Let’s say your family wants to take a cruise, but dear old Dad — or Aunt Meghan or sister Sara — won't take the time or spend the money to get a passport, which they’ll need on many cruises.
That’s because most foreign-flagged cruise ships — and most are registered in other countries — are required to make a stop in a foreign port, thanks to federal regulations.
But don't give up the ship — or give up on a ship. Some cruises don't require a passport, and some leave from the West Coast, as close by as San Pedro or Long Beach.
These no-passport-needed voyages, called "closed-loop cruises," begin and end in the same U.S. port. You sometimes can travel to...