Do I need a passport to go on a cruise?

It is a condition of carriage that all guests embarking on a cruise holiday in non-UK waters must hold a full and valid passport that conforms to the entry requirements of each destination visited. It must be valid for at least 6 months on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland). If you renewed your current passport before the previous had expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Please note that any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.

It is your responsibility to ensure you hold a valid passport. If you need to renew your passport, please allow at least one month for your application to be processed - and more time during peak holiday periods.

As you will be denied boarding if unable to present your passport at check-in, please ensure your passport is kept in your hand luggage.

For guests sailing on a British Isles cruise (excluding the Channel Islands) we are pleased to advise that Photo ID is sufficient for visits to only UK ports. Please check with our Reservations Team at the time you make your booking.

Forms of photo ID that we can accept are:

  • A valid if expired passport (this must have expired no more than 2 years from the date of departure)
  • Photo driving licence
  • Council issued travel card
  • Photo firearms licence
  • European National ID card/citizen card

Please note, this applies to UK nationals only.

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