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  1. Just giving this question a nudge in case someone might know who hasn't seen the topic before..... Cheers!
  2. Does anyone have experience with the "Ocean View with Large Balcony" staterooms - in particular their actual size compared to a standard Ocean View Balcony cabin? These cabins are quoted as 177sq ft, as opposed to 198sq ft for a standard balcony - the 177sq ft sounds more like the smaller "deluxe", vs "superior" staterooms in older cabin descriptions. The deck plans (for what they are worth) seem to indicate the cabins are the same size. We have stayed in both Superior and Deluxe before (on older ships), and noticed the difference (the couch area was noticeably smaller). We are
  3. And cruises now cancelled by Royal Carribean through 31 Jan 2021.
  4. Just an update. Went to make final payment - couldn't do so on line. Rang the call centre and Royal are not chasing final payments yet for January cruises - they are still undecided if it will go ahead or not. Apparently we will be advised soon as to status - my guess is that it will be cancelled, based on the fact they didn't want my money.
  5. Final payment due on Monday for our Radiance OTS cruise out of Brisbane mid-January. Only have to pay for the taxes and port fees etc (used an FCC for the bulk), so will probably go ahead. Hope springs eternal.....
  6. Hi, Our cruise was cancelled back in June. I had paid the $400AUD deposit and around $2000AUD in the cruise planner. When the cruise was cancelled, according to the information at the time I was expecting to have the cruise planner purchases refunded (at 100%), and the deposit turned into a AUD$500 FCC. Instead I received a $3000 FCC (125% of all payments to date - I didn't do anything about it then). I now see there is a 125% OBC credit option, and that can be used for a future cruises cruise planner. Maybe this is new since my cruise was cancelled? As I am no
  7. So the ABF granted "pratique" - which presumably initiated the disembarkation process. Presumably there are a number of inputs to that decision - I can't see how the ABF can consider themselves absolved if they did not seek, or take, the advice of NSW Health before granting of pratique - if ABF has no responsibility for the health issues.
  8. We have just taken a punt on a Royal Carribean cruise to the Pacific islands for next January - ex BNE. Given we had some FCC, and the price was attractive, I figured we had nothing to lose. The cruise would only go ahead if the circumstances permit it, and if it doesn't our FCC will just be reinstated. And we can cancel up to 48 hours prior. Now to see how it all unfolds.....
  9. We just got onto this on the Gold Coast - http://www.rhapsodyresort.com.au/flashsale - normally around $200+ per night. $285 for 3 nights in an oceanview 1 br room.
  10. I watched the 4 corners show. I came away thinking that good "investigative journalism" could have reported a lot more about the timeline of events as has been revealed in the commission of inquiry - in particular the delayed update of the case numbers on board (ultimately after disembarkation), the failure to execute priority testing of the swabs taken off the ship, and also some questioning of the key protagonists about why the focus seemed to be on "no evidence of COVID-19" rather than "we can't rule it out therefore let's be cautions".
  11. Really highlights the disconnect in policy - true, cruise ships have had their share of issues. But now they are floating quarantine centres - if there is no evidence of COVID-19 on board, why can't the crew be treated as "ordinary citizens" and allowed to travel home without restriction?
  12. Thanks for the photo of the Iberia!! I came to Australia as a toddler with my parents aboard that ship in August 1964.
  13. I would be interested in the evidence pointing to a crew member as the "patient zero" in this case. A nice deflection that the media will (has) pick(ed) up on to lay further blame on the company. I presume they have not actually identified "the individual concerned".
  14. From MSN News (AAP): Sky News says it's aware of tapes of phone calls from Carnival Australia and the Ruby Princess to the NSW Ports Authority where the ship made it clear it didn't believe there were cases of COVID-19 on board before it was given permission to dock. The Sunday Telegraph reported a decision by the Port Authority of NSW to not to allow the Ruby Princess to dock in Sydney was overturned by the corporation after a call from a senior Carnival Australia official, Would certainly be interesting to see those transcripts... Seems quite a leap f
  15. We have 2 cruises booked - Alaska ex Vancouver in late August, and then Vancouver to Hawaii in September. With the first final payment due late May, we will sit tight for now and see how things develop. Obviously a few things have to line up - travel restrictions lifted, Qantas resuming international flights, Canada re-opening its ports after 30th June, cruises generally being viable and the itineraries remaining (mostly) unchanged, and self-isolation on return from overseas no longer being required. We have been looking forward to this holiday for a couple of years - but if it
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