Jump to content

First Time Question


Recommended Posts

Hello to All,

We are going on our first cruise at the end of November. This is our first cruise and it's pretty last minute (booked it this week!) Anyways, our family won't  have passports in time for the vacation. NCL said that travelling with our state issued birth certificates is acceptable but, I was wondering about booking excursions outside of NCL's offerings. I saw on this board about a day trip and the representative explained they don't require passports but that our cruise would? Are we limited to excursions we can book via NCL or will we be able to book other excursions and not have to show a passport to get through a customs point somewhere? Thank you for your kind help,

Link to comment
Share on other sites

As long as everything goes ok, you will be fine, BUT if something goes wrong and you need to get home from a foreign country, you will wish you had a passport...


you can easily get one by the end of November..I would pursue it. 

Edited by PTC DAWG
Link to comment
Share on other sites

My son just got his first passport. Took only two weeks. So, if you’d feel better having them, you should have time. But the others and NCL are correct. If you’re leaving from and returning to the U.S., you’ll be ok with just the birth certificates for most ports on a closed loop cruise. There’s one port in the Caribbean that’s now requiring a passport but I don’t remember which port it is. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well boils down to where you sailing to and from 

closed loop starts stops same USA port than technically no passport needed 

any other cruise that that vists a foreign port or Canada and start one port ends another than you need passport


now the technically 


if while in a foreign port anything happens you need our need to be flown home or fly to another port then guess what need passport

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Forum Assistance
      • Holiday Exchange - Jingle and Mingle 2021
      • ANNOUNCEMENT: Enjoy the Gift of Travel with Regent Seven Seas Cruises
      • ICYMI Cruise Critic Live Special Event: Q&A with Silversea Cruises
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • Canadian Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
  • Create New...