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Port Power

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  1. QE2 is a lovely ship but Cunard is not designed for children. You will need to entertain them yourself. It is only two nights. Depending on their ages, eat at the buffet rather than MDR. Play board games in the Winter Garden, and shuffle board on deck.
  2. I am not on a cruise on Norwegian Jewel. I was responding to another cruisers query because I have been on the ship before to New Zealand and have stayed on deck 8 twice.
  3. Having a beverage package has nothing to do with being in a particular type of cabin. Inside cabin passengers have drink packages too. Nor are room types printed on the cards. CALL is printed on cards of guests with the drink alcohol beverage package.
  4. Of course you can. Just make sure you have separate accounts and don't give permission for the other person to use yours. Swap room cards and enjoy your studio.
  5. I have sailed on Jewel twice, both times on Deck 8 near the aft elevators. No noise at all and very handy to O'Sheehans. Over the nightclub might be noisy though. Is your departing flight domestic or international? No problem for a noon domestic flight but you haven't much wriggle room for international. We had a medical emergency after leaving Auckland which delayed arrival in Sydney by 2 hours. That is why you need to allow extra time for flights. I would suggest 1pm earliest for an international flight, but 2pm onwards for peace of mind. Most ports you can walk around at leisure. Wellington has the boardwalks and Te Papa museum. There is a great playground along the boardwalk. Or just take the funicular and walk down through the botanic gardens. There is a playground halfway down as well as the duck pond. Enjoy your cruise. Carol
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
  18. Toru Tours was the excellent company we used in February. www.torutours.com. Carol
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. We stayed at the Amora Hotel Jamison and walked to the passenger terminal the next day after breakfast. Fantastic room and large bathroom. Easy access to shops and transport.
  22. My ANZ Platinum also only requires $250, but I usually pay the cruise deposit with the card as well as the air fares. Once again I had to claim last month when the ship was extremely late arriving at final port and I had to ring Qantas (from the ship’s office) and reschedule to the next day. They could only do a flexible business fare back to Australia, which was twice as much as my original fare. Nevertheless Allianz reimbursed the total cost, plus overnight hotel and dinner, with only the $250 excess. In total nearly $5,000. I would NEVER travel without insurance. IMPORTANT Keep your printed statement showing those CC payments and/or deposits, plus the receipts from your TA. I ask they print “visa ending.....1234” on receipts. Keep your flight e-tickets too until you arrive home. Have them all safely at home just in case until after you have safely returned. I double checked that return ticket requirement with the insurer as well, as at first it looked like a one-way flight would negate the insurance. They confirmed fly one way, cruise back, go around the world or whatever, as long as I start and finish the journey in Australia. Also, CC insurance does not cover “the whole family” as one poster stated unless it is a spouse and dependent children. It would not cover my adult son sharing the cabin, for instance. Carol
  23. Okay then, receipts. For use with pencil, paper and one’s brain. (For those ships that don’t have your account on TV, cannot support the app and when you don’t want to run to Guest Services every day.). Old fashioned but it still works a treat! Nor requires a battery or recharging. Except that I might need to recharge my batteries now with a good Shiraz....
  24. Many ships have your account accessible on your cabin TV. Otherwise keep your dockets in a drawer and keep a running total yourself. One older ship had a machine near guest services where you could look it up and also print your account. Final option is to just ask at guest relations from time to time.
  25. Thank you for this information. Just what I needed to know for my next cruising visit.. Fantastic rate.
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