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Thousands of travelers are returning to cruising this year, for the first time since the pandemic began. But, most cruises now have very strict requirements about what you need to show before boarding. And as two women learned, if you miss just one item, you can be turned away from that cruise you saved for so long to take. For Debbie Schwabe and her mom Blanche White, a cruise on the […]
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So should you cruise with your passport or can you get away with using just your birth certificate? As long as your trip is a closed loop trip, meaning it starts in the US and ends in the US, then you could opt to use your birth certificate and some form of a valid government ID (check with your cruise line and local authorities for acceptable formats you can use) as your means of identification. The risk you will be taking is if something were to happen and you need to fly home, you would not be allowed to without a valid passport. To us that risk is not worth the trying to save the cost of getting your passport. To learn more you can read our article – Travel Documents: What you need to have when cruising.