Are you traveling with minors not your own?
Well, it is no secret that kids just HAVE to bring their friends everywhere. I guess when you think your parents are totally un-cool the only thing that can save you from a family vacation is having your friend by your side.
I must praise you for bringing along the friends, or cousins, or any other child on your cruise vacation. I guess it is a smart move since the kids will entertain each other and you can relax and have your own fun — even if those activities are not cool enough for your kids.
The most important thing to know is what documentation you need to bring along with those minors you are awesome enough to bring along. This is very important, without the proper information the cruise line will deny boarding for that child.
- The first step is having a notarized letter from the minor’s parents/legal guardian stating you have permission to take their child outside the United States, authority to supervise the child and allow emergency medical treatment to be administered.
- All names should be present on the letter, as well as the specific ship and sail date. For most cruise lines this is the only information you need as a non-custodial parent. But, policies and procedures can change, so always confirm with your cruise guide.
- Along with the notarized letter, the child will also need proper travel documents: a passport or a certified copy of their birth certificate
Here is a great example permission letter you can complete and have notarized.
As always, have a wonderful cruise but just don’t forget to bring along this important information if you have a minor traveling with you that is not your child. You don’t want to wave good bye to the ship as it sails away!
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