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  • On Apr 20, 2023
    Kimberly from UT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We a re taking a Disney Cruise in January to the Bahamas. Will a passport card work or do we need the passport book?

    Ahoy, Kimberly!

    Thanks for swimming by planDisney with your great question about required travel documentation for your special Disney Cruise Line vacation next year! A January escape to the Bahamas is a wonderful thing to look forward to. It looks like your cruise sails from the new departure port of Fort Lauderdale aboard the gorgeous Disney Dream, so there is a lot to get excited about! Let’s dive into the details of what documentation will be required.

    Please review all the important details regarding critical travel documentation for your cruise. U.S. Citizens may use either a valid Passport Card or Passport Book, or a combination of a U.S. state-issued Birth Certificate plus a valid U.S. Government Identification. You will provide these details on your reservation for each traveler and submit a photo of the travel documentation during the Online Check-In process which begins 30 days before your sail date. You must then also bring this documentation and present it at the port terminal on that very exciting embarkation day.

    If you are getting a brand-new Passport Book or Passport Card for this vacation, I suggest you review the details and use of each on the U.S. Department of State’s website to make the best decision for future travel. The Passport Card is a strong U.S. Citizenship document but was designed with frequent land or sea border crossings in mind, such as a frequent work traveler to Canada or sailings around the Caribbean. You cannot fly internationally with the Passport Card, it is for land and sea crossings only. While this will meet the requirements for your Disney Cruise Line vacation to the Bahamas, you may consider which product aligns with your future travel needs for the cost. Please be sure to apply for either product soon to avoid any stress and delays in receiving your documents.

    Your cruise has two beautiful ports of call in Nassau and Disney Castaway Cay! There are many exciting Port Adventures in Nassau; my family has enjoyed exploring the imaginative Atlantis at Paradise Island and the Blue Lagoon Island Beach Day Port Adventure. There’s just nothing like the water colors in this part of the world and I hope you get to enjoy your day there in the sun. Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, is a quintessential island oasis where your family will have a practically perfect beach experience.

    I hope this helps you understand the travel documentation requirements for your cruise and feel at ease with what to expect. Please let us know if you have additional questions in the coming months as you prepare for this wonderful trip!  

    Wishing you blue skies and sunshine,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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