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    Fred Olsen drops Recife

    Am presently aboard Black Watch, just left Madeira last night.
    We have just been told that our first port of call in Brazil, Recife, will be cancelled. The reason is that the local authorities have implemented a 500 dollar "fine" on each Filipino crew member!
    No more details, but this is rather strange, other cruise lines will also miss out Recife, so I expect they will be the big loosers.
    Having a great cruise, cabin is a bit worn down, but staff and atmosphere exactly as we want it,
    Colin


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    Hi Colin!

    Good to hear from you. Hope the seas are being kind and calm.
    Sorry thats happened. Maybe someone else has an answer.
    Enjoy the food and the company which I am sure you will with FO.
    Keep us informed, please.

    *Carol M*

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    Hello again.
    Bay of Biscay was up to it's normal mischief, some suffered, luckily not us. We left Cape Verde 2 days ago and are now steaming towards Fortalezo (or something like that) instead of Recife, It seems that the state that Recife belongs to has an argument going with the Philipines so do not accept their seaman papers.
    Hate to say this folks: it's incredibly hot here in the middle of the Atlantic. Tomorrow we cross the equator.
    Colin


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    Hi Colin!
    Good to hear from you too!
    Hope you have jettisoned the thermal long johns etc.
    Mind, you might need them when back in Norway :D
    Dont worry, it's positively balmy in the UK. 11 or 12% today.
    Enjoy your unexpected port of call and 'Happy cruising'

    *Carol M*

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    Visa Battles

    Hi Colin
    We recently did the crossing to Recife and etc. and found that there is a long running battle with several organisations and countries. We lost 127 of the crew because their unions were no recognised and or because they had no current visa. Huge problems mainly caused by Brazil trying to prove that she is an important immerging nation.

    Also America will let several South American nationalities in without visas but not Brazil so there is some reciprocity occurring there.

    Suggest you just enjoy the weather and make the most of it. Regards. ....Neil


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    Quote QUOTE: View Post
    Hello again.
    Bay of Biscay was up to it's normal mischief, some suffered, luckily not us. We left Cape Verde 2 days ago and are now steaming towards Fortalezo (or something like that) instead of Recife, It seems that the state that Recife belongs to has an argument going with the Philipines so do not accept their seaman papers.
    Hate to say this folks: it's incredibly hot here in the middle of the Atlantic. Tomorrow we cross the equator.
    Colin
    Hi Colin, is Fortalezo the same place that Jill (Crayford) is heading for? Maybe you will meet up!!!


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    Hi Colin, is Fortalezo the same place that Jill (Crayford) is heading for? Maybe you will meet up!!!
    Sorry, wrong little smilie used - I blame the new keyboard on my iPad - it is tiny. ;:D


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