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  1. 3 minutes ago, mum and son said:

    Why don't the government officials pull up every person re-entering the country who has claimed via the TRS for all items over $900? Or, even simpler, why don't they "remind" people at claim point that, you will be responsible for paying duty on return? 

    A few reasons not everyone is pulled up, including resources, priorities (narcotics are rightly a bit higher up the list) and that because not everyone is doing the wrong thing it’s not a reason to pull everyone in for examination.
    You will definitely be selected if you don’t declare your high value goods on return. After all, they know you are coming and it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. 

  2. Just remember, by claiming on the TRS, ABF already know you have exceeded your duty free limit. If you choose to smuggle your goods back in (technically this is what you are doing if you avoid paying duty) you can risk having your goods seized. Just because you don’t see it being enforced, doesn’t mean it’s not😉

  3. On 10/15/2019 at 12:06 PM, Aus Traveller said:

    I am planning on doing this on our next couple of cruises where we don't have to fly to the embarkation port. I will split our wine stock between our two wheel-along hand luggage cases, even if I have to put a few lighter items (medications etc) in a large shoulder bag.

    This is exactly what we do. Six bottles each in our cabin bag, even when we are flying to the port. Too easy 😉

  4. Currently on Majestic and just had 4 sea days with origami and quilling offered. About to do 5 sea days so I’ll report in later what was offered on those days. There is the usual Knitters and Knatters get together each day. 

    It seems there has been a much greater emphasis on dancing activities this cruise. 


    I guess activities will depend on who the cruise director is, and that maybe someone different when you are cruising, to the current CD. 


    Late dining - is that traditional? If so, 7.30pm is listed as the 2nd sitting time. 


    Hope that is the info you were seeking? If not, let me know and I’ll get back to you in a few days 😉


  5. 15 hours ago, turquoisesea said:

    The International Cafe is very big and easy to get lost in.  One of the crew suggested we note what color side we are sitting in - beige (light) or brown (dark).  That helped a bit. Did notice different selections found on different sides.  This was back when the ship was on her 4th cruise so things may have changed. 

    I think you mean World Fresh Market Place (buffet). Very easy to get lost in! 

  6. 4 minutes ago, cheznandy said:

    I dont think it will do South Pacific and New Zealand originating in Adelaide......but time will tell!!


    Here’s some more info regarding itineraries 


    Adelaide itineraries on offer include:

    • Two 7-night roundtrip voyages to Tasmania on Sea Princess visiting Burnie, Hobart and Port Arthur, with departures available on November 9 and 30, 2020. Fares start from $1,299 per person twin share.

    • A 14-night roundtrip voyage on Sea Princess exploring the Australian coastline and featuring the ship’s maiden call to Eden as well as visits to Burnie, Hobart, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne. Fares start from $2199 per person for the cruise which departs Adelaide on November 16, 2020.

    • Two 17-night round trip cruises to New Zealand on Sapphire Princess, visiting Melbourne, Dunedin, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, and scenic cruising through Fiordland National Park. Departing October 26 and December 18, 2020. Fares start from $2,599 per person twin share.

    • A 15-night cruise from Adelaide to Hong Kong on Majestic Princess, departing March 11, 2021 and visiting Fremantle, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang is priced from $1,999 per person twin share.

  7. I have also recently returned from a NZ cruise on Majestic, also in an aft cabin although on a lower deck. 

    On a handful of occasions there were a few spots of soot visible on our balcony table. These were promptly taken care of by our steward without being asked. There were small ‘drifts’ of soot in the corners by the divider but they came and went. We used a couple of the pool towels on our chairs, just in case. 

    All in all it was the best positioned cabin I have ever had - the wake view is the best - and I would hate anyone to be put off by these soot stories.

    I find it more annoying when they have run out of a particular wine and there’s no compensation for that!

  8. I recently wanted to book a tour that showed it was sold out.


    I checked everyday until I saw one of the time slots no longer showed ‘sold out’ and I was able to check my name (my name had always appeared but I was unable to check it). I was then advised that if a position became available I would receive an email and I would have 48 hours to pay for the excursion. I’m still waiting for my email 🤞

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