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Port Power

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    Perth, Western Australia
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    European River Cruise

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  1. Rather than take the ship's excursion, I booked a tour with an excellent local tour company and filled it through our Roll Call. We could also modify the suggested tour to have more time at one place, etc. We did the Lookout at Mount Lofty, Harndorff, visited two wineries and had a bonus stop at the whispering dam wall. Back to the ship with time to spare. Fabulous day out for our mixed international and Australian cruisers. I think I used www.seeadelaide.com.au. The company was highly rated on trip advisor.
  2. You can just use it for sodas, but you will still have paid the large gratuity. Just don’t choose that option. We have been able to change our selection prior to sailing.
  3. I rang the Qantas Premier Card insurer this morning regarding the 30 days of travel. Yes, ONLY cover for 30 days. If you are away from home for 35 days, the last five days you are not insured. BUT...... the whole complimentary insurance is ONLY for 30 days each year! That’s right, 30 days of travel each statement year. Ridiculous! I have four overseas trips booked this year, and four next year, one of which is 30 days. No problem If I either never claim or only need to once, but the point of travel insurance is peace of mind for every trip. I will be ditching the Qantas Mastercard and keeping the ANZ Platinum visa with reliable Allianz. Once again a timely reminder to read policies carefully and telephone to clarify any concerns. Those future tours had the deposits paid on the Qantas card. I’ll make sure the balances are paid with the ANZ card. My dealings with Allianz have always been good. The agents were friendly, caring and helpful and payment was prompt.
  4. I head off tomorrow, this trip being covered by the ANZ Platinum card. However I received my Qantas Premier statement today along with some changes to terminology in the insurance policy. It made me sit down and read it through again. Good news: interstate inconvenience insurance with no excess. Noted this time: transport accident insurance - to activate, the full amount of return travel has to be paid with the card, not just minimum $500. Excess is $500 rather than $250. Bad news: the "trip" must not exceed 30 days. This is a real bummer! My current trip is for five weeks. One next year is exactly 30 days, so it's a good thing I don't intend to stay extra nights pre or post tour. ANZ was longer, but not more than 3 months at a time (if I remember correctly). I like the extra points earned on the Qantas card, and the bonuses, but I will have to consider very carefully before deciding to remain with it. Only 30 days away is a deal breaker. I will have to telephone the insurer for clarification.
  5. Ruby Princess 14 night “New Year’s Eve” cruise from Auckland to Sydney including flights (and that’s from Perth). $5395 for the cabin with two passengers. $193 pp/night. Plus $100 OBC. Not quite the Carnival bargain, but pretty good for that time of year.
  6. However I do. I will be sailing out of Sydney on Ruby Princess in December. I finally had the pleasure of meeting Graham last December when my son joined me for his very first cruise (Norwegian Jewel). Son is now hooked and we will be cruising the Caribbean out of New York next February. Carol
  7. All the ship is up and running on port days. Would you really want to use the water slide in December, though? As Flaham stated, not MDR for lunch. The rest of the casual eateries are though. You can pre-purchase lots of things through myNCL. For those you cannot, there is the option to purchase on board credit, effectly paying in advance. Whatever OBC you don't use is refunded to your credit account, or in cash on the last night if requested.
  8. I would also book an apartment for eight nights; indeed for three nights or more. But for only 1-2 nights, a hotel easier and is what Nang wants. As I posted earlier, my son and I loved the Amora Jamison for its room size, location and proximity to Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. Boy, did we do some walking during our one day in Sydney! The Cove that has recently been renovated, Barangaroo Point and the Sydney Observatory and many points between. Lovely local coffee places and parks. Enjoy your eight days in Sydney. I am sailing solo on Ruby Princess this December for the film festival cruise. Something different and interesting.
  9. I don’t need the lounge passes as I am Qantas Platinum. When are you flying next? They are valid until the end of next February. I felt the medical limit was sufficient as there are extra payments for evacuation, a companion, funeral expenses, etc. I hope I would be home before I clock up a million. Unless hefty USA hospitalisation is extremely lengthy! At least my non-delay claims have all been due to another relative, not myself. I absolutely DO NOT intend to need insurance while on my 35-day USA trip. Carol
  10. That’s exactly the scenario I thought of. I have never done a purely domestic cruise (always had one overseas port), nor a “big” domestic holiday. When that Kimberley trip eventuates, I guess I will ask for quotes from my health fund, RAC and Covermore. I have already told my nearly 90 year old mother to not do undertake any dangerous activities when that trip occurs!
  11. I have never insured for domestic travel and sometimes wonder if I should. Any flight from Perth to Sydney to join a cruise is considered part of the international journey. Otherwise I book simple return flights, stay with relatives and have private health insurance if I have an accident. I have not yet been on a domestic holiday such as an APT tour or Kimberley cruising. I might have to look as travel insurance when I do that type of trip. But wouldn’t my Australian health insurance suffice? Now I’m thinking about repatriation from some remote chasm!
  12. Well said. Let’s get back to credit card insurance. After decades with ANZ and several claims (all honoured), I have just changed to the Qantas Platinum card and read the terms and conditions closely. More points to earn but more has to be spent too. I was concerned at first that flights would have to be with Qantas, which isn’t always practical. Not the case, however. Cover is by Chubb. With my track record I will probably find out what they are like to deal with!
  13. Toru Tours was the excellent company we used in February. www.torutours.com. Carol
  14. I cruised the Top End from Fremantle to Sydney seven years ago and would do it again if I could. Pity there aren’t more ships doing circumnavigations. I would fly to Darwin for cruises too. It would still be cheaper than return flights to London, Rome or Miami, and a lot shorter!
  15. There are some small operators who do 3-hour city tours. Email them for a price for a private tour and transfer. We used two different local companies for the half-day tours and both drivers indicated they could personalise tours.
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