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  1. Celebrity. May 11th Hawaii to Vancouver cruise. I got the Excursions from this cruise refunded yesterday. Hopefully the TA has got a refund as well. Others in the roll call seem to be getting cruise refunds as well. As I said in the roll call. If All The TA's are getting their customers refunds back in small chunks, it is going to take ages to put it all together and to start refunding people.
  2. After the run around with TA her, with the latest problems I am tempted to direct to Celebrity in the US to book. I would also be tempted to try an American TA if I know of a good one.
  3. Nothing for us either. But no stress I hope that it will eventually happen 🙂
  4. I am now seriously thinking about going cruising again May 2022. If it is not by then, I would hate to think of the mess we will be in. So I for one hope that there will be some great sales on later this year.
  5. The Air New Zealand were cheap non-refundable fares. Though you would think that they would change the rules under the circumstances. Air New Zealand want to charge $600 per person and the TA another $300 person. We took the credit note, though not sure when or how we will use it. Hopefully book some flights early 2022.
  6. We are with them too. They changed the rules last week. So now you can get a full refund on the cruise. For the rest of the holiday they will still take their $600 or you can get a credit voucher. Just went through this with them on Thursday. We took the full refund for the cruise component and a credit voucher for the flights with Air New Zealand. After both the airline and the TA took our their fees for cancelling it was going to cost us $1800. I for one will be changing the way we book in the future.
  7. The TA charging the $300 per person fee, changed their rules on Friday. All cruise line bookings can now be refunded free of charge. All other holiday bookings still have the $300 fee but now capped.
  8. My first thoughts were if they only allowed Australians and New Zealanders onboard they could start up early. But the crew would have to be onboard a month before any cruise started and would there be enough passengers to fill one ship let alone one from each cruise line?
  9. When we were at Hobbiton in early March there was a group of 4 cruise passengers who had hired a car in Tauranga ( I noticed the hire companies had a temporary setup just as you leave the ship there ) They said that they had plenty of time to go to Hobbiton and Rotorua and was under half the price of the ships tour
  10. We had to go to a Funeral last Thursday. Could not believe the price of fuel at Ballan and this is on the Western Freeway in the middle of nowhere between Melbourne and Ballarat.
  11. A box of 750ml bottles of beer has 12 bottles. A slab of beer has 24 375ml bottles or cans. https://www.danmurphys.com.au/dm/home a good place to check prices
  12. On the roll call for our Melbourne to Auckland cruise there were a lot of recommendations for the Langham? and Travelodge in Southbank. People that stayed in them all said that they were good and easy walking. Another couple stayed near the Queen Victoria market and highly recommended that area. All trams in the centre of Melbourne are free everyday. For our holiday in Canada we used Airbnb. Found some excellent apartments in some lovely locations and saved some money. Might be worth a look here too?
  13. That was one of the many highlights I was looking forward to 🙂 Hopefully next year we will get to visit.
  14. I see that the Caledonian Sky is still stranded off Darwin with 114 passengers aboard.
  15. As for your question about Auckland. We have just got back from our 5th trip to New Zealand. Just love the countryside, it has just stunning scenery. Auckland is a nice City but get out into the Coromandel's to the east. the Kauri forests to the north west and of cause Rotorua and Lake Taupo to the south. Easy to spend 2 weeks just on these areas. You still have the rest of the Island to see. Then the South Island .......
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