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  1. If we ever manage to achieve Pinnacle, the badge would be one of the most expensive pieces of jewellery and I will proudly wear it
  2. We are going to explore the town. In Wellington, will most liely take the cable care up to the mountain top and walk down through the botanical gardens. A walk along the foreshore. They have a great museum, Te Papa, and also and excellent war museum. Picton is a nice little town, the Edwin Fox museum is nice and far cheaper to just rock up as through the ship is over three times the price.
  3. New Caledonia's government has announced that it will officially reopen its maritime borders to cruise ships on Tuesday 5 October.
  4. No, nothing listed. I had called and was told it should be listed from around 45 to 30 days out
  5. It was the same for the upcoming Quantum. It too changed to 1pm We also got the 1pm boarding for the Ovation, but we are B2B, so curious if we will be allowed to board earlier and have our complimentary Chops lunch. Also this would effect the Key guests. The latest check in time on the app is 6.00pm, but the email we got today say to be on board by 4pm. You think the various department's would talk to each other? See you around the ship
  6. If you go into that website, click onto the pease click here and scroll through all the pages, the last two pages talk about arrives by sea port. 15.05.22 Industry release - News, Updates and information The Ministry of Health has updated the Roadmap to Safe Border Reopening (Version 3 – 11 May 2022), which also highlights the new travel protocols and testing regime, under Recovery Level 1 (lift most restrictions), ahead of the border reopening in July 2022. For more information, please click HERE.
  7. All good, here is a site for Vanuatu https://www.vanuatu.travel/en/only-47-more-days-until-the-border-opens
  8. Stick to the Enchantment. For a port intensive cruise, it is perfect. We liked the ship and the suite perks are the same as the Brilliance.
  9. We re-priced a cruise two weeks ago with no issues, so i say it is still available to do
  10. We booked our test through PCRWaikiki but with the new protocols we may be able to simply do a self administered rapid test on the day and save some money. Will wait for the final offical protocol for this cruise. So excited
  11. I have never heard that, but does not mean it is not true. However, in my limited experience, if they give the information you do not believe is true, call back and another person may give you a different answer. It sound crazy but that is the Royal call centre.
  12. My wife and I are both Prime, but when required we would book two rooms, so example myself and my brother in law and in the other room my wife and sister. This will allow us to maximise the discount and when on board, we see guest services and have the sea pass cards redone.
  13. Our Ovation sailing is 45 days today and check in opened. Although it opening six hours later than it normally does. My refresh button on the computer is worn out, lol
  14. Check in is open, all done. Earliest time is 11.30-12.00. Set sail passes in the Apple Wallet, woohoo. It is getting really real now.
  15. It is scheduled to sail out of Sydney, Australia. Sailing are listed online through RCI and can be booked
  16. If they announce an Oasis class, then I will book it. Imagine a 19 night on an Oasis class, oh wow, how awesome. I would not care where it travels to as the ship will be the destination.
  17. I hope not. I am booked on her for June and so looking forward to the ship and the RCB Group cruise
  18. If you look at the P&O and Carnival offerings for kids sailing from Brisbane, they are not really that great, so the Voyager with slides and a great kids club would be awesome. If it was a Quantum, then game changer, wins hands down. I think I recall in one of the Royal earnings calls that the larger ships like Quantum class are profitable at around 60% capacity. If that is the case then the out of school holiday travellers would certainly prefer the Royal option. If @Twangstar reads this, I am sure he/her will know more specific facts on the profitability. Yeah, the local shoreside company is working on the 2023/24 season start up however I think it will be 2024/25. I wish I was a fly on a wall in the Royal logistics office.
  19. We are on Quantum for my sisters 50th, 18th Nov, and the ship is nearly full. We will see a Royal ship home port out of Brisbane 12 months of the year. I have some insider knowledge that the logistics are being worked on and plans finalised. The port is not Sydney but it is only a short cab ride from the city and city centre, and unlike the Sydney OPT, it has far better infrastructure. Also, as it is closer to the South Pacific islands, it can do 8n Sth Pacific and 6 night Queensland itineraries. As for which ship, lets see.
  20. They maybe too large. The economy and infrastructure is way too small to handle the larger ships and struggle with Voyager class. Also they are all tender ports and I know in the Isle Of Pines, the Voyager & Explorer draft only just strapped in, and Lifou is not much deeper. These islands are just okay with the capacity of a Radiance class.
  21. We need to hit up Pippa for a room to rent
  22. The Islands of Tahiti, New Caledonia And Papua New Guinea Lift All COVID-19 Travel Restrictions https://southpacificislands.travel/new-caledonia-amongst-72-countries-worldwide-that-have-no-covid-19-travel-restrictions/?Tautm_source=SPTO&utm_campaign=b9d2a96e02-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_08_09_11_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a52e4ef901-b9d2a96e02-1401157377
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