• On Dec 19, 2017
    Ashley from IA 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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    Hi, we are taking The magic Disney cruise next December 2018 we are going to castaway cay and grand Cayman islands. Do we need passports? Some one had mentioned in case of an emergency you may want them so you could be flown out? What do you suggest?

    Welcome aboard, Ashley! Hooray! This time next year you'll be setting sail with Captain Mickey and his crew for a magical adventure at sea! Besides all of the fun and excitement of every Disney Cruise Line voyage, your family is in for even more magic because you'll get to experience a Very Merrytime sailing! I just love when it "snows" in the atrium, Santa visits, dancing at the Deck the Deck Tropical Holiday Party, the huge Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, and the life-sized gingerbread house in the atrium that smells so heavenly! I can't wait for you to experience this too!

    While passports are not required for U.S. citizens traveling on Disney's ships that depart from and then return back to a domestic U.S. port, I do recommend that you obtain them if possible. For this type of itinerary, adults only need their government-issued I.D., like a driver's license, plus a state-issued birth certificate. Kids just need the state-issued birth certificate. However, my family and I have always sailed with passports, as it adds an extra layer of security that makes me feel safer. In the event that there is an emergency, or a medical problem, in a foreign port of call, you will more easily be able to make your way home, as you'd need a passport to fly back. Plus, it's nice to have, because they're valid for years, and who knows what other trips you might plan in the coming years! So, since you have an entire year before you set sail, I would suggest applying for those passports for your cruise.

    Have so much fun planning, and please stop back with more cruise questions throughout the year as you continue to count down to the big trip, Ashley!

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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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