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Old 11-05-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Do you absolutely have to have a passport or passport card to cruise fron FL to the Bahamas? I heard from some friends that they went on and only used their license and birth certificate recently. Is this true?
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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WHTI | Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative | USA

Yes. You need a passport or passport card.

Actually..maybe not. From the same link:
"Closed Loop" Cruises: U.S. citizens who board a cruise ship at a port within the United States, travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same U.S. port on the same ship may present a government issued photo identification, along with proof of citizenship (an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization). Please be aware that you may still be required to present a passport to enter the foreign countries your cruise ship is visiting. Check with your cruise line to ensure you have the appropriate documents.
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:57 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Please be aware that you may still be required to present a passport to enter the foreign countries your cruise ship is visiting.
Says it all does it not ???

You MAY be required .....
So better have it with you anyway !!
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Old 11-06-2010, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Check your DMV. They may have a combo drivers lic/passport card. A passport card is valid only for international land and sea travel between the US, Canada, Mexico the Caribbean and Bermuda. Past that carry your passport.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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It is still advisable to have a passport. Say you go to the Bahamas on a cruise. Something happens. You get injured (minor slip and fall) or there is a family emergency and, in either case, you can't return by cruise ship but want/need to return by air. Sorry, without a passport, it will be much more complicated. I wouldn't travel without one.

The requirements for getting one aren't all that difficult. I needed certified copies of: my birth certificate; marriage license (because of name change), and my driver's license along with the pictures. Then you fill out a form, take it to the post office or, if you're in a rush because your ship leaves in 3 days, run off to the nearest passport office - get there early in the morning, return at the end of the day and the only thing extra you need is proof of urgency - cruise documents.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I took my Mom to Nassau on a cruise earlier this year. All she needed was her birth certificate.

Vter has this one covered.
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