• On Jul 21, 2019
    Angela from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi! If I choose not to purchase a passport for me and my family - how difficult will taking a cruise be for us? Can we still disembark at ports of call? What is the likelyhood of something happening that would require a passport? Thank you! 

    Welcome back aboard the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Angela!

    It sounds like you are planning a magical getaway onboard a Disney Cruise Line ship.  How exciting!  One thing that keeps me cruising with Captain Mickey are all of the diverse ports of call.

    No matter which unique destination you choose, it is important to have the appropriate travel documentation to ensure smooth sailing.  

    If you are a U.S. citizen leaving from a U.S. port and returning to that same port, you can travel with both an original or copy of your state issued birth certificate AND government issued photo ID.  Travel without a passport in this scenario can be a breeze for most guests, especially if in the Caribbean or Alaska as most ports on these sailings do not require a U.S. citizen to present a passport to get on and off the ship, only your Key the World Card.

    In general, if you are a U.S. citizen cruising from any port outside of the United States, or returning to a U.S. port that is not the same port as when you originally got on the ship, an original valid U.S. Passport will be required both to board the ship and to debark at each port of call. 

    It is important that you review the documentation guidelines for each port you visit before you set sail as each country does have it's own requirements.  The U.S. State Department's website is helpful to determine what is required during travel.

    I always recommend if you are able to, travel with a valid U.S. Passport.  In the event of an emergency and you need to reenter the United States from a different boarder point than expected, a passport would be required.  I have sailed with my family without passports in the past and have not encountered a problem however, so it is possible!

    Cruise back to us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel if you have any additional questions as you plan your adventure.

    "Sea" ya real soon!  Angie
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Meet the Panelist: Angie, Minnesota

Hello there Castaways! I have followed the adventures of mermaids and pirates alike since I was a young princess myself.  Disney and the sea are two of my passions.  My husband and I, along with our two little adventurers, love traveling the world sailing on Disney Cruise Line.  Let's work together to chart a course to a vacation that you will remember for a lifetime! Learn More About Angie

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