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    Default A cruise may be possible?

    Hi,
    I would like to take my lady on a trip, a small vacation when I return to DR. Could anyone inform me of the possibilities of this being on a cruise off the Island. I am aware she is unable to leave the country and would be needing to enter other Caribbean ports within this cruise, but the more I read about policies within the Dominican the less logic I appear to gather from anything that could be seen as logic within other countries I have visited before.

    Would anyone be able to give me some enlightenment into where exactly I am able to take her, where we can visit and if limited to only DR a very good and simplistic link so I can understand exactly what I am dealing with. I expect this may be down to her and my ability to prove we shall return, as without doubt many must leave a country illegally with more than 25% under the poverty threshold and heaven knows what the unemployment figures show.
    Would this in any way be possible? Or are we only legally able to travel within the Dominican until I submit to offering myself as a sponsor in the form of a husband, something I would only consider once retired which will not be in the near future. I may be moving to Saudi within the next year and would like my lady and (unborn) child to visit, I expect this would also be very unlikely from what I am gathering.
    I have had a few PMs from a few guys working as I do on the rigs or strange HD shift patterns and thought maybe a way had been sought to get over this obstacle. I don't know but some kind of temporary sponsorship under on my head, down payment and return on return arrangement.
    I apologise but my knowledge is somewhat limited on this and my agreement with policies on this matter lost in the understanding of a modern world.

    Could anyone inform me of a direction that may be worth investigating or even legally exploiting.

    Thank you,
    Bill.

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    I should add I shall not be leaving my obligation as a father or content partner to my lady, but my work will be carrying me to Saudi on a minimum of 12 month contract.

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    she will need a visa to go everywhere but the local colmado and even then she can only drink dominican beer and rum

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    Thank you Perla,
    would a visiting visa be easier to get for a Caribbean cruise? I expect not.

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    You might want to look at this thread:

    http://www.dr1.com/forums/visas/6109...23-2006-a.html

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    Default Royal Carribbean

    From January - April, Royal Caribbean was offering Caribbean cruises out of Santo Domingo. Dominicans only needed a passport to board the ship. Nevertheless, I believe that RC has completed it cruises out of Santo Domingo for 2009 and 2010.

    Check out the link below for more info!

    Best,
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    http://www.dr1.com/forums/living/831...o-domingo.html

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    Default What's With the Self-Defeating Attitude?

    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    Unfortunately when a number of Dominicans jumped ship on a cruise some time back it ruined the chances for other Dominicans to take a cruise with only a Dominican passport. You will have to contact every destination port on the cruise and find out their visa requirements.

    The person who joked about the fact that she can go anywhere she wants "as long as it is to a local colmado" was not far from the truth. It is very difficult for Dominicans to leave the island legally as has been pointed out in other threads.
    Difficult to leave the island?? If you have proof of Dominican citizenship (cedula or birth certificate,) go get a Dominican passport for RD$4,000, and buy a US$500 - US$800 ticket on Copa and travel to Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Chile...

    Hell!! My "Passport Only" Dominican girlfriend and I were touring the Incan ruins of Peru last Fall. My "Passport Only" Dominican girlfriend and I were cruising through the Caribbean (St. Kitts, Martinique, Barbados, St. Lucia) just three-months ago on Royal Caribbean, with a bunch of other "Passport Only" Dominicans.

    It's just too bad that RC has no more cruises from DR this year or next year.

    -BB

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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    Sorry BB, it is just that I am a realist and don't want someone to think that it is easy for them to go anywhere they want with a Dominican.

    I am glad to hear you had a good time in South America.

    I am, however, very surprised that your girlfriend was allowed on a cruise. That is certainly not what I would have expected after hearing what I considered to be reliable information. Thank you for sharing that.
    he said crusing, not that they all got off the boat

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    Default Defeated Already?

    Quote Originally Posted by bienamor View Post
    he said crusing, not that they all got off the boat
    1) First of all, I cannot believe that I am only person on DR1 who knows an unmarried Dominican citizen, who was able to board "The Vision of Seas" Royal Caribbean cruise ship, with ONLY a Dominican passport and NO visa. (There were like 15+ trips in 2009)

    2) I can't believe that I am being asked, whether my girlfriend was able to disembark, without someone having thoroughly read my earlier post in the link that I posted earlier today on this thread!

    3) I don't want to imagine what other bad advice has been distributed on this topic due solely to laziness and lack of diligence.

    The Dominican Republic is not Cuba and it is not North Korea!!! A passport and a few hundred bucks will get anyone off of the island for a vacation. Those that chose to rely on either old or bad information missed a hell of a cruise.

    I only wish that I had done it twice, but to the other offered "Vision of the Seas" destination (St. Maarten, Dominica; Venezuela, and Aruba.)


    -BB

    http://www.dr1.com/forums/741475-post28.html

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    i would like to kindly point out the fact that majority of dominicans do not have few hundred bucks for a cruise hence it is very true they can only make a trip to a nearby colmado.
    having said that: my mother in law took a cruise in the caribbean few weeks ago. she has american passport so lets pass on her. the thing is that my sister in law joined the trip virtually last minute so there was no time to get any visas.
    she had no trouble whatsoever to disembark in any of the destinations.

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