Three Generations Aboard Ship; fireworks; night
  • On May 12, 2014
    Jodi from AZ 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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    I'm trying to plan a surprise summer trip for my 2grandkids and would like to go to the Castaway Cay. Are passports required? If so do I get them before coming, or do you have the possibility of getting them with your cruise line?

    Welcome aboard, Jodi! Your grandkids are pretty lucky to have such a cool grandmother who wants to surprise them with a Disney cruise! There is so much magic in store, no matter which ship you choose with Disney Cruise Line! And a stop at Castaway Cay is an absolute must!

    For Disney's Bahamian and Caribbean sailings, passports are not required for U.S. citizens, though they are suggested. Guests without passports can sail with their state-issued birth certificate (copy or original), and government-issued photo ID (like driver's license) for those guests 16 and older. Younger guests can sail with just their birth certificate. If the kids' parents are not joining you, you'll also need to fill out the minor authorization form with their parents before they sail with you and without their parents. 

    Check out more details about passport and travel document requirements on Disney Cruise Line's webpage. My family likes to sail with passports just to be safe in the unlikely event that an emergency in a foreign port would find us missing the ship or needing to fly home from that port of call. Having a passport simplifies that process, but again is not absolutely required to sail with Disney. If you do choose to obtain passports, you must do so in advance, as it can take weeks and sometimes months to receive your passport for the first time.

    Have fun planning, Jodi! Stop back with any other questions you might have before you set sail!
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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