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Friday, March 28, 2008

New Passport Requirements For Cruises

Passport requirements for cruises vary by destination
and your citizenship.

Please review the section below to determine your passport requirements.

U.S. and Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents:A valid passport is required for all international itineraries including Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, India, Central and South America, South Pacific and Tahiti.

Although U.S. and Canadian citizens are not currently required to travel with a passport ( required in 2009 ) on itineraries including Alaska, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico, We highly recommend a passport be carried.

For itineraries for which a passport is not required, U.S. and Canadian citizens who do not have a valid passport must provide the following proof of citizenship: Naturalization certificate or an original certified birth certificate from the state/province of their birth (a hospital certificate will not suffice) together with a current and valid government issued photo identification, such as a driver's license. U.S. citizens may also present a U.S. Passport Card. Neither oral nor written declarations of citizenship will be accepted. Although recommended, photo identification is not required for those 18 years and younger at the time of this printing. U.S. Resident Aliens are required to present, in addition to a valid passport, a current and valid Alien Resident Card. Canadian Permanent Residents are require to present a valid Permanent Resident Card in addition to a valid passport.

Note that if your cruise requires air travel between the U.S. and the Americas, Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda or Mexico, you will be required to present a passport when departing from or returning to the U.S. by air.

Even if your cruise does not involve air travel outside the U.S., should you be required to unexpectedly depart a vessel prior to the end of the sailing, a passport would be required to re-enter the U.S. by air. As such, we continue to strongly recommend that all passengers are in possession of a passport.

IMPORTANT: The Department of Homeland Security plans to move toward Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative implementation at land and sea ports. The initiative will require all persons to present a valid passport to enter or depart the United States by land or sea. The date is yet to be determined by the Department of Homeland Security.

DO NOT RELAY ON THIS INFORMATION as it is subject to change without notice. Be sure to check up-to-date information regarding passport requirements and trusted traveler programs (such as the new U.S. passport Card, NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST) at Foreign nationals should contact their governments for further details.

Non-U.S./Non-Canadian Citizens: A valid passport is required for all non-U.S and non-Canadian citizens for all itineraries.

NOTE: Please
click here to read the latest U.S. State Department announcement concerning passport use.

IMPORTANT: Visa and documentation requirements vary by destination and do change from time to time without prior notice. Be sure to check with the consulate of each country you will visit, or a visa service to verify current regulations. It is your responsibility to have proper travel documentation. Please reconfirm visa requirements 5-7 days prior to your cruise.

Documents For Passengers Under The Age Of 18
Several countries require special documentation for children traveling without both parents; these requirements are subject to change without notice. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess the proper documents for all of the countries that you will visit. Please verify requirements with the immigration offices prior to your cruise.

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