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#1
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We are traveling on January 11th to the Bahamas.

My folks were going to watch our kids. They may not be able to. I have called Carnival and there is room to add them to our cruise for extra $$ (of course).

But I'd either have to drive to a passport agency and rush a passport, or travel with just birth certificates. Anyone have any experience?!?
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Lots of people travel on closed loop cruises with just birth certificates.
It is not a problem.
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Originally posted by riffatsea
Lots of people travel on closed loop cruises with just birth certificates.
It is not a problem.
Cruised many times with just BC. Finally got passports except for our youngest. We got her a passport card. Just as easy to cruise with PP or a BC. Of course I’m not a worry wart about these things, and we have the resources to get her back to the states if anything happens. YMMV.
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Originally posted by jmm881
We are traveling on January 11th to the Bahamas.

My folks were going to watch our kids. They may not be able to. I have called Carnival and there is room to add them to our cruise for extra $$ (of course).

But I'd either have to drive to a passport agency and rush a passport, or travel with just birth certificates. Anyone have any experience?!?
We've traveled with just birth certificates for the kids (and ourselves with our government issued ID) and many do.
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Originally posted by jmm881
Can you get off in the Bahamas? Or do we just stay on ship?
Yes you can get off, no problem.

They only ask for your cruise card and your drivers license to get back on.

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#7
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Many people travel with just their BCs. It won't impact your trip as far as Ports. The only issue you could run into is if there is an emergency and you need to travel home from a port rather than with the ship. It isn't quite as easy with a BC instead of a passport but not impossible to get home.

Depending on your children's ages I might go ahead and get them passports just because they are great to have. If it isn't in the budget or would cause undue stress I would simply use the BCs.

Husband and I travel on passports but our children still travel with their BCs.
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Originally posted by NCbmwmom
Cruised many times with just BC. Finally got passports except for our youngest. We got her a passport card. Just as easy to cruise with PP or a BC. Of course I’m not a worry wart about these things, and we have the resources to get her back to the states if anything happens. YMMV.
Agree on the passport card. It might also be useful in airports going forward for id.
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If you have to "rush", just use the BC....if you send it in to get the passport, and the passports DON'T come in time, you'll be rushing to get another BC copy! There is NO issue doing closed-loop Caribbean/Bermuda trips with a BC.
#10
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Originally posted by billslowsky
Agree on the passport card. It might also be useful in airports going forward for id.
We are definitely ordering passports for the kids; actually my 7 year old's expires right before we go (of course). But we never got them for the other two.
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Originally posted by cb at sea
If you have to "rush", just use the BC....if you send it in to get the passport, and the passports DON'T come in time, you'll be rushing to get another BC copy! There is NO issue doing closed-loop Caribbean/Bermuda trips with a BC.
Ya, w'ed have to go to the passport agency to get one in time. And spend a small fortune; which we will do if we have to.
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Originally posted by jmm881
We are traveling on January 11th to the Bahamas.

My folks were going to watch our kids. They may not be able to. I have called Carnival and there is room to add them to our cruise for extra $$ (of course).

But I'd either have to drive to a passport agency and rush a passport, or travel with just birth certificates. Anyone have any experience?!?


We've only traveled with BC for our kids, passports for us. No problem, you can still get off in port. We even went to the passport only lines upon disembarking and had no issues.
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Originally posted by billslowsky
Agree on the passport card. It might also be useful in airports going forward for id.

This is not correct. A passport card is for entering Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean by land or sea. Many Captains in St.Thomas who travel 5-6 days a week to BVI use passport cards. The are useless for flying
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Originally posted by coevan
This is not correct. A passport card is for entering Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean by land or sea. Many Captains in St.Thomas who travel 5-6 days a week to BVI use passport cards. The are useless for flying
They will work for domestic flights where certain state's DL won't meet the new requirements. That's exactly why I got a card along with my Passport renewal - so I don't have to worry about it when flying domestically. I believe that's what the poster was saying.
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#15
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Originally posted by jmm881
We are traveling on January 11th to the Bahamas.

My folks were going to watch our kids. They may not be able to. I have called Carnival and there is room to add them to our cruise for extra $$ (of course).

But I'd either have to drive to a passport agency and rush a passport, or travel with just birth certificates. Anyone have any experience?!?
You dont need a passport.
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Just make sure the BCs are the official state original copies.

I lost my PP a couple of days before a cruise once and was able to use my DL and BC just fine. I left my BC in the cabin and brought my DL with me in ports.

Have a great cruise!
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#17
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Passports are not needed for close looped cruises embarking and ending at a same us port.... No air travel is involved folks...so lets not confuse the posters any further. He asked a question and we provided a answer. As for the Enhanced License requirement (for air travel ID)....I think every state has a waiver until the end of this year (who haven't yet fully complied)...meaning regular drivers licenses are accepted for ID for flights out of a state which has enacted the enhanced License
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Word to the wise... make sure the BC is government issued and not hospital issued. I recently had to respond to a health insurance audit and prove that our daughter is our daughter to the insurance company (don't get me started, but at least I was not alone.)

The only BC we ever had for her was given at birth by the hospital, and it was unacceptable for insurance... had to get certified copy. Not sure if cruise lines accept a hospital BC or not, but I would make sure the BC you're going to use is government issued.
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#19
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If I was in your shoes I would not go crazy and have the added expense of trying to get the kids passports for such a close travel date.

We are a family of 10 and have gotten passports 1 or 2 at a time over the past 9 years as the need arose. We just got the last ones done a couple of weeks ago. Now our entire family has them and they dont all expire during the same year, which is very helpful.

We have taken lots of cruises during the time that we didnt all have passports and have not had any problems with the ones who used birth certificates. Like I said, if I were you, I wouldnt rush passports, but if it isnt much trouble for you then go for it.

Wishing you a fun vacation even though it isnt how you originally planned.

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Originally posted by salty dingo
Word to the wise... make sure the BC is government issued and not hospital issued. ........ Not sure if cruise lines accept a hospital BC or not, but I would make sure the BC you're going to use is government issued.
Carnival Cruise line DOES NOT accept hospital issued birth certificates. these are also know as souvenir birth certificates It is made very clear on their website.
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