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  1. Hi Michael, I have cruised solo 3 times. I tend to book last minute to get the cheap deals as I know I will be paying double the price being a solo. My budget for a 7-9 day cruise is less than 1999.00. I prefer a balcony. Royal - Explorer - 9 days to South Pacific. $1700.00 in inside cabin with a virtual balcony. These cabins are excellent as full size and the virtual balcony means you can "see" outside. Carnival - 7 days to Tasmania - $150O in guarantee verandah cabin. Guarantees cabins are great value if you don't mind where your cabin is located on the ship. Royal Carribbean have solo cabins on their Radiance and Ovation Ships where there is no single supplement charged. However, Radiance only has 4 of these. They are tiny inside cabins. Ovation has more solo cabins. Some with balconies, some without. I managed to secure one with a balcony for next year, however I booked it when the cruise was first released as I was advised which was 2 years in advance. Ovation - 9 days to NZ - $1900.00 in solo cabin with balcony. Cabin is smaller than normal but has a good size balcony. For Royal, if you cruise solo in a standard cabin, you get double loyalty points. Hope that helps.
  2. Thanks Anne. I wasn't aware of the blood donation ban for visitors to PNG. Hadn't come up in my research. Thanks for mentioning it. Hope you enjoy my book rec.
  3. Good for you TitanRobin! Have a fabulous time on your birthday cruise.
  4. Royal now have a policy that if one person in a cabin buys a drink package then everyone over the age of 18 in that cabin must buy a drink package. If one person in the cabin does not drink they are supposed to purchase a soft drink package. However, this rule can be over-ruled by contacting Royal by telephone in Sydney. I was on Carnival in June. Couldn't bring alcohol on board. At least Carnival drink prices are in AUD and there is no gratuity added (from what I can recall).
  5. My friend and her partner who cruise frequently did their first cruise with Celebrity Solstice recently and complained as well about the lack of service from bar staff. It was an ongoing issue during their 9 night cruise.
  6. I have just returned from my 3rd solo cruise. I normally cruise RCL but this time I did two weeks with HAL. This cruiseline caters for an older crowd but that was a bonus because rather than people being busy with families like they are on RCI, on HAL it is alot of older couples who are very friendly and welcoming and being so well travelled they have great stories. I was invited to sit with others in MDR, in the theatre, on shore tours. I had a couple share a table with me at lunch and we ended up sitting there and chatting for almost 2 hours. If you wanted to be social you could. I never felt lonely which surprised me given the length of the cruise. Re being bothered. Never had an issue with that on any of my solo cruises. As a solo, I am careful with not revealing my real name in roll calls which anyone can read or my cabin location. I have attended solo lunches which I have enjoyed but I tend not to go to late night solo meet ups because they are usually combined with singles and I am solo not single. As an aside, my daughter is 21 and she is now asking me to start cruising together again. We have done several fab land holidays together but she misses cruising. Hope your daughter has a great time in our beautiful country.
  7. Just a small correction - The Tall Ship Cruise that I did at Airlie Beach was to Langford Reef. I blame autocorrect on my phone for changing the name of the reef to a hotel in Sydney!
  8. Thanks Leigh. I managed to get over my cold pretty quickly thanks. If you enjoy The Dry, I can highly recommend her second book released last year - Force of Nature. The Lost Man is her 3rd book and is a new release and another excellent read. She is a talented Australian writer who really captures the tough Australian landscape that each book is set in and writes a good mystery at the same time.
  9. Thanks Bob & Chris. If you want to cruise PNG in winter, I think you may have to go with P & O. HAL being an American Cruise Line are like Royal and only have their ships here in our summer months, I believe but I am new to HAL so not an expert.
  10. Hi Lyndarra, i am glad you enjoyed this cruise as much as I did. We might bump into each other at a meet & greet one day. Having enjoyed HAL, I would love to try Celebrity. Will have to wait for one of their last minute reduced prices cruises though.
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