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    Hi, all! I wonder if somebody had an experience of going on a cruise to Bahamas with GC and I-751 NOA, or at least with GC, recently. Did you have any problems on the way to and from the cruise? Thank you.

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    Hi, all! I wonder if somebody had an experience of going on a cruise to Bahamas with GC and I-751 NOA, or at least with GC, recently. Did you have any problems on the way to and from the cruise? Thank you.

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    • #3
      I went on cruise 2 years ago to Bahamas and Mexico, my first GC was expired, I did not get second yet, just used stamp from INS in my passport. I did not have any problems or questions.

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      • #4
        My husband and I have visited a number of countries in the Western Carribean by cruise, and not one has a checkpoint while visiting. They all go by the cruise lines affirmations that all passengers are properly documented. On returning, all non-citizens must go through clearing before anybody gets off. That is immigration officers board the ship, and nobody gets off until each alien is cleared. The NOA should be fine. As I remember he actually had the stamp before we cruised, however. But there are plenty of listmates that have traveled with just the letter.

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        • #5
          Katycab is correct. The INS official boards the ship before it docks (usually the day before). They then pre-clear all passengers (as required). If you have an I-751 NOA that is still valid (within the year), all you will need is your passport, your expired GC and the NOA.

          If your NOA has or will expire, then you need to go get an I-551 stamp in your passport before you leave for the cruise.

          There is no difference between getting checked out by the INS person who comes on board (tough job, huh) or if you arrive at a border crossing.

          The NOA is valid (along with the passport and old GC) for entry.

          ARQU

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          • #6
            Thanks all. My I-751 NOA is valid, but I do not have valid passport and I do not have time to renew one. The person from Royal Carribean said that cruise to Bahamas is considered a dometic trip, therefore I do not need a visa. Can you tell me if passport was a requirement? What do you need a passport for if you do not need a visa?

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            • #7
              Hi edgrapes...

              I went on cruise to Bahamas last year... they do require a valid passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date u are boarding ... and a valid proof of legal status in USA...means green card, visa etc... we had the VIP cabin and we were not supposed to stand in line for boarding but because I am a green card holder we had to go to their office and they checked us in over there instead of the regular counter where everyone stands for their boarding... they checked my passport, Green card and tickets ... when we were returning ... the day before entering United states ... they made clear announcement for everyone who is not USC to approach the office early in the morning with their documents and we did fill out some kind of embarkation form as well before entering US...

              I don't know if things have changed now but here is what I found on their official website...

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              What travel documents and identification will I need?

              Before Leaving Home:
              Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents you will be asked to provide prior to boarding the ship.

              Caution: The requirements described below are either required by government regulations or reflect Royal Caribbean travel policies. They are subject to change without notice.

              It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify all travel documents and obtain and have available when necessary the appropriate valid travel documents such
              as passports, visas, inoculation and family legal documents required for boarding and re-entry into the United States and other countries. For your protection,
              we recommend that your passport expiration date not occur within six (6) months of the sailing termination date.

              Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship or from entering a country and may be subject to fines. If as a result of your lack of proper documentation, a fine or other cost is incurred by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., you agree to indemnify Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. for such expenses. No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation.

              Important: Royal Caribbean domestic sailings are all sailings originating and ending in ports located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico including Panama Canal sailings. All other sailings are considered to be international sailings. These include itineraries in Europe, South America and Australia/New Zealand including re-positioning sailings originating or ending in their ports. U.S. citizens traveling on our international sailings are required to have valid passports.

              Domestic Sailing Requirements:
              U.S. Citizens: A passport (valid or expired) is highly recommended as it will speed-up your check-in formalities as well as your departure procedures with government officials (if you would like to find out how to obtain a passport, you can do so at U.S Department of State Passport Services and Information website). In the absence of a passport, a birth certificate (original, notarized copy or certified copy), plus a picture ID card issued by a federal, state or local government agency is required. A voter registration card or Social Security Card are not considered to be proof of citizenship. Children under 16 years of age do not require a picture ID. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens.

              US Naturalized Citizens: A U.S. passport (valid or expired) is highly recommended as it will speed-up your ship check-in formalities. In the absence of a passport, Naturalization papers (either original or notarized copy) plus a picture ID card issued by a federal, state or local government agency is required.

              Non U.S. Citizens (Except Canadians): Valid passports and visas (when needed) including the original copy of Alien Registration Card (ARC or "Green card") and any other travel documentation required because of alien status in the United States or with respect to any country on the itinerary. For visas, please contact the Embassies (Consular Services) of each country on your sailing itinerary or the visa service of your choice, such as Zierer Visa Service website where you can email or call for specific visa requirements, information, forms and fees for your nationality.

              Canadian Citizens: A passport (valid or expired) is highly recommended as it will speed-up your ship check-in formalities (if you would like to find out how to obtain a passport, you can do so at The Canadian Passport Office website). In the absence of a passport, a birth certificate (original, notarized copy or certified copy), plus a picture ID card issued by a federal or provincial government agency. Children under 16 years of age do not require a picture ID. Visas are not required for Canadian citizens.

              Canadian Landed Immigrants: For those citizens of British Commonwealth countries who reside in Canada, valid passports and US visas are now required. Also required is the original copy of your Permanent Resident Card (PR Card), formally the IMM 1000, or with respect to any country on the itinerary any other travel documentation required because of alien status. For Visas, please contact the Embassies (Consular Services) of each country on your sailing itinerary or the visa service of your choice, for specific visa requirements, information, forms and fees for your nationality.
              Zierer Visa Service website.
              Phone Number: 866-788-1100
              Email Address: rcivisainfo@zvs.com

              International Sailing Requirements:
              U.S. Citizens: Valid passports and visas (when needed) are required.

              Non U.S. Citizens: Valid passports and visas (when needed) are required and any other travel documentation required by the governments of the countries on the itinerary. For visas/inoculations, please check with your travel agent, government
              agencies, embassies or consulates, your physician local health department or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Traveler's Health website to determine travel and health documentary requirements.
              Family Legal Documents:
              Adults who are not the parent or Legal Guardian of any minor child traveling with them are required to present the child's valid passport and visa (if required) or the child's birth certificate (original, a notarized copy or a certified copy) and an original notarized letter signed by at least one of the child's parents. The notarized letter from the child's parent must authorize the traveling adult to take the child on the specific cruise and must authorize the traveling adult to supervise the child and permit any medical treatment that must be administered to the child. If a non-parent adult is a Legal Guardian, the adult must present a certified certificate of Guardianship with respect to the child.

              Inoculation / Health:
              As detailed in our brochure, all guests must ensure that they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide guidelines as to which vaccinations are required in each country. In many cases inoculations are recommended but in some circumstances they are required. We recommend that you check with your health care professional or a Travel Medicine Specialist certified by the WHO for guidance. Other informational resources can be accessed at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Traveler's Health website or toll free at 1-877-FYI-TRIP, and the World Health Organization website.

              Please Note:
              Guests on consecutive sailings must ensure they have the proper Travel Documents for their entire cruise vacation.



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              Don't want to disappoint you but you might want to call them up and have a look at their refund policies as well if they don't board you on ship ... wish you all the best and hope you wont have to face any troubles... Pasha

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              • #8
                Thanks, Pasha! Listen, I know you're waiting for I-751 to be approved and you filed it with TSC approximately 2 months before me. Did you call them after 6 months, the way NOA suggests?

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                • #9
                  I'm pretty sure you are going to need a valid passport.

                  The Bahamas is not a domestic trip. US citizens may not need a passport (I don't know) but you are not a US citizen.

                  Just my thoughts (but I would be dam sure before I got on that ship that you are going to be able to return).

                  ARQU

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                  • #10
                    hi edgrapes...

                    I was so tempted to call them up just for the h e c k of it to see what happens ...but many people told me that it could make things slower at TSC...so I didn't call them... right now I don't care about immigration at all... not much time to think about it ...I don't even check processing dates... but I still do want to call them to see what happens...but anyways if its gonna hurt others then I wont do it... and u should call the cruise line immediately and ask them about the expired passport... well I know they probably wont let you board on ship so its better to get whatever refund you can get from them rather than losing all money and end up paying a fine.... Good luck...Pasha

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                    • #11
                      Pasha, I think I'll be fine. Check out the following link from US Customs and Border Patrol website:
                      http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/le...foreu_go.xml#3

                      So, it looks like passport is not a requirement.

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                      • #12
                        Hi, all!

                        I've just got back from a cruise with expired GC, valid I-751 and no passport. I was a little concerned that I might have problems on my way to(from) the ship. But, fortunatelly, I was allowed to pass without any problems or questions. So, the conclusion is that passport is not a requirement even with expired GC in some cases.

                        Happy New Year to all and good luck!

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                        • #13
                          Hi edgrapes...

                          I am happy for u.....that u didn't have to face any problems with the cruise.... S NOVIM GODOM....ZELAYU VAM USPEXOF I SAMAVO NAILYCHSHEVO....PASHA

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                          • #14
                            Spasibo, Pasha. Zelayu tebe takzhe uspehov i udachi vo vsem, vkljuchaja immigracionnie dela. Kstati, kak tam tvoi I751 case prodvigaet'sja, est' kakie-to novosti?

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                            • #15
                              Glad to hear it all worked out!

                              ARQU

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