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  1. It has been rumoured. Regardless... its still massive news and a big investment. It would effectively guarantee that Royal will be doing year round itineraries out of Australia too.
  2. 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.
  3. My November 16th sailing was deleted too. Signed up again and hopefully it sticks this time.
  4. yeah... thats how i looked at it. Spend $200 to potentially save $200.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. 🙂
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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! 🙂
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. @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.
  17. I was thinking about that. CUB have tank bars now where they deliver directly into the tank.... something like that would be awesome. Not sure how it would go on a cruise ship though.
  18. hahahahahah Or at the least.... one of the black t-shirts with a bow tie/shirt printed on the front.
  19. HA. I agree with you about the "big". I was more thinking about the branding aspect! (the dreamer side of me was slipping away and the financial side of me was taking over! 🙂 )
  20. I see that coffee is clearly sore point for a lot of people. We were talking about this before.... if we went for the big American style cruise liner and had "branded" outlets, we would have something like a St Ali coffee on board. Complete with Melbourne hipster barista's as well! HA!
  21. AND.... Lolly Cake. I became obsessed with it when i was on a NZ cruise a few years ago.
  22. HAHAHA.... A streamlined check in process would be great. A good bakery on board would be a must. As everyone has said: Pies, Vanilla Slice, Pav's etc.... it would be a winner. And the variety of restaurants idea is a great one! On our recent cruise (P&O) my wife commented on how good the curries were. This is obviously down to the background of the staff on board.... so let it shine!!!! We also said there should be a tattoo parlour (not that I would be a customer) but I notice that the impending "Virgin Voyages" have that idea on its way.
  23. Hey all, Recently my wife and I were on a cruise and we were joking around about what we would do if we started a cruise line based out of Australia (that would be specifically aimed at an AU/NZ audience). As the cruise went on, we would have little brainwaves as to what features we would add to our ships. While creating my own cruise line will never happen, I would love to know what ideas you would love to see on a cruise. To get it started: Bunnings style Sausage Sizzle on the pool deck every day. TWO UP in the casino. Mandate that bread is NOT sweet. YUM CHA/DIM SUM for lunch (at least once per cruise and on a sea day). In the real world, they probably wont be financially viable, appeal to the masses etc.... or if they do exist, you have a unique spin on things. I am interested to see your responses. 🙂
  24. I assume they would be doing that too. We were on the Eden over NYE and they seemed to be lacking on some general maintenance in some of the staterooms. Considering they were never upgraded when the ship was handed over to P&O they are getting a bit tired.
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