Penny there were some cruiselines, I don't recall which now, that announced they were going to require passports Jan 1st for all cruises even after the extention was permitted. I deleted the email after all of the ones who made that announcement retracted the policy, for legal reasons I assume. Perhaps Costa was among those that were going to stick to their guns for a while and not go along with the original extension, I'm gussing, don't know for sure.
I realize this off topic but what are your personal feelings about the new 48 hour stay proposal & 1/2 the time in a foreign port being talked about by homeland security.
Sorry it took a little time to get back on this response as I was out chasing smugglers on the water all night. Anyway, I am not real familiar with this new proposal. I live and work in SW Florida and don't get a lot of exposure to the cruise industry unless I am cruising with my family. I would be happy to do a little digging and see what I find.
I am certainly happy to have someone in your position here to reinforce the need for a passort. Those of us on the staff, and many of our experienced members, have been beating people over the head for the past couple years about the need for a passport. Yet many still want to procrastinate, griping about the cost or some other silly reason.
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Thanks for your supportive words. I can't stress the importance of this single document if you travel. With that said I will tell you that on my first Alaska cruise I made the mistake of telling a passenger what I do for a living. Bad decision, he apparently had quite a few problems with a birth certificate (hospital vs state certified) and was almost denied boarding. For the rest of my Alaska trip I got to hear everyones nightmare stories of what happens with no passport. Won't be doing that again. However, I will try to answer all questions that board members might want to direct my way. My email (for this purpose) is firstname.lastname@example.org, or I will respond on the appropriate area of this board.
Just returned from Caribbean cruise on Celebrity on 2/10/08. Only docs required to reboard in any port were SeaPass and photo ID.
This is even stated in Celebrity Today, which is received every evening for the next day's activities.