We received our passports in less than 4 weeks (and we did not pay for expediated service). We went in on August 8 and received them on Sept. 5. I was in complete shock when I got the mail and all 4 were in there. While opening the envelopes, I didn't think it was possible and was fearful that they were being returned because of something like incompleted forms. Hearing that some were taking 12 - 14 weeks, we applied early since our cruise isn't until the end of May 08. Boy was I surprised but oh so happy. Good luck to everyone who is either waiting for their passports or applying in the near future. May you have the same luck we had. Sending some pixie dust your way.