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Old February 13th, 2011, 07:26 PM
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Well, everyone...
No turning back now...
I just purchased our airline tickets...

We are flying V Australia...which means we have to fly back to Sydney (and on a 7:15 flight the day after the cruise) after the cruise to connect back to LAX...but it seems worthwhile...The fares were lower than other airlines--including taxes and fees, $1327 per person...

Departing Flight - Los Angeles To Sydney - Wed 21 Dec 2011
Depart 21:10 Los Angeles Wed 21 Dec Arrive 07:05 Sydney Fri 23 Dec
14h55m

Returning Flight - Auckland To Los Angeles - Sat 7 Jan 2012
Depart 07:15 Auckland Arrive 08:55 Sydney
Depart 12:15 Sydney Arrive 07:00 Los Angeles
20h45m

Yes, those time zone changes are bizarre...We need to leave LA on Wednesday to arrive in Sydney by Friday...But, on the return, we have to fly by way of Sydney yet arrive in Los Angeles the same day...and at an earlier time than we left Auckland!!
Who said you can't turn back time?

Anyway, now I am all set...
We're leaning towards cancelling the Four Points and going with the Holiday Inn Old Sydney...mostly for the location right by the pier...Beth seems to like that idea...
Yes, we are thinking about staying there .. the cost and location is really quite reasonable.
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Old February 14th, 2011, 04:28 PM
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Steve have you flown VAustralia before? I have been checking their reviews on tripAdvisor and they are not good!!
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Steve have you flown VAustralia before? I have been checking their reviews on tripAdvisor and they are not good!!
Deborah
No. Very few people have...it's a fairly new operation. When we got to LAX for our December 31 flight to Miami for our Allure cruise, our shuttle driver was looking for another airline for a passenger who was going on that and pulled up to where he thought the airline was--only to find it moved as V Australia was now in that space...It's that recent...

I am imagining any new operation will have its bugs to work out...but, by the time we go, it will be in operation awhile...

Also, it seems it depends on what one expects...

A lot of what I found on TripAdvisor spoke about their Australia to Phuket runs...which might be a bit different...and some discussion about being transferred to "Virgin Blue"--no frills...Of course, our Auckland back to Sydney leg will be on Virgin Blue...but, it's a short hop, so no big deal...

This one seemed to be a fairly thorough and balanced review:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic...ir_Travel.html

The savings over Quantas/American are sufficient enough that I'm not going to worry about it...I know people who have raved about Virgin's other operations for years...

BTW, slightly off-topic, check out this tape of a Southwest Flight Attendant...we thought this was pretty good:


http://www.wimp.com/coolestflight/
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Wonderful video...really loved it!!

Thanks for the more balanced review.

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WOW!!! What a early planning. We are badly want to go on this cruise but we do not know how much the air is going to cost us. Since it is a holiday time, it could be expensive and we are party of four.

Any idea about the air from US?
The least expensive cabin on this ship is $1999. Did anybody get a better deal?
I booked my airfare on V Australia...really good price. Paying something like $1212 per person from LAX to Sydney, Aukland to Melbourne to LAX

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I booked my airfare on V Australia...really good price. Paying something like $1212 per person from LAX to Sydney, Aukland to Melbourne to LAX

Deborah
Deborah,
You certainly beat my fare (by $115 per person...ours was $1327)...
I'm not going to worry about it, though...
These things fluctuate...sometimes you win, sometimes you lose...
IIRC, my Sydney flight allows us to "sleep in" an additional 15 minutes, though!!
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But you beat me on the hotel price!! I have tentatively booked the Holiday Inn Old Sydney for $258 including breakfast. I think your deal was a bit better
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where is everyone staying in Auckland, that is, if you are staying after the cruise???
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We will spend the night there before departing on January 7th but I still have to look into that. Let me know if you have any good leads.
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where is everyone staying in Auckland, that is, if you are staying after the cruise???
I sorted through a number of hotels...

I asked the question on the Australia/New Zealand board here...and, as can be expected, got a number of "recommendations" all mainly because it was "where they stayed when they visited"...

I checked the TripAdvisor site...and read a lot of reviews, going well beyond the number rankings...

I considered:
Hilton
Rydges
Sky City
Langham
Mercure and
Copthorne

Hilton is highly thought of and close to the dock, but the room rate was about double most of the others...

Langham I know because they recently took over what was the Ritz Carlton here in Pasadena...and that is sort of beyond a five-star...It's the "Grande Dame" of this area...but, of course, that doesn't mean all of their other hotels are comparable...In Auckland, it appears that the location is somewhat remote comparatively...

Sky City looks nice and is in the heart of downtown...but is also a major casino and a massive complex...

Mercure gets some good reviews and is located within a block or two of the dock...but the fact that they are owned by Accor (The parent company of Motel 6 and Ibis) scared Beth off (and I worked for Motel 6 when we got married!)...

We finally settled on the Copthorne...

http://www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/co...ity/index.html

The reviews on TripAdvisor were a bit mixed...Some complained about the decor being dated, others that they thought the air conditioning in their room was loud...We don't care about the decor for a one night's stay...and I'm hoping that if there's a problem with loud AC, they maybe will fix it before we get there...The major positive was location...It appears to be directly across from the pier...Check the fifth photo down here:

http://www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/co...ery/index.html

The current rates are:
$190 NZD ($143 US) for a nonrefundable pay now rate
$205 NZD ($154 US) for a flexible cancelable rate

We reserved at the flexible rate

There also appear to be several other choices...
What attracted Beth (I let her make the final call) was the proximity to the ship...We'll just wheel our luggage over, check in, explore, get a good night's sleep and that EARLY taxi to the airport for the 7:15 am flight the next day!
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Hi Steve!
Do you know how far the cruise ship harbour is from the Airport? Wondering whether we should stay closer to the airport b/c of our early departure.
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Hi Steve!
Do you know how far the cruise ship harbour is from the Airport? Wondering whether we should stay closer to the airport b/c of our early departure.
Deborah
According to Google Maps, it's 13.2 miles...They estimate 31 minutes...

There seems to be a few hotels out toward the airport, including a Holiday Inn...but the area looks to be sort of isolated...residential on one side and industrial in the other...and still requiring a shuttle to the airport...

We figured that, with just the one night in Auckland, better to stay where there are restaurants and shops and so on...and deal with getting up a half an hour earlier in the morning...we can sleep on the plane...heaven knows we'll be spending a lot of time on planes

I'm hoping I can adjust back to my usual coach seats...For our Europe cruise in August, we're flying Business Class...and I'll probably be spoiled by those flat sleeper seats...
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Having to fly from the UK to Sydney and then out of Auckland back to the UK is actually the PITTS ... when I see how much you are paying for tickets for your flights, I am SICK ... so far the cheapest is with British Airways and will be about £5488.00 for both of us .. that will be in 'premium economy' but even economy was expensive because of having to fly into Sydney and fly out of Auckland ... so think yourselves lucky to be coming in from the US and not having to rob a bank to get to Sydney .. we haven't booked just yet so if you know anyone flying from here .. please let me know. Thanks. Also, thinking of the Holiday Inn Old Sydney and Mecure in Auckland since we are there for 3 nights before heading back.
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FYI to Americans -

Australia requires a tourist visa. You can get it on line for an AUS$20 service fee; no visa fee, though. I got it through the Australian Consulate's website. It is called ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) and takes about 10 minutes (if you are a slow typist). You will get a confirmation and a reference number. This reference number is linked to your passport and the airlines access it on check in.

It is good for 12 months from the date of issue.

All other nationalities should check for their specific visa requirements.

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Oceania - Nautica - Rome to Singapore
NCL - Jade (and 1 other) - Eastern Med and Trans-Atlantic
RCCL - Song of Norway - Carib (first cruise in 1974) and Brilliance of the Seas - Western Med
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Renaissance R - 3 - Tahiti (our wedding cruise)
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Thanks for that information, Lauri. How about New Zealand?
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USA is on the New Zealand list of visa free countries.

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HAL - Noordam - Transatlantic
HAL - Maasdam - Canada and New England
RCCL - Radiance of the Seas - Australia & New Zealand
Carnival - Splendor - Mexican Riviera
Star Princess - South America and Antarctica
HAL - Amsterdam - Baltic
Oceania - Nautica - Rome to Singapore
NCL - Jade (and 1 other) - Eastern Med and Trans-Atlantic
RCCL - Song of Norway - Carib (first cruise in 1974) and Brilliance of the Seas - Western Med
Crystal - Crystal Harmony - Hawaii and Transpacific
Carnival - Triumph - Carib
Royal - Royal Odyssey - Eastern Med
Renaissance R - 3 - Tahiti (our wedding cruise)
Sitmar - Fairsky, Fairwind and Fairsea - Alaska and Mexico
Princess (multiple times) - Dawn, Sun, Sea, Pacific, Royal, Golden, Grand, Crown, Star, Diamond, Regal and others from the "Love Boat" days - Western Med, Hawaii and Trans-Pacific, Panana Canal, Carib, Alaska, Mexico and China
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Uniworld - River Beatrice - Danube (for another type of experience)
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FYI to Americans -

Australia requires a tourist visa. You can get it on line for an AUS$20 service fee; no visa fee, though. I got it through the Australian Consulate's website. It is called ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) and takes about 10 minutes (if you are a slow typist). You will get a confirmation and a reference number. This reference number is linked to your passport and the airlines access it on check in.

It is good for 12 months from the date of issue.

All other nationalities should check for their specific visa requirements.

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Just a bit more on the info .. Brits OR EU countries do not need an Australian Visa.
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It is just awful what happened in Christchurch. I really feel for the people who have lost loved ones, been injured or have damaged property.

I was in the middle of the Northridge quake, so I can understand what they are going through. It still brings back vivid memories. I don't think you ever forget something like this.

I was one of the lucky ones. I did not too have much damage and no injuries or loss of life to any friends or family.

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Viking - Emerald - Yangtze
HAL - Noordam - Southern and Eastern Caribbean
HAL - Noordam - Transatlantic
HAL - Maasdam - Canada and New England
RCCL - Radiance of the Seas - Australia & New Zealand
Carnival - Splendor - Mexican Riviera
Star Princess - South America and Antarctica
HAL - Amsterdam - Baltic
Oceania - Nautica - Rome to Singapore
NCL - Jade (and 1 other) - Eastern Med and Trans-Atlantic
RCCL - Song of Norway - Carib (first cruise in 1974) and Brilliance of the Seas - Western Med
Crystal - Crystal Harmony - Hawaii and Transpacific
Carnival - Triumph - Carib
Royal - Royal Odyssey - Eastern Med
Renaissance R - 3 - Tahiti (our wedding cruise)
Sitmar - Fairsky, Fairwind and Fairsea - Alaska and Mexico
Princess (multiple times) - Dawn, Sun, Sea, Pacific, Royal, Golden, Grand, Crown, Star, Diamond, Regal and others from the "Love Boat" days - Western Med, Hawaii and Trans-Pacific, Panana Canal, Carib, Alaska, Mexico and China
Celebrity - Century and Summit - Alaska and Carib
Uniworld - River Beatrice - Danube (for another type of experience)
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It is just awful what happened in Christchurch. I really feel for the people who have lost loved ones, been injured or have damaged property.

I was in the middle of the Northridge quake, so I can understand what they are going through. It still brings back vivid memories. I don't think you ever forget something like this.

I was one of the lucky ones. I did not too have much damage and no injuries or loss of life to any friends or family.

Lauri
Being a lifelong Southern Californian, I have over 50 years of earthquake "experience"...and also studied earthquakes a bit in college and add in the knowledge about construction from my career in the real estate and development arena...and I think I have a decent handle on these things...

The effects of this earthquake are actually far worse than any we've had in Southern California in my lifetime...
Think about it...65 dead in a city with a total population of less than 400,000...
The 1994 Northridge Earthquake allegedly killed 33...but that statistic is extremely misleading...it includes several "stress-induced coronary" victims...heart attacks that may or may not really have had any connection to the earthquake...really, the only deaths were in one apartment building very near the epicenter which,somehow, collapsed...and, thi is in a metropolitan area with a population estimated at around 18 Million...

Also keep in mind that this Christchurch earthquake had a Richter rating of 6.3 (compared to Northridge's 6.7)...Just a note, the Richter scale increases exponentially, not on a straight line...a "7" actually has approximately ten times the force of a "6"...

The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco area was the most devastating in California in the last 50 years...a 7.1 that killed 57...again, in relation to the population of the cities involved, Christchurch is proportionally far worse...

Also remember that Christchurch suffered through a 7.1 quake just this past September that they were still recovering from...

Of course, by some miracle, nobody died in the September earthquake...

Apparently, the problem in Christchurch this time is the same problem that caused most of the damage in San Francisco--"Liquifaction"...This is what happens to loose, sandy soil located above a high water table...When shaken, the smaller rocks and particles tend to settle (think about shaking a box of Rice Krispies)...particles find there way down through the spaces between other particles...Often, this alone is enough to compromise the foundations of building built above it...but, when there is also a high water table, the subsiding particles will displace the water, moving it upward, further compromising the structures...apparently, a lot of Christchurch is built on top of this sort of soil...

In any event, it is a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to those affected...
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Well...
Today worked out to be quite positive for me regarding this cruise...
Celebrity is currently running a special--FREE GRATUITIES
And...
They dropped the prices over the weekend...
I contacted my TA...and, when the dust settled, I got a $440 price drop in my rate, plus free gratuities in the amount of $299 applied...
So, I've just saved $739 off of my original booked reservation!

Add in a $325 OBC from my TA and I'm $1,064 ahead on this one...
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