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leck57

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    Gold Coast Australia
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    travelling, cricket, rugby league
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess and Celebrity
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    Med

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  1. Well, we were not really having trouble with getting vaccines in the short term as the AZ vaccine is being produced here (and I have had my first shot). The Governments plan was that all who wanted the vaccine would be able to have it by October, however with the rare chance of blood clotting the panic movement have taken over and the Government has now recommended the Pfizer vacs for under 50's. The supply of Pfizer vaccine may be a problem until the 4th quarter of the year. I would think there is a good chance that the borders will be open by years end to anyone that has had the vaccine
  2. I am booked on the Royal from Singapore to Brisbane in mid October which I doubt will happen. My fall back option is one of the Sapphire or Royal cruises within Australia or to NZ in November. If the cruises that bring the Royal or Sapphire to this part of the world are cancelled, will Princess bring any ships here at all? I am just waiting for now. I've had one dose of the AZ vaccine with the second one in July but now with the over hyped scare about AZ, who knows which way the minority will steer this process now.
  3. Princess have had a show band in the theatre on every cruise I have been on.
  4. We have cruised both, and there are more similarities than differences. We always get a standard balcony cabin. As a quick summary (you will find a heap of threads on this topic) we find the cabins are slightly better on Celebrity, food much the same, Princess far better for entertainment. Celebrity tend to concentrate most entertainment, other than shows, around the atrium which we find crowded. Princess has far more choice and has it spread out over a number of venues. We probably have a slight preference for Princess but the itinerary would be our first deciding factor.
  5. We have cruised both, and there are more similarities than differences. We always get a standard balcony cabin. As a quick summary (you will find a heap of threads on this topic) we find the cabins are slightly better on Celebrity, food much the same, Princess far better for entertainment. Celebrity tend to concentrate most entertainment, other than shows, around the atrium which we find crowded. Princess has far more choice and has it spread out over a number of venues. We probably have a slight preference for Princess but the itinerary would be our first deciding factor.
  6. Send her down this way! I am supposed to be on her from October 15 from Singapore to Oz which I think is her first scheduled cruise back. Unfortunately I think it is 50/50 at best whether this cruise happens but I live in hope. Interesting that she is still a long way from where she will recommence cruising, even though it is still some time off. Perhaps they think it might be easier to get vaccinated crew to there, or are trying to tell me that she ain't coming here.😒 Nice photo and having sailed on her 4 times before, I remain forever hopeful that will happen again soon.
  7. I didn't think there was any doubt. Anyone who doesn't want the vaccine, in my opinion, doesn't cruise or fly internationally anywhere.
  8. Personally didn't have any trouble booking it when it changed to Rydges. Once there you essentially wouldn't notice any changes due to the ownership change.
  9. The hotels mentioned on here are all ok but having lived in Sydney for 30 years I now always stay at Rydges Circular Quay if departing on a cruise. Probably the closest hotel to the cruise terminal, a nice hotel with plenty of decent eating places close by. A flat walk to luggage drop off.
  10. I know where you are coming from. Thanks to Immunotherapy I have stopped and, for now, eliminated cancer, and it is difficult to accept wasting a year or two in not being able to travel. Then I think of the poor people that have lost their lives or have suffered with the virus, so my problems are minor. Hope you win the fight...and then you can worry about chair hogs, barrel chairs and other first world problems.
  11. Two points I think: 1 - I think Princess will mandate everyone on the cruise must be vaccinated (or did I miss something when they announced these cruises) 2 - will your Government be letting in people from other Countries that are not vaccinated. Certainly will not be happening here So I think you are safe - if the cruise happens.
  12. My simple rule when booking a cabin is that there must be cabins above and below mine. I don't get any cabin that cannot meet this requirement.
  13. I see where you are coming from but I doubt that there will be few excursions. Cruise lines make mega bucks from excursions and if they essentially have a monopoly for a while, they will make the most of it. Excursion companies will be falling at their feet for business.
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