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  1. They posted on our cruise planner the photo packages, but didn't see a total digital package where you can get all the photos taken on a memory card or emailed to you. All they had were a number of printed photos. Since we are traveling to Australia (hopefully!), weight is going to be precious!!
  2. Ok, we are going to do a circumnavigate cruise of Australia, Bali and NZ. Normally we just cruise the caribbean, where you always stay on ship time. So whatever port you leave out of, that is the time the ship stays on. Usually you only change 1 time zone, but on this cruise we will be changing quite a few, going ahead a few hours and then back to Sydney (original port we are leaving from) and then behind a couple hours in NZ. Thanks for your help!! Hope everyone is staying safe out there!!
  3. Another place you do not hear them tell to stay away from...casinos!!! We stopped at one in Battle Creek on sunday, it was packed and I mean to the point that you had to walk around to try and find a machine to play!! You have all these people in there, touching machines, money, dice, cards, poker chips, beverage stations, etc. Not once did I notice anyone cleaning any of the machines!! Plus they are warning the elderly to not go into crowds (cruises too!) and what do you see? Elderly people with their walkers and some even pulling their oxygen tanks, even with people smoking all around them!!! You can't tell me that place wasn't loaded with who knows what!!!!! If they want to close down the cruise industry, then close the casinos...oh wait, the states want that free money that people are throwing away trying to win big!
  4. we are 1 year out, but it will be an Australian cruise, maybe that will take a bit longer?
  5. Can anyone tell me when they open up the shore excursions, drink packages, photo packages, etc for a cruise? How far out before you can book anything? thanks!
  6. We were on an RCCL cruise a couple years ago out of Sydney. Can someone please settle a bet, is the payouts in AUS$ or US$??? And do the machines take US$??? thanks!
  7. No I don't remember, but it all worked out in the end, he was able to get all our luggage in the car and we made it to the hotel with no problems!! All was good!
  8. We did a private driver from Viator when we were over there 2 years ago. Only downfall was we had told them several times that we would have 4 large suitcases, carry ones and backpacks (was going over for 5 weeks) and they sent a town car. We made it work and our driver was really great. We stayed in the Rocks also. Sorry I don't remember the exact amount, but you can find it on their website.
  9. BTW, I looked into the luggage lockers and I think it would end up costing not much less and this way, we will have a place to clean up!!!
  10. We have the same situation, but in Sydney. Our flights home will not leave till late in the evening and since we will have 4 large suitcases, carry ons and backpacks, we have decided to just get a hotel room for the evening. We will valet the luggage since we know we will not be able to get into a room. Take off and explore some more and then later in the evening, will come back, get our luggage and go to the room. We will be able to shower and change into something comfortable to wear for a 11 hour flight and then check out. We will look for something that is very reasonable to pay since we won't need all the frills!! Hope this helps!!
  11. We were on the Navigator the beginning of March. I was looking to book a B2B in Australia for Feb/March 2021. The cruise was not out yet, but yet we were able to book it for 2020 (same cruise, different year). At that time we had 1 month from the day we got off the ship (which I see now has changed to 2 months). As soon as our cruises came out we were able to switch to the dates we actually wanted. It was well over a year!! and had no problems at all!! Also, we were given a cruise credit from the problems we had on the Navigator (we were on the 1st sailing after drydock) and according to the certificate when I got it, it said that the cruise needed to be taken within 1 year. I called RCCL and they said no problem, that we could use it for the 2021 cruise, we just needed to have it booked within a year.
  12. thanks for the heads up!! will make it on our next cruise and since we are in a GS, getting double points, we will make it!!
  13. We were on the Voyager over in Australia when we reached our 140 night mark. It was nice, they shipped it directly to our home. Since we had to watch luggage weight, it was nice!!! Only thing I was disappointed in was our friends who were on a different cruise and reached their 140 night mark also received a nice certificate! I called C&A and she said they couldn't help us, that we would have to go back on that ship...well when it was over in Australia and we are in the States...NOT!! Another call later on and they told me to just check with the LA on the ship to get one made. So, I was on the Majesty and he wanted to give me one from that ship, explained that no, they had told me that he could get one from the Voyager made an emailed to him, which he ended up doing for us!! That certificate now hangs proudly in our home!! Next one we receive will be when we go back in 2021 and do the Serenade all the way around Australia and NZ!!!
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