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  1. Voyager goes into dry dock next week... so i would suggest there will be no one (from next week) until mid October when it next sails.
  2. My November 16th sailing was deleted too. Signed up again and hopefully it sticks this time.
  3. yeah... thats how i looked at it. Spend $200 to potentially save $200.
  4. On our booking with Royal Caribbean (via their AU website), we had a choice: 1) Fully refundable deposit until final payment date (but the cruise cost $200 extra). 2) A non refundable deposit with a cheaper cruise cost. So it exists... i think it just depends on the cruise line.
  5. I am a smoker and I am more than happy for there to be _no_ smoking inside. two reasons: 1) I smoke less if i have to go to a location to smoke. 2) You realise how much it smells when its inside.
  6. I think the announcement was fairly disappointing too. While the skypad doesnt interest me much, the lack of Hooked Seafood, Bamboo Room, lime and coconut and playmakers was a real surprise. Its clearly a play for the asian/chinese market compared to the Australian market. Oh well.. you cant win them all I suppose.
  7. While the enforced dress code is largely "smart casual", what people wear seems to depend on the cruise and the time of year. We went on a new years cruise on Pacific Eden and it was generally casual, however people did make the effort for the white and gatsby nights. If you are travelling outside of school holidays, then i would suggest the clientele will probably dress up more. Thats just my opinion though and I am probably wrong. 🙂
  8. We did the Chef's Table over New Year on the Pacific Eden. I cant recommend it enough. I think the P&O extra's are a bit expensive sometimes, however this was well worth it for the wine alone. It is all very civilised and the food is just damn superb.
  9. I got it recently for our November cruise out of Singapore. AUD$57 including service charge. At current rates that works out to about USD$39 per day.
  10. Great article! 🙂 (but i am biased). As much as I am thoroughly a Melbournite, I do think Sydney is the better city for visiting - particulary short visits. Its an extraordinarily photogenic place. However, if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture and have more time to spend in a place, then I think Melbourne has the edge.
  11. When i booked our November cruise on Voyager, I was given a refundable option, but the overall cruise cost around $200 more. I took it purely for the flexibility and it was a good deal anyway.
  12. They might have calculated it as though paid credit in Singapore Dollar or New Zealand or even canadian dollar. Regardless.... what a nice little bonus! 🙂
  13. They are clearly after the 18-40 market! I havent seen any stats, but I would suggest the 18-40 market is probably the most under represented market in cruising out there. So, rather than work to steal passengers from other cruise lines, they are trying to encourage people who have not cruised before and get brand loyalty that way. As for the price, its clearly inflated because its the first round of bookings and I would think it would drop as their other 2 ships start coming into service. Also... There are no extra dining costs on board.... so its a fair assumption that your onboard account might be a little lower than another cruise line. Also... they will hopefully then start to look at the Australian/NZ market and make it a bit cheaper for us down here to get access to the cruises.
  14. I recommend getting something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Charging-Carrying-Universal-POWERGENCE/dp/B075282TD1/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1550033577&sr=8-4&keywords=universal+adapter+power+strip I have one and it has the USB as well as power. Its all you will need in singapore, sydney and on the cruise. The great thing is that its NOT a surge detector so the cruise line wont freak out about it.
  15. @punkinlr Do you know what games you wish to attend? The game itself usually determines the urgency of whether you should buy tickets or not. For example: If you are in town on Thursday March 28th, that night is the Richmond V Collingwood game. For that game, you will definitely want to buy your tickets as soon as possible as there is likely to be 80 - 90,000 people going to that game. (the atmosphere at that game will be great too). Alternatively, if you were going to the Hawks (my team) V bulldogs game on the sunday afternoon, I would suggest a crowd of around 45 - 50,000. The urgency for purchasing tickets to that game would not be as great.
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