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Regarding the closest port, that depends on what ship you desire if u have a preference. You can also go to that ship's website and they will list their ports and u can go from there. But I am in TN too, but not Chat...The closest port to me is either New Orleans or Alabama....but u are at a different end so u can check the Carnival site and see which port is closest from Chat.
For passport, scroll thru the threads or do a search on the title "passport clarification"...I posted the same question yesterday and got the response from there. Good luck
For age restrictions, you can also get that from the Carnival website.
Carnival Holiday (August 2003) Graduation Cruise, First Cruise
Carnival Sensation (Sept 2005)-xld due to Hurricane Katrina
Closest cruise port to Chattanooga is Mobile. As it currently stands, passports are not required, however this might change later this year. You should be OK for a cruise during the next 6 months. You can get information about age requirements by going to carnival.com and clicking on FAQ.
Carnival Cruises 19
Royal Caribbean 8
Holland America 9
Carnival will require someone 25 or older in each cabin with someone under 21. The only exception is a married couple. I have read that Royal Caribbean has a less restrictive policy as do some other lines.
Hi! I am about 1 hour from you! The closest port for us is Mobile and the Holiday is one of the least expensive ships. The next for us is Jacksonville with the Celebration and it is not too bad either.
I just talked to my daughter and those girls have already been on the phone to Carnival. They found out they can cruise because no one is under 21 (DD turned 22 last month) and one person is already 25.
They are looking at driving to Port Canaveral (which I am not happy about!) and taking a 4 day cruise.
They also confirmed that they do not need the passports, although I do think it is a good idea...just not enough time (I would be afraid that their birth certificates would get lost in the shuffle too.)
Thanks for all the help. Now, I get to go do some pricing for them.
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Port Canaveral is not that much further than Jacksonville (2 hours?). Straight shot down 95, however the traffic on 95 is HORRIFIC! (Of course I hate driving on ANY part of 95!) I would encourage the 5 day Celebration or the Holiday out of Mobile. If they insisted on Port Canaveral, I would definately check out flights to Orlando. Southwest is sometimes cheaper than driving and only 2 hour drive to Nashville.
Dont rule out New Orleans. The 5 day sailings on the Fantasy have been cheaper than the Holiday. Pull up a website that lets you look at a month or two spread. Then look at the 4-day vs 5-day. By changing your schedule by one week you can save hundreds of dollars.
Dave (Lucky to be two hours from Mobile or New Orleans)
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