• On Feb 8, 2018
    Tara from GA 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.

    We are going on our first Disney Cruise with the kids for spring break. We’re doing a 5 night from Miami. Do my children (11, 10, 5 and 3) need passports or can I use their birth certificates??

    Hi Tara!

    Thanks for cruising by with your question - I'm happy to help!

    Your first Disney Cruise Line vacation - how exciting! I'm sure you're counting down the days until Spring Break and your magical sailing with Captain Mickey and his crew. You're going to be making memories to last a lifetime. Your kids are at such great ages for a Disney Cruise - and the perfect ages for them to be able to spend time together in Disney Cruise Line's amazing Youth Clubs. I encourage you to check them out during Open House on your first afternoon on the ship!

    At this time, U.S. Citizens sailing on a Disney Cruise 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. In the unlikely event that you were to have a family emergency and need to return home from a foreign port, passports provide the appropriate identification you would need to travel. That being said, my husband and I have passports, but we've always only brought birth certificates for our children. So far, it's worked out perfectly for our family.

    You can keep up-to-date on current passport regulations at www. travel.state.gov . 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 sail date.

    I hope this helps with your planning! 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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