The Global Entry Program: My Lucky Day

The Global Entry Program: My Lucky Day

Preparing For Your Cruise
One of the minor hassles when you're coming back from a cruise is the process of going through passport control and customs upon your return to the United States. In my case last summer, however, the Global Entry Program made a huge difference and saved our day! The Global Entry Program: How It Works Global Entry is an extra process you can go through to register your passport and personal identification with the US government, and in return you get to take advantage of express processing when you come back into the United States after traveling abroad. For example, when I fly back into Philadelphia after a business trip overseas, I walk right up to an electronic kiosk, and in just a few seconds I can present a receipt to…
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Do You Need A Passport To Go On A Cruise? Here’s The Honest Answer

Do You Need A Passport To Go On A Cruise? Here’s The Honest Answer

Preparing For Your Cruise
One of the most frequently-asked questions for newbies is, "Do you need a passport to go on a cruise?" There's one answer that you'll get from your cruise line, but as an experienced cruiser I'm here to give you the whole picture, so let's walk through this together, shall we? What The Cruise Lines Say Technically, if you are on what is called a "Closed Loop" cruise (beginning and ending in the same US port, with stops in Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas or Bermuda), you can re-enter the US at the end of your cruise with your birth certificate or select other forms of government-issued ID. For more details, check for information from the US Customs and Border Protection website. Many people will stop right there, think that they can…
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Things To Bring On A Cruise: The Must-Have Items For Your Family!

Things To Bring On A Cruise: The Must-Have Items For Your Family!

Preparing For Your Cruise
Planning for a family cruise can be a challenge if you have never done this before. How do you know which things to bring on a cruise? Let us help you with these suggestions for critical items to order ahead of time. All of the links below refer to Amazon, which has a wide selection of products and usually excellent prices. These links are affiliate links, so if you click through and purchase something from Amazon, we receive a small commission from them (at no additional cost to you). I just wanted to be up-front with you about that, and also emphasize that we don't recommend anything here we don't strongly believe in. So with that out of the way, let's get to the good stuff! Cabin Storage Cruise ship…
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