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  • On Aug 4, 2015
    Irene from HI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If we take the Bahama 3 day cruise and have 5 adults and 2 children ages 9 n 12 do we need passports? What kind of id do we need?

    Welcome Aboard, Irene!

    Thanks for visiting us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    At this time, U.S. Citizens sailing with a "closed loop itinerary" (departing from and returning to the same U.S. port) are able to use a valid Photo I.D. and certified birth certificate to board the ship and re-enter the country. That being said, passport regulations are always changing, and Disney Cruise Line "strongly recommends" that all Guests have a valid U.S. Passport. If you were to encounter an emergency (medical emergency, emergency stop in a foreign country, late return from a non-Disney excursion causing you to miss the ship, etc.) that required air travel, passports would be needed.

    You can keep up-to-date on current passport regulations at www. . It normally takes 6-8 weeks to get a passport, so if it's something you're considering, make sure you allow enough time to receive them prior to your sailing.

    My husband and I got our first passports a few years ago, and aside from the tragic passport photo I have to live with for ten years, I'm happy we made the investment. When we cruise with our children, all we've needed to bring was their birth certificates. Someday soon we will probably get them passports as well!

    I hope this helps with your planning! Please let us know if you have additional questions as you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation.

    Have a magical day! - Diane W.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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