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Old 03-11-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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We're going on a cruise May 8th and my husband is planning to apply for his passport tomorrow (after trying yesterday and waiting over an hour). Websites say it takes 4-6 weeks but my brother was told it could take 12 weeks. I don't know if we should go ahead and pay extra for expedited service or if we're likely to be safe applying the regular way. We don't want to risk not going on the cruise (and losing the money spent) due to not getting the passport on time but we also don't want to pay for expedited service if it's probably not necessary. Right now we have about 8 weeks before the cruise.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Lafayette
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I would expediate it to be sure. It could be ready or it could not be ready. If you had an extra month it would probably work but you don't. The difference is only about $50 I think. Good luck!
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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If the cruise is a "closed loop" in the Caribbean (meaning you leave from the USA and return to it), you don't even NEED a passport!
I wouldn't pay extra for speed...they've been getting passports out pretty quickly. You will have to send in the BC, so I'd spring for an extra one....if all else fails, your DL and BC will work just fine on most trips.
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:15 PM
 
Location: The Queen City
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I would pay extra to get the passport ASAP. It is better to expend a few extra bucks than lose the entire value of the cruise.
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Western Michigan
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I would pay extra to get the passport ASAP. It is better to expend a few extra bucks than lose the entire value of the cruise.
I totally agree with CLTKing... You should definitely spend the extra $ to get the passport sooner. It would definitely be worth the money over having to skip an entire trip because you didn't have your passport on time.

I believe it took roughly a month for me to receive my passport. But, you never know the time for sure. I would definitely spend the extra $.
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Old 03-15-2010, 05:19 PM
 
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I would probably spend it for piece of mind - there is a lot of cash already invested and the extra charge isn't that great in the grand scheme of the vacation - maybe scale back an excursion to offset

there are some other considerations though - do you live in a city where passports are issued?

when I got mine before going on a study abroad in college I was in a similar situation - they talked me out of expiditing due to proximity .... basically since the paperwork didn't have to travel it sped things up .... i had my passport in under 2 weeks and everything was fine

also, the advice about the "closed loop" is right on about if a passport is even required
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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Go to the post office. Most are doing passports and you can have it rushed to you much quicker for an additional fee.You might want to check their website,that may help.
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