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  1. Zero Hedge sometimes has fun articles but they should be digested, if at all, with a metric tonne of salt: https://www.newsguardtech.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ZeroHedge.com_.pdf There is plenty of over the top fear mongering about this virus without resorting to dodgy media sites.
  2. Unfortunately, unless one is already in NZ or Oz, I would say the odds are extremely heavily stacked against a cruise in the next half year or so. The entire Aus/NZ cruise season is looking very iffy, to say the least. For info on border crossing into Oz check here: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/ Sorry to be a downer, but before mass vaccination, I doubt Australia will be accessible for non-residents/citizens. I imagine the same goes for NZ. We will have an NZ-Aus travel bubble working before the end of 2020 *fingers crossed* but more than that it very unlikely any time soon. We
  3. I find Cruideckplans is pretty good for getting a general idea about cabin layouts: https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/Norwegian-Bliss Better if you can find a youtuber reviewing the specific cabins, of course.
  4. That's peculiar. I show three results for Aus/NZ in Dec 20: 14-Day New Zealand from Brisbane on the Sun 13-Day New Zealand from Melbourne on the Sapphire 13-Day New Zealand from Sydney on the Majestic Sounds like the web sites are having trouble keeping up with all the changes.
  5. The Regal Princess cruises in December in Aus/NZ have now been removed from their web site. The first cruise is now 9 Jan 2021. I was booked 15 Dec 2020 through a third party and called to make the required final payment today, only to find the cruise is no longer there. No official announcement from Princess as yet. Deposit refund is now in the system.
  6. The Government has extended their "Human Biosecurity Emergency Period" by three months: https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/human-biosecurity-emergency-period-extended-by-three-months That puts the kibosh on several Princess sailings. Here's a story on it: https://cruisepassenger.com.au/australias-cruise-ban-extended-to-december-17/
  7. Figures - I am booked on the Regal on Dec-15. Full payment will be due before they cancel that one, I bet. That'll learn me for going through a third party.
  8. NZ is close to putting the 2020 Aus/NZ cruise calendar out of commission: https://www.watoday.com.au/world/oceania/ardern-says-trans-tasman-bubble-a-long-way-off-20200803-p55i40.html Victoria will have to be like QLD/WA/NT/SA/Tas in terms of community spread before the travel bubble will be allowed. Given that cases are only just peaking (hopefully they are peaking), this is months away yet. Somewhere in 2021 looks more likely.
  9. And the Regal is supposed to be in Oz. I am booked on it Dec-15 out of Sydney. Given the situation in Victoria it is looking increasingly unlikely to happen 😕
  10. There are ridiculously beautiful beaches in every state in the country (though some are a tad dangerous, because of bitey and stingy things in or out of the water). On WA's south coast there are gorgeous beaches, especially around Esperance, but it is a rare cruise which stops there. The sand is so white it is blinding (Image search link). Sometimes a roo will join you on the beach. If you see another person you can always move to the next beach to get one to yourself.
  11. There are a lot of similarities with Canada. Canadians tend to live near the USA border, we live near the coast. Both mineral-rich and sparsely populated with extreme climates in large regions. Both have native peoples which are a small minority of the population. Westminster political system, Queen as head of state, part of the Commonwealth.
  12. And only a population of 25 million spread across that (though almost all within 50 miles of the coast). For perspective, I tell people I live in Perth, which is basically San Diego in terms of location and climate, and the nearest big city, Adelaide, is where Houston would be in terms of distance. Not much in between. A big lotta bush and sky. While Perth/Fremantle is a nice place to visit, it is 3-5 days cruise from the next destination of size. Not many people get over this side. My advice would be to concentrate on east coast Australia and NZ. Also, what the others said. Princess and
  13. I saw the 15 Dec date flash across my mobile news feed. We are booked on 15 Dec 2020, but it is in Oz. The Oz cruises are only postponed until the end of October so far. We get our final payment due in October if I recall correctly, so it will be interesting to see how this progresses. Here is the detailed media statement: https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/global-ship-operations-pause-december-2020.html
  14. PPS> This kind of thing certainly isn't going to help the situation: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-08/nsw-coronavirus-breach-as-passengers-from-melbourne-not-screened/12433286
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