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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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Originally posted by madfisher
Yes I aggree re Gold Coast over Brisbane, however a lot of work and money would be needed given the openness of the area. Brisbane's terminal is a long drag through the Morton Bay channels and then up the river. Like White bay in Sydney parking etc is an issue.
Newcastle's ex tug WARF is just inside the heads and on the southern shore. It overlooks a very large park area. With good planning and a bit of imagination there would be a low impact on the overall space.
Most likely not possible with V8 Supercars now using the area for the next few years. Not much (no) room for a terminal either.
Lake Macquarie nsw Australia
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Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by lyndarra
Most likely not possible with V8 Supercars now using the area for the next few years. Not much (no) room for a terminal either.
hi Lyndarra, super cars are for maybe one month per year, cruise season peak is about 5 months and off peak the rest of the year. there will be room for both with the right planning. Let's not get caught up in one event wonders being the savior of Newcastle. We also have the super boats on lake Macquarie, but that is also only a one week wonder.
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Sydney, Australia
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Joined Jan 2014
Originally posted by Debi Gart Traveler
I would like to know how to arrange private tours at some of the locations, especially in NZ.
If you do a search on each port in the Australia & NZ ports of call forum you should spot recommendations for local tour companies, including links to their webpages. There are probably some posts in this forum with recommendations too.
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Canberra Australia
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I use Trip advisor and sort through what I want to do and then check the reviews of all the companies that offer that shorex. I also 'google' the various companies and check out the ship's excursions, more for content than to actually book, although we do occasionally book these.
If the private tour I really like requires more people to share the costs (like another 2-6 people), I will ask on the roll call if anyone wants to join us.
Canberra Australia
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Joined Apr 2012
It’s the second time in two years that a whale has been carried on the bow of a cruise ship into an Alaska port.

It is more than likely the whale was already dead as the ships are not that fast that a whale couldn't avoid it.
Canberra Australia
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Joined Apr 2012
Originally posted by Honky Tonk
hi out there! anyone cruised around Australia in in march/ April? Is this time of year weather wise O. K.? . Honky Tonk ya
Welcome to cruise critic. The weather can be changeable but as this is our autumn it should be relatively nice, (not too hot or too cold) but this all depends on where in Australia you are going.
Australia is a big place and climate ranges to Tropical in the north to Alpine in the south.
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Australia
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Joined Apr 2016
I have a really silly question.

I was out and I heard a song, it took me straight back to the cruise - it had been on the front of ship channel where they show the map of your location and where you’ve been.

So my question is: is there a ‘soundtrack’ for each cruise? Each cruise line?
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Canberra Australia
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Joined Apr 2012
Originally posted by CupcakeSusie
I have a really silly question.

I was out and I heard a song, it took me straight back to the cruise - it had been on the front of ship channel where they show the map of your location and where you’ve been.

So my question is: is there a ‘soundtrack’ for each cruise? Each cruise line?
Not sure, I imagine that they would issue a soundtrack for each ship to play, likely the same one though.
Lake Macquarie nsw Australia
149 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by silverwillow
I want to Know how to get an upgrade.
I'd like to know how to get single cruise fares from Aus
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Originally posted by drsel
Is there any single Cruise fare that is almost the same as a twin sharing fare?
I know that for Costa cruises, singles pay a 30% single supplement. Is there any better offer?
What about Norwegian? I heard that they have single studio cabins.
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Joined Dec 2014
Originally posted by MicCanberra
Well single cabins are available on some cruise lines, I am not sure if they are priced accordingly (half of a couples price).
Thanks, MicCanberra. You seem to be the only one responding to all the questions.
Canberra Australia
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Joined Apr 2012
Originally posted by drsel
Thanks, MicCanberra. You seem to be the only one responding to all the questions.
No worries, a friend cruises as a single and grabs the specials on a cabin (twin share). Which may be worth grabbing, even as a single.