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  1. Erin, the RCL SP cruises are on their website now. Much better choices are now available.
  2. If most of the ports are by tender boats, I would prefer the smaller ships. I wouldn't book anything yet. RCI usually have a lot of cruises from Sydney to the SP. Maybe wait a bit for them to become available. (Unless it's just not happening next year). And I would pick one with the Isle of Pines included.
  3. Also if you are happy to get up close to a koala but not hold them there's two zoos in Sydney city. https://www.wildlifesydney.com.au/ and https://taronga.org.au/sydney-zoo The first one is small but very convenient being right in the middle of the city. There is also an aquarium there. Or you can catch a ferry to Taronga zoo which makes it a very pleasant way to get there.
  4. I'll just add my biased opinion. Sailing in and out of Sydney is truly a magical experience. I am born and bred in Sydney and the experience of cruising through the harbour is something that I never tire of. Also the cruise terminal (the OPT) is in a great spot between the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Can't beat that!
  5. Watched a bit of the stuff with COVID-19. I think they pointed out about five incidents of COVID-19 on ships without saying that there are roughly 300 cruise ships in operation. I saw they had the Shine lawyer on still spouting the BS that there were people on the previous Ruby cruise with COVID-19 symptoms. I wonder how successful this class action will be, when they have a major flaw in their argument. I suppose they don't want to lose face now and say their case isn't that strong after the Inquiry was released proving that that allegation was false.
  6. Well I'll just as add this here as the topic is about refunds. I just got my $2000 deposit back from P & O just two weeks after they cancelled my November cruise. That makes me feel loyal towards them although I have never done a P & O cruise before. Good PR that is.
  7. Oh that's true too. But you can definitely do both - help them ( a bit later in life) but not spoil them. I see how my MIL is pretty frugal but at the same time enjoys an inside cabin cruise every year. My parents on the other hand would do everything first class and be very extravagant. My MIL helped us when her mother died and I would like to pass it forward to my kids when she dies.
  8. Your husband does sound like me. I am so used to trying to get the best value and save so much, that I don't think I could spend more than I need to, even if I could easily afford it.
  9. Do you really think that's what they'll do? My parents were SKIS (to the extreme) so I have the opposite view.I want to pass on as much as I can.
  10. Yes the rule is you get a refund back in how you paid, so that if you paid for something in $$ you don't get a refund in say chickens or cows. We're not bartering anymore.
  11. Interesting, I just realized that that is the same as the RCI number. Maybe if you choose the Celebrity extension you get a different country, but I have always got Americans when I rang RCI.
  12. I was just thinking about my mother-in-law who cancelled a cruise before any penalties would apply. (This was before COVID). Anyway, the TA tried to keep hundreds of $$ and blamed the cruise company. After she called the cruise company and it was confirmed that she should have been given full refund, the TA gave it to her and said the other person in the office 'made a mistake' about keeping the money. I hate to say it but I think if they think they can get away with it they will try. My MIL probably comes across as bit trusting and naive and being older they probably thought she was an easy target. This is where Australians can call, email or write snail mail to Celebrity. https://www.celebritycruises.com/au/company/customer-support/contact-us Australia Phone:1800 754 500 New Zealand Phone:0800 102 123 Email Address-Pre-departure:cruiseadmin.au@rcclapac.com Mailing Address:Level 12, 157 Walker Street, North Sydney, NSW, 2060 Email Address-Post-Departure:celebritycustomerserviceau@rcclapac.com
  13. That number on the website 1 800 754-500 is probably the right number. I have never dealt with Celebrity, only RCI and Princess but I know that sometimes you're talking to someone in the US, sometimes it's Australia, depending on the time of day. So the global number is the right one.
  14. Yes Les. That's what I'm thinking. I think the whole 25/75 thing sounds dodgy. It's either a full refund or it's not.
  15. I think if you say you want clarification of Celebrity's refund and FFC terms as you are not confident you have been given the correct information, I am sure they could answer those simple questions.
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