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mrs_minnie_winnie 05-19-2008 03:04 PM

We are going on a cruise on the PRIDE OF AMERICA, to Hawaii this November 08. We live in Missouri. Some people have told us we will need a passport. Some people tell us we do not need a passport, but only need a valid driver's license and certified birth certificate. I heard they tried to make it a law to have passports in June 08, but it did not pass yet & they are trying to pass the law for June 09. Any advice what we should do???

TrvlPro 05-19-2008 03:06 PM

No passport needed. The official site for information is the US State Dept site at

Have a great time!

Aloha, Neil

Ron Clark 05-19-2008 03:30 PM

I also agree, passports are not needed. Besides Hawaii is a part of the US, do you need a passport to fly to Chicago, New York, or San Francisco? Of course not So why should Honolulu be any different?

Dwayne 05-20-2008 02:37 AM

Hi mrs_minnie_winnie, and Welcome to Cruise-Chat!

As has been posted, no passport required. Just wanted to give you a welcome to the forum.


mrs_minnie_winnie 05-20-2008 06:57 AM

Thanks for all the help everybody! Really appreciate your input!!

Berick1234 05-20-2008 06:57 AM

Don't need one yet, but the day is coming, unless the change it again...:-)

Happy cruising to you....

Bob E

Ron Clark 05-22-2008 11:20 AM

They did change it again.

For cruise ships, if you embark and disembark at the exact "same" US port, no matter where the ship goes, you will not need a passport to reenter the US. An ID card and birth certificate is all you'll need.
But, if you embark and disembark at "different" US ports, you will need a passport. This means a repositioning cruise.
As always, embarking and disembarking in different countries will require a passport, as it is today.

Dave 05-22-2008 12:10 PM

I see executive action is needed...

Under my authority as administrator of cruise-chat and the policies and rules therein, I hereby order all members of cruise-chat to obtain and maintain a valid passport. This order is non-revocable and effective immediately.

Given under my hand on this 22nd Day Of May, 2008.

/s/ Dave Beers

There. Now we won't get anymore passport questions.

f-mattox 05-22-2008 12:14 PM

Good show!

Dave 05-22-2008 12:18 PM


Good show!
Well, at least now we can say "didn't you get the memo"?

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