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  • On May 11, 2022
    James from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Traveling from the USA into Canada for a Disney Cruise from Vancouver with two minor grandchildren. What documentation is required if the grandparents are not the legal guardians of the minor grandchildren?

    Greetings, James and welcome to planDisney, we thank you for this excellent question!

    As a Canadian citizen, and a fellow Disney fan, I am happy to hear that you are about to embark on a Disney Cruise Line sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to explore Alaska, how very exciting, and what an enriching opportunity this will be for your grandchildren!

    For entry into Canada with your grandchildren who are minors, according to the "Government of Canada - Travelling with Minors to Canada" at you will need a valid Passport for your grandchildren in addition to the following documentation for your grandchildren, quoted directly from the website:

    "The adult who is not the parent or legal guardian of the child should have written permission from the parents or guardians to supervise the child. The permission letter should include addresses and telephone numbers where the parents or legal guardian can be reached.
    The letter does not need to be certified. A photocopy of the parents’ or legal guardian’s signed passports or national identity cards should be attached to the letter.
    Note: The border services officer may not ask to see these documents when the child enters Canada. However, it is strongly recommended you bring them, in case that you are. The minor child will not be admitted to Canada if the officer is not convinced that the parents or legal guardian have authorized his stay." (

    As well, for authorization for minors travelling with people other than a parent or legal guardian with Disney Cruise Line, you will need to complete and have on hand the Disney Cruise Line's - Authorization for Minor to Travel Without a Parent or Legal Guardian to present.

    James, please complete your Disney Cruise Line Online Check-In to complete necessary documentation, select your Port Arrival Time and register your grandchildren in the Disney Cruise Line Youth Clubs.

    Consider a pre-or post-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver with Disney Cruise Line to further enhance your vacation.

    Kindly refer to Disney Cruise Line's - Know Before You Go resource in preparation for your sailing often, and even 24-hours prior to sailing for any updated information.

    I hope that the information here is helpful to you, James, it was my pleasure assisting you and I look forward to assisting you again soon, thank you kindly!


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Meet the Panelist: Jacqueline, Ontario

Hello, from Ontario, Canada! I am a former band and visual arts teacher who is retired and home full-time always planning my next Disney Destination vacation. I would be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, with a few personal first-hand tips for sailing with Disney, walking in Walt's footsteps at Disneyland Resort and travelling with a special needs family member. Learn More About Jacqueline

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