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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.
  16. No, I haven't tried using a different browser. I just got on with another project I am working on and regretted the time I spent on failed attempts to post. From the look of it, this post will be successful, but my several attempts a short while ago were not. I have had probably around 20 failed attempts to post something, and feel it is a way to make me lose interest in Cruise Critic. The fact that I have kept trying either shows that I am stubborn (probably yes), enjoy participating in CC (definitely yes) or that I am a slow learner (maybe).
  17. 'Borders open' doesn't mean the government will allow large cruise ships into Australian waters. WOW! I don't believe it! I have been locked out for several days - I don't know why. 😕I don't think I have been in the naughty corner. 😁This post has actually appeared. For days I have the message to either register or sign in, but I hadn't been able to sign in. This post just went on as normal. Great!
  18. Our CHO and Health Minister are on the TV constantly urging people to get vaccinated and the government has opened up vaccination hubs where people can go without an appointment. These actions contradict your suggestion of a government strategy in Qld to slow vaccinations. 🙂 Consider vaccination rates in NSW for instance. It was rather sluggish until the current surge in Delta cases a couple of months ago. Then suddenly many people who hadn't bothered to get vaccinated, rushed to get the jab. I suggest a similar thing has happened in Qld. Many people just hadn't got around to it and didn't see the urgency, however, when the current surge in cases happened in NSW, rates in Qld have risen. There has been another factor in slow vax rates - with the media attention on the possible side effects of AZ, some people who, because of their age group should have had AZ became convinced that it was dangerous and said they would wait and only have Pfizer. When the outbreak occurred in NSW (here I blame Gladys for not imposing a lockdown quickly) the Commonwealth government directed more of its Pfizer stocks to NSW and, to a lesser degree, to Victoria, at the expense of the other states. Personally, I think that was a wise decision, but it meant there were not as many Pfizer doses available in Qld. For instance, six weeks ago my daughter was trying to get an appointment for Pfizer and the first she could get was Nov. I managed to find a clinic a distance out of Brisbane where she got her first dose - her second one is at her local clinic next week. More stocks are now available.
  19. I haven't watched the show, but it is common in Australia to move houses to a an area where the land value isn't as high. A new house is then built on the original block. Earlier this year the house next door to my son's house was moved from an expensive area to Russell Island where the land is very cheap.
  20. What Annastasia is saying is a logical start - everyone vaccinated; passengers from one state only; and start with short cruises within the one state. At least this would be a start. It could be viable for P&O. They had ships here that did either Aust coastal or short (7 to 9 day) cruises to nearby Pacific islands. They could be interested in having one ship here that could do coastal cruises confined to one state only. Forget the islands for a while.
  21. At least that is a start, even if it is trialling small (does she mean short?) cruises for fully vaccinated people. The mention of 'Queenslanders' indicates that she means the cruise would be restricted to Queenslanders.
  22. GUT2407 is simply reporting that overseas pax can join the Shine Lawyers class action. I am sure he doesn't work for Shine so therefore he isn't soliciting.
  23. Surely you don't resent the fact that we don't (currently) have any COVID infections in Qld?😁
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