Cruise Lines strongly recommends all of their guests travel with a
valid passport. However, as of June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens embarking on
a cruise that both originates and terminates at the same U.S. port
(closed looped) are not required to have a passport, but will need
proof of citizenship such as an original or certified copy of a birth
certificate, a certificate of naturalization, a passport card, an
enhanced driver's license (EDL) as well as a government-issued photo
ID. Children are also required to bring proof of citizenship, and if 16
and over, a photo ID is also required. Canadian and Bermudian citizens
are required to have a passport for air, land and sea travel, including
all Carnival cruises.
There is a bit
of "catch-22" to this which bears consideration. You can board the
Miracle without a passport. However, if circumstances (weather,
emergency, etc.) arise which require you to leave the vessel in one of
the Caribbean ports, you might have trouble trying to return to the US
by air since you won't have a passport.
OUR ADVICE IS TO GET A PASSPORT NOW. YOU WILL DEFINITELY
NEED ONE IN THE FUTURE IF YOU PLAN ON TAKING ANY MORE CRUISES.
HOW TO GET A PASSPORT:
You will find a United States Passport Office located
in most major Post Offices or court houses. Call your
local Post Office to see if they have a Passport
Office, or follow the links below for more information
on local passport facilities. You will need to apply
in person with a certified copy of your Birth
Certificate, and 2 passport photos. Passport photos can be obtained
at any photo supply shop, Walgreens, K-Mart, Target,
COSTCO, Sam's Club, Kinkos, most major drug stores,
etc. The current passport fee is $110 and the passport will be valid for 10 years.