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Old 02-17-2009, 05:17 PM
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What specific information do you need when checking in on line?
Your reservation number?
A credit card which will be used for on board charges?
Passport info?
I would like to know everything I need before I start the process.
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Hey, I just did it. It's not much of a process at all. Your credit card and your identification documentation-i.e. passport, is all you need.
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Sorry I shouldn't have asked.
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SorryFrown I shouldn't have asked.
No. You should have asked, no harm at all. You don't want to get stranded by some unfortunate event without a passport.

I understand why Dave got frustrated with the topic. People keep putting it off, and they keep changing the information. I get frustrated too with it sometimes.

Dave, thanks for posting the "closed loop" info. I didn't understand what they meant until I read it.

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Idreamofcruising, we're glad you did ask. We just want to make sure everyone is safe. Right now, a birth certificate is fine for the ship, but if something would happen and you had to fly home, you'd be sunk. They've been putting off passport requirements for cruise ships for almost 2 years now. It's just a good thing to go ahead and get it. Then you have it for 10 years and don't have to worry. Welcome aboard!
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Dwayne,

You are correct about the changing information being part of the frustration. And now we have CBP issuing the "closed loop" exception, which differs from the DHS's published rules about passports. They need to get on the same page in the hymnal and be consistent. I'd hate to hear of someone showing up for a cruise thinking they were good to go, and then learn the rule interpretation changed and "no cruise for you" happened. I'm convinced there are a lot of people selling cruises who haven't a clue about the changing ID requirements.
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I'm a bit nervous after reading this. We were told that we didn't need a passport just a birth certificate and a driver's license. We are leaving from Fort Lauderdale and going to the caribbean. Help!
Make sure the birth certificate is an original and has a raised seal!
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Get the passport. No one plans on cutting their cruise short due to illness, injury or death. You have to have it to come home! This is a big deal--and people aren't getting latitude in this as the need for a passport for international travel has been with us for quite a while.
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Besides if one of the above happens to you or someone in your party, the last thing you want to do is sit in an embassy somewhere trying to wrangle your way back into the 'states. You will have more pressing matters for take your energy.
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After reading Dave's comment about it being OK to check in way ahead of time, I went online to check us in on our May 23 cruise. I got all the way through and all boxes were checked as "completed" for both me and my wife.

However, it said that my set sail pass was not ready to print yet and that I'd receive an email when it was ready to be printed.

Is this because they don't release the set sail pass for printing until the balance been paid?

Dave, when you check in way in advance, does this happen to you, too?

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