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  1. Booked on that one as well. However, dependent as well on flights to Singapore. Not counting my chickens yet. Already two cancelled. Supposed to be boarding Star Princess to Alaska today from SAN Francisco. First time I have managed to have both “kids” free to sail with me at same time.
  2. Do a basic wipe down, remote, phone etc, then that’s it, also do this in hotel rooms and on planes, wipe screen and tray table. i travel (until this year) 3 or 4 times a year mostly international to catch cruises. Over 30 cruises and only been sick once, bronchitis when everyone else was very ill with same or pneumonia. 8 day cruise to South Pacific, rained and blew a gale every day. Be sensible but not paranoid.
  3. Good to see some refunds coming in. I’m still waiting, for Princess and travel agent who is less than interested. have had no problems getting through to Princess just keep telling me it’s in the system
  4. Good to hear. In retrospect I think Celebrity Australian office were a bit p****d off that we went elsewhere and tried to make it stressful for us. We also had a balcony for less than the inside price that was quoted in Aus site but was not available.
  5. We booked a cruise leaving from South America a few years ago. Booked on a Us site as Australian site said cruise was booked out, no cabins available. Celebrity notified us that we may not be able to board due to Aus passports but booked from US. Lots of to and fro and eventually said it was ok, but I was a bit nervous until I actually boarded the ship. I had already planned, in my head, how I was going to spend the 14 days of the cruise in Argentina if we couldn’t board. Too stressful.
  6. I often take ship excursions as I travel on my own.Just easier sometimes. Most generally give you what they state in brochure and I get to see lots of different sights. However last year on Queen Elizabeth Northern lights tour, travelling with my daughter we took the ship’s tour to view Northern Lights. First we stopped at side of road with traffic going past continually, then in car park, well lit, of a golf club and then a lot of driving around in circles. We saw lights at end of tour, but also saw them from the deck of the ship about an hour later. Spoke to excursion desk and pointed out what brochure offered and what we got. Full refund.
  7. July 30 cruise cancelled.OBC offered more than cost of cruise. Have to think whether to take FCC or refund.
  8. Booked on Carnival Splendour for July 30. Not confident if sailing, not confident if New Caledonia will accept cruise ships. Bought cruise at bargain price, thought it was worth the gamble.
  9. May be different here in Australia than in US. Last year I used Princess personal Planner after she emailed me and introduced herself. Absolute nightmare, not familiar with cruise I was booking, a 54 night cruise in a single cabin she offered me $100 OBC. I eventually negotiated more but it was hard work, had to chase up air details and then just before I flew out she left and handed my booking to someone else who was just as inefficient. No feedback at all after I had paid my money. First and last time I will ever use them. Back to TA or do it myself.
  10. So sad for these lovely places and their people. They are also suffering as the big white ATMs are no longer visiting. This was the term used by a shopkeeper in Vila, I thought it was very appropriate.
  11. Worldcare insurance very accomodating with my yearly policy. Very impressed.
  12. US cruise ships need to stop at a foreign port before they finish their cruise. Canada has closed its ports so major problem. Also with ports in Alaska being small and isolated I would expect they would not be keen to have massive numbers descend on them. Spent a year planning this cruise so whole family could go. Cancelled yesterday as we were flying from Australia to SAN Francisco and then cruise, multiple issues obviously so disappointed.
  13. And Australians. World gone mad. If you read it in a novel you would be thinking sci fi.
  14. Took a lot of planning but finally managed to get family together for Alaskan cruise. Oops still scheduled as it is late May, but no stop in Victoria BC now and SAN Francisco looks dodgy. Direct flight from Brisbane to SFO already cancelled and who knows whether we will be allowed in any way.
  15. Just booked one of the very cheap Carnival cruises to South Pacific for July. Thinking it maybe an 8 day cruise to nowhere! At that price it doesn’t matter.
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