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  • On Nov 23, 2023
    Christina from MN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Will my 13 year old be able to go on a cruise and disembark in ports without a passport? We are having trouble getting her a passport.

    Hi Christina, 

    Welcome back to planDisney and thank you so much for asking us another question, this time about a voyage aboard one of the fabulous ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet! 

    Although Disney does encourage Guests to carry a passport with them during their voyage, if your cruise to the Bahamas is a Round Trip (or “closed loop”) voyage that originates at a port in the United States, any US Citizens in your travel party don’t need to have a passport in order to set sail. What they’ll need instead would be an original or copy of their state-issued birth certificate AND a physical Government-issued photo ID. This means that digital or mobile state-issued identification will not allow you to board your cruise. 

    Please note that children 15 years of age and younger, which would include your daughter, don’t need to present a photo ID – they only need to present a state-issued birth certificate if they don’t have a passport. Plus, if there are any non-US citizens in your party, they’ll probably need to carry their passports with them. 

    As for whether she can disembark at a given port, that will depend on that country’s specific entry requirements. For example, at Disney’s Castaway Cay, the identification she used to board the ship would be enough, but that might not be for some other ports. While it would be rare for someone to be allowed to set sail but not ever be allowed to leave the ship, strange things can happen! If you have any questions about your specific itinerary, I’d recommend that you reach out to Disney Cruise Line either by email or by phone. I’d also recommend that you continue to try to get your daughter a passport before you set sail – it really is the best document to have when you’re travelling abroad. 

    I hope my answer means you’ll enjoy smooth sailing during your family’s upcoming vacation! Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions. 

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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