During our 3 day cruise from Long Beach, California to Mexico, I was worried that they would not let me on the ship since I am not a US Citizen. I am a citizen of the Philippines and my status in the US is that of a “nonimmigrant” in the process of getting a permanent residency card. Right now I have been issued an I 512 parole card. Months ago, I applied for my permanent resident card but I have not received it yet. The USCIS in Colorado takes almost a year before the applicants can get their permanent resident card.
We called Carnival Cruise customer service and they said they did not have an answer if I can go on a cruise or not. The next day another Carnival cruise representative called me and asked about the cruise. His name was Emmanuel. I was so thankful that he called me back saying that I can go on the cruise. Our cruise is only 3 days and was a “closed loop”. A closed loop means it is going back on the same port where it started. I also presented my passport and my I 512 parole card and I was able to go.
When I returned, border patrol needed to see the same documents to determine my status in the US.
I had been researching the identification needed before we left for the trip. I have read in the cbp https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1139/~/documents-needed-to-take-a-cruise of what kind of identification has to be taken.