here are the details:


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