Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

Are you a US citizen thinking about taking a Caribbean cruise without having a US Passport as identification and proof of citizenship? Ned Levi suggests that would be a mistake, and that you should get a passport, even for a short WHTI country exclusive cruise.

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The Carnival Triumph passengers are home from their ordeal, but many unanswered question are still left. It’s possible to learn from the passengers’ experience to become better prepared to handle cruise emergencies. Ned Levi discusses concrete suggestions for cruise ship passengers to help them get through a cruise ship emergency at sea.

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Starting June 1, 2009, Americans traveling to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean will need a passport or passport card to cross borders and return home. But, it’s not quite that simple. Here are three exceptions.

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Anita Dunham-Potter Do I need a passport to cruise? It’s the biggest question from readers and travel agents say there’s plenty of confusion regarding the U.S. State Department’s guidelines. Here’s the real deal with cruising and the new passport rules launching June 1, 2009.

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Starting June 1, 2009, travelers entering the United States on a cruise will be required to present a passport or other recognized identification document. The new requirement was outlined today by the U.S. government during a final ruling on travel documents for land and sea borders.

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