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Passports for non-closed loop cruises


CruznBeans
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Every foreign flagged ship (which is virtually all cruise ships, except NCL’s Pride of America) leaving a US port, must, by law, make a stop at a foreign port before returning to the US. The Passenger Vessel Services Act prohibits the transportation of passengers between two different US ports on any vessel other than a US flagged vessel. A special legislative exception has been created for Alaska cruises only. So it is a good idea to always bring a passport…in the event something happens at a port you’re visiting and you must fly home. It’s one of those ‘good to have just in case’ things. Enjoy your cruise!

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Agree on having the book passport. Have made unexpected stops in the middle of a cruise in a foreign port to drop off very ill passengers and injured crew. Hard to get back to the states without a passport. Also passport cards will not work for an airline flight from a foreign country.

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