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Does anyone know if travel insurance covers your losses for incompetent/ petulant foreign service employees?

 

Might be the best reason to purchase it if you are going to Brazil. We first traveled to Brazil about 15 years ago, it was Zinser (?sp) then but same old story, never changes. I remember the airline at JFK checking that we had Brazilian visas when we were flying to Buenos Aires/

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Just heard from Steve. My passport is in a group going out tonight to be picked up at the ship on Saturday. I leave Hawaii in six hours so it is all in their hands. Looking forward to meeting you all aboard.

 

Glad it worked out

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Now that most of you have your passports I did want to mention that unfortunately when consulates do not cooperate there is not much anyone can do.

 

Someone had suggested earlier to contact your congressional representatives office and they have absolutely no influence on this.

 

Where they can help is say you apply for a passport renewal and things go wrong and you do not have your passport back. They can absolutely work magic on that but not with respect to a foreign consulate.

 

About the only thing that can be done is what Pinnacle is doing now which is to move some of the passports to another consulate. This was done before the 2010 World Cruise when some of the passports were actually taken back from the Brazilian Consulates in the USA and flown to a Brazilian Consulate outside the USA (this was done because all of the Brazilian Consulates were slow-rolling visas for USA citizens) to get the visas and then flying the passports back to the USA.

 

That may have been payback to how we issue visas to their citizens.

 

And often the consulates will say tomorrow or sometime soon or even nothing which is why the status on all of this that you get from Pinnacle or any Visa Service is what it is because they are dependent on what they are told which ranges from nothing to something that turns out to be wrong. It is just as frustrating for them as it is for anyone waiting for their visa.

 

Logic would say that issuing visas in a timely manner will result in more tourism so it's a good thing to do. Logic also says that with the World Cup and the Olympics coming up that the Brazilian Consulates need to get their act together. Unfortunately, logic does not seem to be the operating principle by these consulates.

 

Again, happy for those of you who have either received your visas or have gotten word that they have been released and passports are being flown to the ship, and sending positive thoughts for those of you who do not yet have them for the voyage that follows the Miami to Rio one.

 

Keith

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