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40 minutes ago, Esilef said:


can you Work from home on a cruise ship? Asking for a friend……..🤔

 

Possibly, but I wouldn't like to rely on ship internet.

 

When it goes well, it goes very well. When it goes badly, it goes very badly.

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57 minutes ago, SinbadThePorter said:

 

Possibly, but I wouldn't like to rely on ship internet.

 

When it goes well, it goes very well. When it goes badly, it goes very badly.

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2 hours ago, Esilef said:


can you Work from home on a cruise ship? Asking for a friend……..🤔

It depends on where that cruise ship happens to be. Although cruise ship internet has improved, there are areas where not many satellites are focused and the internet is nearly nonexistent. The middle of the Pacific Ocean is one of those areas. You are lucky to get an email out, let alone trying to maintain a connection for a period of time.

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2 hours ago, Esilef said:


can you Work from home on a cruise ship? Asking for a friend……..🤔

If the internet is good enough you possibly could. However, on previous trans Pacific cruises, I recall that there are a couple of areas where there wasn't any internet etc. available. This could have improved in the last few years. After all, we haven't cruised for two years. 😁

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3 hours ago, Esilef said:


can you Work from home on a cruise ship? Asking for a friend……..🤔

I think that might cramp my cruising style. 
I like to be able to disconnect from work when I’m on a cruise. 

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I don't know if this is el cheapo or not, but I'm interested in a relocation cruise in October 2023 from LA to Sydney, including Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand (27 days) for under $6000 for a balcony cabin on the Majestic Princess.

 

Covid should be sorted by then.

 

Of course there is the one way airfare to LA to consider ....

 

Any contras to bear in mind?

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I thought the days of cruising for $100/person/night were over but then I stumbled upon this deal. 
 

P&O X228N

Barrier Reef Discovery Cruise

Pacific Explorer 

25/7/22 - 4/8/22

ex Sydney

$699/person

That’s $70/day! 😱

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20 minutes ago, Sparky74 said:

I thought the days of cruising for $100/person/night were over but then I stumbled upon this deal. 
 

P&O X228N

Barrier Reef Discovery Cruise

Pacific Explorer 

25/7/22 - 4/8/22

ex Sydney

$699/person

That’s $70/day! 😱

Same itinerary and price for 23/8/22

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On 4/1/2022 at 2:14 PM, Sparky74 said:

23 night Transpacific from Seattle to Sydney on Carnival Splendor sailing on 6th September 2022. Interior cabin from $1,716pp on the Australian Carnival website. That’s less than $75/night!

Man, I am so tempted to jump on that deal, but we have a Hawaii to Sydney cruise onboard RCI during that time.

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On 4/2/2022 at 8:16 AM, Esilef said:


can you Work from home on a cruise ship? Asking for a friend……..🤔

 

I'd need good internet.  Skype for Business/Teams meetings along with remote control access to computers, but yeah, I could.  I work in IT support and just need a good, steady connection via VPN.  As long as Carnival doesn't block Netscaler VPN connections, I'm in.  I have thought about that even before the pandemic.  My boss got us tablets/laptops with VPN accounts back in 2018.

 

I'm half tempted to try this one time; take a cruise but "work from home".  Red Frog Pub in the background on a Teams call, chomping on a Guy's burger 🍔 with a frosty ale 🍺 by my side. 😜

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On 4/2/2022 at 10:00 AM, MicCanberra said:

Depends on your job, I can do mine now from on a ship.

C'mon, Mic.  Beer taster/critic is not a real job 😊

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20 hours ago, plettza said:

Man, I am so tempted to jump on that deal, but we have a Hawaii to Sydney cruise onboard RCI during that time.

 

 

If you have VIFP you get it from $386 - who can resist that price even if it does have loads of sea days.

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3 minutes ago, Janet&Carl said:

 

 

If you have VIFP you get it from $386 - who can resist that price even if it does have loads of sea days.

Back in 2007 we did the same trans pacific journey from LA to Sydney on ye olde Regal Princess. Many sea days, love the sea days.  These days there would be even more sea days due to several ports closed due to the lurgy.

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3 minutes ago, NSWP said:

 Many sea days, love the sea days. 

Me too.  Chillin' in a bar or lounging in the Serenity area poolside.  Port days are overrated!😎

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13 minutes ago, Janet&Carl said:

 

 

If you have VIFP you get it from $386 - who can resist that price even if it does have loads of sea days.

That's an amazing price but it's not coming up for me with my VIFP number.  In fact, when I looked last week to now, the price has shot up severely.

 

Are you Platinum or Diamond status on Carnival's VIFP program?  I'm only Gold so maybe I'm not getting the same deal.

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Is VIFP a cruise club or Carnival loyalty thingy? 

 

Just checked on Carnival site would be AU$5,050 for me  as a solo in balcony cabin.  Inside would be AU$3,400.

 

Still a reasonable per diem price for a solo.    $5050 for 35 days = $144 per diem.

OR $97 per diem for inside, cheap as chips.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, NSWP said:

Is VIFP a cruise club or Carnival loyalty thingy? 

Loyalty program.  Like Princess' Captain Circle and HAL's Mariner program.  I haven't investigated the other programs too much but with Carnival's, you get things like free laundry and expedited boarding after achieving Platinum (75 days I think).

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23 minutes ago, Janet&Carl said:

Best deal I've seen for a long while

 

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I just had a look on Carnival but not advertised for me!   I am good also so perhaps you are a higher level.

 

regards

 

eileen

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Just now, Cruisers47 said:

I just had a look on Carnival but not advertised for me!   I am good also so perhaps you are a higher level.

 

regards

 

eileen

Meant Gold!, sorry

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Just now, NSWP said:

Top of the loyalty tree gets the good low price.

I agree.  Although one of my prices I got for Carnival a few weeks ago was unbelievably cheap.  As mentioned, I'm only Gold (25 days+)

 

Carnival probably looked at my onboard spending and noticed that I spend more on wining and dining than the actual cruise fare!

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