Required Travel Document and Information For Cruise Vacations

What are NCL's Age Requirements?

All facts stated below apply at the time of embarkation.

Infants sailing onboard an NCL vessel must be at least six months of age at time of sailing. However, for voyages that have 3 or more consecutive days at sea, the infant must be at least 12 months old at time of sailing.

A minor is defined as an individual under 18 years of age at the time of embarkation.

A young adult is defined as an individual between the ages of 18 and 20.

Company policy dictates that a passenger under 21 years of age must be accompanied in the same or connecting stateroom by a passenger 21 years of age or older at the time of embarkation.

For passengers under the age of 18 traveling with an accompanying adult, who is not the minor's parent or legal guardian, a PARENT/GUARDIAN CONSENT RELEASE FORM (PDF) that authorizes the minor's travel and further authorizes medical treatment in case of an emergency must be delivered to an NCL representative at the pier during check-in. Failure to produce this letter at embarkation may result in boarding being denied, with no refund of cruise fare provided.

Note: Two people under the age of 21 may travel together in the same stateroom if they are a married couple and provide proof of marriage to an NCL representative at the pier before embarkation.

Alcohol Consumption Policy

Passengers must be 21 years of age or older to purchase or consume alcohol.

With the exception of Alaska and Hawaii itineraries, NCL permits young adults to purchase and personally consume wine and beer only while onboard and with the consent of an accompanying parent. Authorization will be given only when the accompanying parent completes the Young Adult Alcoholic Beverage Waiver form. This form can be obtained and completed at the Guest Services Desk upon embarkation of the vessel. However, passengers 18 years of age or older are permitted to consume alcoholic beverages when sailing on roundtrip European voyages without having to complete the Young Adult Alcoholic Beverage Waiver form.

General Documentation and Visa Information

U.S. Citizens

Hawaii Cruises

There's no need for a passport when you sail on any Hawaii inter-island cruise. If your ship never sails beyond the islands of Hawaii, all you need is a government-issued photo I.D. which includes a passport or a valid driver's license with a photo. A U.S. citizen under the age of 16 does not require a government-issued photo ID.

Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexican Riviera, Or Canada & New England Cruises

For round-trip sailings (cruises that depart from and return to the same U.S. port), you may sail with either a valid passport, proof of citizenship and a valid government-issued photo I.D. (driver’s license with a photo), or any other WHTI compliant document.

Proof of Citizenship examples include:

  • State certified U.S. birth certificate
  • Original certificate of U.S. naturalization
  • Original certificate of U.S. citizenship

 

Baptismal paper and hospital certificates of birth are not acceptable.

A U.S. citizen under the age of 16 do not require a government-issued photo ID.

For open-jaw sailings (cruises that depart from one U.S. port and return to a different U.S. port), you are required to carry:

  • A valid passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • U.S. or Canadian Enhanced Drivers License
  • Permanent residents of the U.S. are required to carry their valid ARC cards for boarding AND passport from their country of citizenship, if available.

 

Note: If you miss your ship at its scheduled U.S. departure port and need to travel outside the U.S. to meet your ship, or should you unexpectedly need to depart the ship from a foreign port prior to the end of sailing, a passport would be required to leave or re-enter the U.S. by air. To that end, NCL strongly recommends all guests to obtain a passport for their voyage on any NCL vessel.

Europe and Transatlantic Cruises

A valid passport is required and in some cases, a tourist visa is also required for Russia, Turkey and Egypt. See ship-specific information below.

Bringing Minors In to Canada

Canadian entry requirements stipulate that a child under the age of 18 traveling alone, or with person(s) other than both parents, should be in possession of a letter (preferably notarized) from the parents or legal guardian containing:

Authorization for the child to travel with another person and to be outside the country;

The name and a 24-hour contact telephone number of the parents or guardian; and

The destination and length of stay in Canada.

Adoptive parents, legal guardians or persons separated or divorced are advised to keep legal and other relevant documents available in order to clarify custody rights.

Air travel outside of the United States

All air travel outside of the U.S. requires a valid passport. Persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by AIR between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are required to carry a valid passport. Therefore, in order to either join or finally disembark a cruise vessel outside of the United States, a valid passport is required for travel.

Even if your cruise does not involve air travel outside the U.S., should you be required to unexpectedly depart a vessel prior to the end of the sailing, a passport would be required to re-enter the U.S. by air. As such, Norwegian Cruise Line strongly recommends that all guests are in possession of a passport to sail on an NCL cruise. More information regarding passport requirements is available at: www.getyouhome.gov.

Documentation Resources

To obtain an original or state certified copy of a birth certificate, you can contact your hospital of birth or the Vital Statistics Department of the County where you were born.

For more information on obtaining a passport, please visit: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html, or Zierer Visa Service at http://www.zvs.com

Every state issues identification cards, usually from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. As an example, to obtain a Florida identification card you could visit: http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ to find out more information.

Non-U.S. Citizens

All Itineraries

All guests must carry a valid passport, and if necessary, a multiple entry visa is required for entry into the United States (i.e. B-2 Visitors Visa), or a visa waiver. Please be sure to check with the proper agencies and authorities (such as your local immigration office) before you sail because we can't board you without the proper documents. Travelers from the 36 Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries must have a machine-readable passport to enter the U.S. without a visa. All VWP travelers are required to obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the U.S. under the VWP.

Alien Residents of the United States holding an Alien Registration Card (ARC or "Green Card") (Form I-551) may travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda (see Visa Restrictions on Bermuda) and the Caribbean with just their valid ARC and Proof of Identity. However, it is recommended that these guests also carry their passports from their country of citizenship if available. In some instances, ARC holders may still be required to have sailing permits and/or visas to enter countries NCL visits in these areas. Please note that travel anywhere else in the world requires a valid passport from the country you are a citizen of and subsequently subjects you to any documentation, visa and health requirements of all countries visited.

Canadian Residency Permit (CRP) holders who are NOT in possession of their permanent resident papers, or a valid Temporary Resident Visa, will be denied boarding if the vessel calls at any Canadian port during the cruise. Otherwise the Canadian resident can be refused re-entry into Canada without their proper resident documentation.

Electronic Travel Authorization

All Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers will be required to obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to enter the U.S. under the VWP. Travelers, travel agents, or carriers must use the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) secure website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and complete an on-line application. Applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, however, DHS recommends that applications be submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel. In most cases you will receive a response within seconds:

  • Authorization Approved
  • Travel Not Authorized: Traveler must obtain a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate before traveling to the U.S.
  • Authorization Pending: Traveler will need to check the ESTA website for updates within 72 hours to receive a final response.

 

NOTE: An approved travel authorization will be:

  • Required for all VWP travelers prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to enter the U.S. under the VWP;
  • Valid, unless revoked, for up to two years or until the traveler's passport expires, whichever comes first;
  • Valid for multiple entries; and Not a guarantee of admissibility to the United States at a port of entry.

 

Visa Requirements

Schengen States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The Schengen Agreement came into force on 26th March 1995. It is an agreement between several member states of the European Union (EU), to remove immigration controls for travel within their collective territories. This creates a "borderless" region, known as the "Schengen Area" and therefore changes the procedures for entering or connecting in all of the Schengen States as well as for traveling between them. There are four types of Schengen visas, but type C is the one typically needed by passengers, which can be issued by any one of the Schengen states and is valid for all the others. Due to the type of itineraries in Europe, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean, passengers who require Schengen visas must obtain a multiple-entry type visa prior to traveling. U.S. and Canadian citizens do not require a Schengen visa.

The Schengen Agreement that governs the European Union (EU) member states indicates that certain nationalities require a visa to enter the EU zone. Guests who are not US, Canadian, or European nationals are strongly encouraged to contact the nearest EU-member country embassy to determine if a Schengen visa is necessary.

Zierer Visa Service provides visa application kits for U.S. or U.K. passengers who require visas on select itineraries. Zierer Visa Service can also assist passengers in general to obtain additional or other visas where required, and issue passports to U.S. citizens. The toll free number for NCL clients to use for visa inquiries and assistance with application forms is (1-866) 788-1100 or visit their website at www.zvs.com. Guests are not obligated to use this service but it is recommended.

Visa Restrictions for Canada

Due to strict Canadian entry requirements, immigration officials have advised NCL that citizens from certain countries require a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to visit or transit Canada. Passengers who are not U.S. or Canadian citizens should check the following web site for a listing of restricted nationalities to determine if a TRV is necessary: http://www.cic.gc.ca. Subsequently, passengers belonging to nationalities that require a visa will be denied boarding if they do not possess such a visa. Exceptions will be made for U.S. Alien Resident Card (ARC) and Canadian Residency Permit (CRP) holders.

Visa Restrictions for Bermuda

Bermuda immigration regulations state that certain individuals require a visa to visit the country.  Please check the following web site for a listing of restricted nationalities to determine if a visitor visa is necessary: http://www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=214&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2.  Subsequently, passengers belonging to nationalities that require a visa will be denied boarding if they do not possess one.

NOTE:  Guests who require a visa for travel to Bermuda who have the right to reside in the U.S. (ARC holders) or Canada (Landed Immigrant status) who possess proof of such status AND have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the last day of the cruise, will not require the Bermuda entry visa.

Please check the following web site for a listing of restricted nationalities to determine if a visitor visa is necessary: http://www.bermuda.com/travelcenter/immigration_regulations.php. Subsequently, passengers belonging to nationalities that require a visa will be denied boarding if they do not possess one.

Specific Requirements By Ship for 2012 - 2014

Norwegian Dawn

BERMUDA - Bermuda immigration regulations state that certain individuals require a visa to visit the country.  Please check the following web site for a listing of restricted nationalities to determine if a visitor visa is necessary: http://www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=214&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2.  Subsequently, passengers belonging to nationalities that require a visa will be denied boarding if they do not possess one.

NOTE: Guests who require a visa for travel to Bermuda who have the right to reside in the U.S. (ARC holders) or Canada (Landed Immigrant status) who possess proof of such status AND have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the last day of the cruise, will not require the Bermuda entry visa.

CANADA - Due to strict Canadian entry requirements, immigration officials have advised Norwegian that citizens from certain countries require a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to visit or transit Canada.  Passengers who are not U.S. or Canadian citizens should check the following web site for a listing of restricted nationalities to determine if a TRV is necessary: http://www.cic.gc.ca.  Subsequently, passengers belonging to nationalities that require a visa will be denied boarding if they do not possess such a visa.  Exceptions will be made for U.S. Alien Resident Card (ARC) and Canadian Residency Permit (CRP) holders.

Norwegian Epic

SCHENGEN - The Schengen Agreement that governs the European Union (EU) member states indicates that certain nationalities require a visa to enter the EU zone. Guests who are not US, Canadian, or European nationals are strongly encouraged to contact the nearest EU-member country embassy to determine if a Schengen visa is necessary.

Norwegian Gem

BERMUDA - Bermuda immigration regulations state that certain individuals require a visa to visit the country. Please check the following web site for a listing of restricted nationalities to determine if a visitor visa is necessary: http://www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=214&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2. Subsequently, passengers belonging to nationalities that require a visa will be denied boarding if they do not possess one.

NOTE: Guests who require a visa for travel to Bermuda who have the right to reside in the U.S. (ARC holders) or Canada (Landed Immigrant status) who possess proof of such status AND have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the last day of the cruise, will not require the Bermuda entry visa.

CANADA - Due to strict Canadian entry requirements, immigration officials have advised Norwegian that citizens from certain countries require a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to visit or transit Canada. Passengers who are not U.S. or Canadian citizens should check the following web site for a listing of restricted nationalities to determine if a TRV is necessary: http://www.cic.gc.ca. Subsequently, passengers belonging to nationalities that require a visa will be denied boarding if they do not possess such a visa. Exceptions will be made for U.S. Alien Resident Card (ARC) and Canadian Residency Permit (CRP) holders.

Norwegian Jade

SCHENGEN - The Schengen Agreement that governs the European Union (EU) member states indicates that certain nationalities require a visa to enter the EU zone. Guests who are not US, Canadian, or European nationals are strongly encouraged to contact the nearest EU-member country embassy to determine if a Schengen visa is necessary.

EGYPT - All guests who wish to go ashore require a visa and will receive Quick-Trip stamp, which is issued in passports upon the ship’s arrival at no cost. Guests of the following nationalities require a visa issued by the Egyptian Embassy; regardless, approval to go ashore is not guaranteed until inspection by the local officials upon arrival: Israel, Iran, Palestine, Lebanon, Bosnia, Maldives, and Iraq.

TURKEY - Turkish visas are not required for voyages where the Turkish port falls in the middle of the voyage (the requirement is only for guests embarking/debarking in a Turkish port).

Norwegian Jewel

CANADA - Due to strict Canadian entry requirements, immigration officials have advised Norwegian that citizens from certain countries require a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to visit or transit Canada. Passengers who are not U.S. or Canadian citizens should check the following web site for a listing of restricted nationalities to determine if a TRV is necessary: http://www.cic.gc.ca. Subsequently, passengers belonging to nationalities that require a visa will be denied boarding if they do not possess such a visa. Exceptions will be made for U.S. Alien Resident Card (ARC) and Canadian Residency Permit (CRP) holders.

Norwegian Pearl

CANADA - Due to strict Canadian entry requirements, immigration officials have advised Norwegian that citizens from certain countries require a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to visit or transit Canada. Passengers who are not U.S. or Canadian citizens should check the following web site for a listing of restricted nationalities to determine if a TRV is necessary: http://www.cic.gc.ca. Subsequently, passengers belonging to nationalities that require a visa will be denied boarding if they do not possess such a visa. Exceptions will be made for U.S. Alien Resident Card (ARC) and Canadian Residency Permit (CRP) holders.

Norwegian Spirit

SCHENGEN - The Schengen Agreement that governs the European Union (EU) member states indicates that certain nationalities require a visa to enter the EU zone. Guests who are not US, Canadian, or European nationals are strongly encouraged to contact the nearest EU-member country embassy to determine if a Schengen visa is necessary.

TURKEY - Turkish visas are not required for voyages where the Turkish port falls in the middle of the voyage (the requirement is only for guests embarking/debarking in a Turkish port).

Norwegian Star

BERMUDA - Bermuda immigration regulations state that certain individuals require a visa to visit the country. Please check the following web site for a listing of restricted nationalities to determine if a visitor visa is necessary: http://www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=214&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2. Subsequently, passengers belonging to nationalities that require a visa will be denied boarding if they do not possess one.

NOTE: Guests who require a visa for travel to Bermuda who have the right to reside in the U.S. (ARC holders) or Canada (Landed Immigrant status) who possess proof of such status AND have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the last day of the cruise, will not require the Bermuda entry visa.

SCHENGEN - The Schengen Agreement that governs the European Union (EU) member states indicates that certain nationalities require a visa to enter the EU zone. Guests who are not US, Canadian, or European nationals are strongly encouraged to contact the nearest EU-member country embassy to determine if a Schengen visa is necessary.

RUSSIA - An individual Russian tourist visa is only required for guests wanting to visit St. Petersburg on his or her own accord. Visas may be obtained at a Russian embassy or through a visa service prior to departing the U.S. Guests that participate in NCL organized shore excursions who do not intend to explore on their own are not required to obtain individual visas. The shore excursion ticket covers said visa requirements for the duration and itinerary of the shore excursion only. This also includes guests participating on NCL tours to Moscow. Note: Those guests wishing to apply for individual visas for Russia should contact Zierer Visa Service (www.zvs.com).

Norwegian Sun

CANADA - Due to strict Canadian entry requirements, immigration officials have advised Norwegian that citizens from certain countries require a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to visit or transit Canada. Passengers who are not U.S. or Canadian citizens should check the following web site for a listing of restricted nationalities to determine if a TRV is necessary: http://www.cic.gc.ca. Subsequently, passengers belonging to nationalities that require a visa will be denied boarding if they do not possess such a visa. Exceptions will be made for U.S. Alien Resident Card (ARC) and Canadian Residency Permit (CRP) holders.

RUSSIA - An individual Russian tourist visa is only required for guests wanting to visit St. Petersburg on his or her own accord. Visas may be obtained at a Russian embassy or through a visa service prior to departing the U.S. Guests that participate in NCL organized shore excursions who do not intend to explore on their own are not required to obtain individual visas. The shore excursion ticket covers said visa requirements for the duration and itinerary of the shore excursion only. This also includes guests participating on NCL tours to Moscow. Note: Those guests wishing to apply for individual visas for Russia should contact Zierer Visa Service (www.zvs.com).

SCHENGEN - The Schengen Agreement that governs the European Union (EU) member states indicates that certain nationalities require a visa to enter the EU zone. Guests who are not US, Canadian, or European nationals are strongly encouraged to contact the nearest EU-member country embassy to determine if a Schengen visa is necessary.