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  1. I found the site referred to by Gut, same same no different. Headline banner has balconies from $1199, but go one or two steps further and they jump to $1599ish
  2. OK, Gut2407, thank you. I will see if I can find it. I did have a look at another popular agent who also cruises in oz, but no luck there. Cheers.
  3. Re Solstice - it is actually a little misleading. I have just been on the website and done a reserved dummy booking for a guarantee ocean view, no perks, and it comes out at $1,198 per person. I entered Balcony, and the price was $1,500 something, so a touch deceptive. Still works out at $133 pp pn, which is ok for Solstice I guess, but these prices are not true.
  4. The ports and itinerary intrigued us, so we did a quick read of Maasdam reviews. Never cruised with HAL, only Rci/Celebrity so very interested to hear any comments about this ship from those of you who are obviously familiar with her? Cheers.
  5. We are also in this cruise, booked ages ago, and I purchased the 5 night page at this price then. Over the many months since, it hasn't budged, so it's highly unlikely to do so in the next 6 weeks. See you on board.
  6. We're newish D+ so have no personal experience but CC chatter tells me it's part of your welcome letter, e.g. buy one wine, get one. Buy one dinner, get one, but it only applies to the first 2 nights of the cruise.
  7. We're also in Adelaide for the day next year on Radiance. I've booked a private tour of the Barossa, pick up from the port, through Nicki at Seeadelaide.com Might suit you? Minimum is a 10 seater bus which will involve you getting others to join the tour. I filled mine in 5 minutes.
  8. The new wharf extension was officially opened on 4 August this year so guess tenders are a thing of the past.
  9. Unfortunately First Night Done Right is no longer available, more's the pity. The new version is Chops Plus One, and price is in my opinion too high at between $70 and $80 AU. We really enjoy the speciality restaurants but the prices are certainly on the increase. Next year's circumnavigation is currently running at $114 Au for 3. Might opt for the D+ buy one, get one, and hope for some price drop once on board. Agreed the mushroom soup in Chops is to die for, the chef once told me the secret ingredient is truffle oil .
  10. Booked Serenade for a 7 night Alaska inside passage from 23 Aug 2020. Unfortunately Qantas direct flight to Vancouver does not operate post 1 August. However, they do fly from Brisbane to San Francisco, and I can get frequent flyer seats from Canberra for my preferred date. Has anyone chosen this way to getting to the US, or been to SF before, and then trained or flown to Vancouver. Quite like the idea of flying from SF to Portland and getting Amtrak Cascades the whole way, but even flights from SF to Vancouver are relatively inexpensive. Looking for imput/suggestions please.
  11. We're from Oz and travelled to Seattle and Vancouver for a cruise in 2018. Martincath's advice was invaluable, and I did thank him at the time. Find ourselves in the position of travelling there again in 2020, this time for an Alaskan cruise, and a Radiance cruise to Japan. Thinking of flying into San Francisco (bit of a scary thought but Qantas flies there direct next year) and taking the Antrak train to Seattle/Vancouver so I will be trawling for all of Martincath's advice in this area. Cheers, and very pleased to see him still posting and giving such great info.
  12. Two years ago we terminated our cruise in Auckland and chose to stay one extra night specifically to go to Waiheke. Took the ferry over and jumped on the Hop on Hop off bus (you'll have to do your own research for the details). It was just what we wanted, went all the way around the island initially to get a feel for the place, and then got off at 3 different stops which we had decided looked pretty good. Drop dead gorgeous island, and a very pleasant ferry trip there and back. The Ho Ho bus hit the spot.
  13. I don't know if this constitutes a "cheap" cruise but RCI are having a flash 48 hour sale and I just booked a balcony guarantee, with diamond discount, for $1930 for 8 nights South Pacific leaving mid March. That will do us very nicely thank you, at $965 each $120 per night. Getting hard to come by.
  14. We've just come back on the Radiance from Vancouver, and friends had 8500. It is a very large cabin, with essentially 2 bedrooms but only the one bathroom. Good viewing windows. I honestly can't see 5 children in the 2nd bedroom so good luck with that, maybe the couch in the "lounge" area makes up to a bed, and maybe there was a facility in the 2nd bedroom for more beds. Its a long walk back to the elevators as you are at the very front of the ship but it is quiet, no-one is running past your cabin. We've travelled on the Radiance several times and it is a very very stable ship, even in high seas. Have you tried U-Tube? (for that particular cabin)
  15. Travelling up the east coast on Explorer next March on the way to Singapore. Assumed EOS would tender off Abel Point Marina, as have cruise ships for aeons. I'm now told that it will tender of Port of Airlie, which is way over the other side of Airlie on Shute Harbour Road. I had planned a simple short walk from the Abel Point tender port and take a local cruise out to Whitehaven. Figured we would have plenty of time, arriving 7 am and departing 6 pm. Its not going to work anywhere near as well from the other side of town. So my question to fellow cruisers who have actually tendered from this Port of Airlie spot .... is it in fact correct that RCI now tenders there, and how did it go? Not happy, Jan! Cheers, and Happy New Year.
  16. Martincath, where were you 3 days ago? Median was just right, thank you. IGA had a lovely fresh fruit stall outside. Vancouver Tourist Bureau should give you a medal! Thanks again.
  17. PS just reread the comments about the bed size. Yes, it's only a double. We sleep in a king at home so it's a bit of a challenge. In hindsight we would have got a better nights sleep if we had selected 2 singles. The Bed itself and pillows were just fine. There's no road noise incidentally. And being able to do your laundry is fantabulous!
  18. As promised earlier, I can comment now from a personal experience. The Y is an excellent choice. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of a fancy hotel but it absolutely is a fantastic choice. We've walked everywhere and taken the hoho buses. We have a double bed and private bathroom. It is small but for the price (especially compared to other hotels) can't be beat. You won't be disappointed. If we could just find a breakfast venue that offers healthy choices - pizza bacon n eggs yuk - :D
  19. Easy peasy. All that worry for nought. There is an international departures desk where we presented. Bags checked for weight and off they went directly to Honolulu. It simply wasn't an issue. Thanks all.
  20. Thanks to Martincath's various helpful posts, we've selected the Y for upcoming stay early September prior to boarding the Radiance to bring her home to Australia. Happy to post a comment after our stay if it's of any interest.
  21. CRUNCH TIME. Tried 2 medium size bags as per MicCanberra post. Nope. So 1 big bag and 1 within dash8 limits. Nope. Going with Aussiebossyboots and Suzbluz and 2 x everyday big bags. Even culling and being ruthless we simply couldn't do 6 weeks away with medium luggage. Keep your fingers crossed we get away with it. Will post outcome next week.
  22. I was hoping one of our Canberra posters would respond. We're down at Batemans Bay and normally would take the train but in this instance a flight was more convenient. I am so pleased to hear of your experience and appreciate you taking the time to post. When I realised it was a Dash8 we were booked on, and that there was no real alternative to the smaller plane, I researched everything I could find - you can buy excess weight, but not excess mass - and I really didn't want to buy smaller luggage, take smaller luggage away for over a month and/or get turned away at the checkin counter. The Qantas site is quite adamant about lineal dimensions but surely others have presented with bags bigger than 140cm overall. It was that experience I was looking for - hat's off to Cruise Critic members. Thank you again.
  23. Unfortunately nearly all day time flights are the smaller Dash8 planes. And even if not, they want a fee if $240 to change the flight.
  24. Marion, thanks for that. Yes it is Qantas and I've been on the phone to them. As the domestic flight leads into the international on the same day, amounts and weights applicable to the o/s flight apply domestically but on a Dash8, not the dimensions. Im hoping someone might have personal knowledge of what actually happens at the check-in counter. I have nightmares about being turned away cause our bags are the normal size not the piddly Dash8 requirement.
  25. Heading to Seattle via Honolulu in 4 weeks time to travel home on Radiance, and decided to shout ourselves a domestic flight from Canberra prior to boarding Qantas at overseas terminal. Didn't realise that most day time flights out of Canberra are on a Dash8-400 which have linear (as opposed to weight) restrictions of a maximum of 140cm overall. Do any of you regular travelers who may fly out of Canberra have any knowledge of what happens in you front with a bag with larger dimensions? I don't mind getting hit with a fee, but am really worried we might be refused boarding! I've researched the internet but cannot get a definitive answer.
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