• On Jan 5, 2018
    Susan from NH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am taking a 3 day cruise with my son who is 34 and is disabled. I do have a non drivers ID for him but not a passport. I am not planning on going into Nassau. Does he need a passport?

    Ahoy, Susan!

    Welcome aboard the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I'm so excited to hEAR that you and your son will be setting sail to paradise on an upcoming Disney Cruise! One of the many reasons why my family loves to take Disney Cruise Line vacations is because they make it such an inclusive experience for my son who has multiple medical, physical and developmental challenges. There will be many activities to choose from each day offered to Guests with all ranges of abilities!

    Knowing what kind of documentation is needed before embarking on your high-seas adventure is so important! Adult Guests who are U.S. citizens taking a closed loop cruise from a U.S. port, and returning to the same U.S. port, do not need passports in order to set sail. Instead, they may bring a valid Government-issued photo I.D. along with the original (or copy) of their state-issued birth certificate. Even if you're not planning on debarking the ship in Nassau, proper documentation is still needed at the Cruise Terminal while checking in on embarkation day. Before your Disney Cruise sets sail, I recommend checking out the Passports & Travel Documentation page on Disney Cruise Line's website for the most up-to-date information!

    Susan, even though you and your son aren't required to have a passport for your upcoming Disney Cruise, I recommend thinking about each getting one! On the off chance there is an unexpected emergency resulting in you needing to catch a flight while visiting a port of call outside the U.S., having valid passports will allow you to travel home without delay.

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, Illinois

Let's talk about the WONDER and MAGIC of your FANTASY DREAM vacation aboard the Disney Cruise Line! I'm a proud stay-at-home mom to my little buccaneer with special needs and, along with my husband, a lover of everything Disney! We've had so many unforgettable memories and adventures while sailing on Disney Cruise Line. I can't wait to help you navigate through any questions you may have while planning your family's adventures at sea! Learn More About Beth

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