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PerfectlyPerth

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    ExPerth, Now Melb Aus
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    Travel, travel and more travel. And theatre.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Antarctica

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  1. I've been 4 times. 3 with Quark. I prioritise: - Length of the trip (choose the longest you can afford - my shortest trip was 24 days and longest was 33). - Including South Georgia and Falkland Islands. - cabin sharing if you are a solo. You can choose twin, triple or even quad share to reduce your costs. To me a bed is a bed and a shower is a shower. Luxury is of little importance. Your time is spent on excursions or out on the decks. You only go to your cabin to sleep. Having said that - Quark vessels are lovely, comfy, and excellent food etc. Passionate and skilled expedition teams who share their knowledge either at lectures or when on land or in the zodiacs. I would go again in a heartbeat.
  2. I've travelled to Antarctica 4 times - 3 with Quark. Part of the booking process for all polar expeditions includes a medical questionnaire and requirement for further details for certain conditions.
  3. Sub Antarctic islands with resident or staff like Falklands and South Georgia Island have already put out guidelines re visitors in next season. I haven't seen an update for Port Lockroy yet. It's possible it will stay closed. Staffed research stations will also put out guidelines and restrictions closer to the season (if a season goes ahead this year).
  4. I've been to Antarctica 4 times. 3 times with Quark so I definitely recommend them. Yes they do landings. Generally aiming for minimum of two per day. Always with the addendum of weather permitting. Zodiac cruising is also exciting - especially when whales appear right beside the zodiac. Smoother seas ? It changes day by day and even hour by hour so no sense worrying too much about it. If you know you suffer motion sickness pack your usual remedies.
  5. it's lovely. I've had all the windows open refreshing my apartment as most of next week is rainy so I have to keep everything closed up.
  6. I moved to Melb for the weather. It suits the polar traveller in me. Gorgeous and sunny here today.
  7. In a world of instant communication and news these days you really are not "so very far away" geographically. We all have the same news available to us through the same resources. I read international newspapers everyday in order to be informed. And that is the point I was trying to make. Locals can't guess or "give you a feel" for a situation where only the respective govt departments know the answers in every country. Anymore than you can guess what your not so sane leader will decide tomorrow or next month. We too still have state borders closed and people required to quarantine when returning from international flights and when crossing state borders. It's up to the individual state legislation as to when they cease that depending on how it affects their specific states (particularly states with large First Nations communities that would be wiped out by one errant visitor). To be honest - if you want my "feeling" rather than informed govt facts - I think everyone needs to just accept international travel wont be happening in its normal sense for 12 months or more. Business/medical/compassionate travel is likely to take priority over leisure travel. At least until there is a vax and it is made compulsory for entry. The other "talk" - again - speculation - is of a NZ/Aus/Pacific travel bubble being created for travel by residents of these countries to travel within the bubble. This "may" include cruise ships but who knows with the current govt opinion towards the cruise industry. But it would be highly unlikely to include allowing people from other countries to come down to travel/cruise within the bubble as that would defeat the purpose of the bubble. Again - purely speculating - I can't see our govt or NZ govt permitting anyone in from the hard hit countries - for some time. It's pretty dry reading but if you do want to stay directly informed re Aus - this is the Prime Minister's media release page and it'a where all National updates will be each day https://www.pm.gov.au/media and our govt health department has updated including travel related ones daily https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
  8. Nini it really isn't up to any of us to offer our thoughts as the thoughts are pure guesswork. At the end of the day it's all up to governments and it's literally a week to week ever changing situation. As it is all over the world. We all have to be practical and pragmatic about that and just get on with day to day life until governments make announcements. Sitting around guessing, and asking others to guess, just isn't practical. And like Chili - I have an "in Aus" cruise booked in Dec. I am giving it zero thought until such time as first the federal govt makes its decisions, second the state govts make their individual decisions, and third - the actual cruise companies make their decisions.
  9. I follow most of the stations on twitter and Facebook and all have reported it's 100% Covid free.
  10. If you are travelling on a massive cruise ship the cutlery might wiggle a bit on the table cloth. If you are on the ferry - it can be awesome. On one of my first trips in the 70s the back doors came open and cars went to the bottom of the strait and the ferry went into dry dock for considerable repairs. We had dinner with the captain about a decade later and he said that night was still the toughest crossing in his career. If you are travelling on a yacht it can be fantastically rough. There have only been roughly 1000 shipwrecks in the Bass Strait since early 1800s. None of them include current day cruise ships. I'm guessing you will be on a large cruise ship with stabilisers etc and will barely notice it. I usually have to stand outside and check the ocean to make sure I am actually moving. I prefer smaller vessels where I can actually feel the ocean.
  11. I have a couple of mini cruises (3-5 days to a specific location I fancy going to) that I snapped up a couple of months ago for 50% off. Not til Dec. But given all that is going on and not knowing what the industry will do etc - I'm not going out of my way to book shore trips etc until much closer to the dates. I don't have a powerful enough crystal ball to predict how the industry will recover and indeed what it will do down here in Aus. Also one I booked is with Princess and they are currently being investigated by the police for the Ruby debacle so there is the potential depending on the findings for them to be banned or pull out of the Aus market. Who knows. Again. Crystal ball stuff. it's a weird unpredictable world to be in at the moment.
  12. One of the crew is tweeting - not sure from which ship now that they have all been moved around but he says it's route is Bali then India to disembark all staff.
  13. according to the Facebook group set up for all the passengers to communicate with each other from their cabins, there are over 130 Aussies on board and 30-40 Kiwis. An Aussie crew member is posting regularly and is in touch with dfat on passengers behalf.
  14. Well said SrCruizer. Some sensible perspective. At the end of the day the Aus tourism industry is in a spiralling collapse. Small businesses (who are the largest employers in this country) offering credits to customers means they can retain funds to pay their staff so as not to make them unemployed during the next 4-6 months. My friend is a tour bus driver in WA. Their boss had to close the company a month ago as it was 100% reliant on Asian tourists. So my friend and all the other drivers are now unemployed. This will be occurring in every state, town, city. Sorry LexMiller but your complaint is literally what the commonly used statement "first world problems" was created for. Claim the loss on your travel insurance. Or write it off as a life experience in a new world that none of us ever thought we would witness or live through. Personally I have just lost several thousand dollars in theatre bookings over the next few months, with many more likely to be cancelled. Audiences are being given the choice of a refund or donating the money already spent to the theatre so it can keep paying staff. I'm not in a financial position to do that with every ticket so I have elected to do it with the small non profit theatres rather than the bigger privately owned or state owned ones. >>>>>>They are a HUGE company - their website even has photos of super famous Hollywood and sports stars who have done the climb. <<<<< Actually they are quite a small company. Just because they are known overseas and attract celebrities - doesn't make them a large enterprise. They are still a SME. And what the heck does photos of celebrities have to do with anything? They are tourists when they are here just like everyone else. The average Italian restaurant has just as many Celeb photos with the chef pinned on the wall. Again - get some perspective.
  15. All the athletes from around the world that I have seen interviewed are asking for the Games to be cancelled. Most are unable to travel to qualifying events etc and those in Northern Hemisphere are prevented from training due to self isolation rules.
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