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  1. Yes. I looked up a few of the visas that HAL can get us onboard. CIBT wanted the following: Kenya - $52.75 for visa plus $149 fee Mozambique - $160 Visa plus $149 fee Tanzania - $100 Visa plus $149 fee As a final ripoff, CIBT can renew a US passport for $170 government fee plus $179 CIBT processing fee. You can renew your passport on your own for $110. I feel bad for first time cruisers who read the HAL literature (or get the email) that says, “Holland America Line recommends guests utilize a visa service to secure your required documents. We have partnered with VisaCentral(i.e. CIBT) as a service to assist with the collection of necessary documents.” and don’t know any better.
  2. Just checked my e-mail from last week about visas for the GWV. Mine actually came from HAL via my TA. Wonder why CIBT sends some and HAL others?
  3. Veendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She will be heading out on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (this was originally scheduled to be a Cuban cruise until that came to an abrupt halt). Key West, Florida (24 Oct 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (26 Oct 0800-1700); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (27 Oct 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (29 Oct 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (30 Oct a0700) Also in port is Majesty OTS at pier 19 from 0600-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also, Zuiderdam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday the 26th.
  4. I believe that the cruise line must get a cut of the money generated by the astronomical prices CIBT (formerly Visa Central) charges. For most visas they charge a $149 processing fee on top of the cost of the visa.
  5. I, too, absolutely loved Erin’s dress on Disney night. I can’t remember anything she has worn that I liked better. The black and gold outfit this week not so much. Kate’s dress this week would be great for a cruise - minus the slits in the skirt. I liked Carrie Ann’s dress much better when I could see the whole thing when she missed the chair. Didn’t see enough of tonight’s to form an opinion. The top looked like a thousand other one shouldered dresses but I liked the color. i can’t believe Sean is still in it. He barely moves..
  6. Just when I thought she was going out silently, she finally toots!
  7. Sunday brings the Zuiderdam back to FLL where she will be embarking on a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. She will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0545-1600. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (21 Oct 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (23 Oct 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (24 Oct 0800-1600); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (26 Oct 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (26 Oct 1500-2100); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (27 Oct 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (30 Oct a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0445-1630, and Carnival Magic at pier 26 from 0500-1530. A few days ago Magic was at pier 4 and Zuiderdam at 26 - not sure what happened to change them. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Veendam on Wednesday, the 23rd.
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