Of course make sure he has his passport. You need to take a parental permission form, signed by his parents showing that you will be responsible for him. The best thing to do is talk to you TA, or directly with the cruiseline to see if they have a standard form to be filled out, or if you can just have a notorized statement from his parents with you showing you are responsible for him.
Does he have a passport? You need to verify when he turns 18. To be safe, I'd get a notarized letter signed by both of his parents granting permission for him to travel with you. That way there should be no problem. If you don't have the letter, then Murphy's Law would take effect and they'd ask you for one. If you have one, they probably won't ask for it if he is 18. You know how it goes!
And as always, it is a good thing to check with RCI now to see what their requirements will be.
With most domestic carriers if he is over 15 he is okay to fly unaccompanied, but if you get the notarized letter then you'll be sure to not have a hassle. I trust he has a photo ID and either the original or a certified true copy of his birth certificate?
You say birth certificates are all you use...I wouldn't daudle too much longer in getting passports. You are okay for December but the clock is ticking.
Originally posted by shelby:
We keep reminding ourselves that with 1 in college next year, another in 2 years after that, and hubby also in college...we won't be going on many out of country vacations anyway.
Without a passport, I'd change the word "many" to "any."
Seriously, here are a few things need to know about, all directly from Royal Caribbean:
Travel Documentation - including a paragraph on traveling with a minor who is not related to you (As such, please confirm that he is at least 18 before you go.)
When we did our family cruise 2 years ago two of my daughters were cruising alone with their children. Many people may not know this but if both parents are not cruising then there is a form that must be filled out allowing the traveling parent to take the child/children. I guess this is to prevent a parent from taking the child out of the Country and not returning. I never though of that.
One daughter is no longer married to the father and my other daughter is a widow. She had to provide the fathers death certificate.
I would assume the same applies if you are taking someone elses child with you unless they are 18 or older.