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  1. In 1998, British Dr Andrew Wakefield claimed that autism was linked to the rubella, measles & mumps (MMR) vaccine. This was later proven to be a fraud, perpetrated for financial reasons. (He got a kick-back for every patient he referred to a legal firm for a class action. In addition, he held a patent on a different vaccine - not a combined one.) He was struck off the British Medical Register. Unfortunately, his claims gained traction and led to vaccine hesitancy or a definite anti-vax attitude.
  2. Previously, I feel that a lot of people in all States, were holding off on having the vaccine because they didn't see any urgency. When this Delta outbreak started in NSW, many changed their minds. We saw in Queensland that many people also went to have the vaccine when the NSW outbreak got out of control, but it was hard to come by. Those I know in Qld who haven't had the jab, have a medical reason. Two members of my family have waited for medical advice on which vaccine is appropriate. One has an appointment for 7th Nov and the other is still waiting for doctors to 'get off the fence' and give him definite advice. A couple of other people I know have been delaying for no good reason (IMO), but they will probably get the jab very shortly. I don't think anyone is looking at the bigger picture you suggest - that they are delaying so the state won't get to 80%. After all, one person more or less won't make any difference.
  3. I have been to the Baltic ports previously and also toured on land so the option of Norway/Iceland/Greenland is what appeals to me about the 2022 and 2023 WCs.
  4. Some Princess WC's go to the Baltic - Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn etc instead of Norway/Iceland/Greenland.
  5. I remember the Fairstar. The official name of the room referred to might well have been the 'Jungle Room' but I remember it being referred to as 'The Animal Bar'. Drunk passengers used to carve their names into the wooden tables.
  6. The Nevasa was never an immigrant ship. She was a British troopship and also used to transport military families to their new posting. That would have been how Les was on the ship - when his father was transferred to Hong Kong.
  7. I don't think either of those photos are of ports of call in New Zealand.
  8. Yes. The WC is on the Coral Princess. I am pretty sure the cruise before the WC goes to Tahiti and Hawaii and calls into NZ on the way back to Aust. This allows NZers to go on the Tahiti/Hawaii itinerary and others to join the ship to start their WC. I believe Princess sell the WC to NZers as Auckland to Auckland. If the NZ government keeps its ban on cruise ships until Oct 2022, that would cause a major re-adjustment of the WC - probably fly pax from NZ to Sydney for the cruise. However, I do not think the 2022 WC will go ahead. I booked on it ages ago, but have felt for the last 6-7 months that it is also a dead duck. Shortly after the 2023 WC went on sale I booked on it. I didn't jump on it immediately because my TA assured me that the 2022 WC would go ahead. Of course, in March or April this year, no-one knew what would happen. We still don't know for sure.
  9. I agree. For a while I have thought that our February 2022 NZ cruise didn't have much chance of going ahead, but after NZ's latest announcement, it is a 'dead duck'. We now wait for Princess to cancel.
  10. Maybe the popularity of Princess' around Aust cruises has prompted P&O to follow suit. They used to do longer cruises up until 2010, so it is interesting to see that they are changing their marketing strategy again. With their short cruises, they were seeking to attract first-time cruisers and people who wouldn't go on such a long cruise.
  11. It is interesting that P&O is planning longer cruises again. Until 2010 they used to do 21 and 28 night cruises occasionally, but they changed their marketing strategy to do shorter cruises - 4, 7 or so nights.
  12. A quick look at sunrise times, shows that December and January are the best for the early morning light on the Opera House, despite daylight saving. On 1st Dec sunrise is at 5.37am (4.37 without daylight saving) and at the start of January, it is 5.48 am (4.48 without daylight saving). In winter, sunrise is just before or just after 7am, by which time the ship would be tied up at the wharf.
  13. I haven't come across a cruise line or a particular cruise where sailaway has been timed to suit the sunset. From what I know, they are not permitted to enter or leave the harbour during the peak time for commuter ferry traffic. Therefore, arrivals are early (around 6am - 6.30am) and departures are either around 4pm or 8pm. Every cruise I have been on that has returned to Sydney during daylight saving time, has arrived in the dark, or at best, the half light.
  14. The previous post was about daylight saving - that is summer not winter. 😁 Probably the 'best time' for sunlight would be immediately before daylight saving starts, or very soon after it ends.
  15. I think you have your reasoning the wrong way around. 😁 With daylight saving, the ships enter the harbour effectively one hour earlier than usual, so therefore in the dark. I preferred the pre-daylight saving time for entering the harbour, when I could see the sunlight gilding the sails of the Opera House.
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