Sorry for delay in reply to comments. As mentioned by another poster, we still have to pay gratuities, the dollar difference US and Australian is shown so currency not a factor.
I know it is all cruise lines re TA policy. ( US lines for sure as all lines owned by one or two companies.
I enjoy Hal but maybe, despite liking the itinerary fir next year cruise - want to see a bit of Malta I may look at RCI or Celebrity who I have been wanting to try.
Sorry I forgot about our kiwi friends who enjoy the same disparity in pricing. Seems Canadians are a bit better off and nothing against Americans - I like you except for the buffet lines ha ha. But just as America does not like subsidising the rest of the world in many things, maybe the rest of the world cruisers do not like subsidising American cruisers.
We would just like a ‘Fair Go’ in pricing terms or access to the deals we do not get. I can tell you, in terms of perks, upgrades etc. we get nothing like what Americans do.
I wonder if HAL ever read forums etc. like hotels do on TripAdvisor? It would be nice to get some comment from them, and not just a standard blab.
Anyway I have had my gripe, thanks for reading and commenting. It is just nice sometimes to get things off your chest.
We are 3 star mariners which is not a high status as we do not cruise as much as Americans particularly but we have been loyal repeat customers as have many Aussies and Kiwis and in business, repeat customers are what you want.
May see some of you on a future cruise, whether that be HAL or not remains to be seen.