So you want to go on a cruise. Have you thought about where, when, why, and how much will it will cost, what are the extra fees, and the many other items involved in a cruise? There are many cruises to go on and plenty of people to help you get there. Cordially Yours Travel wants to help you this time and be your source for any other trips you may want to take. We can advise you on scheduling, packing, the right seasons to go, as well as what to expect when you get there. In most instances we have already been there already.
Now a word of CAUTION is in order. The Department of Homeland Security will soon enforce the Real ID Act of 2005 for all air travel requiring secondary identification for drivers licenses issued by these four states: Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, and Washington. See the following information below.
· , TSA will expand outreach at its airport checkpoints through signage, handouts, and other methods.
· , passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act of 2005 will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight. Passengers with driver’s licenses issued by a state that is compliant with REAL ID will still be able to use their driver’s licenses or identification cards.
· , every air traveler will need a REAL ID compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel i.e. US Passport.
Currently the DHS has mandated that if you are carrying photo drivers licenses issued by Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, Washington, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the US Virgin Islands, you could find yourself having difficulties trying to board a plane without a valid and updated license in the future. Don't delay as the response times are getting longer to receive a passport.
The initial DHS and TSA requirements were issued in 2005 but the states and territories listed were remiss in getting their licenses brought up to date to meet DHS and TSA standards. The safe way to travel and enter the United States from a foreign port is with a valid United States Passport.
If you have a current passport that will be valid for six months after your return to the United States you are safe. If you need to renew the best advice is do it soon as the Real ID Act of 2005 will cause the passport offices to be operating at a much slower pace as all travelers will need a passport.
Cruise lines offer amenities for groups that are never available for the individual family travel. These rates are discounted and thus good for your check book. Utilize the experience of agents with the many cruise lines, ships, ports, and tours that are available. Some free cabins can be obtained or used as a benefit for larger group cruises. In general, a cruise should be centered on VALUE rather than just on price. The peace of mind that comes from using an experienced agency and agent is worth it for everyone. A traveler owes it to themselves to use a group cruise to get the best experience in PRICE - SERVICE - KNOWLEDGE that makes a cruise something to remember. Give us a call - we do not charge for advice. Using Cordially Yours Cruises does not cost anything - instead we save you money, time, and generate great memories.