• On Mar 31, 2023
    Jasmine from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do you need a passport to go on a Disney cruise

    Ahoy there Jasmine, and welcome aboard planDisney!

    I bet you're looking forward to exploring a whole new world through an upcoming Disney Cruise Line voyage and having sailed the seas for over a decade now, I can definitely say that having a valid passport has been one of my most prized travel possessions. However, not everyone sailing on board a Disney Cruise Line vessel necessarily requires a passport and this is determined by a number of things:

    • First and foremost, it depends on where the voyage begins and ends and whether any of those countries require a certain piece of documentation as it applies to your citizenship status
    • In addition, the destinations that your ship will be visiting on your itinerary may or may not require certain guests on board to have a passport. Some cruises for example, that operate on what is referred to as a "closed-loop" beginning and terminating in the same Home Port of Departure may only be visiting certain destinations that may not necessarily require a passport for entry.
    • Upon Check-In, the documents required to board may also vary depending on each guest and who they're traveling with.
    • Be aware that entry requirements and travel policies are always subject to change without prior notice and I've experienced situations where ships may have either needed to be diverted to alternate destinations or folks have needed to disembark due to various emergencies and have found it challenging without a passport. 

    Without knowing too much about your personal situation or the particular itinerary that you're looking at, it's difficult to give you any specific guidance on what you'll need. (I caution against taking any particular advice online without checking with an official source about your own status and ability to travel.) For many first-time cruise travelers your best bet to avoid any disappointment later down the line is to refer to the guidelines and requirements under My Reservations and confirm with your travel agent or in some cases, a local or consular government official to make sure that you have the appropriate visas or documentation that you might require.

    For many folks and fellow seafarers, they might already have what they need - ready to set sail with the peace of mind that they're well-equipped for their journey and certain Port Adventures along the way! Come on back to planDisney to ask any other questions you might have about the experience on board, especially with our Disney Cruise Line Specialists Tracie and Adrianna who possess a world of knowledge about ocean travel!

    Wishing you all the best and well-prepared for adventure!
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Hello, Bonjour, Aloha and Ahoy there! As a performer and world explorer who's been to all of the Disney theme parks around the globe, I'm always happy to provide my best adventuring advice and knowledge to navigate your way to all of the greatest snacks, attractions and entertainment on land and at sea. Find me featured on the planDisney Podcast and on the Disney Parks Blog, discussing Disney Eats at festivals and beyond, holiday events at Walt Disney World Resort and planning my Disney Fairy Tale Wedding! Learn More About Prince

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