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About MikeC1610

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    Sydney, Australia
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    Cruising, swimming, photography
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    NCL, Celebrity
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    South Pacific

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  1. Here's an idea. So from what I understand the problem with the buffet is mostly to do with multiple hands touching the same serving utensil be it tongs, serving spoons etc. How about we keep the buffet as is but: ensure that everyone, and that means everyone thoroughly washes/sanitises their hands on entry, then slip on a pair of thin sanitised rubber gloves each individual then picks up their own sanitised silicon utensil handle cover that they slip over the utensil they are using to serve their own food. When finished with the utensil handle cover they drop it in the containers stationed around the buffet where they are taken and re-sanitised to be re-used. If an individual wants a second serving they take a fresh utensil cover from one of the many stations around the buffet. Surely this approach would eliminate 99% of any possibility of contamination through people handling the same utensils. Sure it would be an inconvenience but IMO would work and be a much more acceptable and way less inconvenient approach than converting the buffet to a MDR style eatery. Tables could still be spread out to a safe distance if required.
  2. What a stupid comment. You may have been sitting on your rear end for the past couple of months but I can tell you there are plenty of motivated people out there that have been exercising more than ever. It's all about motivation and commitment to looking after your body and staying healthy.
  3. Thanks for the info Mr Walker. Myself and my family live in Sydney and we are hoping Spectrum offers some revenue cruises at a reduced price from Sydney like the Sapphire Princess is doing from early May. Would be a great opportunity to snap up a bargain on an almost brand new ship. At the very worst you would have to think the Spectrum would offer a revenue cruise for the relocation from Sydney back to Asia or if not Asia to wherever RC decide to deploy the ship after its Aussie stint whenever that may be. Would be a real shame to bring the Spectrum down to Sydney and not offer some revenue cruises for the diehards. If you hear any news of revenue cruises be sure to let us all know.
  4. Roebuck Bay, Broome, Western Australia. One incredible place.
  5. Took this a few months ago at Vivid Sydney
  6. That's good news. A couple of waterslides would be great. I would like to see them get rid of the up-market shops on the Royal Promenade and replace them with some nice bars, cafes and/or places to eat. I hardly ever saw anyone in those shops. They may be fine on an up-market cruise line but IMO they are out of place on a Royal Caribbean ship. The Cafe Promenade on the Voyager is awful. Too small, dark and dingy. That place is in desperate need of a make-over. I would gut the place and change it to a new food/drink venue.
  7. Whilst that would be MASSIVE News I doubt it would be the deployment of an Oasis Class Ship. I don't think any ports in Australia/NZ would be big enough to handle a ship of that size. After reading it again I think they might be deploying Adventure of the Seas to Aust/NZ. If I'm right I think that ship was recently refurbished?
  8. Thank you so much Papa B for giving your time and documenting your Hawaii/POA experience. It really does give a lot of clarity in regard to what to expect, particularly on the POA. Four or Five days in Waikiki followed by the POA has been on our bucket list for a few years now. As you commented, it is quite an expensive cruise (works out to be about $500 AUD per day for us Aussies) so we have to weigh up whether we do the POA for 7 nights or another ship locally for 14-18 nights for the same cost with no 10 hour flight each way to contend with. Your review has certainly tipped the scales in favour of the POA option. Thanks Again.
  9. Another Tip Try to avoid booking an interconnecting room. We had one in a balcony cabin on Deck 10 on the Jewel and could hear the people in the cabin next door. The seal on the interconnecting doors is not very good and therefore you hear the people in the adjoining cabin when they are talking or worse you can hear their TV very clearly as most people tend to have the volume up way too loud. We never heard any noise from the people on the other side which was not interconnecting.
  10. I wouldn't be worrying too much about how much room the sofa bed takes up when fully extended. You can easily squeeze between it and the TV/Desk setup to get out onto the balcony. The problem with the sofa bed is that it is like sleeping on a park bench. We just got off the Jewel and my 8 year old daughter required 2 foam mattress toppers to make it half comfortable. The first thing you should be doing when your room steward introduces him/herself is request 2 foam mattress toppers. Have a great cruise.
  11. Great advice. We stayed in Cabin 10556 on the Jewel which is a connecting cabin. We had an elderly Asian couple next to us that had to shout at each other at 6am each morning when they would get out of bed. We could hear them like they were in our cabin. Would never ever get an interconnecting cabin again. You definitely live and learn!
  12. Get yourself down to the Cavern Club about an hour and a half before the advertised show time, grab a seat, relax and have a few drinks and before you know it the Epic Beatles will be on. That was our routine and we never had a problem getting a seat. The Epic Beatles are brilliant as are 4 Blue, the other band that play the Cavern Club on a regular basis. Both are not to be missed.
  13. Have to say that I agree that prices have increased. We paid $4900 total for 3 people for a 13 night cruise on the Norwegian Jewel in January this year. That was in a regular balcony cabin (deck 10) and included the drinks package for 2, $100 OBC, Unlimited free WiFi and 250 mins free ship to shore phone calls. We thought it was a great deal. We loved the cruise so much we decided we would like to go back on the Jewel next January from Sydney to NZ. For a 10 night cruise in the same category balcony cabin with similar free at see inclusions it is going to cost us just over $8000. That is an increase of approx $3100 or 63% for a cruise that is 3 nights less than what we paid $4900 for in January this year. We found a Celebrity cruise on the Solstice to the South Pacific at the same time for the same number of nights (10) in a balcony cabin with a drinks package and $300 OBC for $6800 (over $1200) cheaper than the Norwegian Jewel), so we booked it with a $60 deposit special. We love the Jewel but cannot justify paying $1200 more than what Celebrity are offering for a cruise of the same number of nights in a similar cabin category with similar inclusions albeit we reckon the Norwegian drinks package is superior to the Celebrity one but not worth paying $1200 more for. My 2c worth.
  14. We recently were on the Norwegian Jewel and our 9 year old daughter required 2 mattress toppers as she was sleeping on the convertible sofa bed. The "mattresses" on those things are rock hard. I'm stuffed how they expect that anyone could sleep on those without at least 2 mattress toppers. You should request 2 toppers as soon as you get onboard. We were told that they only have a limited number of mattress toppers and once they are gone that's it. Get in early to ensure you get yours.
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