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About boeckli

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    Sydney, Australia
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    Travel, photography, researching travel destinations
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, NCL

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  1. The main reason for the visit to these gardens though were the many spring-flowering shrubs, like rhododendrons, azaleas and wisterias
  2. During a visit to an open garden in Mt Wilson, west of Sidney I came across this unusual plant, which I believe is a Helicodiceros muscivorus, the dead horse arum lily. There were numerous flies etc. buzzing about, attracted by a distinct smell of rotten meat 🤢
  3. From the Australian Border Force website: Travellers arriving in Australia As a traveller, you can bring tobacco products with you into Australia if you’re aged 18 years or older. You do not need a permit to bring in tobacco products into Australia as a traveller. You’re allowed to bring in duty-free: one unopen packet of up to 25 cigarettes or 25 grams of other tobacco products; and one open packet of cigarettes. If you bring in tobacco you must: declare any tobacco you have with you above the duty free allowance pay all relevant duty and taxes that apply on arrival into Australia. If you bring more tobacco than the duty free allowance, you will need to pay duty on all of your tobacco, not just the amount above the allowance. ABF officers will tell you how much duty you must pay when you arrive in Australia. The amount of duty you pay depends on the amount of tobacco you are bringing in. If you do not declare the tobacco you have with you above the duty free allowance, you might be prosecuted or have your visa cancelled. Duty free allowances apply to visitors, Australian residents, Airline or Ship Crew Members. If you want to bring in more than 1.5 kg of chewing tobacco or snuff you will need to get permission from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
  4. Yep - RCI , Celebrity, Princess, HAL... Did have my powerboard confiscated once though, some years ago, before the restrictions were well publicised and widely known ...
  5. There are amaryllis/hippeastrums all around the neighbourhood
  6. No idea. It's a travel one that folds and is switchable between the different voltages. Not sure if there is such a thing as a surge protected hairdryer - tried googling it and am none the wiser ...
  7. I always take my own hairdryer and have never had a problem.
  8. Day Port Dates Arrival Departure 1 Auckland, New Zealand Dec 21, 2019 - - - 05:00 PM 2 Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand Dec 22, 2019 06:45 AM 05:45 PM 3 Napier, New Zealand Dec 23, 2019 12:00 PM 06:00 PM 4 Wellington, New Zealand Dec 24, 2019 08:00 AM 05:00 PM 5 Days at Sea Dec 25, 2019 - - - - - - 6 Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand Dec 26, 2019 07:00 AM 07:00 PM 7 Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand Dec 27, 2019 08:00 AM 06:00 PM 8 Cruising Fiordland Natl ParkCRUISING ONLY, SCENIC CRUISING SUBJECT TO WEATHER Dec 28, 2019 - - - - - - 9 Days at Sea Dec 29, 2019 - - - - - - 10 Days at Sea Dec 30, 2019 - - - - - - 11 Hobart, Tasmania, AustraliaOVERNIGHT, Dec 31, 2019 08:00 AM - - - 12 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Jan 1, 2020 - - - 04:00 AM 12 Port Arthur, Australia Jan 1, 2020 08:00 AM 05:00 PM 13 Days at Sea Jan 2, 2020 - - - - - - 14 Eden, New South Wales, Australia Jan 3, 2020 08:00 AM 05:00 PM 15 Sydney, Australia Jan 4, 2020 07:00 AM - - -
  9. I agree about it being odd. The commercial benefits for the cruise line must outweigh the cost of actually doing it (e.g. fuel consumption for the extra distance). Clearly welcomed by passengers (the duty free shopping).
  10. Very early morning at the Opera Blowing the clouds ... Pacific Explorer arrives a little later
  11. Last week's Majestic Princess cruise to Queensland included a "service call' to Willis Island (the ship approached the island, dropped the anchor, hauled it straight up again, then turned and departed enroute back to Sydney). Willis Island is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, an external territory of Australia, located beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea. The island is located some 450 kilometres east of Cairns, Queensland (from Wikipedia) The reef pilot we had onboard placed a radio call to one of the scientists on the island and she shared some interesting information. We also watched their daily release of a weather balloon. Lots of bird-life all around us.
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