Thursday, December 20, 2007

General and Visas

It's amazing to be going on a cruise to South East Asia, and even more amazing to be working on the cruise giving lectures on Tai Chi. I hope to have the time to write a few lines every day and post photos (of course) for my friends and family to enjoy.
It was a bit tricky trying to get information about visas. There is so much conflicting information on the web, and even calling the embassies was not that informative. I called the Vietnam embassy in Ottawa , the charge for the quick visa was $230 not including courier. A visa company here in Toronto, wanted $700 to get an expedited visa for the 3 days in Vietnam. Finally I did some digging on the RC site after Rick was looking at it the other day. In a very small link on the documents page:

For Cambodia and Vietnam, ship personnel will assist each guest required to secure a visa for Cambodia and Vietnam and charge the guests onboard SeaPass account a one-time fee of twenty-eight ($28.00 USD) dollars for a Cambodia visa and twenty-five ($25.00 USD) dollars for a Vietnam visa.
These visa fees include a small processing charge by our local representative! What great service!
That means :
a) I don't have to do it before we leave
b) The total cost including processing is $106 US ( $100 CAN)
So that is a relief.
The other countries on our trip do not require visas for the short time we are there, but if you are travelling for longer trips, always check.
Stay tuned!

12 Days to Lift Off !


Just got the final email today, flights in place and we're getting ready to go! I thought a blog would be a great way to keep in touch with family and friends while we are away. So if you feel like seeing what we are up to, drop in often. Here's where and when we are going.....


RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS January 3 to January 15, 2008

Singapore to Hong Kong

12 Night Exotic Asia Cruise Destination Related Special Interest Lecturer Tai Chi

31-Dec New Year's Eve on the flight
02-Jan Singapore
03-Jan Singapore Ship sails at 6:00 PM
04-Jan Cruising
05-Jan Sihanoukville, Cambodia 7:00 AM 7:30 PMDocked
06-Jan Bangkok (Laem Chabang),Thailand 8:00 AM Docked
07-Jan Bangkok (Laem Chabang),Thailand 6:00 PMDocked
08-Jan Cruising
09-Jan Ho Chi Minh City (Vung Tau), Vietnam 7:00 AM 7:00 PMTendered
10-Jan Nha Trang, Vietnam 7:00 AM 4:00 PMTendered
11-Jan Hue (Danang), Vietnam 8:00 AM 5:00 PMDocked
12-Jan Hanoi (Haipong), Vietnam 9:00 AM Docked
13-Jan Hanoi (Haipong), Vietnam 6:00 PMDocked
14-Jan Cruising
15-Jan Hong Kong, China 5:00 AM Cruise Ends
16-Jan Hong Kong, China
17-Jan Depart Hong Kong 7:30 PM
Stay tuned for updates and plans and photographs!