First, adults bringing children on a cruise must bring notarized letters in these conditions:
- One shared-custody parent is not cruising for any reason
- Separated/divorced parent with shared custody of the child (also bring copy of custody agreement just in case)
- Grandparent/aunt/uncle/etc traveling with a child who is not in their legal guardian must have notarized permission from both parents.
Second, if you’re the sole custody parent, and the other parent waived their rights, bring copies of legal documentation to support this.
Third, if one parent is deceased, bring a copy of the death certificate.
Therefore, a notarized letter should include:
- Child’s name & date of birth
- Both parents’ names
- Details of cruise – cruise line, ship name, dates, cruising destinations, port of departure/return
- Relationship of child to the accompanying adult
Finally, it’s also wise to include permission for the cruising adult to make healthcare decisions during that period of time without consent of one or both parents.