Mickey and Minnie Mouse with The Wish
  • On Nov 8, 2022
    Mitzi from FL 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 have a quick question. I am planning on booking a cruise I don’t know which one yet but I do wanted to be Disney of course. However I am a mom of 2 and I want to know if we need passports or birth certificate will be okay? Thank you In advance.

    Ahoy there, Mitzi! We'll have you shipshape and ready to sail in no time.

    Disney Cruise Line is a fantastic vacation, especially with children. With the youth clubs and planned activities, there's an opportunity onboard a Disney ship for grown-ups to enjoy a completely different vacation than their kids, and plenty of chances to do family things that will make memories you'll all cherish. 

    The required documents for your cruise are determined by the cruise itinerary you choose. If your family chooses what is called a "closed loop" cruise, a passport is not required, although it is highly recommended. Adults on these closed loop cruises - which begin and end in a US port - will need a government-issued photo ID in addition to an original or official copy of a birth certificate. Children ages 15 and younger will just need the birth certificate. The birth certificate has to have the seal from the municipality where the birth was registered, so it can't be the one issued by the hospital. 

    Having said that, Mitzi, Disney Cruise Line does follow the regulations of the places you visit, so if your trip takes you somewhere that does require a passport in order for you to disembark the ship, you will need to have a passport. I also recommend that if you can, get a passport. You can sail with your birth certificate and photo ID, but you won't be able to fly home in an emergency without a passport. That will require jumping through some hoops and could result in some unexpected expenses. 

    Mitzi, whatever help you need while you plan your magical voyage, you can come right back here to visit us!
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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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