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  1. And cruises now cancelled by Royal Carribean through 31 Jan 2021.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.....
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.....
  7. 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.
  8. 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".
  9. 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?
  10. Thanks for the photo of the Iberia!! I came to Australia as a toddler with my parents aboard that ship in August 1964.
  11. 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".
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. We'd be taking the Junior Suite on deck 9. We have enjoyed the extra space of the JS on 2 occasions, much prefer the mid-ship location, and the 2 x C+A points don't hurt either. That said we have not yet had an aft balcony - but will try it one day....
  15. I wish that were the case - maybe because it is a Canada to Hawaii sailing they add the gratuity as per below We shall still aim to buy pre-cruise, just hope for a "sale" in the meantime.
  16. We are being quoted $71.24/day + 18% gratuity for our Vancouver to Honolulu cruise in September - hoping for a price reduction. $70/day all included would be great......
  17. Sounds like a curious business model - surely an outright sale of an in demand cabin would bring in more cash than an upgrade bid (and then reselling the cheaper cabin).
  18. We have $950 OBC for an upcoming cruise. $600 from the 4 perks (Australian bookings are priced with gratuities included so the 4th perk is an additional $150 per person), $200 from a "sale" booking, and $150 from a future cruise credit. Will probably take a couple of ships tours to make use of it.
  19. We loved C2 1120 on Solstice (first cabin on the rear of the hump) with it's large balcony. So much so, we have the same cabin booked on Eclipse for our next cruise.
  20. Probably no announcements - how would you know from one day to the next if the price has increased/changed due solely to this?
  21. Our cruise fares "down under" for Celebrity (and other cruise lines) include gratuities in the fare (not as a separate line item) - reflects our "all inclusive" pricing (and wages) model here. The perks packages on .au bookings come with an additional $150USD per person OBC in lieu of the gratuities option. We will choose to tip our room attendant, and some of the servers who we have developed a rapport with during a cruise, in cash at the end, to say thanks.
  22. Thanks for the replies - seems like we are on the money with the HFD. And thanks for the restaurant recommendations too... (Trestle looks good)
  23. A supplementary question or 2 for the San Francisco locals, if I may. We have 3 nights in the city before flying to YVR to pick up a Celebrity cruise to Alaska. 1 - We have booked Hilton Financial District at a good price - seems an OK if not perfect location. Sort of central to most things if not close to any (we don't mind a bit of a walk). Are we "on the money" with this assessment and will it be OK for 2 days of sightseeing? 2- We have an 0800 flight on a Sunday from SFO - will a taxi be easy to get around 0530 to get us to the airpor tin time for check-in etc? I gathe
  24. Do cocktails like a Martini, Cosmo etc come in under $15.00 - if made with "semi-premium spirits" (say like Grey Goose, Bombay Sapphire) which on their own are just under $15.00? Or will our Martinis be made with "well spirits"? (Our first NCL cruise in a week or so, so very interested in the answer!)
  25. We are finding it hard to justify the cost difference for our upcoming 7 night cruise - but a question for seasoned NCL folks (our first time on NCL). Will cocktails made with spirits priced under $15.00 be covered? On other cruises we have enjoyed a martini or cosmopolitan pre dinner - will they be covered by the UBP/PBP $15.00 limit if made with Grey Goose/Belvedere? So I guess the question is how much are the typical cocktails?
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