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Places to Cruise Without a Passport

Saviez-vous qu'il est possible de faire une croisière sans passeport? Many people don't know that as a U.S. Citizen, you can take advantage of the benefits of no-passport cruises for itineraries that begin and end at a U.S. Port.

This way, you can take advantage of those amazing last-minute cruise deals. You'll also have shorter travel times than if you're vacationing abroad, and a no-passport-required cruise is great for first-time cruisers that don't want to go too far from home. So where can you go? Read on for a list of pretty incredible options.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Although you do not need a passport to visit these destinations as a U.S. citizen, Norwegian Cruise Line strongly recommends all guests to obtain a passport for their cruise vacation.

Vacations That Don't Require a Passport

Vacation planners are always wondering if you need a passport for a cruise. When sailing from and back to the same US port, there are a surprising number of cruise destinations you can visit with Norwegian. Our top places to cruise without a passport include:

Cruise Without a Passport to Alaska
Visit Alaska.

1. Alaska

Sporting one of the youngest fleets to sail along the spectacular coastline of British Columbia, Norwegian will take you in style as you cruise from Seattle to ports of call such as Glacier Bay, Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Victoria.

Think: whale spotting, dog-sledding or thrill riding on a jet-powered catamaran. Or maybe unprecedented photo ops, wildlife viewing, and glacier watching are more your thing. Whatever you're looking to do, Alaska is definitely nature at its best.

Cruise Without a Passport the Bahamas
Visit the Bahamas.

2. Les Bahamas

You’ll be living on island time in no time with the Bahamas' close proximity to the US mainland! You can sail from Port Canaveral or Miami on a 3-, 4- or 7-day cruise on board the newly refurbished Norwegian Sky.

You can visit Norwegian's pristine private island, Great Stirrup Cay, or destinations like Nassau. If you've got some extra time to spare, be sure to take advantage of available Florida pre- and post-cruise stays, because, after all, you're on vacation! So, why not make the most of it?

Cruise Without a Passport to Bermuda
Visit Bermuda.

3. Bermuda

When you get to spend 3 full days on the beautiful, oh-so-British (and pink!) island of Bermuda, it's no wonder Norwegian was voted as having the Best Bermuda Itinerary!

You can cruise without a passport from Boston on board Norwegian Dawn, or from New York on Norwegian Escape or Norwegian Breakaway, to Bermuda where those gorgeous pink sands await you. And with 3 days to explore, you can cover the island at your leisure while visiting shops, restaurants and even golf courses ‘til your heart's content.

Cruise Without a Passport to Canada and New England
Visit Canada and New England.

4. Canada & New England

See Mother Nature at her best when the autumn months turn seemingly ordinary trees into a striking array of crimson and gold. As an added bonus, a cruise to Canada & New England is a history lover's delight!

You can embark from Boston on board Norwegian Dawn or from New York on Norwegian Gem or Norwegian Escape, where highlights can include visiting the historical destinations of Quebec City, Halifax, and Charlottetown, along with Portland and Bar Harbour.

Harvest Caye
Visit Harvest Caye.

5. Les Caraïbes

With so many picture-perfect islands, a wide variety of ships to choose from, and multiple convenient departure points including Boston, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Port Canaveral, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Tampa, it's not surprising Norwegian has retained its title as the Caribbean's Leading Cruise Line for the past 10 years!

With so many choices, you'll be grooving to those alluring Caribbean island rhythms in no time! And of course, we can't forget the fantastic array of duty-free shopping and the delicious Caribbean cuisine. Oh, and the colorful tropical fish you'll see when snorkeling and scuba diving. And…okay. You get the idea.

Mexican Riviera Cruises That Do Not Require a Passport
Visit Mexican Riviera.

6. Mexican Riviera

See more of Mexico and all it has to offer on a Mexico Cruise. Norwegian will take you from Los Angeles to a variety of ports that will offer you a combination of adventure and relaxation that you could not get anywhere else. Sail aboard some of our newest ships, including Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy.

Ports of call can include Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, where you'll find that charming Mexican vibe, along with water sport and adventures galore.

Cruise to Hawaii Without a Passport
Visit Hawaii.

7. Hawaï

Voted to be the Best Hawaii Cruise Itinerary, the Pride of America sails round-trip from Honolulu while offering 4 islands during her 7-day cruise, including 2 overnight stays, which means you'll be able to maximize your island time in port while visiting the Big Island, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu. Your tropical Hawaiian paradise experience awaits! And if you want even more from your vacation, consider adding a 4-day Land Tour in Oahu. Because why? That's right, you're on vacation!

Cruise to Hawaii on Pride of America
Cruise to Hawaii on Pride of America.

Required Documents in Leau of No Passport

Even though you'll be sailing on a no-passport-required cruise, you're still required to carry the following 2 pieces of identification:

Proof of Citizenship (as outlined below) AND Government-issued photo ID

  • Certificat de naissance certifié par un État américain
  • (Les certificats de baptême, certificats de naissance hospitaliers ou certificats de naissance à Porto Rico établis avant le 1/7/10 ne sont pas acceptés.)
  • Original du certificat de naturalisation américaine
  • Original du certificat de nationalité américaine
  • Déclaration de naissance à l'étranger établie par le Consulat des États-Unis


WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative)-compliant documents (click here to for more information.)

*Les citoyens américains de moins de 16 ans n'ont pas besoin de pièce d'identité avec photo.

Although you do not need a passport to visit these destinations as a U.S. citizen, Norwegian Cruise Line strongly recommends all guests to obtain a passport for their cruise vacation for the following reasons:

  • Si vous ratez votre navire au port d'escale américain prévu et que vous devez sortir des États-Unis pour rattraper le navire.
  • Si vous devez quitter le navire pour une raison imprévue dans un port étranger avant la fin de la croisière, vous aurez besoin de votre passeport pour quitter ou rentrer sur le territoire américain par avion.
  • Si vous avez besoin d'un passeport rapidement, veuillez contacter VisaCentral au 844-834-5702 et indiquez le compte de référence 75006 pour bénéficier de frais de service VisaCentral à prix réduit. VisaCentral peut obtenir un passeport en seulement 48 heures.

For more on required travel documents, visit our Cruise Travel Documents page.

NOTE DE L'ÉDITEUR : Cet article a été publié à l'origine le 15 novembre 2017. Il a été mis à jour pour afficher le contenu et les itinéraires associés.