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How to Be Denied Boarding

Updated: Apr 24

Embarking on a cruise is a thrilling adventure, but there are crucial details that every passenger must attend to, lest they face the disappointment of being denied boarding.

Let's explore the top three factors that, if overlooked, could hinder your cruise dreams from setting sail:

1. Incorrect Identification Having the correct identification is a non-negotiable requirement for cruise boarding. However, unique rules apply to cruising, making it essential to delve into the specific documentation needed. While some international cruises may allow alternatives to a passport, it's crucial to note that specific destinations may still require one. To avoid such pitfalls, consult the U.S. State Department and ensure you have all the necessary documentation for each location on your itinerary. Don't forget to check visa requirements. Though rare, lacking a necessary visa could cause you to miss out on your vacation.

2. Original Document Requirement A common oversight is assuming that printouts or facsimiles of crucial documents will suffice for cruise check-ins. Birth certificates, citizenship papers, driver's licenses, and passports must be presented in their physical, original form. Raised seals on vital documents (such as a birth certificate) are imperative for authentication. Avoid the temptation of relying on scanned copies or iPhone photos, as they won't meet the stringent boarding requirements. Remember, a library card won't grant you entry into foreign lands or onto a cruise ship. It's crucial to adhere to the principle that only original, physical documents are acceptable.

3. Incomplete Vaccination Against COVID-19 Although it is unusual, a select few cruise lines still require proof of Covid vaccination to board. Confusion may also arise regarding the definition of "fully vaccinated." Understand and follow your cruise line's vaccination requirements diligently to avoid the disappointment of being denied boarding.

Embarking on a cruise is a dreamy escapade, and being denied boarding is undoubtedly a nightmare. By addressing these three factors, you pave the way for a smooth boarding process, ensuring that your cruise adventure begins on the right note. Stay informed, stay prepared, and let your cruise journey be a tale of joy, not a saga of denied dreams. 🚢💙#CruiseDreams #BoardingEssentials #SmoothSailing

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