As a valued Customer of LastMinuteCruises, we want to make sure that you are aware
of the latest passport requirements. Whether you currently have a cruise booked
or are still thinking about where you'd like to go next, please keep the following
important information in mind.
The U.S. Department of State recently announced an extension of the proposed implementation
timeline for the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. When enacted, travelers to
and from a foreign country (including the Caribbean, Bermuda,
Panama, Mexico and Canada) must
have a valid passport or other secure, accepted document* to enter or re-enter the
U.S. The revised proposed timeline is as follows:
- January 8, 2007 - Valid passport or other accepted document* required for
all air travel to or from the U.S.
- June 1, 2009 - Valid passport or other accepted document* required for all
travel to or from the U.S. (air, sea or land)
Although the requirement to possess a valid passport for sea and land border crossings
has been extended to June 1, 2009, the government can accelerate this date based
on meeting certain criteria.
Please note that effective January 8, 2007, all cruise guests entering
or re-entering the United States by air are required to have valid passports. U.S.
cruise guests who travel by air to embark in Vancouver for Alaska cruises and Canadian
cruise guests who travel by air to embark in U.S. ports are required to have valid
passports for all cruises terminating on or after January 8, 2007. Foreign nationals
should contact their respective governments to obtain details regarding current
All cruise guests must present the required documentation at embarkation. Cruise
guests without required documentation will be denied boarding and no refund will
be issued. Our Supplier Partners will strictly enforce this requirement in compliance
with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
To help ensure your positive travel experience with LastMinuteCruises, we encourage
you to make sure that you are prepared to meet these pending passport requirements.
Thank you for business at LastMinuteCruises. We look forward to assisting you again
in the near future.
*The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not yet made a final determination
as to which forms of documentation may serve as a valid alternative to a passport.
For more information, please visit www.travel.state.gov/passport or call the National
Passport Information Center toll free at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TYY at 1-888-874-7793.