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  1. There was a separate VIP Lounge on the Majestic, only open to Suite passengers. Not particularly pleasant. Its an internal space without natural light on Marina deck I think.
  2. I agree that it is affected by personal preferences. I call the 5* harbourview hotels high price, but my suggestions are only 4*, no great views but a good location. I only paid sub $200 per night at the Mantra in late 2019 (which I thought was super cheap) so the price depends on season and deal searching ability as well.
  3. Mantra 2 Bond Street or Holiday Inn Old Sydney.
  4. Agree completely with your sentiment. In Aus I only fly Qantas (preferably) but internationally I shop on price and service.
  5. Yes, agreed. But for some reason I feel more alignment to Qantas as being Australian. Clearly it's just that kangaroo on the tail!
  6. None of their main owners are Australian, are they? It would be a shame for Qantas to regain a monopoly here but I would rather see Qantas supported by the Govt. I understand that Qantas like having Virgin in Australia because they are not considered a direct threat and it prevents another airline from moving in. For example, if a govt backed airline from another country moved in here, they would likely take business away from Qantas.
  7. I don't think Virgin will come through this. They don't have any assets, and their planes are leased. How do you make lease payments without income?
  8. I cancelled a Cunard cruise for my parents, via those Oz folks. They got 100% refunded. Well, they don't have the refund yet but they got an email confirming the refund amount, which was 100%.
  9. They don't seem to be available on the Princess site but seem to be available on agency sites.
  10. That's the bit I don't get. I know plenty of people who have claimed high priced items, and multiple items on one trip but I don't know of anyone personally who has been pulled up on return. A computer could just ping them straight away so I don't know why they don't bother. I get that its probably not a high priority but it seems so simple!
  11. Why don't the government officials pull up every person re-entering the country who has claimed via the TRS for all items over $900? Or, even simpler, why don't they "remind" people at claim point that, you will be responsible for paying duty on return?
  12. Oh yes, you are 100% correct! My son's laptop was just over $1000.
  13. Sorry, should clarify my statement. I wasn't looking at the full circumnavigation. I'm looking at shorter cruises.
  14. I agree. The prices sounded very high to me. $200 per night for a balcony cabin is not a bargain (that's approx what I was quoted) but at $100 per night I would grab it. I've decided to watch and wait. There might be a last minute deal for me in a few months, but if not I'll find something else.
  15. Yes, exactly as above. My son just had to show his MacBook and receipt. No original boxes or extras required. Make sure the receipt has your full name AND address on it. That's the requirement from the Govt website.
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