Cruise lines have minimum age requirements for “young adults”

We are located near Port Canaveral and this is the time of year where our phones start to ring with requests from soon to be graduates hoping to take a graduation cruise with their friends. Most have reached the “adult” age of 18, graduated from high school and many preparing for college. Almost all are surprised that 18 may be a legal age for many things but for cruising it is not acceptable for unaccompanied cruising, i.e. without parents or guardians. Cruise lines are firm in their restrictions which I will detail clearly.
Carnival Cruise Lines requires everyone in the cabin to be 21 or older otherwise there must be someone at least 25 years old.
Royal Caribbean a bit less restrictive requires at least one person to be 21 years old in each cabin.
Disney Cruise Line does allow passengers to travel alone  at 18 years but most graduates are not looking for the Disney family cruise experience option.

Book your next cruise thru Brevard Travel Service

Did you know it cost you nothing to book your cruise locally thru Brevard Travel Service?
Did you know our prices are the same as those seen online?
How? Because we are STILL paid by the cruise lines.

Our website makes it easy to search departures to know when, where and which ships are sailing when you are interested in traveling. Check out our Cruise pages I have made it so easy to navigate and prices are updated daily giving you a good feel for overall rates. Unfortunately it is unable to auto capture all the discounts, i.e. senior, military, past passenger and resident’s rates, that’s why I’m here to sort out all the deals. Whether you saw it on TV, magazine, email or a flyer in your snail mail~~ if it’s valid and available we have it here at Brevard Travel Service. Unlike the big online agencies we don’t offer perks with those *asterisks* that don’t apply for one reason or another. We encourage to book locally and support your community, call now for prices on your next cruise.

Are Passports required or will a birth certificate work on short cruises?

There continues to be lots of confusion on the travel requirements for U.S. citizens thinking about taking short cruises. The initial plan in 2007 was to require all US Citizens leaving the country to have in their possession a valid passport. This was to become effective in 2008 but was postponed because ~~the public had not had enough fore warning~~ and was delayed until early 2009 then delayed again delayed until mid-year at which time after two years of uncertainty a compromise was made.

Passports are recommended for all US Citizens departing the US however that final June 2009 government ruling allowed exemptions for US citizens travelling on “closed-loop” a cruise, that’s where all the confusion begins. They state passports are required and then further down in the text they begin trying to explain. I will attempt to make it easier to understand.

Passports are recommended but not required on most cruises from Port Canaveral, and other Florida ports, several east coast, and some California ports and Seattle departures.

US Citizens on “closed-loop” sailings may present instead as proof of citizenship one of the following

  • an original or certified copy of a birth certificate,
  •  certificate of naturalization,
  •  passport card,
  •  enhanced driver’s license (EDL)

>>>PLUS a government-issued photo ID if age 16 and over<<<.

Closed-loop examples:

  • Port Canaveral, Ft Lauderdale and Miami roundtrip to Bahamas and/or Caribbean
  • San Juan roundtrip to Southern Caribbean
  • Seattle roundtrip to Alaska
  • New York roundtrip to Bermuda

Passports are required If the cruise

  • begins and ends in different U.S. ports
  • begins and ends in a foreign port (such as many of the Alaska and Hawaii cruises), a valid passport or other recognized WHTI-compliant document is required.
  • you are traveling on any cruises that travel outside the WHTI region i.e., European, Trans Canal, Trans-Atlantic, South American, South Pacific even though on rare occasions they may be roundtrip.

Although a passport is not required for U.S. citizens taking “closed loop” cruises, we strongly recommend all passengers travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel). Having a passport will enable you to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event you miss your scheduled embarkation or to fly back to the U.S. if you are unable to return with the ship.

ALL passengers, including infants need proper proof of citizenship in order to travel and failure to present a valid document at check in will result in denied boarding and no refunds will be issued. Some cruise lines may elect the more restrictive Passport required policy for their protection. Our office recommends passport when leaving the country and can advise if an alternative proof of citizenship is allowable for US citizens during the initial inquiry and/or booking process.

~~~~AIR departures from the US ALL REQUIRE a valid Passport (not a Passport Card) regardless of the destination~~~~

EVERYONE must have proper proof of citizenship regardless of age, including infants.

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Joline Arnold Brown
Brevard Travel Service, your full service agency since 1981
321 459 1990
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Florida Resident’s rates return on Disney Cruise Line

Since the arrival of the Disney Dream in 2011 followed in early 2012 by the Disney Fantasy demand for Disney Cruise Line reservations far outweighed supply with everyone wanting to experience these newest innovations on these two Disney Cruise Line ships. There were some  Florida Resident Rates offered this spring which many of our clients jumped on before the summer season started. Now that summer is drawing to and end I have been watching weekly for their anticipated return. I have great news to share with our locals; Disney Cruise Line Sunday July 21st  has posted Florida resident’s rates on a couple early August sailings  for those looking for a quick cruise before school starts.  When offered  they update automatically every Sunday and sell out quickly, CALL now for reservations!
Joline Arnold Brown
Brevard Travel Service, your full service agency since 1981
321 459 1990
511 N Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island, Fl 32953
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