TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS
While the following documents are acceptable for travel to the Bahamas, Margaritaville at Sea highly recommends that all guests travel with a passport book valid for at least six months after your return date for the following reasons:
- If you unexpectedly need to depart the ship from a foreign port prior to the end of sailing, a passport would be required to travel internationally by air.
- International ports of call can change their travel requirements at their sole discretion and may unexpectedly require all guests to have a valid passport to go ashore.
- Disembarking the ship is easier and faster for guests carrying passports as their travel identification.
You never know when the unexpected might happen – like leaving the ship for a medical emergency – and it’s always best to be prepared!
For U.S. Citizens Cruising Round-Trip:
U.S. Citizens cruising round-trip to and from the United States with no overnight stays in The Bahamas must have one of the following forms of identification before boarding Margaritaville at Sea:
- U.S. Passport book valid at least 6 months after return date.
- U.S. state- or territory-issued original birth certificate issued by a U.S. government agency (baptismal paper and hospital certificates of birth are not acceptable) and a valid government-issued photo ID. No photo/digital copies will be accepted.
- Birth Certificates from the following US territories are acceptable – Guam, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico birth certificates issued after July 1, 2010 only).
- Passport cards
- Enhanced driver’s licenses from Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington State.
- US Citizens born abroad: Passport or Original Birth Abroad birth certificate or Naturalization certificate (no photo/digital copies will be accepted), in addition to government-issued photo ID.
For additional United States passport information visit the United States Department of State travel information website.
For U.S. Citizens traveling on Cruise and Stay Vacations:
U.S. Citizens cruising round-trip to and from the United States with an overnight stay in The Bahamas must have one of the following forms of identification before boarding Margaritaville at Sea:
- U.S. Passport book valid at least 6 months after return date.
- U.S. state-issued original birth certificate issued by a U.S. government agency (not from a hospital) and a valid government-issued photo ID. No photo/digital copies accepted. The Bahamas does not accept Puerto Rico birth certificates for overnight stays.
- Passport Cards and Enhanced Driver’s License are not valid forms of identification for Cruise and Stay (overnight stays in The Bahamas).
U.S. Permanent Residents and Non-U.S. Residents:
U.S. Permanent Residents must bring a valid Permanent Resident card, also known as a Green Card, with a valid government-issued photo ID or a valid passport from their country of citizenship.
Please note some permanent residents (e.g., Haitian citizens) must carry a valid passport along with a valid Permanent Resident card. U.S. Green Card holders must also have a valid passport to Cruise & Stay overnight in the Bahamas. Please contact the Bahamian Consulate or U.S. immigration for more information.
Non-U.S. Citizens and non-U.S. Residents must bring a valid Passport, Multiple Entry Visa, or Resident Alien Card for re-entry to the United States. Please contact U.S. Customs or the Bahamian Consulate for any additional required documentation. Guests from other countries must possess a valid passport and should check with their travel agent or appropriate consulate to determine other necessary travel documentation.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN TO ANYONE WHO FAILS TO BRING PROPER TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION
The proper travel documentation is required at embarkation (and throughout the cruise) and is the sole responsibility of the guest. Any guest traveling without proper documentation will be denied boarding and will be under full penalty, and therefore, will not be offered a refund or a replacement cruise. 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. We assume no responsibility for advising guests of Immigration requirements.
Photocopies or pictures of documents will not be accepted.
Traveling with Children
Children ages 15 and under only require a U.S. state-issued original birth certificate issued by a U.S. government agency (not from a hospital) as noted above to cruise to The Bahamas. Children ages 16 and over must carry a government-issued photo ID such as a state ID or provincial driver’s license in addition to a birth certificate as outlined above.
When traveling with a minor where one parent or both parents or legal guardians are not cruising, we strongly recommend bringing an original signed letter or Minor Consent Form from the absent parent(s) or legal guardians authorizing the minor to travel with you. The minor consent form can be found here.
If there is no second parent with legal claims to the minor (due to sole custody, deceased, etc.) other relevant paperwork, such as a court decision, death certificate, birth certificate naming only one parent, would be useful to bring in place of a signed letter. This will expedite processing by United States Customs and Border Protection.
What if the name on my identification doesn’t match the name on my reservation and Birth Certificate?
It is important that the name listed on your reservation exactly matches your travel documentation (passport, birth certificate, etc.) or your boarding or disembarkation could be delayed or you could be denied boarding.
In the event that your name differs between the reservation and the travel documentation (e.g. due to marriage, divorce, legal name change, etc.), you must provide legal documentation supporting this change at check-in/embarkation. Examples of acceptable documentation include marriage license, divorce degree or legal name change court document. All supporting documents must be the original or a notarized copy (photocopies, photographs or reproductions are not accepted).
FAILURE TO PROVIDE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION MAY RESULT IN DELAY OR DENIAL OF BOARDING.
TRAVEL DOCUMENT PLANNING
Plan ahead to get your passport(s) and passport card(s) early. United States citizens should 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 about how much time it will take to obtain a passport book or passport card and how to obtain these documents.