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We are cruising from Port Canaveral to Eastern Caribbean and three people in our group are US citizens but only have the US Passport CARD not the Book. They called Carnival Cruise Line and they were advised that it is acceptable.

For peace of mind, can anyone confirm this or any input or opinion on this? Thanks much.
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Originally posted by outandabout
We are cruising from Port Canaveral to Eastern Caribbean and three people in our group are US citizens but only have the US Passport CARD not the Book. They called Carnival Cruise Line and they were advised that it is acceptable.

For peace of mind, can anyone confirm this or any input or opinion on this? Thanks much.
I'm sure you'll hear lots of opinions but the fact is the passport card is acceptable. In fact on this itinerary a US citizen could use a government issued birth certificate and if 16 or older a government issued photo ID.
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Originally posted by outandabout

For peace of mind, can anyone confirm this or any input or opinion on this? Thanks much.
Why would posts by anonymous individuals on the internet give you peace of mind? Carnival gave you the answer.
https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citize...vel-initiative

Government website confirms.

FYI some cruise lines impose higher requirements then required by law. Obviously Carnival isn't one of them.
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Originally posted by Lookingforfacts
Why would posts by anonymous individuals on the internet give you peace of mind? Carnival gave you the answer.
https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citize...vel-initiative

Government website confirms.

FYI some cruise lines impose higher requirements then required by law. Obviously Carnival isn't one of them.
Because sometimes it's nice to hear from people that have actually experienced it firsthand.
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@sparks1093...thank you very much for this info. There are govt regulations which do change from time to time. It's good to know from other people's firsthand experience/s.

@lookingforfacts...thanks for the link.
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So I'm renewing my passport. Yay. Am I seriously supposed to staple my picture to the form?

Thanks for any help!
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Originally posted by imnance
So I'm renewing my passport. Yay. Am I seriously supposed to staple my picture to the form?

Thanks for any help!
Yes, right on the form where it says. Just line up the staples with the edge of the photo so you don't mangle your face.
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THIS TEXT COPIED FROM E-MAIL SENT TO US 2 OR 3 TIMES BY HAL CONCERNING OUR DECEMBER SUNFARER CRUISE (including Puerto Limon, Costa Rica)

*****IMPORTANT INFORMATION*****

Please be advised that a passport is required for all FLL-FLL voyages visiting Costa Rica whether they plan to go ashore or not.
Each country has its own entry requirements, and guests assume personal
responsibility for having the necessary documents when boarding. You may be denied boarding if you do not have the proper travel documents and in that case, you would not be entitled to a refund.
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Originally posted by DaytonCruiser
Puerto Rico is part of the US.
Puerto Rico is a U.S. Tereiortory and the people of Puuerto Rico carrry U.S. passports.
St.Thomas is . U.S. ( U.S. Virgin Iislnds s )and they, too have U.S. p;assports.
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Originally posted by sail7seas
Puerto Rico is a U.S. Tereiortory and the people of Puuerto Rico carrry U.S. passports.
St.Thomas is . U.S. ( U.S. Virgin Iislnds s )and they, too have U.S. p;assports.

Is there some reason for your responding to a post made in 2007, particularly since the post was correct then, still is correct today, and your response added nothing of value?
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Originally posted by njhorseman
Is there some reason for your responding to a post made in 2007, particularly since the post was correct then, still is correct today, and your response added nothing of value?
Passport/Visa News:
I tried to start a new thread for this,
but CC would not let me...
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-0...isas-americans
Will we now need a VISA to go on our Viking River Cruise ?
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Originally posted by $hip$hape
Passport/Visa News:
I tried to start a new thread for this,
but CC would not let me...
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-0...isas-americans
Will we now need a VISA to go on our Viking River Cruise ?

The visa requirement isn't in effect yet, but if it's implemented before your travel date you would need a visa.

This may be just a lot of sabre-rattling by the EU to try to get the US to take action on the issue, so I wouldn't get too worried just yet.
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We are getting ready to renew our passports. Couple of questions.

1) We moved about two months ago. We don't need additional documentation in that, do we? We have not changed our driver's license, and don't intend to until they expire in 2019. Our daughter and her family still live in our old home.

2) Hair color. Ten years ago, when I was in my 40s, it was a solid brown. And I indicated that in my application. However, when you turn from 48 to 58, hair color will turn from brown to grey.

They won't do a double take if I put down grey, will they? It's the truth.
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Originally posted by LadyBeBop
Last posted here about a year ago.

We are getting ready to renew our passports. Couple of questions.

1) We moved about two months ago. We don't need additional documentation in that, do we? We have not changed our driver's license, and don't intend to until they expire in 2019. Our daughter and her family still live in our old home.

2) Hair color. Ten years ago, when I was in my 40s, it was a solid brown. And I indicated that in my application. However, when you turn from 48 to 58, hair color will turn from brown to grey.

They won't do a double take if I put down grey, will they? It's the truth.
Neither is a problem. Your address doesn't even appear on your passport, and people change hair color all the time. You can renew your passport by mail using form DS-82.
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"We moved about two months ago. We don't need additional documentation in that, do we? We have not changed our driver's license, and don't intend to until they expire in 2019. Our daughter and her family still live in our old home. "



Lady bebop, I suggest you check with your new state's DMV on requirements to obtain new DL. Did you update your car insurance?
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Originally posted by LadyBeBop
...Couple of questions ... We have not changed our driver's license, and don't intend to until they expire in 2019. Our daughter and her family still live in our old home. ...
Originally posted by Mcdonaldbam
Lady bebop, I suggest you check with your new state's DMV on requirements to obtain new DL. Did you update your car insurance?
I agree with McD's comment/question. I have lived in 8 states in my adult life, including D.C. Every one of them required that an incoming new resident get a local driver's license within 60 days. Likewise for vehicle registration. If you intend to vote in any election, then you will need a new license with new address. Maintaining your old voter registration at the old address is fraud pure and simple. As McD implies, your vehicle insurance rates are based on where you live. I.e., your residence. As shown on your license, registration, etc. You probably wouldn't get caught unless you need to file a (fraudulent) claim. Businesses (e.g. grocery stores, car repair shops, salons...) often will not accept anything but a local check. And to get that local account you'll have to show your local driver's license. I know, yes there are loop holes and you can wiggle through all of the situations I have outlined but there are so many reasons to just maintain a clean file. And thus avoid anxieties such as might arise when getting a new passport and trying to decide whether or not to lie about where you live.
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There is so much information here, I didn't know where to begin. Excuse me if I'm asking something that has been asked before. I'm sure it has, lol.

I was just doing my online check in for my cruise on September 2nd. I realized that my passport expires January 29, 2018. The RCI website "strongly suggests" that your passport be good for at least 6 months from your return date.

1) is current renewal time sufficient for me to renew now? Will I have my new passport on time?
2) will I have an issue since my check in is done? I think I would be able to go back and update the date and/or document number if needed, correct?

I know I should have thought of this sooner. I kept thinking the date it expired was more towards mid year, like June of 2018.

Thanks i advance.
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