Remember our motto, “Wafting Through Our World Wide Journey with Joy, Simplicity and
We strive to keep this in mind.In order to accomplish doing so, we must be proactive.On occasion, proactive behavior requires assertiveness that may, on occasion, be off-putting to those with whom we are dealing. As we plan to disembark from the Celebrity Equinox tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29th we are faced with a few potential obstacles:
minute ride to the pier in Belize? Will
we need new luggage tags as when we disembarked the Celebrity Century?
with our name based on a projected time the ship will be cleared for
time of entering the country of Belize, not online at an earlier date? Will they in fact grant us a visa for 2 1/2 months?
bags? (We didn’t purchase anything aboard the ship).
booked) for the four hour drive to Placencia? Will we arrive at the dock at 12:30 as scheduled?
The staff person tried to dismiss my concerns saying all would be fine. Ha! This is not the answer I was seeking! (Tom and I agreed to let me handle these kinds of potentially testy situations. I tend to stay calm and pushy at the same time).
After the staff person attended to the answer to
Question #1, I was able to secure two PRIORITY TENDER TICKETS, enabling us to choose a time to get onto the tender with support staff. This helps.
visa for Belize is not required for under 30 day visits).
By the time I walked over to Tom who was sitting in a lounge area waiting for me, I had cooled off enough to tell him what transpired, reassuring him that all will be taken care of and not to worry.
When passengers get off of a cruise ship, returning after a day of spending money in their city, there is little, if any hoopla. Getting off the ship and staying for an extended period is an entirely other matter.
Once we hear back from the on board immigration handler, we will report the results. Hopefully,
all will go smoothly.
elevator, it dawned on me that this was the first time since January 3rd when we boarded the Celebrity Century, that I was out of Tom’s sight. I chuckled to myself. Imagine. We aren’t sick of each other yet!
Meeting Officer Jennie put my mind at ease. Her crisp white and black uniform with
epaulets, the official name tag as “Chief Officer of Immigration coupled with her professional demeanor immediately reassured me that we were now in the proper hands.
Showing her our lengthy itinerary set the pace for a lively conversation with her enthusiasm to ensure that everything goes smoothly in our early departure from the cruise. She handed me immigration forms to complete, made a copy of our itinerary and immediately addressed all of our
She suggested that she’d hold onto our passports until Tuesday when the Belizean Immigration Officer will board the ship (also via tender). She’ll handle everything for us including arranging for our 2 1/2 month visa. Should there be an entry fee, she will let us know and charge it to our
On Tuesday morning when the ship anchors in the harbor of the port of Belize at 10:30 am, requiring one hour to be cleared, we’ll have our bags down by the gangplank ready for us to get on the tender. Jennie will call our cabin instructing us when to come down to the desk to retrieve our passports and our new visas and head to the tender, knowing that our driver is scheduled for 12:30 pm.
Anything could go wrong and throw this plan into total chaos. There is absolutely nothing WE will do to throw it off. However, we’re subject to the responsibility and timing of others. As we all so well know, we can’t always count on the diligence of others, only on that of ourselves.
We’ll need the device again by April 9th. We’ll have to pay the international shipping charge back to Belize so we can collect it at the same FEDEX office in Belize City before we depart on cruise #3 back to Miami for a same day departure of cruise #4. At the cost of $395 a month for the device, it made no sense to hang onto it for this extended period. Postage both ways will be about $140.
Details, details, details! The perception that this adventure of ours is comparable to a long vacation is delusional. This is work, lots of work and endless planning. Fortunately, I find the process is pleasurable and much to my surprise, Tom does as well.
We are both reminded, each and every day, to enjoy the living in the moment, even when it entails a phenomenal number of specific events falling into place.
We’ll see how we feel about this premise when its 7:00 pm Tuesday night, arriving in Placencia in the dark, tired, hungry, opening one particular suitcase that has no clothing inside, taking out the multiple allergy and bedbug protecting mattress covers, putting them on the mattress, box springs and pillows all before we open our other bags.