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About Mr&MrsCookie

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    Brisbane Australia
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    Cruising, Camping
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    South Pacific

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  1. Timewise, you will be able to make it easily. But are they running harbour cruises on christmas day?
  2. Surprising they didn't mention a noro outbreak on her as well...Media doing positive stories on cruise ships are few and far between.
  3. Eclipse will be 'Edgified' when she comes here so a little different (not sure about better or worse..) to Solstice
  4. Please don't tip in Australia and New Zealand - people will start to expect it. It's not customary to tip here as most workers get paid a reasonable amount - and don't rely on tips for income like America does.
  5. It wasn't intentional to look like that but hubby thought it was funny - Can't remember what it was called
  6. All the desserts seem to look better than they taste (although I did get one dessert in the main restaurant that was in the shape of male genitals! 😮) Really loved the key lime pie in the restaurant though - pity I only saw it once.
  7. Got a certificate from Celebrity in March for crossing international date line.
  8. I didn't mean Solstice when I said old. She is quite young (and 5 star) compared to our permanent ships (the P&O fleet are in their twenties - the newest addition is the old Dawn Princess being 23 years old) The base fares for Aust/NZ went up a bit a year or more ago when the gratuity started being included. Still probably not much of a price difference to the old prices - just paying gratuity before the cruise rather than at the end. The crew would be better off this way as they will be getting their tips from everybody and not just from those who didn't take off the auto gratuity.
  9. Australians don't have high expectations at all when it comes to cruising. In fact just the opposite. We have to settle for old ships for one (that stay here year round) and always get the hand me downs. I personally couldn't fault the crew on my March cruise - and the crew work so hard keeping the drinkers happy and get less money for it than in Alaska. I would guess and say that most of the good Alaskan reviews were before the Aust/NZ ones which indicates to me that things are going a bit downhill with time. One thing I noticed with the reviews is that everyone mentions the ship is looking tired and due for the drydock (including me)
  10. Loud music wasn't a problem on my March cruise on Solstice. The only time I did notice it was when I was having brekky early one morning out on the deck behind Oceanview. The really loud rock music spoilt it -it is normally so peaceful there at that time.
  11. Only you can decide which cruise to do - they are all for totally different countries so you need to do your research to see which appeals to you more. If you are coming from a long way away and only do one cruise, the 2nd one seems a little bit of a waste as you don't get to see Australia or NZ at all. All 3 cruises are very common itineraries and very popular.
  12. SHIP: Solstice CABIN #:7211 DECK #:7 CLASS: 2A AREA: Port BED NEAR: Bath QUIET?: Very - no noise from elevators BALCONY VIEW: View to aft is blocked by cabins on the hump, can see all the way to the bridge BALCONY SIZE: First angled cabin on the hump so only slightly bigger WIND A PROBLEM?: No SOOT A PROBLEM?:No PROBLEMS/COMMENTS: When standing at railing, can see straight into the balcony next door (7209) so not private. The slightly bigger bit of balcony always had water pooled there. Not worth paying any extra for.
  13. Don't believe everything you read. If there was a chance of it not being finished on time, then I'm sure we all would have got wind of it in Brisbane at least by now. If the grain terminal had to be used, then everything you would assume would probably happen there. The only times I've heard about people getting processed at Portside and bused to grain terminal was when there was a last minute change eg recently was too windy to get to Portside so docked at grain terminal and people were bused there.
  14. I think that it's a bit rude that the company who charges the most in the world for a drink package - and are also known to make weak drinks - has a daily limit.
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