> the way, I don't think it is the Noordam's 50th anniversary!
Thanks for your informative replies, I really appreciate it. I have a heart condition and tend to be sorta cautious about ships and destinations. Istanbul has me a bit scared. However, thanks to you and others I feel quite comfortable about the Noordam. I got a chuckle at my misrepresentations of 50th birthday ;-)) Our sailing date, Sept 29, is my wife's 50th b'day ;-)) I see HAL sent me an application for use of a Visa service for Turkey. Ever use a Visa Service? I can't see why I can't save myself a hundred bucks and go to the Turkish Embasy in NYC and just pay the $45 per person VISA fee instead of $170.00 the VISA sevice is asking. Any thoughts?