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MelbTone

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    Transport: cars, rail, ships
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Short cruises from Melbourne

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  1. Just received from Cunard: that's my 2022 QM2 Melbourne-Fremantle cruise knocked out for the second year running - TBH not totally unexpectedly Our forecasts are showing that due to the number of affected international ports of call, and when restrictions in each will be lifted, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to deliver a Cunard World Voyage experience. Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel the 2022 World Voyages on both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. As a result of this decision, we are sorry to advise that your voyage has been cancelled. We understand you w
  2. Just received from Cunard: that's my 2022 QM2 Melbourne-Fremantle cruise knocked out for the second year running - TBH not totally unexpectedly Our forecasts are showing that due to the number of affected international ports of call, and when restrictions in each will be lifted, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to deliver a Cunard World Voyage experience. Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel the 2022 World Voyages on both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. As a result of this decision, we are sorry to advise that your voyage has been cancelled. We understand you w
  3. 11 new cases but the good news is that they're all linked to existing outbreaks.
  4. Check out twenty-something Emma's Queen Victoria cruise video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABwM_bOkKhQ
  5. Yes, rabbit pie was a regular menu item when I was kid, 1960s UK. Chicken was for special occasions.
  6. But presumably you would allow a deduction for accommodation, food etc. What does an au-pair or live-in nanny get paid all found?
  7. Thanks for the comments. I've bitten the bullet and booked Grand Princess, mini-suite. Surprising how many are already booked.
  8. I like to book as soon as cruises go on sale so as to have the best choice. Currently I'm booked on two Australia-only March 2022 cruises, not quite back to back, one on Queen Mary 2 deferred from this year, one on Celebrity Eclipse, booked at the start of 2020 pre-Covid. I'd guess that there is a chance (50%?) that one or both of these won't happen. Being optimistic I'm looking at booking a 13-day 2023 round NZ cruise with a view to getting a full deposit refund if one or both of the 2022 cruises needs to be rolled forward. For the first time I have a multiplicity of options. Any
  9. You could argue that a one-way trip is no different (speed apart) from a first-class flight!
  10. Very limited experience of F&C shops in UK and Aus but FWIW I've found the ones I've patronised here in Melbourne better than UK. The key difference here is that they cook to order, whilst the ones I used in UK took everything from a hot cabinet. The latter, though, is advantageous if you don't want to wait.
  11. We've got two of them here in Docklands. The other, originally Lady McKell, has been renamed Victoria Star with one of the wheelhouses removed to make a sun deck https://www.victoriastar.com.au/history
  12. Mine's a Panasonic: standard wholemeal loaf is five hours, rapid three hours, or, as OzKiwi says, you can set the timer so that the loaf will be finished in (say) ten hours. Mine (I've kept count, sad I know) has just passed 600 loaves. Big big plus compared with lots of 'time saving' appliances is that it's as good as self cleaning.
  13. Just back from my 2021 cruise. It was meant to be QM2 from Fremantle to Sydney, but instead a two hour Australia Day cruise on the Lady Cutler (ex Sydney Ferry, now a Melbourne party boat) from Melbourne Docklands down river to the bay and back.
  14. Just my 2c, but as a solo I didn't really enjoy my speciality dining experience on the Queen Elizabeth. The food and service were, of course, faultless. There were though long gaps between courses, presumably because the food was being cooked to order, and if I'd had a dining companion these would have been welcome opportunities for conversation. As a solo, though, I felt somewhat self conscious, but would have felt equally uncomfortable reading a book at an upmarket restaurant table. But YMMV and if on a future cruise I found another solo who was up for sharing a table I'd do it.
  15. I'm a single 60s male traveller and have been upgraded Britannia -> PG on two of my three Cunard cruises. I was really surprised the first time (QM2) since it obviously wasn't a reward for loyalty, but after meeting my dinner companions I think the reason was a desire by Cunard to achieve a better M-F balance - I was paired with a very pleasant lady who, to our mutual surprise, came from the same London suburb as me.
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