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  1. Please can anyone confirm that you only need the vax certificate to say you've had the double vaccination, then only the antigen rapid test at the pier just prior to embarkation? And that you don't need a negative test done 72 hours or less prior to embarkation? I'm getting conflicting info on this. Thanks
  2. Perhaps better news with Queensland opening up in two phases, the second on 17 December to fully vaccinated Aussies with a negative test? I wonder if Silversea will be able to get an assurance they'll be allowed to sail in and the 21 December cruise ex Cairns will go ahead? Thoughts anyone? Coincidentally, the ban on foreign registered cruise ships arriving into Australia currently ends on 17 December - which could be extended of course.
  3. As for the Qld premier, as you say that woman changes her statements like the wind. My opinion of her is unprintable!! Yes we were on that Seabourn cruise, I thought your name was familiar. I seem to remember a meeting of a few CC people and perhaps we met there. As for the December cruise, we can only hope. Forty percent occupation is fine with us.
  4. The agent I spoke with said they will be sailing at 40% capacity.
  5. Thanks for confirming and all your comments make sense, non-Covid cancellation reason will be covered by travel insurance. We, too, can't wait to cruise again. Just may be joining you on this....if it goes ahead.... but let's stay positive for now. Silversea will have to start getting the ship and crew ready pretty soon to make this happen, they must have some faith in Aus opening up as promised with 80% vax.
  6. Thanks for posting Stickman. I think I've been given some very misleading info from Silversea when I rang this morning. The agent led me to believe there would be a full cash refund if we cancelled, of the deposit and once paid, of the full amount. He more or less said for any reason. I've gone through the T & Cs and looks to me as if it's only if you cancel because of Covid, ie lockdowns or being a close contact, contracting it, etc. 30 days prior to departure. Is this right? If you cancel for another reason, their standard fees apply? Going cross-eyed reading back through all those conditions. 😳 There is this but it only covers the full amount if you choose a FCC, a cash refund still seems to come with penalties: BOOK YOUR CRUISE WITH PEACE OF MIND, WITH 30-DAY CANCELLATION You will be able to cancel your cruise up to 30 days prior to departure for all voyages until 30 April 2022, excluding World Cruise, without penalties when selecting a Future Cruise Credit. Applicable for all bookings made prior to 30 September, 2021. WHEN GUESTS CANCEL 30 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE: Guests will receive a 100% Future Cruise Credit (FCC)*. The FCC is equivalent to the portion of the booking paid minus any cancellation penalties from 3rd party suppliers charged to Silversea. If guests opt for a cash refund* instead, our limited-time, relaxed cancellation terms will apply for 2021 voyages, while for 2022 and 2023 voyages, the standard Silversea Cancellation terms will apply. Good on Silversea for making a start, doesn't look as if any other cruise line is going to change their stance on cancelling the whole of the 21/22 down under season. Not that I can blame them.
  7. Thanks again for your comments. We avoid suites that are too far forward on lower decks, the sound of the anchor grinding down at 5 am or thereabouts is rather too early for us! We were on deck 7 on the Encore and as you say tv24, very handy to Seabourn Square. Suite 710 looks just fine and we've just about decided to book, even though we're still locked up in Fortress Australia. Our Government is talking about 'freedom' once 80% of the population is doubled jabbed, which may be the end of this year. If we're not allowed international travel by early next year I think there'll be a revolt. At least our TA and Seabourn have said we'll get a full refund if we cancel up to a month before the final balance date, if it's because of Covid. With this cruise in July 2022, I would hope we'll be able to travel to Europe by then. Any Aussies reading this who can recommend a travel insurance for over 75's? We'll need to get some kind of insurance once we pay the 25% deposit, in case we need to cancel for a reason other than Covid.
  8. Thanks so much for the comments, they're very helpful. We're looking at 710, under the new configuration for a July 2022 cruise.
  9. Does anyone have information on good suites and those to avoid in category V2? Many thanks
  10. Hank, We're hoping we will open up for the beginning of the 22/23 season next year, ie around October/November '22. Just my opinion, but I think what Celebrity is doing, is cancelling cruises in chunks which is enabling them to refund in a timely manner. At the moment cruises up to and including the 21 December voyage (our Xmas cruise 😥) are cancelled. I expect the January 2022 and onwards voyages will be cancelled in the next few weeks. Most other cruise lines have already totally cancelled the upcoming 21/22 season.
  11. Thanks Big M for a factual and sensible précis written by an Australian, in Australia. This is exactly how it is.
  12. Unfortunately I have to agree. It’s time that Celebrity cancelled the whole season so that passengers know what is going on.
  13. All we can do is hope that AUS/NZ cruises will happen in January 2022. It depends on whether or not our government opens up our international borders. Currently they are saying mid-2022 but pressure is on from many sectors to do so earlier, hopefully beginning of 2022. We have our fingers crossed for you and will post any updates.
  14. Received via TA this morning. No surprise but disappointed, there goes our Xmas cruise for the second year in a row. "7 July 2021 Dear Celebrity Guest, We are reaching out to provide an update on the status of your 2021 cruise holiday. Celebrity Cruises has been working closely with health and government authorities, in each country we sail from, to outline a clear path for cruising with new health and safety measures. As we thoughtfully plan our return to service, we are evaluating all current itineraries and the status of travel conditions around the world. Regrettably, the situation in Australia and New Zealand remains uncertain, therefore out of an abundance of caution, we will be cancelling seven Celebrity Eclipse® sailings departing 18 October through 21 December 2021. We sincerely apologise for having to cancel these sailings as we’re sure you are eager to enjoy the refreshing experience of traveling once again. Please know that your Celebrity family anxiously awaits the opportunity to show you the world. At this time, we would like to offer you the choice of being re-accommodated on another Celebrity Cruises holiday or receiving a 125% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) or a 100% Refund." Has anyone managed to use their deposit as a 125% FCC towards an already booked cruise?
  15. Received via TA this morning. No surprise but another disappointment. 7 July 2021 Dear Celebrity Guest, We are reaching out to provide an update on the status of your 2021 cruise holiday. Celebrity Cruises has been working closely with health and government authorities, in each country we sail from, to outline a clear path for cruising with new health and safety measures. As we thoughtfully plan our return to service, we are evaluating all current itineraries and the status of travel conditions around the world. Regrettably, the situation in Australia and New Zealand remains uncertain, therefore out of an abundance of caution, we will be cancelling seven Celebrity Eclipse® sailings departing 18 October through 21 December 2021. We sincerely apologise for having to cancel these sailings as we’re sure you are eager to enjoy the refreshing experience of traveling once again. Please know that your Celebrity family anxiously awaits the opportunity to show you the world. At this time, we would like to offer you the choice of being re-accommodated on another Celebrity Cruises holiday or receiving a 125% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) or a 100% Refund
  16. Sorry travelwell, not looking good. I received an email from Regent yesterday announcing their return to cruising but with the following: "Our intention is to preserve our originally published itineraries as much as possible, but with much regret, we have had to cancel further sailings, including Seven Seas Explorer’s upcoming Asia-Pacific season and Seven Seas Voyager’s upcoming Africa and South America sailings." Hang in there, they really can't keep us locked up in Fortress Australia and overseas visitors locked out forever, I hope you get to visit Downunder soon. I guess it's only a matter of time before the other cruise lines announce the cancellation of the 21/22 Aus/NZ season. And that means our Xmas 2021 cruise will go the same way as the 2020 one....down the gurgler. 😠
  17. Same old, same old. 'Discuss' is all they do, it's time we had a definite plan and some action. Pity all those who've lost their jobs in tourism, not to mention the huge flow-on effect of those who provision the ships, right down to the farmers who grow the food.
  18. Understand! Still hoping we'll be 'fit' enough to get on a long haul whenever it's possible but tremble to think what the travel insurance rates will be. 😬
  19. Comment from Margy Osmond from the Tourism Transport Forum: "... the far-off opening date assumed by the budget would be devastating for business. "We will see more job losses and we will see many, many business failures out of this and when the borders do finally open," she said. "In the absence of any additional ongoing support, we'll be lucky to have a tourism industry to welcome international tourists back into the country." (From abc.net.au) I expect Qantas will be able to keep limping on with domestic flights operating but with its lucrative long haul business closed down for the foreseeable future, it's going to be a very long and hard road.
  20. We lost four cruises last year. It sounds as if you're young enough to think about 2025 which is great for you. Usually (that is, used to) fly to Europe every year and cruise/stay but every year as we get older, it doesn't get any easier. Not that I'd want to go there for a while but it would be nice to be able to make a plan for early 2022. Obviously not going to happen. I'm sure we all appreciate being here and safe but what is going to happen to our poor tourism industry, which is already in tatters.
  21. Agree, after Frydenberg's announcement and with the short notice border closures and NZ bubble pauses, I can't seen any cruise line taking a chance sending a ship here for the season. There goes our Xmas/NY cruise for the second year in a row.
  22. Well, not sure it will go but thought we'd take a chance. We do have a 'travel bubble' with New Zealand at the moment, let's hope it continues and cruises Oz/NZ will be able to form part of it. I expect a lot hinges on whether X can continue on after the Oz season, through Asia and on to Europe. Then it may be worthwhile to start up the ship. NB: This is pure speculation on my part though!!
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