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  1. I just booked that cruise on a special! I will be hoping that the Brisbane Lions get to the big dance and I will be cheering them even though I am a Swans supporter!!
  2. I was at the SCG yesterday. A great day to end the seaon on a warm and sunny Sydney arvo. Icing on the cake to both Jack and McVeigh to kick a goal each in the last quarter - standing ovation from the crowd on both times. Budstar bagged 4 goals and a lap of honour for Jack, Smith, Grundy and McVeigh and lots of great scenes as they were chaired off. And there was no way Hannebery was going to miss out on the celebrations chairing off McVeigh. So that's it for the Swans in 2019 which found some promising new young players. As I write this the final 8 is now settled with Geelong taking out the minor premiership after Richmond defeated Brisbane. A week off and then its off and running to see who gets to the big dance on 28 September. NoWhiners there are some great videos on the Swans home page is you want to check them out. I will be watching the GF from the pool on Majestic Princess - something different than the usual BBQ at home.
  3. A big day coming up for Swans last game for 2019. With retirements of Jared McVeigh, Kieran Jack and Nick Smith announced in the last few weeks along with Heath Grundy (a total of 1044 games between them) it will be an emotional game for everyone. No word on whether Buddy will play his 300th. Swans are very keen to have the 300th in Sydney and whilst a lot of people say no wait until next year the issue is Round 1 is extremely unlikely to be at the SCG due to the cricket playing on 15 March making the transition from a cricket ground to AFL very tight so who knows. And then there is the potential of Dan Hannebery's first appearance at the SCG wearing his new St Kilda colours just to add to the mix.
  4. Who knows why but as I said on the 3 sailings I did no Quest nor on a sailing a friend did before one of mine.
  5. The Quest has not been on the last 3 sailings Ovation of the Seas I was on ex Australia. Joff said the reason was there was no suitable venue to have it.
  6. Hi Please add 5 October 2019 - Rhapsody of the Seas - Croatia & Greeks Isles - 7nights 12 October 2019 - Rhapsody of the Seas - Greek Isles - 7 nights 24 November 2019 - Explorer Dream - Queensland - 7 nights 11 February 2020 - Ruby Princess - New Zealand - 11 nights Thanks very much.
  7. My TA advised us a couple of days ago about the sale so we said book it first thing today and we have just received confirmation of our booking. Got a really good price so happy with that.
  8. I always hold onto the rail now going up/down stairs for fear of slipping. And yes its goes against all advice about not touching stair rails to avoid picking up germs. In the end I'd rather be sick for a few days than end up with an hideously expensive medical bill. I make sure I washy washy regularly. I broke my ankle whilst ashore in Skagway. I was taken back to the ship and I was asked if I had been drinking (no it was too early for me) and again my insurance paperwork asked if I had been drinking. The doctor did not give me a blood test.
  9. I recently traveled with a good friend on Ovation of the Seas. My friend had only cruised with Princess and whilst happy to book Ovation she changed her tune in the months prior to the cruise and decided RCL wasn't for her and continually whinged about RCL. My advice at the time was just go with the flow and not look for faults but concentrate on having a good time. This advice was not followed and once onboard the negativity ramped to the point I couldn't stand being anywhere near her as the complaints were so minor it was a joke. She went with a negative attitude and was determined to keep that negative attitude until she got off and tried everything to ruin my holiday as well. So OP please go with an open mind and remember you are not at home cooking, cleaning, shopping, sitting in traffic going to work etc.
  10. Here is a link to a newspaper report though it is the Daily Mail but as they say there is always more to the story. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7130881/Couple-left-devastated-50-000-pocket-cruise-holiday-left-stranded-Dubai.html
  11. I have a friend who is on Radiance of the Seas in Noumea today. She was not asked at embarkation for travel insurance details. Her comment today was she heard immigration asked a few people from each deck. My friend has not asked. It seems to be random.
  12. I did the Diamond Princess in May and while there was both an English and Japanese cruise director 3/4 of the pax were Aussies/Americans and English with Aussies making the biggest percentage of pax. So each cruise is different.
  13. Thanks for your review loving it. I am currently on Ruby Princess but getting on Star Princess on Monday. Ruby has on demand movies does the Star?
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