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  1. Hi, we are from Auckland New Zealand. We are booked on our first HAL cruise on the Oosterdam 19 December 2020. But sadly that is very unlikely to happen. We haven't cancelled yet. The plan was the travel with our 'yachty' friends who were keen to be in Hobart where the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race ends around 28th December and the place would swarming with fancy yachts and their crew! It was to be the 75th Anniversary so it was to be big - may still happen, but with the secondary outbreaks of Covid 19 occurring it is looking less likely. Here we are exper
  2. Thank you David. Always hoped our paths would cross again on a cruise. Alas it is not to be so. We have very fond memories of our 2010 Diamond Princess at Christmas. Stay safe. Our thoughts are with you and your partner. Margaret and Peter
  3. Consider flying New York to Auckland on Air NZ which I think starts later this year. Premium Economy may be a price point option.
  4. Go early and go straight to the wheelchair area You will be on quite quickly
  5. Hi sweetp12 Glad you made it! Did you get put in a maxi-taxi? We went to our allotted spot 15 mins early and before we knew it we were off with assistance, put in the taxi and gone by just after 9am. Couldn't check in until 10.30, so had a coffee and relaxed. Checked in at 10.30 once processed through to Koru lounge and waited for our 5.40pm flight..... The most amazing thing was when we checked in there was noboby (zip) people around and when we went through to Immigration, the same thing!!! Usually the place is jammed packed with people, and it is horrible.
  6. Go to the rank/taxi stand and request one, coordinator will call for one. Found that those who had ordered one at a specific time in advance ended up waiting and waiting. We have used, once for disembarkation and once for port day. Easy as.
  7. Hobart put on a lovely day for us. Melbourne today is cloudy and cold wind on the pier. Not doing anything today Survived the rough crossing of the Tasman. It could have been so much worse so no complaints.
  8. Ruby Princess departed from Auckland. One day we have had slight discomfort in Picton, otherwise cannot not comment.
  9. Yes we have all been progressively been issued the Medallions for Testing. I have trouble with the Ocean Compass but that will get sorted. Not all functions are working as yet so you still need the card.
  10. Currently on the Ruby Princess and yesterday when we departed from Dunedin the Commodore announced the forecast was such that we were heading north to traversing Cook Strait. Looking at Windy dot come, it was the correct decision. He is aiming to get us to Hobart
  11. Hi, as locals we have cruised NZ/Aust several times and about to leave again on the 30th December. We have booked the Oosterdam for 19th December 2020 for Christmas and New Year. Our friends particularly wanted to go to Tasmania and this itinerary has the ship in port on 28th December for nearly 24 hrs in Hobart followed by a full day at Port Arthur. The Hobart will be very busy because of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race which start on 26th December (Boxing Day), so there will be alot of interesting yachts in port. Our friends are keen sailors.
  12. True. The most deserted restaurant ever. Good spot during the day for those playing board games.
  13. Our itinerary is the same. You have made my day! Bears and whales are what I want to see!!! Had my favourite cabin on hold. Accessable oceanview cabin. Laundry across the hall... Secrets? I like the Sun's size and friendly staff. A lot of returning crew. On our second cruise we were welcomed like family. Our favourite spot was forward of the buffet in the cafe. Not everyone knew it was there initially.
  14. Thrak yiu are a gem! Thank you. XXXX
  15. Thank you for bringing to my attention our favourite ship - Sun Princess will be in Alaska 2021. Have put a hold on the same cruise but in July for my Big 60!
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