04 Aug Required Documents for your cruise
It can be stressful to figure out what types of legal documentation you need before setting sail with Disney… here at PPV Inc. we like to make it as simple as possible for you.
For starters, Disney Cruise Line recommends that all travelers present a passport upon boarding the ship for their cruise.
- With that being said, legally if you want to sail starting FROM and returning TO a U.S. port (a closed loop cruise)- you can sail with a government issued photo ID AND an original birth certificate (the kind with the seal on it)
- If you are sailing anywhere outside the U.S. or to a destination NOT within the United States, you MUST have a valid Passport.
- If you need to fly anywhere outside of the US in order to sail, you MUST have a passport to fly AND sail.
Click here to learn more about U.S. Passports; https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html
***Please note, starting in 2020, in order to fly domestically in the US, travelers in most states will be required to present either a government issued REAL ID, or passport. See this link for official details about the Real ID; https://www.dhs.gov/news/2016/12/12/tsa-notify-travelers-upcoming-2018-real-id-airport-enforcement
It is the responsibility of the traveler to obtain the required documentation needed to travel. Guests without proper documentation will be denied boarding.
Frequently Asked Questions
What documents will be required when I check in for my cruise?
- At check-in, all Guests must present valid passports or other acceptable proof of citizenship.
- All travelers are required to have a valid passport to enter or re-enter the United States by air.
- In addition to a valid passport, many countries require an entry visa based on your nationality. It is each Guest’s responsibility to identify and to obtain all the necessary visas before embarking on the cruise. Because requirements may vary, Guests are advised to contact their local consulate or embassy for more information on required travel documentation for all ports of call during the cruise.
- The Guest who booked the cruise must present a copy of the Online Check-In Port Arrival Form at check-in. You can save time during the boarding process by completing this document ahead of time through My Online Check-in.
- When a minor (age 17 and under) travels without a parent or legal guardian, an accompanying adult must present an Authorization For Minor To Travel Without a Parent or Legal Guardian Form, completed and signed by that child’s parent or legal guardian.
Passport & Travel Documentation Guidelines
- Under My Reservations you’ll find important travel guidelines and regulations relevant to your individual itinerary. However, it is your responsibility to check with your travel agent, government agency, embassy or consulate to ensure that you have all the proper documentation to board the ship and enter each of the countries on your cruise. U.S. travelers can visit the U.S. State Department’s travel website or call the U.S. National Passport Information Center at (877) 4USA-PPT [877-487-2778] for more information.
Important International Travel Advisories
- Guests without proper documentation will be denied boarding.
- Travel restrictions for each destination country may vary according to a Guest’s citizenship.
- Plan ahead to get your passport(s) early. At Disney Cruise Line, we ask that you provide your passport number at least 75 days prior to the start of your vacation in your Guest Information Form in My Online Check-in. Visit your “Passport and Travel Documentation” page for the information you need to apply for a passport, including how much time is generally required to receive your passport. United States citizens should also visit the U.S. State Department’s travel website or call the U.S. National Passport Information Center at (877) 4USA-PPT (487-2778) for more information.
- Make sure your passports aren’t expired or about to expire. Many countries require your passport to be valid up to 6 months after the completion of your cruise. Check the passport policies in the countries you plan to visit ahead of time.
What is the Authorization For Minor To Travel Without a Parent or Legal Guardian Form and is it required for all children?
The Authorization For Minor To Travel Without a Parent or Legal Guardian Form authorizes an adult (age 18 and older) other than the parent or legal guardian to retain care, custody and control of a child during the span of a Disney cruise vacation. It is required for each child traveling without a parent or legal guardian.
The parent or legal guardian must complete this form, naming each of the children it applies to, and it must be presented by the authorized adult at check-in at the port terminal.