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  1. I'm not sure where else they can sail to. Indonesia and PNG from Fremantle? I'd love it, personally, but the economics probably not there (noting that other cruise lines have done similar itineraries but I don't know how financially successful that was).
  2. I'm cruising out of Singapore in January, with check-in opening today. The earliest slot was 11am, so obviously took it. It must vary from place to place, region to region, like others have said.
  3. As most of you would be aware, in the Australian and Asian markets the gratuities are rolled into the upfront costs. It makes life a lot easier and these sorts of discussions redundant. Do you guys see a time where the same approach is applied in the North American cruise market?
  4. I'm with ya. Time to look at different options.
  5. It's sad because it will justify Royal's charging of such a ludicrous price, meaning that the rest of us who are more sensible with our disposable inncome won't be able to use what is a fairly basic amenity. But hey, on such a large ship, there's plenty of other things to do (which is also why I can't fathom why anyone would want to shell out $350. You basically anchor yourself to that one location for a whole day). Each to their own though. I agree that there would be fights and arguments if the use of daybeds wasn't regulated in some way.
  6. AAAAAahahaha, $350. People will pay that price, sadly. Edit: probably Instagrammers and other "influencers".
  7. Hi Andrew. I haven't applied for the eVisas yet. It's such a confusing process. I've had to apply for visas at the Perth consulate on behalf of my Mauritian in-laws, as they are from a country that does not have access to eVisas. So they were required to get their visas at an embassy/consulate, which they don't have in Mauritius. So we went through a long convoluted process to get that done. They ended up with multiple entry visas, just to be safe. I think in our case, a single entry might be ok, but until I go online and sort it through, I can't give you any advice sorry mate.
  8. This business model is actually of benefit to the astute consumer. Why pay an all-inclusive fare which includes amenities that you don't use, when you can pay a base fare and simply pick & choose whatever extras most suit you?
  9. They seem to be double the normal price this time.
  10. Asian itineraries for 2024-25 are out now. I only looked at Singapore sailings, nothing much that caught my attention. Quantum and Anthem the two options, depending when you go. Folks in Qld may find the Singapore to Brisbane sailing of interest.
  11. The process is really confusing, with no clear information about it. I've read that what you have described is only for air travel, but maybe not.
  12. For anyone who has cruised Asia recently, I'm looking for clarity around the Vietnam visa situation. Various websites and forums say that you can get "loose-leaf" visas when the ship arrives in port. However the RC website states the following: For sailings visiting Vietnam Guests visiting Vietnam will be required to apply for and receive a Vietnam Visa. To see if your country is eligible to apply for the E-via, please visit here or if your country doesn't require a visa before joining us onboard, please visit this link here. If you are eligible to apply for the E-visa, please fill in the Vietnam E-Visa form no later than 2 weeks prior to sailing. Please note, if your country is not listed as eligible for the E-visa, you will need to apply for your Vietnam Visa at your nearest Vietnam Embassy or consulate no later than 2 weeks prior to sailing. We will not assist guests with obtaining Visa on Arrival for Vietnam. For guests who apply for the E-visa/Visa, correct port name and date of entry and exit must be entered. If any of the information is incorrect, it will be considered an invalid visa and guests will not be allowed to debark. However, they are still able to sail. Vietnam Ports: Ho Chi Minh (Vung Tau Seaport) Chan May (Chan May Seaport) Nha Trang (Nha Trang Seaport) Ha Long Bay (Hon Gai Seaport) Da Nang (Da Nang Seaport)
  13. Radiance is still my favourite ship. I think my view is strongly influenced by the fact that it was my first cruise and I was child-free
  14. A photo will suffice Cruising From Perth In 2023 | RAC WA
  15. So the bungee aspect will remain sans the VR experience? Or the bungee is being retired in its entirety? After a second reading, it looks like the latter. Too many accidents I guess.
  16. Haha, thanks guys. Like I said, mixed information. Appreciate your responses
  17. Can anyone tell me whether the Solarium on Spectrum is: a) for suite guests only, or b) has a specific section reserved for suite guests only? I have received mixed information. Thanks in advance to anyone who knows.
  18. Great news @Matt. Interesting to note that the compliance rate is actually higher than the old muster drill. So reverting would actually make things worse. In short, everyone's a winner with eMuster
  19. Back on topic, god I hope they don't bring back the old muster drill. What a regressive step.
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