Norwegian Cruise Line Requirements for U.S. Citizens

If you’re heading on a cruise this season, don’t forget about passport requirements. While Norwegian does its level best to facilitate the process for its clientele, passengers are subject to U.S. government policies, which may be summarized as follows:

  • “Closed loop” sailings: These are cruises that depart from and return to the same U.S. port but visit other countries in between. Passengers on close loop trips may re-enter the U.S. with:
    • ­A valid passport, or
    • ­Proof of citizenship, such as original or certified U.S. birth certificates, original certificates of naturalization or citizenship, or a consular report of your birth abroad, and a government issued photo identification card, or
    • ­Any other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) travel document.
  • “Open jaw” sailings: For cruises that depart from one U.S. port and return to another, after visiting other countries in between, the requirements are the same as for entering the country in the airport. In other words, you require either valid passport, a U.S. passport card, or a U.S. or Canadian Enhanced Driver’s License. Additionally, you must also have any of tourist visas required for any country on your trip.

For non-U.S. citizens, valid passports are required for re-entry to the U.S. on any cruise. If you need assistance with your cruise travel plans, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experienced professionals at Passports and, located in Miami, Florida. The company is a nationally recognized U.S. passport service with 15 years in the business.