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avalon007

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    Australia
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    Web & Graphic Designer + Alpaca Breeder, also like history, art, travel, dogs
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    Royal Caribbean

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  1. I live in rural NSW on our farm, work from home (web & graphic design) & usually only go into town once a week for groceries - so if we hit lock down my life apart from lack of work coming in will be much the same! 😄 At least I have acreage to roam about, a beautiful view to enjoy & plenty of farm & gardening jobs to do, a tonne of books to read & other household projects I haven't time for previously. I think going through 2 months of fires in Jan/Feb, staying inside because of weeks of smoke pollution etc has hardened everyone in my area to be better able to cope with self isolation as we have already experienced worse prior. At least the virus isn't going to burn our house down or destroy our farm & livestock. I don't have to keep looking out the window for weeks on end checking to see if had crept on me either!
  2. The question was posted way before the cruise cancellations or before any of this blew up back when Royal was saying if you presented to board with any signs of illness you would be screened. 🙂 But yes, we are way beyond that time now. Luckily we managed to complete the last Ovation cruise to NZ before they stopped the cruises.
  3. Update - After watching day 5 video above he now says he is being sent home next week to the UK , but with the airlines shutting down more each day who knows if that will even be possible by then?
  4. Yes as far as we know - one crew member on Oasis is doing a daily video blog of what happens on board with the crew. He is up to day 5 of the 30 day shut down
  5. Yes Radiance anchored in the harbour at Athol Bay, & will be joined by MSC Magnifica tomorrow (the ship that refused to allow anyone leaving the ship in Tasmania to reboard) according to the port authority schedule. Spectrum is currently off the Australian East coast doing the last of her free fire related first responders cruises to nowhere & Ovation heading back from NZ currently in the Tasman Sea after maybe just one port (Auckland) before NZ closed ports to cruise ships. We just did the cruise before on Ovation to NZ so were lucky to have just missed all the closures. Looks like Voyager is at Eden NSW south coast tomorrow & from the info on the port authority cruise ship schedule it looks like for the next few weeks at least most ships in our waters are rotating every few days or so between anchorage, days at sea, then Sydney or Eden terminals to restock food etc I assume? So maybe this will be the same process worldwide, a constant rotation to allow ships to go out to sea to make water, dump allowed treated waste, then anchor for a few days, then dock for supplies for crew - repeat until things improve.
  6. Ship - Ovations of The Seas Deck - 7 Stateroom # - 7128 Stateroom Category –Balcony Starboard or Port Side - starboard Quiet Stateroom? – NO - see below Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - No Balcony View - Give comments on view, noting if location of any obstructions was an issue. – great scenic view, ledge outside stops direct view down side of ship. Balcony Size? Normal or oversized for class? - Normal Was wind a problem? - No If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? - N/A Any specific problems with this cabin? - Yes, very noisy compared to the other 2 cabins I have had on Ovation in the past - mostly water noises of all kinds as if the plumbing from many cabins was running through the roof or walls at the front of the cabin. Toilet was also very loud which I reported along with the rest of the noise & they fixed the toilet same day, but running water, hearing lots of other flush like sounds etc continued & would often wake us up middle of the night. Opposite this cabin is housekeeping areas, so not sure if pipe work happened to connect into there etc. Also could hear anchor drop and cabin vibrated slightly during that process - but cabin is quite forward in position so no surprise in that regard. Any other comments? - No
  7. OR if they have their marketing hats on the cruise lines will want to attract back as many cruisers as possible after the virus has passed, and regular loyal to Royal cruisers are more likely to do that than newbies scared off cruising by the over hyped media coverage of quarantined ships. So what better way to get people to cruise than to offer Crown & Anchor members deals with extra perks, rather than reduce current perks which will only alienate members? Hope you are listening Royal! 😄
  8. LOL - yep tendering only for D/Plus & above so same experience regards tendering as you in that regard.
  9. We have had priority boarding for Diamond every cruise since becoming Diamond 6 years ago except for this last cruise & in some cases with loads of Diamonds on board. I have found in the past that some staff at the OPT are just unaware of the Crown & Anchor benefits or unless you ask for it they don't automatically notice what level is on your boarding pass.
  10. One positive regards Diamond perks - on Ovation there were 2 of the icey type cocktails now included in free drinks, Pina Colada & Strawberry Margarita. 🍹😄
  11. Human nature being what it is, self isolation is not fully effective as people break the rules & the trust system employed by most countries when screening people by asking if they have been to affected countries, or in contact with anyone who has in the last 14 days is a joke. Many would lie & most people would have no idea if they were close to people who had returned from affected countries overseas - could be the hotel guest check in staff, the local shop keeper, some random person on the bus, train etc. Looks like our Ovation cruise that returned from NZ on Thursday will be the last one to have completed a NZ cruise for a while. Their tourism sector was already suffering according to a local tour company we used, now it will be hard for them in ports that have grown used to multiple cruise ships arriving each week, although the season is at least near it's end, so could have been worse if the virus consequences had hit in October.
  12. Flu vaccines are only on average about 40% effective so not going to be any guarantee.
  13. Now NZ has decided to ban all cruise ships stopping there until June 30th & all travelers from non Pacific nations to self isolate for 14 days on arrival. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-14/jacinda-ardern-new-zealand-travel-restrictions-coronavirus/12056754
  14. I didn't realise he was staff, I agree they would have no choice.
  15. Sharing an inside cabin with a stranger is reason not to go at all, let alone get off !!! LOL
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