Part 4...New bookings...A new country...A new lease on life!...Tomorrow, our new itinerary!...

Mumbai.
"Fascinating Fact of the Day About Ireland"
"The longest river in the country is the River Shannon. The river is 360 km, 224 miles, long. The River Shannon (Irish: Abha na Sionainne, an tSionainn, an tSionna) is the longest river in Ireland.  It drains the Shannon River Basin which has an area of 16,865 km (6,512 sq mi), one-fifth of the area of Ireland."
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As mentioned in yesterday's post, we hesitated over spending so much on this cruise, especially after the cost of the Maharajas Train on which we'll embark on February 3, 2020.  

We have two months to travel while in India while we look forward to this upcoming cruise embarking on April 3, 2020, ending in London on May 2, 2020, 29 nights later.

We've yet to decide where we'll go when we arrive in London.  We have plenty of time for that, a little over 10 months.  We may plan to stay around Europe for a few months.  With the Schengen visa restrictions, we can only stay in most European countries for 90 out of 180 days.

There are several countries that aren't part of Schengen.  For more details on Schengen visas, please visit this site.

According to visa regulations listed on many sites for India e-visa, a traveler from the US and many other countries may only stay for 60 days.  We'll actually be in India for 63 days.  If necessary, we'll apply for an extension through the Indian Embassy through the consulate in San Francisco, the location we must use as residents of Nevada.

However, at the governmental e-visa site for India, the following is clearly stated as follows:

"Stay:
Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days for countries except the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan. For the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days.


Today, I sent them an email asking to clarify if a 90-day stay is accurate.  After all our visa issues these past few years, we aren' taking any chances.  Nothing spoils a visit to a country like immigration issues.  

Anyway, back to the cruise fare...We weren't thrilled that Viking requires payment in full so close to the time of booking and far from the time of sailing.  In this case, the final payment, as shown below is due in full on July 24, 2019, a little over three weeks from now:  

Cruise Fare $19,998.00  
E-Check Discount ($633.53)       
Past-Passenger Discount ($800.00)            
Grand Total: $18,564.47   
Total Deposit Paid: $483.50    
Total Balance Due: $18,080.97  Final payment due July 24, 2019 

Gifts/Amenities Included: 
Jessica Lyman: $300.00 Onboard Credit 
Thomas Lyman: $300.00 Onboard Credit 

We justified this expensive cruise based on the fact that we have three cruises we've booked with deposits we are able to transfer to later cruises, most likely to 2022, giving up plenty of time to recover the big expense.  

In the interim, we'll wait and see if we can sail on the cruise from Lisbon to Cape Town on November 10, 2020, on Azamara, which visits many ports on the western side of Africa, a very rare cruise.  

We're waiting to find out if the five-year ban from returning to South Africa is lifted for medical reasons.  We applied for the waiver almost seven weeks ago and have inquired several times to no avail.  They simply don't respond to our inquiries by phone or email.  

On Friday, we inquired again and will do so every Friday until we get an update.  If we don't receive the waiver, we'll lose part of the deposit we paid and miss this exciting itinerary and plan when and if we'll get back to Marloth Park.  When and if we do, we won't stay longer than 90 days in South Africa.

Today, we've added photos and information about dining options on the Mumbai cruise with Viking including the complimentary specialty restaurants.  Please see below for details.



FastDeal
21770
29 nights departing April 3, 2020, on
Viking Cruises' Viking Sun


Brochure Balcony$9,999
Our Balcony$9,999
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Brochure Suite$16,749
Our Suite$15,999
You Save 4%

Prices include select shore excursions and unlimited internet.
Book select categories by June 30 and pay a reduced deposit of $250 per person.
Promotions may not be combinable with all fares.
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Dining options on Viking Sun:


"The Restaurant
Cuisine: Continental
Dress Code: Elegant casual
Surcharge: No
Reservations Required: No
Hours
Breakfast: 8:00am - 10:00am
Lunch: Noon - 2:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

The Chef's Table
Cuisine: Continental
Dress Code: Elegant casual
Surcharge: No
Reservations Required: Yes
Hours
Dinner: 6:30pm - 10:30pm

Manfredi's Italian Restaurant
Cuisine: Italian
Dress Code: Elegant casual
Surcharge: No
Reservations Required: Yes
Hours
Dinner: 6:30pm - 10:30pm

World Cafe
Cuisine: Variety
Dress Code: Elegant casual
Surcharge: No
Reservations Required: Yes
Hours
Breakfast: 7:30am - 10:00am
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: 6:30pm - 10:30pm

Viking Deli
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Dress Code: Casual
Surcharge: No
Reservations Required: No
Hours
Check onboard for hours

Aquavit Terrace
Cuisine: Al fresco options
Dress Code: Casual
Surcharge: No
Reservations Required: No
Hours
Check onboard for hours

The Kitchen Table
Cuisine: Cooking school and restaurant
Dress Code: Casual
Surcharge: No
Reservations Required: No
Hours
Check onboard for hours

Mamsen's
Cuisine: Norwegian breakfast and lunch
Dress Code: Casual
Surcharge: No
Reservations Required: No
Hours
Check onboard for hours

In addition to the restaurants mentioned above, the Viking Sun also features afternoon high tea in the Wintergarden, a pool grill and 24-hour room service. "

Last night, our dinner for guests was canceled due to an unexpected illness of one of our guests.  We're hoping she will recover soon.  We ended up thoroughly enjoying the dinner we planned and spent a quiet evening at "home."

Tomorrow, we'll be back with our new itinerary.  Please stop back to see it!

Be well.
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Photo from one year ago today, June 30, 2018:
The particular "dazzle" of zebras visiting that morning was all female except for a youngster.  For more photos, please click here.

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