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My experience is that using a passport is faster and easier, no matter what. I went on a cruise two yeara ago with a friend who had a passport and I didn't. She was able to go through a differnt line during disembarkation and was done much faster than I was. I got my passport soon after that, and would recommend to anyone who travel to get one A.S.A.P. Even tough you may not nee it yet...you will! And if you get hooked on cruising, you might as well beat the last minute crowd and get one now. They're good for 10 years. I'll never be without one again.

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Mrdood you know you are quoting experiances that are ALL prior to the new rule coming into practice...

 

You know the far more important reason to have a passport is that it is your "key" to any US embassy in the world. The one thing that 9/11 should have taught each and everyone of us is that a single incident can drastically change the way our world works practically over night.

 

Many people are not aware of the fact that most countires require you to carry original ID on your person at all times. You don't ?? - well then wait till you are thrown into jail (innocent or not) on some of these Islands? You cannot come up with US Passport then chances are you are not going to be allowed to contact the Embassy very quickly. You migh spend days (it might even be months) in jail without councel and you might have no recourse since it is not illegal in many countires to hold you with out councel..

 

How many of you are going to Jamaica with kids this year? I am going to phrase this as carefully as I can .....What happens if one of your kids (accidently) buys something they are not supposed too?? These "salespeople" are very sly they will get your attention elsewhere while they try and sell to your teens. What do you think will happen if they are caught by the cops - they are going to jail and you do not want to know what these jails will look like. A passport will get you Embassy help at lot quicker than not having one.

 

If you need to return via flight for any reason mrdood may right that it might only give you some red tape to cover but remember things are already not going as planned - so do you really want to worry about something else or spend time in airport holding while your loved one (this is perhaps being harsh but is probably going to be reality) is fighting for his / her life and maybe even loosing it.

 

Perhaps look at it in a different way are not 10.- to 15,- USD per year really worth saving you a lot of stress, anguish and trouble???

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I have had my passport for over 30 years would never travel without it. It makes crossing the border at easier even before 9/11.

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...I agree, I am on my third passport, I just find the whole picture of stranded americans laying all over the Caribbean humorous, the link I posted addresses the new restrictions, they will still let you back in.

 

I find a picture of stranded americans laying all over the Caribbean humorous too.....that's not the issue here.

And I'm sure they will let you back in after the new restrictions.........the problem is will it be handled as swiftly.....or will it be a nitemare........

I don't know that.....and neither does anyone else here........because it has not happened as of yet.

Why take that chance when it can be avoided.

I wish I had a crystal ball too.......

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Hubby mailed in his info from W. Canada, to Eastern Canada..$85 was taken off our Visa on Dec 29th,,still No PASSPORT..hope it arrives SOON!:rolleyes:

I got mine in October, waiting 2 hours in line..at least THAT way you have a NUMBER to trace it, if it gets LOST in transit!!:confused:

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On one of my cruises I was in the process of boarding the ship with my birth certificate in my hand and was denied because I did not have my marriage certificate with me. I was with a group of about 18 people, including my parents, spouse and kids but could not get on until another employee flagged me over into another line about 30 mins. later. I now take a passport on every cruise, just in case.

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...I just don't like people spreading misinformation that a US citizen will be denied entry into the US without a passport if flying, that is absolutely NOT true. Again, if you are in a hurry, or the airline requires it you will need to be faxed a permission letter from the State Dept. if not, you will just be detained until your citizenship can be validated.

 

The US citizen, who did not violate foreign laws, trapped abroad is a load of BS!!!

 

What the Department of State says on their WEB site and what the Airlines do are two different things. If an individual is denied entry into the US, an Airline must pay for such individual to fly back to the Country he or she flew from. Therefore, the Airline can denied boarding to anyone without proper travel documents. If the Airline has denied that individual from boarding onto their plane, then how is this individual going to be inspected at a US Airport from a foreign city, and if it is after hours, weekend or a holiday, that individual could be delayed even more. Trust me on this one as I have witnessed this myself (no, it did not happen to me). This is just a scenario of many of what could occur. Also, if you never had a passport (for those who are US citizens), whom is the Department of State going to find any information on the individual in question. The bottom line is that this scenario is not a bunch of BS as you claim it to be. Now, if you as a US citizen attempt entry into the US through a land port (walking across the bridge or road), then yes a CBP officer can research you live but that does not mean that you will gain entry in the US right away because the birth certificate offices are only open during regular business hours.

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on top of having to take the person back to the port of depature at their own cost airlines are fined by the USA for bringing in illegals and since this is a very hot topic witht he US these days I would think the airlines are going to be even more careful and simply deny you boarding saving them a lot of hassle and money they do not have.....

 

The best advise one can give any one on this topic is - if you are planning on leaving the country (the caribbean is not the USA in most cases) have a passport for your own safety and piece of mind.... What are most of you paying about 100.- to 150,- USD right??? Think of it as 10,- to 15,- USD per year for that safety. I know if you are a family of 4 it is going to be a hefty sum but doing without is irresponsible.

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I too was confusion on the new passport regulations. I have cruise several time before without one and never "plan" to leave the US unless its on a cruise. The federal website says you won't need one unitl 2008 when traveling by sea but you need on enow if traveling by air. I looked in the back of the 07-08 RCI book (just came out) and it stated passports are required NOW to board their ships. I contacted my local passport office and was told the federal requirments for sea travel will not take effect but several cruise lines are requiring in NOW for the reason as stated above by other posters. Since I have a cruise scheduled for 4/9/07 my wife and I shelled out the $200 today for ours. Might as well. Better be safe than sorry and there good for 10 years. I now Ill cruise at least 5 more times over the next 10 years.

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My family and I are getting our passports this week, are they all we need to take with us for flight and cruise. Liberty 8/18/07 can't wait.

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I have a question about passports. Does anyone know why they must be valid for 6 months after your trip for some countries??? If it hasn't expired, it should still be good. Maybe they should be good for 10 years and 6 months.

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Looking for a short answer. If I cruise from LA to Vancouver, and fly back home to NJ.........I may use Seattle airport cause it will be cheaper. Question: will I be able to cross the border in a rental car w/o a passport? Just went for mine this weekend, and hope to have it back in 6-8 weeks. But this may help me choose my cruise itinerary.

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I have a question about passports. Does anyone know why they must be valid for 6 months after your trip for some countries??? If it hasn't expired, it should still be good. Maybe they should be good for 10 years and 6 months.

 

 

Eh, then there would be people waiting until THAT time to get 'em renewed. :) They just want to make sure that if you love wherever you are, and decide to stay for a few months, that your passport won't expire while you are there. Plenty of people do that (I was in Ireland and the server at the restaurant sounded like me, I asked, and yep, she was American and had just stayed, working without official permission, she just loved it there too much to take her plane home!). Hence the rule in some countries.

 

As far as I know. :D

 

Looking for a short answer. If I cruise from LA to Vancouver, and fly back home to NJ.........I may use Seattle airport cause it will be cheaper. Question: will I be able to cross the border in a rental car w/o a passport? Just went for mine this weekend, and hope to have it back in 6-8 weeks. But this may help me choose my cruise itinerary.

 

Yes you can still drive through the Canadian/US border with a passport and picture ID. It might take longer, but you can.

 

May I make a suggestion? Look into Amtrak, especially if you want to spend a couple hours wandering Vancouver before leaving. The Cascades train leaves around 5pm and is lovely. Though it gets in late, so you might then have to put another day onto your travel by staying in the Seattle area that night and flying the next day...might not be worth it, financially, but the train is a wonderful way to travel to and from Vancouver!

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If you go to your post office that handles it, do you take all members of your family or do you just go in and get forms?

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If you go to your post office that handles it, do you take all members of your family or do you just go in and get forms?

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If you go to your post office that handles it, do you take all members of your family or do you just go in and get forms?

The person who wants to apply for the passport needs to be present. After all, you'll need to raise your hand and swear that you're telling the truth!

 

Particularly for children, BOTH parents must be present. If not, other kinds of special paperwork need to be presented (see http://travel.state.gov).

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I've had a passport since 9/11. My roommate does not and has decided to go ahead and apply for one for our May 3rd cruise. Does anyone know how long it's been taking to receive it once you've applied for it? I realize what the government website says but I'm trying to get a sense of actually how long it's been taking. What about if it's expedited? It will be issued out of the New Orleans office if it makes any difference. Thanks!.

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We are sailing on the Volelndam March 23rd to Panama. My passport will expire on August 19th and with the rush at the passport offices, getting a new one was out of the question. I emailed the Canadian embassy in Panama and was told that since I was arriving by ship and not staying in the country I should not have a problem going on a ship sponsored tour. The six month rule would only apply if I intended to stay in the country. I am interested if anyone has had a similar situation on a Panama cruise and, if so, how did they make out. We are driving to Florida so flying with the passport is not an issue.

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It is taking about 10 weeks now. All eight of my family members bought one 7 weeks before our cruise. At the time the web site said it would take 6 weeks to get back. Now they have changed the site to say 10 weeks and I will not get my passport or my original BC back until after i cruise. So we now only have 2 options; 1. To pay for expedited service of 75 dollars each and they cannot even guarantee we will even get it before we leave or 2. Go and buy another BC at 20 bucks each and go without a passport. Needless to say, I am very pissed at the situation. If I known it would take this long, I wouldn't have bothered and saved a lot of money. It is also impossible to call them to check on the status. They are open from 7am to 12 midnight. I was finally able to get through, as they only accept a limited number of calls to hold, at 1159pm. I probably tried about 100 times.

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It is taking about 10 weeks now. All eight of my family members bought one 7 weeks before our cruise. At the time the web site said it would take 6 weeks to get back. Now they have changed the site to say 10 weeks and I will not get my passport or my original BC back until after i cruise. So we now only have 2 options; 1. To pay for expedited service of 75 dollars each and they cannot even guarantee we will even get it before we leave or 2. Go and buy another BC at 20 bucks each and go without a passport. Needless to say, I am very pissed at the situation. If I known it would take this long, I wouldn't have bothered and saved a lot of money. It is also impossible to call them to check on the status. They are open from 7am to 12 midnight. I was finally able to get through, as they only accept a limited number of calls to hold, at 1159pm. I probably tried about 100 times.

Could you please provide the telephone # and what you information you needed to give to find out the status of the application. DH sent his in for renewal and we are leaving on a cruise this summer. He kept procrastinating, and now we have heard it is over 10 weeks.

thanks for your help

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Hubby and I are leaving on Adventure of the Seas on 4/22/07 and we just applied for our passports this weekend. (Utilizing an expediting service). The total for two passports was $444. (incl. expediting fees of $65/ea) The post office told us that it was taking 10 weeks (regular service), 4-6 weeks by expediting it and that to get an appointment to do it yourself was pretty much impossible.

While I was at the post office, there were at least 10 families trying to get passports. Hardly anyone there to do "postal" stuff.

We utilized a service by the name of A Briggs out of D.C. They advertise that they can get a passport w/in 4-6 days. Don't know how, but they claim they can do it??:confused:

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I read somewhere that these places pay for appointments at the agencys. I am not sure but made sense.. if they have these satnding appointments they are able to get in to process.

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I'm really in a pickle...

 

As someone who is a planner and prides herself in being "miss organized and efficient" - I've really screwed up on this one!

 

I renewed my passport last summer before we went on our first trip to Europe. I actually LOST my new passport my first day in Rome. I was very lucky and got a replacement passport at the Embassy in Rome the next day and was able to make our Med/Greek Isle Cruise. The passport you are given in this circumstance is good for one year.

 

We returned from Europe in October and I didn't hurry to do anything about re-applying for a new 10 year passport right when we returned. I was busy with the holidays, work, etc. I figured that I would send the 1 year passport in for a new one in between our scheduled April Cruise and our August Tahiti Cruise.

 

Then I read somewhere that when you travel the passport needs to be valid for six months after the start of your trip. Oops! I realized that meant my passport (expiring 9/23) would not be valid for 6 months after our cruise (4/14). So, I hurried up and sent off the re-application form WITH the passport and included $60 for expedited service.

 

I was given specific instructions with the Passport I received in Rome. I was to mail an application, with a copy of the letter I was given, and the Passport, to the National Passport Center in Portsmouth, NH. I did all of this and I wrote "EXPEDITE" on the envelope.

 

Well, I mailed it all at the Post Office on Tuesday, February 20th. So, it has been one month. They have not cashed my check, and if I search on the Department of State site it does not show status on my application.

 

Also, as stated before by others - you cannot get a person on the phone, you cannot get through to make an appointment at the local Passport Center. And, since I already have applied to the Government, I cannot now go to one of these services that offer extra fast service.

 

So, I don't know where my package is, and for that matter - where my passport is... The website now says that it is taking 3-4 weeks for expedited service - so I am hoping that I see that check clear this week. I have tried to call to check on status, I've emailed, etc. all to no avail.

 

I have to wait until 10 days from my trip to take the next step. I'm not even sure what that step will be - but I am going to be devestated if we miss our cruise. We are going on our 12th Princess Cruise and I have booked our very first Suite!!! I have insurance, but I wonder if they will cover my stupidity!!!

 

Anyone have any suggestions??

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I'm really in a pickle...

 

I have to wait until 10 days from my trip to take the next step. I'm not even sure what that step will be.

 

Anyone have any suggestions??

 

That step is to simply pay on the spot (over the phone) the expedited fee and that was what they offered me when I called when there were only 10 days left before my cruise date. All I got in return for the extra fee was a promise that it will be expedited, and not much else. So I decided to forgo the passport for my son and went apply for a state ID card and will use that plus his birth certificate.

 

In your case you already paid the expedited fee. You may want to keep trying to call the number to get to talk to a live person to see what the status is. One time all I got was "status undetermined", and that was 6 weeks after the date I applied!

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My sister, Mom & Dad applied for their passports on 03/08/07, which allows 11 weeks for it to get here. This is making me nervous, since birth certificates went with the application. At what point should they panic and request a copy of their birth certificates? We do not need passports for the cruise but they decided to get them in case of an emergency and the chance they might need to fly home. When it says 10 weeks, is this the outside date, with some coming sooner? Does it make a difference from what state you applied as to how long the request will take? Can up go to the post office and upgrade to expedited, if it is not here by say 05/01/07? Would appreciate it if someone who has recently received their passport would post exactly how long it took, if not expedited.

 

Hoping they get here in time.

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I just checked the Dept. of State Website AGAIN for tracking on my Passport and it showed up. Rather than stating that they received it or that it is being processed, it says that my passport is complete and they have mailed it to me priority mail.

 

It has been exactly 4 weeks since they received my application and I paid the $60 for expedited service. I did not pay extra for them to overnight it to me, so it will take a few days for priority mail.

 

Even though I would probably have been OK on my upcoming trip, I'm relieved that it is on the way to me!

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What the heck my friends...why risk it? don't wait for last minute either...Just get it done..and have the peace of mind...Have a great day...:rolleyes:

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Hello

My DH and I applied for our passports Jan 20, 2007, requested regular because at that time there wasn't all this talk about the long wait. It took almost 4 weeks to show up on the website. Kept pushing the date up everytime I checked status. Finally on Friday, it showed it had shipped, would receive on March 27. TODAY, I got my passport. Still waiting on DH, jis just showed up being mailed today. THANK GOODNESS, thought I was going to have to pay for another birth certificate. Good luck to everyone getting yours.

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Hubby and I are leaving on Adventure of the Seas on 4/22/07 and we just applied for our passports this weekend. (Utilizing an expediting service). The total for two passports was $444. (incl. expediting fees of $65/ea) The post office told us that it was taking 10 weeks (regular service), 4-6 weeks by expediting it and that to get an appointment to do it yourself was pretty much impossible.

While I was at the post office, there were at least 10 families trying to get passports. Hardly anyone there to do "postal" stuff.

 

We utilized a service by the name of A Briggs out of D.C. They advertise that they can get a passport w/in 4-6 days. Don't know how, but they claim they can do it??:confused:

 

They can do it. :) Cost a pretty penny, but several years ago, was able to renew a passport in 36 hours utilizing one of these companies.

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last week i checked our passports and their wedsite had a date that it would arrive, now no ones is showing anything, (there are 3 of us) is something wrong with their site or maybe something else is wrong.

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I was surprised how much simpler it is to travel with a passport versus the birth certificate thing. Get it now and avoid any hassles.

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We are cruising this October to Mexico...I went and applied for my passport yesterday. It was fast and easy, I don't care if I need it or not to go on the cruise, it is THE best form of ID so why not apply and get one. My goodness they are good for ten years. Like the Nike ad says "Just do it"

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Plain And Simple.

 

Anyone Travelling Anywhere Outside The United States,

 

Should Have A Passport. That Is Your True Legal Identification

 

Of United States Citizenship.

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No you do not. The only problems is if you need to fly home you might have problems. But you can cruise with a birthcertificate and photo i.d.

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My husband and DD, applied for their passports on March 3, 8 weeks till our trip. I had to call tihs morning and expedite his because he has been unsuccessful in getting his BC from PR, which is where he was born.

 

Cost me about $80, the lady on the phone couldn't even give me info on my kids passports because it wasn't on "her screen". But she did say, it would take longer to receive and I wouldn't get them in time. She told me to call back on the 18th to get a fedex tracking number.

 

I was able to get thru without a problem and probably waited less than 10 min to speak to a rep.

 

P.S. She did say we could use our photo id's and BC's for cruising in the caribbean. Othewise, I would have expedited all 3passports.

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I am amazed at the variety of different answers people are getting about passports....myself included.

 

Our passports were at the 10 week mark when we still hadn't received them. I called on a Monday and spoke with a lady who told me mine was in Miami and my DH was in Charleston (we live in FL). Now figure out why they got sent different places...who knows. But assured me we would have them in plenty of time BUT to call back every couple of days to check on them.

 

Thursday at 3:30pm, I called back and spoke with a gentleman. He "seemed" to share in my frustation that our passports were taking so long. Especially considering that when we applied it was still the "normal" 6-8 week processing time. He told me that since it was now 10 weeks, he would put them on a rush status and expedite them overnight at NO ADDITIONAL fee. He said if we didn't have them by Tuesday to call back.

My DH's passport came FedEx the next day at 2:00pm, less than 24 hours.

Mine on the other hand didn't get expedited overnight, but sent Priority Mail, it did arrive on Tuesday....even though our temp. mailman left it at the wrong address :eek:

Thankfully, I was checking the online tracking through USPS, called first thing Wednesday and it was in our mailbox that afternoon...thank god!

 

So as you can see, you can get different answers from different people.

 

If you NEED your passport soon, don't give up and keep calling!! Both times, my hold time was less than 10 minutes.

We are leaving our two children with my mom for our cruise and we wanted to make sure that we would be able to fly home if needed, otherwise we would of traveled with the BC/drivers license had they not arrived in time.

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Just got my passports! Fedex OvernightOrdered March 3rd, was worried I wouldn't get in time for my cruise this Sun, Had ONE expedited, they still havent' charged my cc, but they sent all 3, hmmmm

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