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  1. Hi, I keep getting this strange popup every time I open a page on Cruise Critic. It only started today and is only happening on CC.
  2. Very thorough hand washer here, hand sanitizer is only a back up. Proper hand washing is a good 20 seconds with hot water and soap (or the “Happy Birthday” song). I’m a slight germaphobe as it is, I’ll press elevator buttons with my knuckle, I won’t touch the rails when I go down the stairs. I usually get ready for dinner in my room right before, so if you see me walk straight past the hand sanitizer it’s because I have just thoroughly washed my hands and didn’t touch a thing on my way.
  3. Isle of Pines is incredible, one of my favourites. The beach where you get off the tender is beautiful enough, but follow all the people who are crossing the road and heading around to the Sacred Rock, it’s just stunning. Plonk yourself on the beach there, do some snorkeling around the rock, it’s a beautiful day.
  4. Oh wow, I’m so glad Covermore came through for you. Sad you had to use it though 😞
  5. Hey! Come over to the Australia/NZ forum and you’ll get answers there https://boards.cruisecritic.com.au/forum/564-australia-new-zealand-cruisers/
  6. Credit Card insurance is no different to any other kind of insurance - it depends on the particular policy you have and they’re all different. With my American Express I’m covered by Allianz and it’s very comprehensive, no different to what you’d get if you called Allianz yourself to buy insurance, it’s not an inferior product
  7. Hello I have a couple to add for 2021 02 May 2021 ... Tigerlily75 ... Carnival Radiance 12 Days Panama Canal 31 October 2021 ... Tigerlily75 ... Harmony of the Seas 14 Days Transatlantic
  8. Australian citizens get residency on arrival, we can live and work in NZ. (Assuming one meets character requirements).
  9. They’re not the first, the US and Australia and no doubt others also have this right. I’m sure you can refuse but you’ll probably be going straight home if you do
  10. As you go through the booking it gives you a choice. But sometimes the difference is large. I was looking at a cruise just a few days ago while their sale was on and it offered: $2074 with $200 Non-refundable deposit, or $2860 with $200 refundable deposit.
  11. The only cruise line that really goes all out to cater for solos is Norwegian, but I’ve only sailed them from the US, so I don’t know what it’s like when sailing in Australia. They have hosted solo gatherings every evening as well as dinner every night, well attended. I’m sailing solo next year on Ovation of the Seas from Sydney to Honolulu and there’s a heap of solos going and we’ve already planned dinners etc.
  12. I don’t know if there’s an actual limit, but I think it depends on the circumstances and whether the alcohol consumption is a contributing factor to the fall/injury/accident. I suspect this guy had more than “a drink with dinner” and would not have had the accident if he were sober, and thus the claim was denied. A bit like your laptop being covered for theft, but not if it’s stolen when you’ve left it on the backseat of your rental car. They expect you take reasonable care to prevent incidents before they’ll cover you, such as not leaving your belongings in view and unattended, and not drinking so much you can’t walk. I’m not sure that a beer the night before, or even at lunch would be an issue. Surely for driving at least, they’d use the .05 driving limit.
  13. I emailed the NZ High Commission about their very confusing wording. They responded that if you are an Australian Citizen travelling on an Australian passport (meeting character requirements of course) you do not need a NZeTA when travelling by cruise ship. The webpage I had included in the email was then updated, however other pages still have the confusing wording. To to clarify the confusing wording, it originally said Under “Who does NOT need an ETA” - Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport Then under “Who DOES need an ETA” - passengers travelling by cruise ship REGARDLESS of nationality So which is it, I asked them. They need to be more concise with something so important.
  14. Just in case anyone comes across this thread, from 1st October 2019 an ETA will be required for travel to New Zealand. Australian citizens are exempt, Australian Permanent Residents will need to get one but will be exempt from the tourist levy. Pretty much everyone else will need one. https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/what-we-do/our-strategies-and-projects/eta-new-requirements
  15. We can still go there! I’m not sure we could fly from the US though, maybe from Canada or Mexico or something
  16. Hi David Could you please remove Tigerlily75 from November 2019 Carnival Splendor Thank you!
  17. You can either pop into a T-Mobile store when you get there, or you can buy one in advance from Simcorner https://www.simcorner.com/?__store=aus I’ve done it both ways. It is handy having it in advance! I have Vodafone too but for 30 days it’s much cheaper to get a local SIM. $150 Vodafone versus $40 or so.
  18. With Carnival Australia you can only book excursions once you board. The pre-boarding website is very poor compared to other cruise lines, but the cruise itself is good!
  19. I went to Vegas with my 16 year old daughter, both non-drinkers/non-gamblers of course, and loved it. There's tons to do and see. Prices vary wildly depending if there's any conferences or conventions going on, so we switched dates around when I realised the following week was much cheaper than the week I had originally planned. Stayed at The Cosmopolitan for a bargain price, a great luxurious hotel right in the centre of the strip.
  20. The first two days leaving Sydney were fairly cool, and then it started to warm up. You'll definitely want to pack some long sleeves/long pants in addition to more summery gear. Vanuatu was really warm, New Caledonia was "warm enough". The water I would describe as refreshing upon entry, and then beautiful once you (quickly) got used to it. Coming back to Sydney it stayed warm the whole way, I think the day we returned was about 25 or so. Much nicer than Melbourne!
  21. You'll need to pick and choose, that's a bit too much for 7 days An example for 7 nights: Melbourne for 3 nights, including a day trip to Phillip Island Drive the Great Ocean Road as far as the 12 Apostles and surrounding attractions, backtrack and spend 1 night in Apollo Bay Head back to Melbourne for an afternoon/evening flight to either Tasmania OR Adelaide. Spend 3 nights exploring, including a night or two at Kangaroo Island if you chose Adelaide
  22. I haven't personally, but know plenty who have eaten at Nouveau and not been disappointed - everyone has said it's worth it. I believe it's $45, and if you book for the first night you get a free bottle of wine. The only other restaurant with a charge is Bonsai Sushi. There's also a selection of dishes from Nouveau on the menu in the MDR you can purchase, I believe around $20 or $25
  23. Glad you enjoyed your cruise MicCanberra and I hope everyone on upcoming cruises enjoys theirs! Having only cruised Carnival so far I'm a bit worried about the dining rooms on other lines - what even is a cruise dinner without all the singing and dancing?!?! LOL! I have upcoming cruises on other lines, I'm sure I will enjoy them, I think I too am easily pleased, and not one to find complaint in small issues. I'm looking forward to my Princess cruise in December, being just before Christmas I think my daughter will enjoy all the Christmas stuff they will have going. I also found the Spirit ship so familiar this time that I'm looking forward to something new. But like you said about RCI mr walker, Carnival will always be my first love - I won my very first cruise on the Spirit, having never considered cruising before that, so she will always have a special place in my heart (aww!).
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