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  1. I understand the Halloween reference but advertising cruising as "Frightfully fun" in the present environment? Is it just me or is that a little tone deaf? (I tried but couldn't embed a link for some reason)
  2. We did Singapore-Sydney on Voyager ots Nov 2019. Smooth as silk.
  3. It will simply be impossible to maintain these rules (especially on social distancing) without cutting passenger numbers severely, let's say half. "Royal Amplified" is looking a bit silly. Dining room, buffet (if that even exists) and show capacity halved. Then you get to a port and all you can do is go on a guided tour. I don't think that's a business model.
  4. Carnival said on June 18 they are going to "transition" six ships from their fleet. Just sayin'.
  5. The original ban was to 15/6 in my understanding, but now it's open ended.
  6. Coincidentally, I was due to pay the balance on a July 31 Carnival Splendor cruise from Sydney on May 4th. I am getting my deposit back. I had reached out to the travel agent (the one that is closing) before the announcement and they were great, most helpful.
  7. And yet Voyager Of The Seas went out again. A friend (who is fine) is in self isolation until April 1.
  8. Voyager of the Seas should be there by now, with Ovation of the seas heading there very slowly. Should be a great sight from the Golden View lookout!
  9. Now off Sydney Status says "Not Under Command"
  10. Marine Traffic has Pacific Explorer off Millers Point, destination, drifting? Suppose she can join Queen Elizabeth Awaiting Orders!
  11. So, what are the ships going to do while stuck at a dock or at anchor? Will they be shut down completely? Will there be minimal crew and power to keep systems going? If so, will they be forced to use "clean" fuel? Having particulate generators at White Bay, the OPT and Athol Buoy would not be too pleasant!
  12. Here's the thing. All these restrictions will not stop the virus. As we have seen, people may not know they have been in contact with an infected person, and the test for the virus is not 100% accurate. What the restrictions do is slow the spread down. 24 million Australians X 60% going to get the virus X 20% needing hospitalisation is about 2.9 million people. 2.9 million people. If that happened in 1 month... We have all seen the future dystopian movies, only this is a supercharged cold rather than a zombie apocalypse. Point is, the slower the virus passes from person to person, the better we are able to deal with it.
  13. Lifou, Mare, Isle of Pines all off limits to cruise ships last I heard. Check with Princess and the smart traveller website has a page on pacific islands.
  14. We are on Carnival Splendor in July. Should we pack for snorkelling or snow?
  15. There is another thread on this. I am not a diamond, but I was on the repositioning cruise Singapore-Sydney on Voyager ots last November. I met a few unhappy diamonds This is what happens when RCI turns public areas into cabins,
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