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    New Zealand
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  1. I will second the travelscoot, not having any experience with others I can't give you comparisons but we have cruised & flowen (domestic & international) with ours. We have had a combination of having to gate check or check at counter when flying - depends on airline. Sometime the battery comes into the cabin, sometimes it is checked (depends on the type of plane). We have a double wine cooler neoprene holder that I unpicked the stiches from and use it to carry the battery. On the ship it has been great - small turning circle (which is great for elevators),
  2. Surely it isn't an issue when ordering non-alcoholic drinks? These are uncapped when on a drinks plan and won't require "responsible" drinking.
  3. I was booked on two cruises - Brisbane to Sydney (12-14 Nov) and then the 14 Nov cruise Sydney to Auckland. We received the message from Princess cancelling the first but as yet nothing to cancel the second even though they have publically cancelled all cruises to Dec. I was able to complete the form indicating my preference without the email cancellation, using the link from the first one. I am so sorry that your once in a lifetime cruise is becoming such a chore, unfortunately both Aus and NZ are very slow off the mark vaccinating the population and both countries will struggle
  4. I have sailed mainly with P&O but done a cruise with Carnival and Princess. For me P&O is good value for money and offers a good product. It is the 3 star line - the ships are older but well kept, the entertainment is certainly on par with the others. Food was the difference for me - I certainly never went hungry and I do like the pantry from a choice and hygiene perspective. However the menu choices are a little more limited - e.g. 3 mains not 5 or 6 and the meat is more braised (e.g. casseroles) than steaks. While I found the quality of the food to be better on Carni
  5. Personally I love Sky City or Sky City Grand. They are surrounded by restaurants and are part of the casino complex. We like the size of the rooms (spacious), the comfort, the security and just the level of luxe for the price. While we don't gamble it doesn't affect our stay but does mean there is loads of food options with good hours of service in the complex. We are semi locals - from NZ but this is our pre-cruise hotel of choice. There is a supermarket less than 5 min walk away and then we just get a taxi or uber to the port for about $10. We tend to catch a shuttle from t
  6. I echo the above, there is no ability to pre-purchase cans of drink - just water. Cans from memory were $2.50Au each - but always warm as the bar would only tip it over ice and never had any in a fridge. The soft drink package is not worth it (I worked out you get about a third of a can per cup so need to drink a fair few a day to come out even). The good thing however is P&O allow you to take a dozen cans per person onboard so just take your own. No rule on the type of drink as long as it is in a can and non-alcoholic. You do however have to pack them loose in hand luggage
  7. Being a rider of both I would suggest something comfortable with an upwards riding position e.g. not a sports bike. Sports bikes are great for an afternoon blat but not ideal for the roads in reality. I am not sure if you live in NZ but if you do I strongly encourage you to enroll in the ride forever courses - I try to do one a year to keep my skills up and they are low cost and with the current cash back on rego pay for themselves....
  8. Hey Taffy I am with you - keen to get back to cruising and think that NZ is in front of the world with this. Hubby and I were looking at this cruise as well 🙂 Both of us feel more comfortable cruising to the pacific than Aussie at the mo. Not liking P&O's current deal (we have FCC so the $1 deposit is valueless to us and we are particular about our cabins) but once it changes we will book a cruise ASAP! Cruise ships got a bad wrap with Corvid - you didn't hear much about the 5000 people infected at a European ski resort!
  9. Not sure where you are located @Wellydancer but if you are in the UK or Australia / New Zealand then I suggest you check out Stake. They allow you to purchase on the US exchange - this is how I bought my shares from NZ. I have used a couple of platforms to purchase shares and they are the easiest and cheapest....
  10. So for us we are still keen on cruising and have a few booked over the next 18 months. They may get cancelled not because we don't want to go but because we may not be able to leave / return the country. I don't need to get my confidence back but I think it will change the cruise industry - who will have to overcome the negative publicity that has been generated by the Diamond / Ruby Princess etc. One of the things that could easily be adopted it what P&O Australia has done. While they have been heavily criticized for the "food court" feeling of turning the buffet
  11. Hi Tracey It is my understanding that there is Carnival on both the US and the UK market. I purchased my US shares via Stake (they are allowing kiwi's on the Aussie site till the launch in NZ later this month). It took about two days to set up and then another 2 to get the money transferred. It is a great time to be buying the shares - they have halved in value since I bought them but not worried as they will go up + I have enough cruises planned to more than get my money back through OBC. Look for CCL with the picture of a red flag with a blue centre.
  12. Following as I am interested too. We are on a Princess cruise to these ports in October which appealed as these destinations aren't typically offered.
  13. They sure do. If you have previously received this it is likely to be on your profile and automatically applied to your booking.
  14. I have only ever booked through a personal cruise planner but this time wanted to book direct online using the Princess website. We need an accessible cabin (we have sailed before and completed special needs profiles) but while it allow me to go through select a cabin when it comes to completing the booking it just says the cabin is unavailable and select another one. However they don't give another one but the cabin is still showing as been able to be selected. I have tried to call but gave up after 30 min on hold and chat is offline. I am thinking my issue is because we are t
  15. The Ruby is running a special menu on trial that is very beef heavy - pretty much every night there is prime rib / strip steak / beef tips etc. They did do a "hangi" dinner - however being a Kiwi i ordered this with an open mind and can confirm it is nothing like a hangi in NZ.
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