We are just a few weeks away from Science at Sea and the big question is… Do you have your passport? According to new federal regulations, effective June 1, 2009 cruise ship passengers are REQUIRED to have a valid passport or passport card as identification.

If you have not applied for your passport yet, time is running out. Currently, passport processing times are 4-6 weeks, which means you would need to have your passport expedited. However, expedited processing can still take 2-3 weeks. The charge for expediting is $60 plus the cost of overnight shipping. You can download the application form from the government travel website and apply for your passport at most post offices nationwide.

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