You and Your Honey Will be Cruise-Less Without These Papers!

BY: - 17 Mar '15 | Home

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Thinking about going on a cruise for this years’ family vacation?  Cruises are great vacations.  Everyone loves the exotic destinations visited during the cruise, the fun shipboard activities and all of the fabulous food.  Boarding the ship tends to be the part that cruisers dislike the most.  The one thing that makes boarding the cruise ship a nightmare is not having the proper travel documents.

Through the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), US citizens are allowed to sail/travel on cruises that begin and end in the same US port with one of the following approved documents:

  • Valid U.S. Passport
  • Original or suitable (notarized) copy of your birth certificate
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Passport Card
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)
  • Trusted Traveler Program Membership Card (i.e. Nexus Card, Sentri Card or Fast Card)

Please note a government issued photo ID card is also required for all guests including children 16 and over.  Cruise lines also suggest that you travel with a passport that is valid at least 6 months beyond the end of the cruise.  Click here to apply for your passport.

Newlyweds, new brides especially…if you are taking a cruise on your honeymoon, do not book your cruise with your new last name.  The name you booked your cruise in and the name listed on your ID and travel documents must match.  If they do not you risk not being allowed to board the ship.

Blended families traveling with children with different last names, also have to present several travel documents to board without issue.  The parent must present the child’s valid passport/visa/passport card and the child’s birth certificate (original or notarized copy).  A clear link to the name of the parent and the child must be shown through legal documents.

It’s crucial to have all of the proper and valid travel documents with you while boarding and re-boarding the ship.  If you fail to provide the proper travel documents, you will not be allowed to board the ship.  Beware that cruise lines will not issue refunds to passengers who fail to provide the proper travel documents.

Make sure all of your identification is up to date and always check your cruise lines website for the most current list of accepted travel documents.  Always remember to pack your patience; boarding a cruise ship is a tedious process but a lot of fun waits on the other side.

Happy cruising!

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations


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2015 BMWK Standard Awards: 13 Couples Who Exemplify Black Love and Marriage

BY: - 18 Mar '15 | Home

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2015 BMWK Standard Awards Final Feature

Ronnie and I are excited to extend the legacy of Black and Married With by presenting the inaugural BMWK Standard Awards. The “Standards” are presented to couples in the African American community who represent a positive example of marriage that others can aspire towards.

We’ve handpicked 13 couples that we feel fit this description perfectly. These couples span three categories: Celebrity Couples, Couples Working Together and Couples in Ministry. These couples not only provide the image, but they are doing the work. Many are in business or ministry together and most are having a direct impact on other couples who strive for better relationships.

Along with recognition here on BMWK, each honoree will receive an award that physically represents our appreciation, support and encouragement as a way of saying thank you.

Please join us as we salute the 2015 BMWK Standard Award Honorees and do your part in promoting positive examples of marriage in the African-American community by sharing this list.

Fatin & Aja Dantzler (Kindred the Family Soul)

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Length of Marriage: We've been married for 17 years. Our wedding date is September 19,1998.

Number of Children: Six

Please describe how you support each other in your careers: We support each other in every capacity of our lives. It is the only way things work.

One piece of advice you would give to another married couple: Simply put, hang in there and remember why you started.

Why they were chosen: Not only do they inspire couples across the globe with their music, they also inspire us! The music that Fatin and Aja create as Kindred the Family Soul provides the soundtrack for the work that we do at You can literally hear it playing throughout the week in our Atlanta area offices. The transparency they share through their lyrics proves that your marriage doesn't have to be perfect but it still can be oh so good.

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Lamar Tyler wrote 2229 articles on this blog.

Lamar Tyler is co-creator He also is the co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing.


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