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About peter.kath@hotmail.com

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    Tamworth NSW
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    P & O Australia
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  1. Taking my daughter on this cruise as a surprise for her 18th Birthday next week out of Sydney on the Eden. We cruise regularly but not this time of the year. How is the temperature on the ship and is the pool warm enough to swim in? Thanks Sent from my iPad using Forums
  2. Yes you snorkel straight off the beach. No need for tour. The most beautiful island I have visited. We were there in February and some people were bitten by something in the water. We wear stinger suits so didn’t bother us. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  3. Thanks everyone. Something White and Something Cocktail it is. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  4. Just booked this cruise for next month for under $300 each as a surprise gift for my daughters 18th Birthday. We have been on several cruises the last 2 on the Aria but not on a 3 nighter. Do they still have theme nights and what are they? Sent from my iPad using Forums
  5. We just walked up the Main Street and got a taxi to the Tonga Beach Resort. It was $10 each way and $7 at the resort for day guests. We had a nice swim and a snorkel and a beer or 2. The taxi driver came back as prearranged at lunchtime. We then went back to town and had a great lobster meal at the Panda Chinese Restaurant. We then did a bit of a bar crawl. We went to one owned by an Hawaiian and another owned by a Swiss. We then ended up at one that had a bit of a ladyboy type show which was quite entertaining. In Tonga if you have sons the 5th one is raised as a female to help mum out with all the work and is quite common. All in all one of the best days we have had in Port anywhere. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  6. Hi Cath, me again. I don’t think so. At check in each passenger has their photo taken which is linked to their card. The card is used for room entry, as well as for all onboard purchases and your photo is checked when you leave and return to the ship. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  7. The reason I asked what cruise was to see your other ports as well. In Noumea I recommend you do the Tchuo Tchuo Train. You don’t have to book through P & O it is a lot cheaper at the terminal. Port Vila can be a bit overwhelming but the is only for about the first 2 hours. If you delay getting off the ship early it’s not too bad. The lagoon cruise sounds good but another option might be catching the water taxi to town or Hideaway Island this is just as you leave the wharf area. I don’t have a cruise booked at the moment so can’t look at cruise control. I think it is when you put in the Personal details. If not send an email to customer care they will help you. Another idea is about dining. If you speak to the Maître de they can organise a designated table maybe in a quieter area and a waiter experienced with special needs. Chelsea also takes her DVD player and a selection of movies. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  8. Hi Cath, Firstly about us I have a 17 year old daughter Chelsea who has CP cannot walk and has been on 13 cruises. Over the years I have met many parents of children with Autism so understand your situation. Maybe a couple of questions to enable me to help you further. What cruise ? How old are children? Are you looking at kids club? What are their and your interests? How do they tolerate crowds and noise? Anything else? One thing I can definitely recommend dining is going on cruise control and requesting Boarding Assistance. This will minimise standing in lines in the very busy departure areas and get your cruise of to a good start. Also on boarding make contact with Reception and advise them of any special requests you may have. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  9. We used Aussie. There were 2 outlets one as you got off the ship and another over the other side where the bar and restaurant were. You paid in multiples of $5. When we were there a pie and a beer were $10. Yam Chips, Sausage Sandwiches and Beers $5. Entry to the Turtle Sanctuary $5. I didn’t think the prices were too bad. We were talking to a one of the staff and they told us they had all come from Alotau by boat to man all the stalls. We were there in a February last year and it is one of the most stunning places I have seen. Enjoy your cruise. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  10. My daughter has a wheelchair and gets assistance. We normally drop our bags off early 8.30 and check what time boarding will commence usually about 10.30. There is a special line up and a place to sit you will be given a card with a number. You will need to complete the health questionnaire and outgoing passenger card before being taken to a special queue for Cruise card photo and Check in. You will then be reseating before being taking onto the ship. In most cases we have been on board by 11.30. I know you are aware of your child’s coping ability. It is quite noisy and very busy. Just a suggestion If you lived locally it might be worth going for a trial run before the actual cruise. We did that prior to our daughters first cruise and she now has done 13. It also makes it a bit less stressful for Mum and Dad as well to know the procedures beforehand. If your thinking about kids club go up and have a chat to the supervisor they are very accommodating. I hope you have a great time, it is one of the best ways to enjoy yourselves away from the day to day routine of having a disabled child. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. If you can use the MyGov site. Select home on the left hand side. From the drop down menu, select Travelling Overseas. You will then key in your travel details. It will then advise you how you will be affected. I agree about advising them of your return. My daughter lost her Health Care Card and it took many phone calls to have it restored. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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