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  • For U.S. citizens, passports are necessary for travel by land, sea, or air anywhere outside the United States. The only exception to the passport rule applies to "closed-loop" cruises (itineraries that begin and end at the same U.S. port).

  • A government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license) and proof of citizenship (like a government-issued birth certificate) will suffice. Note that for kids younger than 16 years of age, a birth certificate (or its equivalent) alone will suffice. 

  • Your cruise boarding documents and personal identification are in hand. The required boarding documents can typically be printed out at home ahead of time; some lines will still send them out via old-fashioned snail mail, or the most popular way is to download the cruise line app. 

  • Passengers without acceptable identification will not be allowed on board and will not receive a refund if they miss the cruise for lack of correct documentation.

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