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  1. I was on the Solstice once, late in the evening, walking past an empty bar on my way back to my cabin. I saw a passenger shouting, and in the face of a smaller man, who appeared to be a waiter. The passenger then grabbed the waiter by the arm, but at that point realised I was there, and let him go. He continued shouting incoherently however, so I sat down on a chair near the two of them. I'm not a big man, but was a a front row prop in my younger days and have the build and ugliness to go with it. The passenger got the message, and moved on.
  2. Just askin', but has there been a thread deleted from the Australian/Kiwi cruiser forum today? There was only one post on the thread, with a video attached to it, which was quite funny, when I read it earlier today. Now it seems to have disappeared.
  3. Chiliburn, at least until next weekend, we all have leave to ask any Kiwi how the All Blacks are going in the Rugby. In fact, if you are an Aussie, it's mandatory.
  4. But we all know climate change is bunkum ....
  5. And that's before you leave the ship, I guess..
  6. I've got a Timex watch I bought 53 years ago. Mechanical movement (no battery). You shook your hand and it wound itself up. Hardly ever used it. Bought it to check the time during the WA leaving exams in 1967, and its been sitting in drawers ever since. Last ticked over in December 1967. It was the only one I could afford at the time. Probably still is. Now, if there was a collectors' market for vintage Timex timepieces .....
  7. Two visits to Noumea, 11 of my group on board on the last visit this year. All got on and off ship at different times. No one saw or heard about immigration control, nor was the need for it announced on the ship (admittedly mostly Aussies, Aussie residents, and Pacific Islander passengers). But yes, check with the cruise line or Embassy/Consulate.
  8. Just make sure you point the business end at all times at the most annoying member of your party!
  9. Of course you are right, Relaxing Robbies, but if you are in a group, especially with kids or the elderly, it would be less frazzling to catch an Uber or a taxi which would take much less time and cost not that much more for the group. When the Perth - Airport train line is completed in a year or so it will all become so much simpler to travel Airport to Fremantle with only one change of line at Perth Central Station.
  10. Continuing, don't know what went wrong just then! In any event, we ended up being fed as well. From Munich we rang our well known Australian travel agent and left a message that we would be missing our land connection in Thailand and told them of our anticipated new arrival time. When we checked in in Munich the counter clerk observed we had arrived business class, from Rome and booked us in business class for the next leg. Great! On arrival at Bangkok our transfer vehicle was waiting for us. Yep, things sometimes work out for the best.
  11. Things have a habit of falling into place. Once, due to a train strike in Rome we just missed our flight to Thailand where we were to spend a few days in Hua Hin before returning home. We were flying economy. After telling the counter clerk our tale, with a few well chosen expletives about the Italian railway system included, we were informed that a Lufthansa plane was leaving very shortly to Munich, which would connect us to a Lufthansa flight to Bangkok two hours later. We were told that we would fly business class to Munich, but no meal would be provided. For a one hour flight, who cared? I
  12. There's a hop on hop off bus for about $25 AUD which stops at about 8 or 10 popular spots around town and is pretty regular. It stops at Lemon Bay if I remember correctly. It gives you a chance to see the town and stop off at a few spots that catch your interest over 4 or so hours. Check on last service times and bus colours and note that there are at least 2 different companies that offer this service and they are not interchangeable. The complimentary ships transfer bus drops you off at the booking offices/ information centre and returns you to the ship. But please check online rather than take the words of a random poster as gospel!
  13. HAL didn't on a relocation cruise a few years ago.
  14. The amount of money you will spend on lawyers to recover the entire cost of one holiday will keep Mr. and Mrs Gut on annual overseas cruises for the next five years. Just sayin'.
  15. I'll bite. How does anyone accidentally book a 38 day cruise?
  16. Yeah, but they only got to eat the first course.
  17. Some of you guys, and I'm looking at Possum here, scoffed at me when I pointed out the high cost of food at AFL matches. Well, how do you feel now that its been revealed that the cost of a chicken and rabbit pie at the Essendon game was $725? (Ducks and sneaks away sniggering.)
  18. Oh wad some power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us Robert Burns
  19. You know, posting that bit of nonsense in jest got me thinking. Those of us born in the late forties/early fifties lived through and adapted to some fairly unique social norms and habits of daily life that our children and grandchildren will never experience. Apart from inkwells, pigtails, night soil carters and milk monitors, there was a very different routine to our existence We walked to school. The milkman came every morning with bottled milk, or fresh milk in a large can which he partially decanted into mum's container. The baker came every week day afternoon in his horse and cart, and if he liked you or was in a good mood, would give you a free bun and let you hold the reins while old Barney plodded the cart around his well remembered route. The weekly laundry was done every Saturday morning in the outside laundry or in the open air in an old copper. We still used washboards for their original intended purpose, and used Velvet soap and the blue bag (Bluo?) in the laundry water. If dad was a bit flash he bought mum a mangle to help with the wringing. We would go to the Railway line and climb on the overpass bridge to wait for the next steam train to go under, so we could smell the distinctive aroma of burning coal and feel the warm steam on our legs and arms. On Sundays our group of mates would grab a couple of oranges or apples from someones tree (we all had fruit trees in our back yards) and head barefooted into the surrounding bush for the day. There we would build forts and shelters out of saplings and tree branches, collect eucalyptus (Honkey) nuts, and throw them at each other until one of us got hurt (invariably) and ran home to his mother. We would catch tadpoles and tiny fish in the local swamps and make arrows out of reeds and bows out of supple branches and string. At home we would make shanghais out of forked branches, old push bike tire rubber, and leather straps, and had fun until somebody's window got broken. Those of us born immediately post war will also remember the bread slice with lard or dripping spread on it and sprinkled with sugar, which was an occasional much appreciated treat. Enough. Now all we've got is cruising. Honkey nut fight anyone?
  20. Mr. Gut, when you were a small boy in short pants, did you dip the pig tails of the pretty girl who sat in front of you into the inkwell? Or throw banana skins in front of the night soil carter's feet just as he stepped onto the road?
  21. How good were the Dockers? I would have thought that, as avid cruisers, you guys would be full on supporting them!
  22. We were on the Carnival Spirit in January (school holidays) in the South Pacific. The pools and water slides are great for kids and more agile adults alike. There are two kids clubs, one for the younger kids and the other for teenagers. There are at least 2 areas with toys and activities for parents with younger kids, for informal play, as well as areas for ship coordinated activities. They know what they are doing, and the kids love it and are well cared for. There is an area for electronic games for kids (the arcade?) and it is hard to keep them out, as they give out plastic turtles etc as "prizes", or at least they did in January. The kids clubs will look after the kids for you as long as you wish, at least until 9 pm or so, and will even feed them if you want. There will be heaps of other children of all ages around for yours to play with. Our 3 year old grandson said it was "the best holiday ever" , his 5 year old cousin had a ball, and our two 8 year old granddaughters were just as enthusiastic. The evening karaoke welcomed kids until 9 pm, and it was very popular with them. So much so that I hope never to hear a song from Frozen ever again! There is at least one giant outdoor movie screen in the main pool area which features kids and adult movies at different times. Snacks, self serve soft serve icecream is on tap, pizzas are always available. Enjoy your trip. Your kids certainly will! PS. just noticed you said it will be out of school holidays time. I still think there will be plenty of children around however as the ship is highly geared for them.
  23. Bhop, you could spend the rest of your life here and not see it all! Australia is almost as big as the USA, not including Alaska. I think you've made a wise decision, particularly as you are travelling with a 90 year old lady, who I would imagine would find the extra flights and attendant hassles difficult, not to mention the stress on you of having to look after your mother's needs and her luggage, as well as your own. Remember, the flight over and the flight back to the US will be taxing in their own right. Save the Great barrier reef, Uluru, and possibly Darwin and the Kakadu National Park for another trip, when you have more time. Mr Gut's suggestion on how to spend 4 days in Sydney is worthwhile, and with a little research you can come up with a few other things that will suit your interests as well. Big-M, I'm not as sanguine as you in dismissing wild creatures from hotel pools. I've seen several old walrus' cavorting in them, not to mention any number of porpoises!
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