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  • On Sep 13, 2022
    Lauren from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am a US Citizen traveling on Disney Dream. Does my family need passports to go to George Town, Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay?

    Ahoy there, Lauren! Welcome!

    Disney Cruise Line lays it out fairly clearly when it comes to required travel documents, and it's been fantastic during these times of uncertainty to see that Disney has constantly monitored changing requirements. It's been a huge help to me as I've planned my own cruises over these past couple of years.

    For what is known as a closed-loop cruise, which is one that starts at a port in the United States and ends at a port in the United States, citizens of the United States do not need to present a passport. You'll have the option of either providing a passport or a state-issued birth certificate and a government-issued photo ID. Children under the age of 15 do not need to present a photo ID, but they will need a birth certificate. 

    I do encourage you to consider applying for passports for your family. Should a situation arise that requires you to return home from one of the Caribbean ports, the process can be very complicated without a US passport. I know of people who have had a lengthy, red-tape-filled trip home from the Caribbean because they haven't had a passport with them.

    You're hitting some of my absolute favorite places, Lauren! I do believe I could live on Castaway Cay if they'd let me, spending my days snorkeling and enjoying Cookie's BBQ. There are some outstanding Port Adventures on the island, so book as soon as you can. My family loves the Banana Boat Ride

    I hope you have an amazing voyage, Lauren!

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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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