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  • On Nov 17, 2022
    Kelly from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm trying to plan a cruise departing.from Florida. Are there any cruises that will not require passports?

    Ahoy there, Kelly! Welcome to planDisney, and thanks for sailing by with your question. 

    Disney Cruise Line offers a really excellent array of options for ships departing from the ports in Florida, including Port Canaveral and the Port of Miami. You can choose itineraries that are everywhere from 3-7 days long, and they will take you to some beautiful tropical destinations. My favorite is Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line's private island in the Bahamas.  

    When you do a closed-loop cruise, which is a cruise that leaves and returns to the same U.S. Port, a passport is not technically one of the required documents. For those cruises, anyone over the age of 15 will require a government-issued photo ID and an original or official copy of their birth certificate. The birth certificate has to be issued by the municipality in which you were born, not the one provided by the hospital. Children ages 15 and younger are required to have an original or official copy of their birth certificates.

    When it comes to cruising without a passport, you need to double-check when you book your itinerary to make sure none of the destinations you will be visiting require that you have one. Also, in the event of an emergency, you cannot fly home from a port outside of the United States without a passport or a decent amount of red tape and additional expenses. This is definitely something to keep in mind when you travel.

    And now that you are in ship shape and ready to sail when it comes to required documentation, you can get to the fun part of planning your high-seas adventure!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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