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  1. As of Monday 16th March New Zealand has banned all cruise ships form entering its ports until June 30th The reality is we are towards the end of our cruise season now with only about a month of visits left (There are some cruise ships throug the winter period but the big cruise lines like Royal tend to sale September to May. This will mean a lot of cruise ships based out of Australia will need to change itineraries (Most Pacific Islands have already banned cruise ships). New Zealand has also closed its boarders to all countries bar the Pacific Islands with all those arriving having to self isolate for 14 days. (This in place for 16 days with a review in 10 days). We are also restricting those traveling from New Zealand to the Pacific Islands to protect those communities. New Zealand currently has 6 cases all of which have come form overseas (No community transmission at this time)
  2. Actually in most recorded eruptions there was little or no noticeable signs before the eruption. While the risk level had increased recently it was well within in 'acceptable' levels As acceptable as you ever get for an active volcano that is called 'White Island' because it is literally producing white steam almost consistently. It is not unusal for White Island to have its risk level raised and lowered during any given week as different readings are taken. Like earthquakes it is often easy to predict and eruption after one has happened. Now... should there have been tours there at all? That will certainly be investigated in the months ahead (Far more important things to worry about now like caring for the victims families and those sill in critical condition in hospital. The Police have opened criminal instantiations and I imagine the government will commission a royal commission to look into it etc (A royal commission is an independent body that has powers to look into any aspect of the issue they have been asked to investigate. Their powers are very very wide and while not binding any recommendations it makes (including laying of criminal charges no matter if it is against individuals, officials or companies) is most likely to be auctioned (It.d almost be unheard of if it wasn't).
  3. Ovation left left port this morning with a lot of love and support shown by the local community. There were pciture of people linng the port and hillside that the ship passes on its way out of the harbour with signs of support and love etc
  4. As mentioned smoking has been banned indoors in New Zealand and Australia for many years and includes cruise ships. Like many here I won't be stepping into the casinos BECAUSE of the smoking during our Harmony trip in February whereas we spent a pretty little penny on our last cruise in the casino on our last cruise out of Australia.
  5. Hi all My wife and I are booked into a Grand Suite n our up coming Harmony of the Seas 20th anniversary cruise. I have a question regarding the "free internet" that suite guest receive and was wondering if anyone could help. Is it 1 device per room, 1 per person, or unlimited devices? Also is it Surf & Stream or just the surf package? I've tried finding details about the offer on RCCL site with no luck.
  6. Dunedin (or Port Charmers) could also currently handle an Oasis ship. Ironically like Australia and Sydney New Zealand's largest city's port couldn't currently berth an Oasis ship (Heck, even Ovation has to tender in Auckland).
  7. Really looking forward to our next Royal Caribbean cruise and first out of the US. February 2nd Feb 2020 - Harmony of the Seas
  8. Thanks all., It sounds like UBER/Lyft might be the way to go. I had heard some drivers weren't keen on the long trip because they might not get a return but it sounds like that shouldn't be an issue.
  9. I am glad you enjoyed your time in Dunedin. The volunteers do an amazing job welcoming people to the city and giving them some local tips and tricks etc. If youa re ever this way again (or anyone else from the blog) let me know and w'll come and meet you and give you a locals tour etc 🙂
  10. I would also like to see the gym open 24 hours. I probably average 5 hours sleep a night and it'd be nice to pop to the gym at 1 or 2am get in a workout, spend a few minutes in the whirlpool and then head to bed. I find that there are a number of days I miss the gym because my day is packed and i never find time in the evening.
  11. My wife are book-ending our February Harmony of the Seas cruise with stays at Walt Disney World as part of our 20th Anniversary (If you are going to travel all the way from New Zealand you don't just do a cruise and head home 🙂). I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to get from WDW to Port Canaveral? We would prefer not to hire a car so are thinking shuttles, towncars or UBER/LYFT? Does anyone have experience with a company they have used or suggestion? Thanks in advance
  12. Sooo... If I have the Ultimate Dinning Package & Deluxe Beverage Package could I go into Johnny Rockets and just grab a skate... (Hold the burger and make it a shake :-). It;d feel silly to order a burger that I might not want only to get the milkshake.
  13. It's a real pity to hear the Chef's table is coming cookie cutter. The whole idea of a chefs table is it showcases the chef and their influences and the food that is in season etc.
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