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Do you have to have a passport to go on a cruise?

Asked by CupcakesandTea (353points) March 26th, 2010

I was thinking of going on a cruise soon and I don’t know if I need a passport or not. I live in the U.S. and the port is in the U.S. I was told by a friend who recently went on a cruise that all you really need is a birth certificate. But can you get off the ship and into another country without one?

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aprilsimnel's avatar

Yes, you need a passport. No, you cannot board the ship without one.

mcbealer's avatar

Here is information on expedited service.

thriftymaid's avatar

Yep, unless it’s one on the Mississippi.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

You could take a cruise on Lake Michigan and not need any proof of citizenship. Ditto the Intracoastal Waterway, any of various rivers and lakes within the Continental USA, and (probably) Hawaii and Alaska, too.

Details… we always need details.

Seek's avatar

Here is some information on cruising without a passport.

It is possible, but not advisable. If you break your leg in Mexico, you won’t be allowed back in the country if you try to take a plane back.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr good link and good advice

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