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  1. If only we could go, loved the river cruise we did on the Proud Mary, can highly recommend so anyone lucky enough to be able to travel, go for it, If you live in SA then you are the lucky ones,
  2. Wouldn't live anywhere else. What an exciting time ahead for us living in South East Queensland and the whole of Australia as it will roll on boosting tourism everywhere. The fire works and the bridge light up in green and gold was spectacular at the announcement of Brisbane winning the Olympics bid. Woohoooooooo
  3. 4th of July in the USA, President Biden had the objective of reaching 70% vaccination by 4th July, sadly they fell short, ONLY 67% have had at least 1 vaccination. How poor is the Australian record compared to this. 30% have had 1 vaccination and 7.92% fully vaccinated. How can we control outbreaks and avoid these lock downs if the vaccination rate does not improve.
  4. Why are people so blaise? probably because we have been fortunate to have a low death rate but how do we get through to people, I have friends who say, "thinking about it" Front line workers not vaccinated? should be mandatory, no jab no work, putting the vulnerable at risk.
  5. Understand your sentiments but I don't think it will do much good. I think that we if could get the anti-vaccers to go and get vaccinated then we might have a chance of getting things moving. We have only 3% of population vaccinated, really poor form. Is it the lack of vaccine or the lack of motivation of our fellow countrymen.? I think both.
  6. Unfortunately the Australian borders are closed. If you come to Australia you will have to quarantine at your own expense in a designated hotel for 2 weeks. Marched through customs, straight through to awaiting coaches to take you to a hotel regardless if you have been vaccinated or not. There are no cruises happening in Australia and New Zealand. The borders are not estimated to reopen until mid next year.
  7. Our PM has arrived back into Australia and SCOMO is quarantining at the Lodge. Mr Prime Minister is this not double standards? Why can't vaccinated australians come home and quarantine at home?
  8. I agree, I think it is also the govt fault, they should push out the cruising dates further or at least be upfront, honest, as to when the borders will open, don't give false hope, be honest,
  9. Yes, our cruises in Feb and March 2020 did not cancel until a couple of days before sailing so they were all paid for. We did have the option to have a refund to our credit card for the first cruise but the 2 nd cruise there was no option, only FCC. This money was paid in November 2019, so a long time to get some remuneration for our payment. Who knew at that time how long it was going to be before we could sail again. We just kept rebooking, Nov 2020 then March 2021, then November 2021 and then Nov 2022,
  10. We were overseas when the Pandemic struck. We were in Barcelona Spain and felt uneasy and concerned with what we were hearing on the news so we went to a travel agent on got a flight the next day. We were in a hotel on the La Rambla and did not see any signs of the virus but it was reported that Spain was being hit hard with the virus. We arrived back in Australia and at that time there was no hotel quarantine but we had 14 day home quarantine. We flew from Barcelona to Frankfurt, then Frankfurt to Singapore and the plane was practically empty. The flight from Singapore to Brisbane was full.
  11. It appears that if you are a celebrity then you can come and go as you please. The cricketers have gone back overseas, Hugh Jackman has come back to australia and is currently in quarantine. As for how long would I be prepared to stay overseas - well until the borders are opened to come home, I can well accommodate and amuse myself for 12 months with overseas relatives and friends and of course, cruises. Is it safe, who knows, are we just going to sit back and do nothing, waiting, waiting, Now that I said that I might even seriously consider it. As Theresa May, former UK PM, said in her speech yesterday in the Houses of Parliament, "Theresa May has attacked the Government's stance on travel, saying the UK is "falling behind the rest of Europe"." all the pushing to get everyone vaccinated., and no clear plan in moving forward and opening up the country. This applies to Australia also. Covid is not going to go away, we have to be vaccinated and then learn to live with it.
  12. If we had of known how long this pandemic was going to last for then we would have pushed for a refund. We were given the choice of a Refund for the first cruise from Singapore to Dubai but the 2nd cruise from Dubai to Rome we not given any choice but to take FCC. When our 1st cruise was cancelled, we were already in Singapore about to board in 2 days. Our cruise cancelled so we flew to Spain to pass the time until our next cruise started in Dubai, unaware that it would also cancel. We did a week cruise on Costa out of Barcelona on the new Esmeralda going to Rome, Marseille etc. We arrived back in Barcelona and heard the news of how Italy and Spain were getting large numbers of affected virus victims and so we then decided to return immediately to australia. We arrived back before quarantine was mandatory and we did a 2 week at home quarantine. We have rebooked this cruise 3 times, Nov 2020, march 2021, and November this year 2021 but still have not been able to go. We have rebooked for Nov 2022, hopeful that the borders will open and we can cruise in Nove 2022. The cruise is going ahead this November but we cannot go as the borders are closed. That was a topic I raised, we will be vaccinated, why cannot we have the option to leave australia with the option of quarantining on return. Our USA friends who we always travel with can go and do the cruise but have decided to wait for us poor aussies.
  13. Thank you Cruise Critic for 25 years. So much wonderful Info. I have met so many Great Fellow Cruisers. thank you thank you
  14. I have $12,000 tied up in future cruise credits from cancelled cruises in Feb/March 2020, The credit has been applied against our B2b2b2 in March April next year on NCL Sun from Bangkok to Tokyo and if our borders are still closed and we can't go then I will cancel the cruises and move the credit onto future cruises. I deal directly with NCL Sydney office.
  15. Hello, You can cancel without penalty up to final payment date due. If you cancel then the FCC will go back to your account as a credit. FCC. You can then use to book another cruise.
  16. I think our borders will probably be still closed but Thailand Vietnam and even Japan have their borders closed too. So NCL will have to cancel the cruises if the asian countries borders are closed. NCL have cancelled all Sun cruises until late January at this stage. Interesting to see on tonights News that our prime minister has been having discussions, whilst in Singapore, with the Singapore Prime Minister in creating a possible travel bubble in the future. I think it is probably more directed to getting the Singaporean students back for the australian universities.
  17. If the cruise line cancels the Cruise then you will not lose your FCC, and if they can't cruise then they will have to cancel. I have had 5 cruises cancelled and moneys that I paid in November 2019, $12,000, for March april 2020 cruises have rolled onto the re booked and rebooked cruises, my payment just transfers to the next booking. I had my October cruise from Barcelona to Athens cancelled by NCL and I had the deposit refunded back to my credit card.
  18. I still have a cruise booked for November, Athens to Dubai, but I know I will have to cancel before final payment because our borders will not be open for us to fly out. Our friends from the US, our cruising friends, are able to do the cruise because they can fly out of the US to Athens. We have 3 cruises booked for March, from Bangkok, b2b2b2, through to Tokyo but I am thinking that these have only a 50/50 chance of going ahead.
  19. It really doesn't matter if the Cruise lines change tack as the Australian government won't change tack, The cruise lines will not be sailing in Australia if they don't want to abide with the governments' policy. I will not be paying any final payments for any of our cruises until our international borders are open.
  20. I am pleased to see that NCL are sticking to the policy of passengers and crew being vaccinated and are prepared to bypass sailing from Florida. Would you like to be on a cruise where there are potential unvaccinated passengers? I will have had my injections so I won't get very ill if the virus is passed on to me but what a potential disastrous cruise if some passengers test positive. I don't see the Australian government allowing cruise ships into australian ports without vaccinated crew and letting cruising restart without having passengers vaccinated. It just won't happen.
  21. Yes, we just wake every morning and get on with life the best we can and be patient, patient, I just get so annoyed that the Anti-vaccinators may hold back the majority who are responsible citizens, protecting themselves and others, from going about business as normal. (whatever normal might be now)
  22. Looks like Athens is going to be a very busy port as the NCL Jade is also departing weekly until Nov from Athens. We are booked on a cruise out of Athens in November and it is going ahead but unfortunately we cannot cruise as we can't leave Australia. I just hope everyone goes and get their vaccination to protect themselves and others and then we might be able to get back to some normality. UK and USA have open borders but their vaccination rate is much higher than australia.
  23. Australia and NZ have the borders closed to every country, not just UK and USA. The PM has said that borders may not reopen until mid next year. If you come to Australia you will have to quarantine for 14 days, at your expense, at a quarantine hotel. If you have had your vaccinations you will still have to quarantine
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