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Sydney Australia
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Originally posted by MicCanberra
Yes you can call me Mic.
It makes sense that you work for the cruise company rather than the OPT.
It must be both sweet and sour feeling, checking in and then seeing so many people heading off on their cruises and you staying behind for all but a few of them.
Mic, We are not actually employed by the cruise lines , I work for what is called a portside services company( s) who provide all the check in,embark/ debark staff for their turnarounds. The OPT and White Bay just happen to be where the ships berth.
It is a bit frustrating watching everybody getting on board to sail away while I catch the bus home every day and I can guarantee there will be at least one person per turnaround who will ask...So do you come on the ship with us? NO But that's OK, I get to see another side of the industry not a lot of people see. very interesting and oh boy...some of those guests
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Originally posted by By The Bay
Looking forward to boarding on Sunday for our 20 night cruise to PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Noumea. Only 3 more sleeps.
Just wondering any problems with your cruise because of the Volcano eruption in Rabaul?
Orewa , Auckland , N.Z.
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Originally posted by anjo
Just wondering any problems with your cruise because of the Volcano eruption in Rabaul?
That could be an incentive to go there.
(Dependant entirely of course on the intensity of the eruption.)
I have read that visiting ships have seen eruptions before and it is common for the ship to be hosed down after a visit , to wash the ash off the decks.
I would imagine the Captain and Princess will monitor the situation closely.
The volcano erupts quite often.


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Nelson Bay
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Originally posted by anjo
Just wondering any problems with your cruise because of the Volcano eruption in Rabaul?
We are scheduled to arrive on the 9th September. No word from Princess at this stage. I guess they will make a call closer to arriving.

The ABC has a article with photo's of the eruption, see: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-2...o-life/5705032

We have booked a tour which includes visiting Mount Tavurvur. Interesting to see what might eventuate.
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Originally posted by By The Bay
We are scheduled to arrive on the 9th September. No word from Princess at this stage. I guess they will make a call closer to arriving.

The ABC has a article with photo's of the eruption, see: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-2...o-life/5705032

We have booked a tour which includes visiting Mount Tavurvur. Interesting to see what might eventuate.
They might add a toasting marshmallows tour
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Canberra Australia
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Joined Apr 2012
Originally posted by gbenjo
Mic, We are not actually employed by the cruise lines , I work for what is called a portside services company( s) who provide all the check in,embark/ debark staff for their turnarounds. The OPT and White Bay just happen to be where the ships berth.
It is a bit frustrating watching everybody getting on board to sail away while I catch the bus home every day and I can guarantee there will be at least one person per turnaround who will ask...So do you come on the ship with us? NO But that's OK, I get to see another side of the industry not a lot of people see. very interesting and oh boy...some of those guests
Thanks, that makes even more sense. I suppose it is better than never getting to go on any cruise at all. I am sure some guests have you thinking 'Glad I am not cruising with them' While other guests would have you wanting to join them as well.
Canberra Australia
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Originally posted by By The Bay
We are scheduled to arrive on the 9th September. No word from Princess at this stage. I guess they will make a call closer to arriving.

The ABC has a article with photo's of the eruption, see: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-2...o-life/5705032

We have booked a tour which includes visiting Mount Tavurvur. Interesting to see what might eventuate.
Make sure you bring an umbrella
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They have completed their journey and I hope they all enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Sydney Australia
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Originally posted by MicCanberra
Thanks, that makes even more sense. I suppose it is better than never getting to go on any cruise at all. I am sure some guests have you thinking 'Glad I am not cruising with them' While other guests would have you wanting to join them as well.
I will reserve judgement till I meet you Mic
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Canberra Australia
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Originally posted by gbenjo
I will reserve judgement till I meet you Mic
Always a wise move, there are some $#^*&% out there and I may be one of them.
Sydney Australia
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Originally posted by MicCanberra
Always a wise move, there are some $#^*&% out there and I may be one of them.
True...and you are from Canberra.....and we all know what comes out of Canberra
By the way When is your next cruise?
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Canberra Australia
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Originally posted by gbenjo
True...and you are from Canberra.....and we all know what comes out of Canberra
By the way When is your next cruise?
Yes, your pollies come down here, make bad decisions and go back and blame Canberra for it.
We are on the Celebrity Century - Dec 15 from the OPT, I will look out for you, to say hi.