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Relaxing Robbies

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  1. Please add 3 cruises for us. October 5 2019 Carnival Splendor LA to Singapore 24 nights March 14 2020 Carnival Spirit Melbourne to Sydney 2 nights March 24 2020 Carnival Spirit Sydney to Honolulu 18 nights
  2. After purchasing the shares I had to wait until the end of the month and then email Stake and request a monthly statement. When I received that I then used the statement to apply for onboard credit for my booked cruises. For a Carnival US cruise I faxed the details. Credits were applied within a few days. For Carnival Aus cruises I tried to fax, but a recorded message said to check the number before trying again. I ended up emailing the details to them. It took several weeks to receive an email advising that the onboard credits had been applied. The faq section on Stake advises that it is possible to transfer your shares to another broker, but there are fees that apply, depending on which system your new broker uses.
  3. Last December we caught the ferry to Devenport and did a short tour around there through the ferry company. Another visit we had more time in port so we caught the ferry to Waiheke Island and did a tour around the island, also through the ferry company. Tickets were easy to purchase at the ferry terminal right near the cruise terminal. We have also done the hop on hop off bus and enjoyed that.
  4. I did a ship tour and we visited the Remarkables, the Arch and Seal Bay. It was an expensive tour, but I enjoyed it. The roads were not sealed and very corrugated, so I was glad that we had not hired a car and tried to drive the considerable distances involved.
  5. I bought 100 shares a couple of months ago. To avoid ongoing custody fees and inactivity fees I opened an account and purchased the shares through Stake (stake.com.au). There is no brokerage, they make their money from foreign exchange when you convert funds from AUD to USD so that you can purchase the shares. There was a $5 fee to cover the cost of completing the necessary US form. Account setup was completed in a day, and I transferred funds and purchased shares a few days later. The process was not difficult.
  6. Last December on our cruise to New Zealand there were a few Mahjong sets available for use during designated games sessions which were held in one of the dining rooms. There were no dice in the set we used, but fortunately I had some of my own which I had brought for other games.
  7. Sorry, but I am still confused. I have never cruised on a ship when the onboard currency has changed. Is it possible to have 2 different onboard currencies at the same time, applying to different people depending on where they board the ship? The cruises on page 6, 2 of these cruises overlap. The Tahiti & South Pacific Grand Adventure is 26 nights departing 24/11/20 and is USD, but overlaps with South Pacific and New Zealand 16 nights from 4/12/20 which is AUD. How much work is involved in changing the onboard currency? The staff on this ship are going to be busy chopping and changing currencies during this short Australian season.
  8. On page 4 of that document re the Circle South America it states “On board currency is USD.” Who knows, these onboard currency questions are getting really confusing. I rang and asked Princess about the onboard currency for the Sapphire Princess May 2021 repo from Sydney to Shanghai. They advised me it was USD and gratuities would be charged. I booked it a few days ago and my online travel summary says it is AUD. Hope that is correct.
  9. Last item of fine print in the email from Princess says onboard currency is USD. That means add gratuities and expensive on board costs to those already high prices. LOVE that South America itinerary, but I think I need to win Tattslotto twice.
  10. OPT at Circular Quay. It won’t fit under the bridge.
  11. I caught the public bus from the airport to the city and then train to Fremantle. Cost less than $10. Fremantle station is a short flat walk from the cruise terminal.
  12. Crossing the International Date Line heading east meant that we had a Saturday followed by another Saturday. It played havoc with the Princess Patter on our phones and it took them a day or two to get the right activities showing again.
  13. Aussie here. In 2015 after an Alaska cruise we received a refund cheque several weeks later in AUD - Australian Dollars. There was no explanation with it as to how the amount was calculated, but the conversion from USD seemed reasonable given the exchange rate at the time. Our refund amount was not large as we used the casino method to withdraw the majority of our funds the day before disembarking.
  14. We are booked on the Splendor LA to Singapore in October 2019. When she arrives in Singapore she goes to dry dock for a few weeks to be Australianised (including new water slides and water park) and moving Serenity aft. She then repositions Singapore to Sydney in November. She will be home ported in Sydney and sail for Carnival Australia, replacing Legend. P&O Australia are getting Golden Princess instead of Splendor.
  15. We loved Akaroa when we visited there last December. The people we spoke to were not sure how the new Lyttleton dock would affect their visitor numbers. Apparently the port charges at Lyttleton will be much more expensive than Akaroa to the point where some cruiselines might elect not to use Lyttleton.
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