I'm not sure why the Jones Act does not come into effect on the little cruises to nowhere but does on longer sailings. Since you would not be hitting a foreign port, there is no requiremnet for the birth cert unless the cruiseline requires it. I would check with the cruiseline or your T/A to be sure and not go by info from the website alone although that info is probably correct. If you have a passport, always bring it for any travel. I'd bring a birth cert too if you don't have a passport, just in case, no harm in having more ID than required.
Hey Neil....When I've sailed on the nowhere cruise before, I've always had to show my passport or original/certified birth certificate. When I've done ship inspections that did not sail, then I only had to show driver's license.
I'm not sure why the Jones Act does not come into effect on the little cruises to nowhere but does on longer sailings.
The Passenger Services Act has nothing to do with passport requirements. Cruises that start in and return to the same U.S. port without making any ports of call certainly qualify under the PSA.
As for the ID issue... CRUISER2000, we took a CTN a couple of months ago. We used our passports, but our traveling companions, who are U.S. citizens and do not have passports, were told that all they needed was photo ID. To be on the safe side, they also brought their birth certificates as proof of citizenship. I'd advise bringing both, also. Of course, a passport is ideal.
Great link Dave. I knew the basics but never bothered learning the details. That link spelled things out clearly and the benefits and draw backs. I always thought it was a silly law but didn't know the economic benefits to the law. Thanks for posting it.