HELP - permission form needed for minor child traveling with a friend's family

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#1
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Hi - I know i've seen this topic on here before....... My daughter will be traveling with a friend and her family on a cruise. Does anyone have the site where i can access the permission form giving the family authorization to take her on the cruise out of the country? Another snag - i'm looking for a form that only one parent will need to sign as I have sole custody of my daughter. Thanks for your help
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We just had my daughter's friend's parents sign a letter and had it notorized. We never had to show it to anyone. But we had it just in case. You could probably just include a copy of the custody papers with it. I didn't have an actual form, just a notorized letter that her parents wrote giving permission to leave the country and permission to have her medically treated if necessary.
Hope this helps.
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#3
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Originally posted by tweetums32
We just had my daughter's friend's parents sign a letter and had it notorized. We never had to show it to anyone. But we had it just in case. You could probably just include a copy of the custody papers with it. I didn't have an actual form, just a notorized letter that her parents wrote giving permission to leave the country and permission to have her medically treated if necessary.
Hope this helps.
Thank you so much - i thought i needed an official form
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Here are some sample forms from the Sea U Onboard sight.


http://www.seauonboard.com/Parental%20Authorization.htm
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#5
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Originally posted by karen116
Hi - I know i've seen this topic on here before....... My daughter will be traveling with a friend and her family on a cruise. Does anyone have the site where i can access the permission form giving the family authorization to take her on the cruise out of the country? Another snag - i'm looking for a form that only one parent will need to sign as I have sole custody of my daughter. Thanks for your help
Even though you have sole custody, unless the other parents rights have been terminated you are going to need a second signature. (Of course Carnival may let you go without it but it is not likely).
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Originally posted by zqvol
Even though you have sole custody, unless the other parents rights have been terminated you are going to need a second signature. (Of course Carnival may let you go without it but it is not likely).
This is so not true! (speaking from experience here, not just spouting off).

Carnival pulled their suggested form several years ago, on advice from their legal beagles, I suppose. They also will not give you any specific information as to what is required to actually get on board with a minor child.

There is no better time to have an attorney draft a legal document authorizing travel and have it notarized and in hand. We've had the experience twice, and each time the agent at the desk when we signed in read each and every line of the document before proceeding. Don't have a great time turn out bad because you got "advice" from folks that don't have a clue. Talk to your lawyer. Each state is different, and each port is different.
#7
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Thanks for the link for this form. My DH and I always cruise alone but are taking my little grandson with us next year and I was planning on finding this form. You've saved me the trouble!
#8
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Originally posted by marktac
This is so not true! (speaking from experience here, not just spouting off).

Carnival pulled their suggested form several years ago, on advice from their legal beagles, I suppose. They also will not give you any specific information as to what is required to actually get on board with a minor child.

There is no better time to have an attorney draft a legal document authorizing travel and have it notarized and in hand. We've had the experience twice, and each time the agent at the desk when we signed in read each and every line of the document before proceeding. Don't have a great time turn out bad because you got "advice" from folks that don't have a clue. Talk to your lawyer. Each state is different, and each port is different.
Thank you so much - i think that i will have a legal document drawn up. She'll be leaving on the 29th of June.

We've been on three cruises in the last two years and haven't had a problem, both of my kids have their passports and we've never been stopped, or asked or even questioned.
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Costa - Carla C - 4/9/78, Windjammer Cruise (Antiga) - 1/79, Costa - Carla C - 11/80 - Thanksgiving, Amerikanis (to Bermuda) 5/31/87, Carnival - 8/88, Carnival Legend - 12/27/05, Carnival Liberty - 11/21/06, Carnival Miracle - 8/15/07, Carnival Miracle - 8/21/08

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