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Everything posted by Shanenz84

  1. I agree, New Zealand ports aren't likely to open either. They are better just to focus on the next Australian season from October 2021. Things "hopefully" should be much better then.
  2. Based on all the above I can see the entire Summer 2020-2021 Australia/NZ/South Pacific season being cancelled at this stage.
  3. Just a thought, if Majesty of the Seas could go to Cuba, surely one of the Vision Class ships could as well? It appears say comparing Majesty to Grandeur (or Rhapsody/Vision) there is only 11m difference in length. Could they not use one of these ships if Cuba opened in that case?
  4. The current build schedule for Meyer Turku: Mardi Gras (Carnival) Due 2020 - Under Construction Costa Toscana (Costa) Due 2021 - Under Construction Unnamed (Carnival) Due 2022 Icon Class (RCI) Due 2022 Mein Schiff 7 (Tui) Due 2023 Icon Class 2 (RCI) Due 2024 Icon Class 2 (RCI) Due 2025
  5. Yes only one season 20-21 down under it seems. Could it be headed for West Coast US?
  6. Thats a stretch on "South Pacific" haha. But thats a good itinerary is it 2 days in Hobart on that one?
  7. So the itineraries are now out, here’s my observations: • No Top End or Bottom End Australia itineraries • New port: Eden, Australia • Expanded season in Brisbane for Radiance of the Seas • Departure of both Voyager & Serenade for 21-22. • Quantum & Ovation doing similar itineraries • Otherwise a mixture of South Pacific, Australia & New Zealand itineraries.
  8. Yes that's long been predicted. So it looks like only 3 ships for the 21-22 season as there was going to be 4 for the 20-21 season.
  9. I just got a crown and anchor advance notice. The schedule will be out tommorow 11/06. So far confirmed deployment is: Ovation of the Seas & Quantum of the Seas (Out of Sydney) Radiance of the Seas (Out of Brisbane) Looks like Voyager is definitely leaving down under and also Serenade going by the above.
  10. Originally the ship was meant to be ready for Q2 2021, so details should be coming soon I’d imagine. No sailings are even on sale yet.
  11. Actually Dream Cruises based the ‘Explorer Dream’ out of Auckland over the summer 2019-20 for a series of 7 night cruises, from what I heard they were very popular! They did a total of 7 sailings and they went down to Milford & Doubtful Sound and a few other ports around NZ.
  12. Ovation just turned back to Sydney, it was due in Bay of islands tommorow then Auckland, New Zealand. Also Radiance was meant to depart Sydney, Australia on a New Zealand Cruise today and is now anchoring in Sydney Harbour overnight, it will not be able to operate this cruise.
  13. Interesting how still nothing for Liberty of the Seas post Oct 2021.
  14. Hi there, yes you are right all trains to go to Circular Quay. We were staying near Bridge Street which is about 3 blocks south of Circular Quay which has a light rail stop right outside the hotel so much easier with luggage!
  15. Day 8 - The last day!! What was unique in returning to Sydney was "Spectrum of the Seas" anchored in the harbour and we passed it on the way into the cruise port. First time these two ships have met. The view back into port is stunning with all the city lights, harbour bridge and opera house in view. We were quickly off the ship (as always) by around 8.30am with the last guests basically gone before 9! Then the return back home to New Zealand with the flight in the afternoon. Coming soon - Overall cruise review and observations.
  16. Day 6 & 7 - At Sea As we left the islands the clouds cleared and we had relatively calm seas and sunshine! Two full sea days allowed a lot of time to explore the ship and do some of the activities on board. Attended the Captains Corner in the morning which was both informative and interesting, the chief engineer was particularly funny! Also he seemed to mention about “Wonder of the Seas” being based half year in China and half year in Australia in 2021. First time I’ve heard that rumour.. The captain was sailing his last cruise before a much deserved break. Day 6 there was the si
  17. Day 5 - Mystery Island, Vanuatu The last port stop. Arrived into Mystery Island, Vanuatu at around 7.30am. This is a tender port and is only inhabited when a cruise ship visits. There is a local village which comes over for the day by sea and no one lives on the island. Weather wasn’t the greatest as showers off and on but proceeded to the island around 11am. A short 5 min tender ride. The island is beautiful lots of lush palm trees and vegetation and some clear waters. There is also market stalls like hair braiding, souvenirs etc. We left at 5pm later than the originally pro
  18. Day 4 - Noumeá, New Caledonia Our first port stop was Noumeá the main city of New Caledonia. Which is a French outpost. Arrived into the container port on time around 7.30am due to our size. There was in that case a bus shuttle to the City Centre (only about 5 minutes). Our Shore excursion wasn’t until 1pm so got off around 9.00am and had a walk around the centre and waterfront. It ain’t the prettiest city centre that’s for sure but managed to get a French pastry and enjoy an hour or so and take in the local sights. Returned to ship after that and then got off for the excursi
  19. Day 2 & 3 - At Sea After a few port stops I’ve finally got some time to come back to update. There was a bit of swell on day 2 so a bit of movement on the ship. Spent Day 2 mainly relaxing on deck and around the pool not a lot of sunshine but still very warm. Fish & Ships (Day 2) Enjoyed fish & chips for lunch. Half of the menu is complimentary which is great. Tasty fish and chips! Sorrentos (Day 2) Went for casual dinner on Day 2 instead of Main Dining. Pizza was very good! Wonderland (Day 3) Dinner here was fantastic and whimsical. What a
  20. Day 4 - Cruise Day!!! After a leisurely start to the day, checked out of accommodation at 11am. Then proceeded to the cruise terminal via the light rail. Boarding times were being enforced, but managed to get on after 12.30pm. Expedited arrival made the process quick and barely 15 min later was on board Ovation!! We set sail at 5pm. First impressions Of course you notice the size to start with! Also being barely 4 years old everything is relatively new. I’ve found the ship very well laid out and each space flows into the other really well. You also definitely know there is
  21. Day 3 - Pre-cruise - Sydney The last day before the cruise! Went for a great walk around the harbour and the Barangaroo area finishing with the nice lunch. A relaxed afternoon and evening one again. Organising everything for the cruise tommorow.
  22. Day 2 - Pre-Cruise (Sydney) The first full day in Sydney, managed to explore a lot of the City Centre. Did some shopping at Myer & David Jones department stores and also lunch at the Gateway Sydney which is basically a more upmarket food court. Explored around Circular Quay seeing the Harbour bridge and of course the Sydney Opera House. Also got a good look at the ship in port today which was the (rather rusty looking?!) P&O Arcadia on it’s world cruise of 99 days!! A relaxed afternoon and evening followed.
  23. Day 1 continued - Pre-Cruise After packing completed, off to Auckland International Airport. With Premium Check-in it’s a fast transit through into the departure area. A great flight of just on 3 hours. A 3 course meal for dinner and managed to watch a movie. (Menu attached) Once in Sydney took the train to Central (Sydney has an excellent Airport Line!) then transferred to the new Light Rail Line to the hotel close to Circular Quay (Cruise terminal) Good weather and about 28 degrees celcius.
  24. Day 1 - Pre-cruise Finally...Here we go! Work all done and time to pack! Flight is tommorow from Auckland, New Zealand (my home) to Sydney, Australia at around 4pm NZ time. It’s about a 3 hour flight. Just like RoyalUp, Air New Zealand have OneUp so Premium Economy upgrade approved! A great start to the holiday. Will be in Sydney for 3 nights pre-cruise. Further Day 1 updates to come.
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