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    Sydney, Australia
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  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess + P&O
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    South Pacific

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  1. Just want to chime in that if people choose not to get insurance for whatever reason it doesn’t give you a reason to be cruel about them or condescending. People are entitled to make a calculated decision about whether it would benefit them just like anything else in life- if you are young, never had a health issue and have enough money to cover yourself than it is fair to assume that it is extremely unlikely that you will incur costs for laying on beaches in the South Pacific and can save the money for other things. On the flip side if you’re older or have pre existing conditions then insurance is basically essential unless you are very well off. I’m not saying either is correct, just that different things work for different people and because people have different ideas on insurance doesn’t mean you can take a moral high ground. I’ve insured myself on each cruise and never once claimed, luckily I get it through my credit card now so it isn’t an actual added expense. Just an example that I’ve probably spent $8000+ on all my travels+cruises across my life and never once claimed. I got peace of mind for it but I’ve basically thrown $8000 away unnecessarily that I could have used if something were to actually happen. (insurance companies operate to make a profit). It would be nice if you could all meet in the middle here and understand if people are choosing not to get insurance, it doesn’t make them the devil, just that it doesn’t work for them as individuals. It works for you and that’s great, you keep insuring and knowing you’re covered.
  2. I’d love to say an Oasis class ship! Reality will probably be that Ovation and Voyager does a longer season to make up for one less ship.
  3. Going next week so will post back with an answer then 😁 I was interested too because I get insurance with my credit card automatically that doesn’t have a policy number like regular insurance. The correspondence from Carnival says that you can sign a waiver accepting financial costs if you don’t have insurance so regardless you’re never going to be stopped from going ashore. Worst case if they don’t accept that it’s on my credit card I’ll just sign that and get on with my day.
  4. To be completely honest it wouldn't be at the biggest loss to me not getting off at Noumea anyway, been there way too many times. And why would I want to not buy insurance to brag about it? 🤔 That is lost on me and I have no idea what point you're trying to make. I'll be happy just using my credit card insurance as usual and not bragging about anything to anyone but enjoying my cruise!
  5. Not at all - it has nothing to do with NC Government, it just seems it’s only anything under the Carnival umbrella that is suddenly pushing for Travel Insurance and in the same link that they send you saying that you require travel insurance there is a link to purchase insurance through them directly which never used to happen. I think you could be underestimating how many people wouldn’t have insurance when they get this and then panic buy the cruise lines insurance as the link is there which gives them the commission, it isn’t a conspiracy theory but a smart business move. I’m more inclined to believe it’s because some bozo didn’t pay their bill at the hospital, but cruise lines are always looking for new revenue streams so that wouldn’t surprise me either 😜
  6. I would really like to know what would cause them to make such a sudden change and enforcing travel insurance specifically for cruises! It's likely either- A- Someone was admitted to a hospital in New Caledonia, didn't have insurance and refused to foot the bill. B- Cruise lines have realised that insurance companies pay big commissions for sales and want to get a bigger slice of the pie. As others have mentioned would love to know what the situation really is, I can't imagine them lining everyone up on the dock at Noumea and going through every single passengers paperwork, that would be a logistical nightmare.
  7. Great news as UK immigration can be painstaking! I wish they could give us a definitive date that the change will take place, as all correspondence is so ambiguous “should be ready for the Summer”. Won’t hold my breath for an announcement though as that is the least of the UK’s priorities with Brexit looming.
  8. You can do it on every single Carnival ship except for when they leave from Australia 🙄 If only Carnival in Australia was actually operated by the real Carnival office in Miami and treated Australians with the same respect they give everyone else not like the Sydney office that treats people like second rate passengers. No wine on embarkation day. Room service not complimentary. No beverage packages. No lobster tail or filet Mignon on Elegant evening (on 7 night plus cruises) No PYOB (poor your own beer) These are all features on every other Carnival ship but apparently there’s too many wowsers in Australia to enjoy those fun things!
  9. RCL has complimentary burgers and fries all over the ship both in the buffet and in the dining room, it is only the experience of Johnny Rockets that is additional which I don’t agree with either and wouldn’t use it! Have had JR’s in US and it was okay but it was pretty cheap on land so don’t get the added fee on a cruise. As as far as I know Celebrity experimented with a for fee premium burger but still kept the complimentary burgers as well but like you said dropped the fee burgers. P&O fares are comparable to Celebrity fares for a balcony cabin on a South Pacific cruise which is bizarre because Celebrity also includes drinks in that pricing. I guess the touchy bit with P&O is that they deliberately don’t serve any pizza or even a basic burger and fries to push people to paid venues, other mainstream cruise lines around the price of P&O at least have complimentary options. NCL offers complimentary burgers 24 hours a day with waiter service and Carnival has some of the best burgers (Guys Burger Joint) at sea that are complimentary.
  10. Just off the Pacific Explorer and would never cruise with them again, everything seemed to be an additional charge on board and the entire novelty of cruising is lost and may as well just do a land based holiday with so many add on fees. Really restricted dining menus with paid options, activities extra, pay for shows and constant up selling. Asking money for burgers, fries and pizza is so stingy! If it was Lobster or a multi course degustation they wanted a surcharge for you could understand but fries and burgers... 😳
  11. Just my personal opinion but I really don’t think the added cost for Aqua Class is worth it at all, you get the exact same balcony room with different toiletries+ a spa pass for usually hundreds more in price. The restaurant is much the same as MDR so no real benefit there imo. I would book a regular balcony and then use the regular sauna/spa facilities that are free of charge, the paid section(thermal suite) only adds some heated tile loungers that really aren’t worth the $. If it were me I would jump from regular balcony to a suite for some actual benefits or better room.
  12. They will keep you safe don’t worry, it’s also in their best interests for people to have a good holiday so they will come back to cruise again! Your itinerary might be a little different to originally planned!
  13. People are going wild for The Key over on the Royal Caribbean boards and apparently they have been lifting the price from $19.99 to $31.99 for a lot of sailings so if you were interested and still have the lower price you may want to consider it 👍 Knowing RCI though they’ll hold a sale or a BOGOHO deal and reduce it back down to the original price and call it a discount 😂
  14. Credit card fee applies, about 1.5% from memory on Carnval. The fee is waived if you choose to pay by a debit card though so if you have that option it is best 👍. I didnt get any overseas fees and I’m with ANZ.
  15. My understanding was they don’t offer it on all sailings and sometimes only half way through?
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