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  1. I can't count on one hand the number of times I've gone back to my cabin and had anyone near me or even in the hall. I am far more likely to have people around when I leave my cabin because it is either around mealtime, showtime or happy hour. That being said, I'd still be more concerned being alone with someone in an elevator because you can't get out until it stops. And in terms of being in any foreign port, it's always a good idea to be vigilant. That's a whole different story though, those people can grab and go, ones on cruise ships don't escape quickly. Even when crime was horrible in NYC, the subways were always safe (we were teenagers) because it's hard to get away unnoticed. And I get back to the point of seeing a single name written on a door and say that I don't think someone is going to spend the time to not only notice which cabin has one name but will write it down so they remember. They would be more in tune to a potential victim they hit up at a bar when they see them sitting alone.
  2. I have traveled solo and gone to/from my cabin alone many times over the years and never once gave it a thought. I mean you could have a problem if you're alone with someone in an elevator too... I'd prefer to think people with evil intentions don't really like the confines of a cruise ship because they can't escape. Of course getting shipfaced and losing control of one's ability to walk upright can lend itself to unhappy endings.
  3. We are stopping in Hawaii on the way back for a day and a half then going east. I don't get jet lag when I go to Europe so hopefully won't get it this time. I'll land back in NJ at 6:30 AM so I'll go stand outside for a bit, that usually resets my body clock. 😊
  4. Very true but in terms of how many days you're away it does matter. If you are deciding between being away 20 days and 21 days the 21st day is actually the 20th day because you get that time back.
  5. We are going down under one time in our lives so being away longer is secondary to an adventure of a lifetime. We are actually flying out of Auckland on a red eye the day we get off Ruby Princess and going to Hawaii for a day and a half. Since I can't get back to NY without stopping might as well do it someplace fun. Tahiti was my first choice but the timing to do that was not right. Just remember you get time back when you leave so our flight leaves at 11:55PM but gets in at 1030 that morning.
  6. We went through Stayz to find a place for eight nights and reserved an awesome apartment. There are some nice properties available for as few as one night that you might want to take a look at. If you are staying for more than one night it may be worthwhile to take a look as I know I don't want to eat out every single meal for eight days before we board Ruby Princess next April.
  7. Yes it turns out it has terrific reviews on Trip Advisor ☺️ We've also booked an apartment through stayz for the eight nights we'll be in Sydney before we get on the ship. A much better option IMO to a hotel because with three of us already sharing a suite on the ship it will be good to have a little space before hand lol. This far ahead of time there were so many choices and there are some great gems. We didn't want non refundable (some actually don't give you anything back if you cancel even this far out) and we didn't want to pay the entire thing today so we narrowed it down to four and the one least like the others was the choice. Now to figure out what we want to do in Sydney but with all the accommodations taken care of now there's plenty of time to sort that. Have a great night.
  8. I found one via the google machine that looks perfect for us A nine hour private tour, picking us up from the cruise terminal and dropping us off at the airport that evening. Our flight to Honolulu isn't until close to midnight so we will have time on both ends to wait around so hopefully even if we have to be out of the cabin early, we can have some breakfast before we get off the ship and that will kill a bit of time. I'll do a search here and on TA for this tour company before we finalize it. Thanks for the feedback.
  9. I know them well and have been a long time member & contributor, but that doesn't mean people here don't have great suggestions either.
  10. Thank you. Would you happen to remember who they are?
  11. We're looking to fly out from Auckland when we get off Ruby next April and would like to spend the day sightseeing and doing something fun. Does anyone have recommendations for "for hire" private car businesses? It's kind of hard to use the google machine because they cater to "paid" businesses not necessarily the best ones. I expect we'd have somewhere around nine hours before we'd need to go to the airport. There won't be a big group of us. thanks in advance.
  12. That all makes sense, I just didn't know about what they'd do with the luggage. Thanks
  13. We are booked on Ruby Princess next year from Sydney. We are getting off eight days later in Auckland where she will then continue her voyage north. Does anyone know what time you have to get off the ship? Are we allowed to do excursions booked through them, come back to the ship to get our things and then get off before she leaves port? It's looking like our best flight options back might be 7:30 that evening so if we don't have to tote our luggage around all day or get off the ship first thing that would be better. Of course I don't know what their process is for customs anyway so it could be possible we can't get off then get on the ship then get back off so thought I'd ask here to see what others might have done before. Thanks in advance.
  14. The reality is the check was made payable to the estate because the INSURED is the person who the insurance is taken out on NOT the person who pays for the cruise.
  15. That's what I thought but they want to send a check to a stranger.... I was hoping someone might have some personal knowledge as to how to get the money to go to the person who made the payment. Thanks.
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