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  1. Yes, I'm pleasantly surprised. I couldn't see any 'bottom or top way around Australia' itineraries. Usually there are one or two per season.
  2. I'm a little disappointed to get two Q class ships and no Voyager class. Oh well.
  3. So far I can only see one sailing, in Feb 2023. Seems quite exxy too, $1,590 for a 9 nighter outside of school holidays. I daresay they are allowing for a lot of pent up demand.
  4. I'm on the record as hating the lettering. Otherwise I don't have any problems with the design. Fairly neutral about it really. Off topic slightly, I posted this in another thread, thought I'd add it here as well.
  5. I came across this yesterday on Very Unofficial Travel Guides. It turns out that members of the public can just turn up at Meyer Werft and have a look around. Very interesting insight.
  6. I've only heard it mentioned once in recent times. I suppose the hope is, the rollout will outpace any spread caused by colder weather. Regardless, the system we have in place in the various states seems to be working. Some states have closed borders, others close their borders as and when breakouts happen in other states, and the states have excellent contact tracing when outbreaks occur, which are often accompanied by snap lockdowns of ~5days to cut off any further spread. Hopefully by October a significant portion of the population will be jabbed up and we can look at tentatively, progressively, step-by-step, returning to international travel.
  7. Given that Royal doesn't sail in the winter months, this extension has no impact. Besides, it was always on the cards, given the vaccine rollout has only just commenced.
  8. So the dreaded "cytokine storm" is treatable now? I hadn't heard that. Great news!
  9. This is not entirely true. The vaccines may in fact greatly reduce the chance of infection and transmission, however this has not yet been studied in depth, therefore the manufacturers are not permitted from making that claim. It is currently being studied in Phase IV trials (i.e. the real world). It is most likely that vaccinated individuals' viral loads are greatly diminished if they get infected, making it less likely they will pass the virus onto others. The more people in this situation (i.e. vaccinated) the less of the virus gets passed around over time. What we do know for certain, is that for those infected, having been vaccinated prevents severe Covid and death. I would say that's a pretty good point, regardless of 'getting it or giving it'.
  10. What chance the 2021-22 season gets reconfigured to Australia cruises only? i.e. cruises up and down the east coast. Possibly NZ cruises could be added too if their rollout goes well and the much-vaunted travel bubble comes into effect? The Pacific Islands; no idea how their rollouts will go, and whether they will even want cruise ships lobbing on their doorstep just yet.
  11. https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2021-02-05/covid-19-vaccines-do-they-prevent-coronavirus-transmission/13121348
  12. Don't know about Allure, I can't recall one on my Quantum sailing FWIW, but there was one on Explorer as recently as October 2018. On Quantum, I simply paid for 24 hours worth of connection on my device. You don't need to buy a package for the whole trip.
  13. I'll pre-emptively just leave this here https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-25/pfizer-vaccine-misinformation-on-safety-myth-busted/13089550
  14. Singapore is one of the best places I have ever visited. Completely clean and as you say, it feels so safe. I look forward to returning someday soon, hopefully for another cruise!
  15. It also makes sense, given we have similar Covid levels to Singapore. There would be a lot more political and general resistance to the idea though, until we are well down the path of vaccine rollout.
  16. Just an interesting little article quoting the CLIA Australia director. It looks like the industry is eyeing off a return to cruising out of Queensland first, with shorter, local voyages similar to what's been happening in Singapore with Quantum. https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/health-safety/cruise-industry-says-successful-asian-voyages-during-pandemic-show-they-are-covidsafe/news-story/1657023578a2178eec2b8e77a48962d3
  17. None of the measures are 100% protective, but when you start layering them together, you increase the overall protection.
  18. This might help explain the difference between preventing infection and preventing disease, and why the prevention of infection is not essential to an effective vaccine... https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-07/why-few-vaccines-prevent-infection/13037274
  19. Heart disease is the result of personal choices made consistently by an individual over several decades. Covid-19 is highly contagious and will take you out within a month, through no fault of your own.
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