• On Jul 25, 2022
    Patryce from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Where could I travel to without an passport me and my fiancé want to plan a first trip vacation/ anniversary cruise he doesn’t know and I know not what to do

    Ahoy there, Patryce! Welcome, and thank you for cruising on over with your question.

    Patryce, a Disney Cruise Line vacation is really an amazing experience, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate your anniversary. With fabulous entertainment, incredible food, and an adult-exclusive nightclub "district," there's an awful lot to get excited for.

    Passports are not required for what are called closed loop cruises. Those are cruises that depart from and return to a US port and go to places like the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. You'll want to be aware, however, that even though you won't be required to show a passport to get back into the United States, some countries in the Caribbean won't allow you to leave the ship without a passport to enter their country. 

    For a first cruise, I definitely recommend a trip to the Bahamas, where you can enjoy Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, without a passport. These trips usually include a stop in Nassau, Bahamas, and you can get off the ship there with the same documents you board with - a government-issued photo ID and your birth certificate - either the original or a copy with a raised seal. 

    Patryce, out of an abundance of caution, I recommend getting a passport if you can. While sailing won't be a problem on those closed-loop cruises, if there's an emergency that requires you to fly home from a foreign country, that becomes more difficult without a passport. This is just something to keep in mind as you begin planning.

    I hope this turns out to be a practically perfect vacation for you, Patryce!
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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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