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Old 05-24-2012, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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PLEASE, if you do not understand, go to the government pages and read and learn. It is actually quite simple.
You know, condescension really isn't necessary. And when I'm asked by an agent before boarding a cruise ship for my PASSPORT, I do understand what they're asking for.

I'm sure the website for the current regulations is correct. That doesn't mean it applied to my experience.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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The US government requirements are one thing. Each port is an independent country, and US rules don't apply to them. You may not need a passport to re-enter the US, but you sure do to get off the ship at many ports. Canada included.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Having a valid passport is the easiest way to travel anywhere the world. It's the universal ID and can save a lot of hassles and confusion. They're good for 10 years.
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:51 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Having a valid passport is the easiest way to travel anywhere the world. It's the universal ID and can save a lot of hassles and confusion. They're good for 10 years.
I so agree with this ... I had a trip planned to NYC last summer and nearly could not do the trip once I realized that my California ID was going to expire during my trip. Fortunately, I remembered that my passport was sufficient Identification while flying and did not have to cancel my trip due to my lack of foresight in getting my ID renewed
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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I have recommended repeatedly not to travel without a passport. One cannot guarantee that a problem will not occur and returning to the US by AIR requires a passport - period, no exceptions. Emergencies happen.

As I said several times, one can cruise without a passport. I also said that GETTING OFF THE SHIP at ports is not always going to happen without a passport/passcard. To some people, it doesn't matter. But seeing the port/island is why we cruise. I wouldn't consider leaving the states without a passport and I encourage others to do the same - but it is not required.

Just because a crewmember asked to see your passport doesn't make it a requirement.
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