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  1. You praised someone else for actually contributing something towards answering the topic, whilst continually posting this kind of drivel over and over...
  2. I know what you mean in using the term "lockdown", in that you aren't intending it in the same sense as NSW, VIC, etc at the present time. I just know there are some people that will see the word "lockdown" in reference to WA, try to correlate it with the hard border, and assume that we are under restrictions for no reason (aside from the border, we're under none at all).
  3. Not so much anymore. I'm from WA and was all for the protections offered to begin with, but myself and many others are now getting frustrated with "Daddy Mark" constantly moving the goalposts. It's meaning there's hesitation in some people getting vaxxed to the detriment of those of us that have been, purely because he isn't giving people much hope. An interesting aside, I was just on holidays in Tassie and found it very interesting how many locals and visitors from other states were asking how we managed to leave the state and how we were planning on getting it back in, if we had to quarantine or whatnot. It seems that there's a lot of misunderstanding over exactly how the WA border works.
  4. Passenger Vessel Services Act. It's the rule that states non-US flagged ships that start/end cruises in US ports must visit at least one "distant foreign port". That's why previously when a cruise started and ended in the US, there was always at least one stop in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, etc. This is currently on pause at least for Alaska cruises, meaning they can depart and return to Seattle, and stop in Alaska, without visiting a foreign port (ie: Canada) along the way.
  5. The key word you used is "speculated". Many ships in that article are listed purely based on age or for being oddballs in their respective fleets.
  6. I'm from WA, have lived all 29 years of my life thus far here, and have never heard the term. Don't assume things and then get snarky because other members rightfully called you out for what you said - to imply that myself or others are "less Australian" somehow is absolutely ludicrous. We more than likely have sayings over here that you aren't familiar with, if you came across one would you appreciate a comment such as yours being aimed back at you? It's the type of close-minded comment I would honestly expect from an American, not a fellow Australia.
  7. But it's also important to note that Qantas and Jetstar are also having their services underwritten. It's an initiative to keep connections between capital cities and larger towns, not something targeted towards Virgin to keep them alive for now.
  8. They own around half of their 737 fleet, and most of their 777s (maybe all, it's been a while since I checked). Wherever this info is coming from that they don't own anything, it's incorrect.
  9. Well, no. The entire issue is that the federal and state governments want nothing to do with any craft that is carrying foreigners.
  10. Qantas has no aircraft "based" outside of Australia. They have a foreign crew base in the UK, but they don't have actual aircraft attached to it. All are VH (Australian) registered, and ultimately home-based out of Mascot. There are the various Jetstar subsidiaries, but their aircraft are locally-registered with their headquarters in their respective countries.
  11. Only for foreign nationals. Australian citizens can only leave under extraordinary/compassionate circumstances, and DFAT is turning people away at the airport if they don't fall under the limited scope of these new rules. I know the discussion was related to the US tourists that tested positive, but people may misinterpret your comment as meaning everyone can leave of their own free will.
  12. This doesn't surprise me. I work at the airport and there have been a lot of passengers from the ships pass through in the last several days, some with a LOT of luggage. One in particular paid $6,000 AUD in excess baggage fees!!!
  13. QM2 has a very small number of passengers on board, but only those that have health concerns with flying. Costa Deliziosa on the other hand was (to my surprise) most certainly NOT empty when leaving Freo. Not only the people on the upper and promenade decks, but also the many people on stateroom balconies:
  14. I think, worst case scenario and this drags out for months on end, the larger cruise lines will survive but with major reductions in their fleet sizes. Maybe even downsizing and consolidation of the various brands that fall under the likes of Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean Intl. The only one I can see coming through without much damage is Disney, purely based on the near bottomless pockets of their parent corporation (in saying that, I believe it is drastically going to mess up their future fleet plans).
  15. Thanks for the heads up! It was an hour-long drive one way, but I couldn't pass up a chance to see so many ships at once, especially QM2! Costa Deliziosa's decks were packed as she pulled away, QM2 seemed to be transferring off the last of her passengers just prior. Also saw Seven Seas Mariner sitting off the coast.
  16. There's also another thread about it posted here in the Aussie/NZ section:
  17. Yeah, that's fraud. Requesting a chargeback when by all means the other party did everything they were entitled to at the time is not playing fair.
  18. You mean the Passenger Vessel Services Act. The Jones Act is similar but covers the shipping of goods between ports. That the Jones Act covers passenger cruising is a common misconception. I'm trying my best to push people into citing the right one 😉
  19. I know I'm being picky, but what you mean is the Passenger Vessel Services Act. People tend to incorrectly cite the Jones Act, usually thinking they are the same thing or that the Jones Act encompasses the rules of the PVSA, but they are not and do not.
  20. In regards to the travel/transportation industry, "offline" can mean "not in service" or "not currently part of an active fleet".
  21. Carnival is offering the same, I just got the same email regarding my upcoming cruise on the Splendor.
  22. Flybe has been living on borrowed time for some time now, I'm sure people will be linking it to coronavirus, but as someone who works in the industry I can say that Brexit had more of an impact on their demise than this pandemic has.
  23. I'll just add a little recommendation, you will be fine in 99.9% of instances, but make sure to ask the taxi drivers if their card machine is working before beginning your journey. I've had co-workers stung with this a few times and have had to quickly run to get cash on the completion of their ride, so even if it seems like a silly thing to ask I always make sure to do so.
  24. 27th April - Carnival Splendor - 10-night South Pacific Thanks! 🙂
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