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  • On Mar 14, 2024
    Shelli from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does my 16 and 17 year olds need a passport for a cruise?

    Hi Shelli,

    Thanks for cruising by planDisney with your question! I love that your teens are ready to set sail with you. There is something extra special about a Disney Cruise Line vacation with family. Everyone can enjoy time together AND spend time exploring on their own. It is the perfect combination of family bonding time, including a little "me" time!

    The exact answer to your question about travel documents will depend on the itinerary you select. Itineraries in Europe, for example, require valid passports for Guests of all ages. If you are planning a "closed loop" cruise from the US, which means it begins and ends at the same port, your 16 and 17-year-old will not need a passport. However, all Guests over the age of 15 are required to provide an original or copy of their state-issued birth certificate AND a physical Government-issued photo ID (digital/mobile state-issued IDs are not acceptable to sail).

    Shelli, you will need to provide these documents electronically during the Online Check-In process, too. I like to take photos or scan these documents prior to beginning check-in to expedite things. You will also need a "headshot" of each passenger, which is as simple as taking a photo from the shoulders up in front of a plain background.

    Keep in mind that these guidelines are based on government regulations, which are subject to change at any time. So, I recommend visiting the US State Department's website for more information or writing back to planDisney if you have questions about future cruises.

    Once onboard, your teens should check out the space created just for Guests ages 14-17 called Vibe. Special events for teens aren't limited to this amazing space, they occur all around the ship, too! Check your Disney Cruise Line Navigator app during your sailing to discover the times and locations of these events. 

    I hope this information is helpful, Shelli. Please let us know if you have other questions as you plan!

    Wishing you many magical memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Shannon, Georgia

Hi! I'm a dreamer and doer who loves exploring the big blue world! My love for Disney began at Walt Disney World Resort and after my first Disney Cruise Line vacation I was hooked. I especially enjoy the ships' adult-exclusive spaces and activities while experiencing the magic only Disney can create. A Land and Sea vacation combining an action-packed Walt Disney World Resort visit and a relaxing Disney Cruise Line voyage is my favorite way to do Disney. I can't wait to help you create your magical memories! Learn More About Shannon

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