You don’t need a passport to visit exotic ports of call. Across the ocean or even to ports nearby, there are top travel spots that U.S. citizens can cruise to without a passport. Here are some destinations you can sail roundtrip from U.S. ports, with just your regular, government-issued I.D. (think birth certificate and photo I.D.) and a camera.
Impressive glaciers, year-round whale watching, and rugged mountain terrains are just a couple of otherworldly features defining this massive and mysterious U.S. state. It’s ideal if you love the outdoors and crave being surrounded by nature. Currently, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Long Beach are the only U.S. departure ports that offer roundtrip Alaska sailings. The high season is from mid-May through the end of September. However, for warmer temperatures, book between late June to August. Summer is still chilly, so pack a sporty windbreaker for the day and a comfy sweater to keep you warm at night.
The Bahamas has some of the world’s finest beaches and crystal, blue water. Known for its casinos, water sports and ultra high-end Caribbean resort, Atlantis, it’ one of the most festive and entertaining ports of call. Make sure to try conch fritters, shop along Bay Street, take a ferry to Paradise Island or get adventurous by swimming with the sharks.
Right off the coast of North Carolina, are islands tropical enough to be featured side-by-side with the likes of Aruba and Jamaica in the song Kokomo, by the Beach Boys (we know—now it’s stuck in your head). Bermuda’s pink sand beaches, Royal Navy Dockyard and interactive Dolphin Quest keep guests coming back for more. Many cruise itineraries offer overnight docking, allowing for nature exploration during the day and dinner and dancing at night. It’s a small, easy-to-navigate island chain, with tons of delicious restaurants.
It’s impossible to summarize the Caribbean islands. They have everything from beach adventures and world-class shopping to rich histories and festive foods, plus more! It’s an excellent choice when picking a destination that doesn’t require a passport, and listed below are the sub regions to help you choose your next cruise itinerary:
Eastern Caribbean: U.S. Virgin Islands, French West Indies, British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic and more. View cruises.
Western Caribbean: Mexico, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica and more. View cruises.
Southern Caribbean: the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao), Grand Turk, Antigua, St. Kitts, Barbados, St. Barts, St. Vincent, Bequia, San Juan, Dominica, Grenada and more. View cruises.
CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND
Rich foliage, mountain views, charming coastal villages, and grandiose mansions are just a few of the appealing features found in Canada and New England. For low key and sophisticated voyaging, this route offers a unique peek into our forefathers history, while while expanding our horizons into Canadian culture. Adventures include leaf-peeping, paddling, hiking and more.
Time to cross this stunning one off your bucket list once and for all. Black sand beaches, volcanic vistas, surfing, flavorful foods and mesmerizing hula dancers put Hawaii at the top of the list. It’s part of the U.S., but has its own rich culture completely worth exploring. The natural terrain is ideal for horseback riding, waterfall diving, four-wheeled adventures and more. However, if you just want to lay back and enjoy the beach, that’s also an option. San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu offer roundtrip cruising through the exotic Hawaiian islands.
When you feel like staying close but mentally traveling far, Mexico seems nearby, but it’s another world away. Incredible food, Mariachi music, golden sunsets and sunshine-filled beaches are just the beginning of the amazing features Mexico has to offer. The most popular ports of call are in the Baja Peninsula, Mexican Riviera, and the Caribbean coast of Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
While a passport is required for air travel to and from Canada, Mexico the Caribbean and Bermuda, roundtrip cruises from U.S. ports allow U.S. citizens the opportunity to leave the passport behind.
With no passport needed, what are you waiting for? Call one of our Personal Vacation Managers today to help plan your next getaway 800-709-9507.
Important Note: Make sure to find out what travel documents you need and have them available when you arrive to the port. They’re required for boarding and re-entry into the United States and other countries. Learn more.