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#21
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The Real ID Act requires states to collect certain information to prove who you are to issue a driver's license. Some large blue states have been exempted for a decade now, but that ship is docking soon. For travel with kids a government issued birth certificate is generally enough, so the original poster has no worries.

For air travel (a possibility for cruise passengers) a Real ID will soon be the ONLY acceptable proof of identify. Many state driver's licenses comply. The gold standard is a passport, followed by a passport card (which have little use outside a few countries), then a Global Entry card. Since most kids don't have a driver's license, a passport is the simplest way to travel. It will give peace of mind if an unexpected event arises and you need alternative transportation.

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Only problem that could happen, if an emergency occurs that you have to fly back. PASSPORTS are a must.


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#23
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Originally posted by lcpagejr
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
And let's not confuse the issue even further by using inexact terms like "Enhanced License". What you are talking about are licenses that are compliant with the REAL ID act. An Enhanced Drivers License is a different animal completely that acts as a stand alone document to prove citizenship and ID, similar to a passport card, and is only issued by 5 states. A drivers license that is REAL ID compliant does not do this.
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#24
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I just talked to Carnival about this and they said if you are married and your name is different make sure to bring you marriage certificate as well. We are planning on travel just with our birth certificates.


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My family just had an emergency debarkation in Nassau last week. We all had passports, so it was no issue. Carnival handled everything immigration related for us. While we were waiting for the port agent to pick us up, we talked a bit with guest services about what would have happened had we not had passports. Turns out, not much. There is a US Embassy in Nassau. We would have had to apply for emergency passports which would have been issued immediately. The delays occur when there is no embassy, or it is closed for holiday, etc.

I would be comfortable traveling to the Bahamas with just a BC.
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Originally posted by volmoma
Only problem that could happen, if an emergency occurs that you have to fly back. PASSPORTS are a must.


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We are sailing Jan. 13 for 14 days. We wives dad is very ill with heart disease. We would never leave U.S. soil without a passport, stuff happens. It has been said umpteen times "it's a closed end loop", until it's not.
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Originally posted by Moviela
The Real ID Act requires states to collect certain information to prove who you are to issue a driver's license. Some large blue states have been exempted for a decade now, but that ship is docking soon. For travel with kids a government issued birth certificate is generally enough, so the original poster has no worries.

For air travel (a possibility for cruise passengers) a Real ID will soon be the ONLY acceptable proof of identify. Many state driver's licenses comply. The gold standard is a passport, followed by a passport card (which have little use outside a few countries), then a Global Entry card. Since most kids don't have a driver's license, a passport is the simplest way to travel. It will give peace of mind if an unexpected event arises and you need alternative transportation.

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Wow, new level of confusion. The passport card is accepted for land or sea in 29 different countries which is a little more than a few. Global Entry is only good for entering the US, and not other countries. So the Global Entry is only good for 1 country. However, if you have Global Entry, you also have a passport book so that's irrelevant. If the book is expired, than you GE card is worthless also. So although you can use the GE to fly as ID, it is irrelevant to the overall discussion of can I cruise without a passport? The answer is YES you can, and bring a BC with you that is government issued.
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Originally posted by Havingfun2010
Global Entry is only good for entering the US, and not other countries. So the Global Entry is only good for 1 country. However, if you have Global Entry, you also have a passport book so that's irrelevant.
I agree Global Entry is irrelevant for a cruise, unless you end up flying back to the USA. It lets you get from the plane and out the airport door faster, that's all.
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#29
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Originally posted by salty dingo
I agree Global Entry is irrelevant for a cruise, unless you end up flying back to the USA. It lets you get from the plane and out the airport door faster, that's all.

There are Global Entry kiosks in some Port of Miami and Port Everglades terminals.
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