Posted September 28th, 2007, 02:33 PM
My mother and sister are first time cruisers and don't have a passport. They are boarding with their birth cert and photo ID (DL). Both have different married names now.
TA and a RCI rep told us that it is no problem, that port security understands that women get married and have different names from birth certificate.
Then tonight, I just read this on the FAQs
If you are a woman using your married name, sometimes they ask for your marriage certificate with your birth certificate, sometimes they don't. No one knows why. See above.
and now I'm freaking!
What's the deal with this?!
It's not a cruise line requirement, it's customs and immigration upon return. So, RCI may say don't worry about it, and they may check you in without a problem. But when the cruise is over, you'll be dealing with the US government, who might require more than RCI did.
Still, I wouldn't panic if they don't have it. It's improbable that they will be asked. (I have my original SS card, which is issued in my maiden name, as well as the new card that has my married name - the SS number is the same. Myabe they have something similar that can be compared to the photo ID and the BC to link the names.