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VickyVSN,nbean38, My family and I are about to go on the Mariner next week. That's providing that Ivan doesn't cancel everything. This will be the 6th cruise for hubby and I. Third one for our teenage daughters. We've always used our birth certificates and have never had a problem. We'll probably look into getting passports for hubby and me before our Jan cruise, just because it's easier than always carring all the extra paperwork around. But for the kids it doesn't seem like a smart idea. They are almost 14 now and their passports would only be good for 5yrs. If we wait until they are 16 they will be good for the whole 10yr period.
I really enjoyed your web site for first time cruisers. I am struggling with the passport issue. I know everyone suggests that you get one but I am cruising to the western caribbean in April with my husband and our 18 yr old son and our 15 yr old daughter. The cost will be $85 a person for us. My husband and I will probably go on another cruise but Im not sure that my kids will go agian. My son especially since he will be joining the Air Force after he graduates. Could we just go with our birth certificates or do you highly recommend purchasing passports? It's just a lot of money. Any advice would be helpful. We will be on the Radiance. I'm really excited, but have a lot of questions about excursions. Thanks