I have been in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for 6 days. While it is a lovely place, it is not the destination of choice. On Wednesday, I moved to the Holiday Inn to meet up with 26 other visa-less travelers. Every day Pinnicle promised us that Brazil would release all of our passports and we were all (except for Dennis!) left disappointed. Each day about three people would get the lucky news that they would make it onto the ship. This left 10 of us to still be stranded Thursday night-the day that the ship was scheduled to sail. Semester at Sea said that they would hold the ship in the Bahamas for one more day for us, costing about $25,000. They phoned us in so that we could listen to part of the opening ceremonies Honestly, it was a little heartbreaking hearing 700 students cheering without us. As a last resort, we decided to drive to Miami at 6 this morning for new passports. By some miracle, it actually worked!! The remaining 10 of our 26 are all sitting in the Fort Lauderdale airport waiting to board our 5:30pm flight to Nassau. None of us thought that we would be able to get on the ship in time and I can’t even explain how excited we are to join our new shipboard community. Bon Voyage at Last!