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  1. We have an Apr21 Cruise ex Auckland booked on Explorer as well. At the moment, I'm about 50:50 on whether it will go ahead. Hoping that both Australia and NZ can keep the virus at the borders/in Quarantine, and the P&O can get a healthy crew aboard and down to our waters. If they are only catering to NZ/AU guests (or of course, anyone else that has done their 14 days in MIQ), I can't see too many issues. So many 'ifs' though. Our cruise is to Fiji (got spanking deals on a mIni Suite). I don't even mind if we aren't allowed ashore in Suva and Port Denerau.
  2. There is talk from the Australian government about cruising resuming in small ships (<300pax) as early as Christmas, and larger ships early 2021. Obviously, this all depends on the Australian states keeping the virus at bay (It seem VIC isn't far off having it controlled, and the rest are doing a great job). They have not mentioned opening their international borders, other than to similarly COVID controlled countries (NZ, Pacific Islands, Taiwan, Vietnam, China(?)). This will reduce the number of ships that visit Australia as obviously they cannot bring in passengers
  3. Yes, our last cruise (August 2019) we had the Ultimate Romance Package. Would definitely do it again. The Moet was a large bottle (750ml). You also get two breakfasts delivered on 2 days of your choice - you order it the night before - (that have two small bottles of bubbly with them - not Moet), you get $120 On board credit (it can be used for anything, not just a meal), a free photo and Canapes delivered every day to your cabin. We worked out it was great value.
  4. Don't worry about the food. Our last P&O cruise was the first witht hem we'd done for about 5 years, and I'd read these reviews of poor food. I found the food better this time than the last. The Pantry (P&O's buffet) was pretty decent, and we lunched there most days. I didn't have dinner in the Pantry at all, and only used the MDR twice. We did dine in Angelos and Dragon Lady a few times (included) and we did the Taste of Salt degustation one night and the Love Riot dinner and show another. The food was perfectly fine except for one meal we had in the MDR which we didn't like
  5. Honestly, for a family cruise, there's nothing wrong with P&O. We've cruised ex. Sydney with them (September 2019). No issues with Bogans or Drunks. Sure, people have a good time, but the ships are big enough you can avoid them. You're not likely to find a cruise ship with Family activities (Water slides, Zip lines etc) without them also being pretty full, and there will be queues on all of them.
  6. There is a Countdown Metro directly across the road from this new shopping centre. Very handy. Not sure about a pharmacy though. There is a Chemist Warehouse a short walk up Queen St though.
  7. Not quite. The Cook Islands are a country, a New Zealander still needs a passport to enter the Cook Islands (and vice-versa) and to go through customs. I don't think an Australian passport holder *needs* a passport to travel to Norfolk Island do they (apart, maybe, for identification?)
  8. We've booked on the same cruise, but in April 2021. We got a good deal on a Mini Suite, so jumped at it. Deposit paid. Really looking forward to it.
  9. They are saying Pacific Explorer will be based out of Auckland from Feb to May of 2021. I guess she will go to Melbourne in May?
  10. There are luggage storage places around the CBD (google comes up with a couple). You don't want to be dragging your bags around all day. Drop them in a storage place and spend the day in Auckland. You'l want to collect your bags and head to the airport at about 3-330pm. That will give you plenty of time to get to the airport (should take about 30-40 minutes at that time of day).
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