Passport vs Birth Certificate

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#21
WI - Wisconsin
324 Posts
Joined Aug 2016
We cruised in Jan and only had bc for our boys. We decided to get passports for myself, dh, and 16 year old daughter because she was going on a missions trip to Mexico next month and would need one anyway. Dh and I got them because we talk about traveling overseas and if we wanted to do it last minute we would need one, so we decided to get them before the cruise. The boys we figured would be really expensive to only last 5 years and didn't feel it was worth it. We had no problems with just bc for them.
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#22
72 Posts
Joined Sep 2015
Originally posted by sparks1093
Last numbers released by State said that 46% of US citizens have a passport. Conservatively 40 to 60% of US citizens aboard an eligible closed loop cruise are using something other than a passport (other acceptable documents include naturalization certificates, consular reports of birth abroad [both when coupled with govt issued photo ID for 16 and over]; passport cards and enhanced drivers licenses). If one totals up the number of passengers leaving each week on closed loop cruises then yes, it is possible to say from a conservative view that millions are traveling on closed loop cruises every year with something other than a passport. Every traveler's documentation needs are different based on where and how they travel.

I would make the opposite assumption that the majority of cruisers have a passport by assuming many of the 54% majority who do not have a passport probably cannot afford to cruise.

Regardless of the passport stats, the OP does not need a passport for the children or the adults. If they become frequent cruisers, I would recommend a passport which allows cruises for other destinations or the ability to take advantage of last minute discount flights to Europe.
#23
Enosburg Falls, VT
17,781 Posts
Joined Apr 2009
Originally posted by Texas Jake
I would make the opposite assumption that the majority of cruisers have a passport by assuming many of the 54% majority who do not have a passport probably cannot afford to cruise.

Regardless of the passport stats, the OP does not need a passport for the children or the adults. If they become frequent cruisers, I would recommend a passport which allows cruises for other destinations or the ability to take advantage of last minute discount flights to Europe.
Maybe they can afford to cruise because they don't spend money on things they don't need. I know that in my personal case if we had been required to have passports (approx. cost of $850) for our first cruise then we wouldn't have been able to cruise at that time and would have chosen another type of vacation. Fortunately we have choices and just like with any other choice different people are going to make different choices based on their own criteria.
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