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If you will check some of the other threads on the Royal Caribbean forum, the passport turnaround is very long now.
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Celebrity Silhouette (Eastern) 3/29/14, Carnival Valor (Southern girls' cruise) 7/21/13, Celebrity Summit (Southern) 3/30/13, Vision of the Seas (Southern 11 day) 12/24/12, Ruby Princess (Eastern) 4/3/11, Serenade of the Seas 4/3/10 (Southern), Carnival Valor (Western) 2/14/10, Adventure OTS 6/28/09 (Southern to the West), Mariner 3/30/08 (Eastern), Serenade 4/7/07 & 4/8/06 (Southern to the east), RCI Splendour (Western) 3/25/05, Celebrity Century (Eastern) 3/20/04, Celebrity Horizon (Eastern) 4/03, Golden Princess (Eastern) 3/30/02, RCI Grandeur (Southern to the west) 4/14/01, Carnival Holiday (Western) 3/28/92
We applied Feb.22nd. Check has just been cashed, but not in the passport system. My DS leaves May 28th for Mexico. It does have me concerned.
RCCL, Liberty of the Seas, 01/14, Western
CARNIVAL, Paradise, 01/13, Western
CARNIVAL, Dream, 11/12, Western
RCCL, Adventure of the Seas, 03/12, Southern
CARNIVAL, Dream, 12/11, Western
CARNIVAL, Pride, 10/11, Bermuda
CARNIVAL, Elation, 01/11, Western
RCCL,Freedom of the Seas, 09/10, Eastern
DISNEY, Magic, 5/09, Western
RCCL, Monarch of the Seas, 1/09, Bahamas
RCCL, Monarch of the Seas, 11/08, Bahamas
RCCL, Sovereign of the Seas, 02/08, Bahamas
RCCL, Mariner of the Seas, 05/07, Eastern
RCCL, Sovereign of the Seas, 12/06, Bahamas
RCCL, Sovereign of the Seas, 06/06, Bahamas
RCCL, Majesty of the Seas, 04/05, Bahamas
CELEBRITY, Century 04/02, Western
For my DH's renewal the check was cashed on 3/6. It showed up today on the status screen with an estimated delivery of 4/16. He sent it off 2/5. It is taking a really long time right now.
My experience is pretty much the same as Keksie's. I sent DH's passport renewal application in early February, the check cleared early March, and the State Department Web Site is showing that he should get his passport on 4/11. We're leaving on 4/22, so hopefully it will arrive in time. At least this is a renewal though, so we HAVE DH's original Birth Certificate if his Passport doesn't come in time. His old Passport expired ONE DAY before the end of our cruise!
Carnival Liberty (Carnival) - Dec. 2012 - Family Reunion Cruise
Carnival Paradise (Carnival) - Oct. 2008 - Girls' Weekend
Carnival Paradise (Carnival) - Feb. 2008 - Birthday Cruise w/Hubby
Carnival Paradise (Carnival) - Oct. 2007 - Party Cruise with Friends
Carnival Pride (Carnival) - Apr. 2007 - Anniversary Cruise (and Daughter's birthday cruise)
MS Jubilee (Carnival) - Apr. 1993 - Honeymoon Cruise
SS Asure Seas (Admiral Cruise Line) - Feb. 1991
Oceanos (Epirotiki Lines) - Jun. 1985 - Yes THAT Oceanos (I wasn't on when she went down.)
MS Tropicale (Carnival) - Jun. 1984 - First cruise and I was hooked!
Guess that is now the penalty for waiting until the last minute.
Gosh, I know some book at the last minute. When we applied in 2004 for ours, it took approximately 6 weeks. Some friends of ours were supposed to go with us last year? Then hurricane Katrina hit. They received theirs after 12 weeks! All I know is that it is better to spend the money and just do it before you even think of taking the cruise! After all, they're good for ten years and for about $10 per year, it is an excellent form of i.d., accepted anywhere. I do know another user on here contacted their congressperson and did receive their passports in two days, go look for the thread, it's pretty recent! They were successful thanks to Fredr and I am sure you will be also maofthree!