• On Jan 10, 2020
    Jessica from ME 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.

    I have a client who wants to go on a Disney cruise--but she does not have a passport. I know its strongly recommended but what cruise ships and destinations with Disney can you go on without a passport? Thanks!!

    Ahoy, Jessica!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It's awesome that you are being so thorough on behalf of your clients and ensuring that they have smooth sailing from start to finish on their cruises. Proper travel documentation is an incredibly important question because no Guest wants to have a snafu when it comes to being able to board the ship at embarkation. 

    First and foremost, I’m presuming that your clients are U.S. citizens. Second, understand that since the cruise itineraries change from year to year, the requirements for a particular cruise may be different in the future.

    The following guidelines are based on government regulations, which are subject to change at any time. Because the rules in this area can be fluid, I strongly recommend checking the Passport and Travel Documentation page on Disney Cruise Line website. Not only will this page have all the particulars, it will also be updated in case changes are made to these requirements by the U.S. State Department.

    Based on information available today (I cannot stress this point enough), the following cruises will accept the original or a copy of a Guest’s state-issued birth certificate AND Government-issued photo ID (children 15 and under do not have to submit photo ID):

    The Bahamas, Caribbean, Pacific Coast, Bermuda or Canada – Round Trip Cruises (Sailing from/to: Port Canaveral, Miami, Galveston, San Diego, San Juan, New Orleans and New York);
    *NOTE: There are a small number of cruises in this category that have exceptions, so again, I encourage you to make reference before each booking that you check the Passport and Travel Documentation page on Disney Cruise Line website to make sure that sailing does not have an exception.

    Caribbean – One-Way Cruises (Sailing from: Galveston to San Juan, San Juan to Miami, New York to San Juan, San Diego to Galveston, New Orleans to San Diego or San Juan to New Orleans); and 

    Panama Canal cruises.

    The following list includes itineraries that currently require Guests to have a valid U.S. passport: 

    Alaska; Europe; Transatlantic; Pacific Coast, Pacific Coast, Canada or Hawai'i – One-Way Cruises (Sailing from: San Diego to Vancouver or Vancouver to San Diego, Vancouver to Honolulu, Honolulu to Vancouver); Transatlantic Crossing from Dover to New York; and Transatlantic Crossing from Miami to Barcelona.

    One final tip: Make sure your client downloads the Disney Cruise Navigator app and refers to these cruise-specific packing lists.

    Hope this enables you to select the best cruise itinerary as you captain your client's Disney cruise planning! 

    SEA ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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