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Hi friends. I’m looking to book a cruise that leaves on a certain date (we are really limited), but I’m coming up short on google. Are there any specific cruise search engines? Maybe my dates are just dud 😞 

 

I know. Such a dumb question, but please don’t throw tomatoes at me. 

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12 minutes ago, CupcakeSusie said:

Hi friends. I’m looking to book a cruise that leaves on a certain date (we are really limited), but I’m coming up short on google. Are there any specific cruise search engines? Maybe my dates are just dud 😞 

 

I know. Such a dumb question, but please don’t throw tomatoes at me. 

I’m just reaching for some tomatoes.

Did you try a online cruise agents search engine.

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Just now, Chiliburn said:

I’m just reaching for some tomatoes.

Did you try a online cruise agents search engine.

I did! I promise! They seem to glitch constantly - not sure if it’s my phone? 😞  When I use them I either can’t get details or I can’t see prices. 
 

I will admit, I only tried a few before giving up. Are there some better than others?

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8 minutes ago, CupcakeSusie said:

I did! I promise! They seem to glitch constantly - not sure if it’s my phone? 😞  When I use them I either can’t get details or I can’t see prices. 
 

I will admit, I only tried a few before giving up. Are there some better than others?

Yes chalk and cheese.

We aren’t allowed to name agents but I like one in Baldwin Melbourne that offers good cruises.
 

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Perhaps if you give us your parameters we could look for some options for you. What are your dates and from what port do you want to sail?

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If you are happy to search I would be very grateful if you can steer me in the right direction. We both get frustrated and keep quitting after a gazillion dead ends.

 

I am a teacher so I’m restricted to school holidays until I build my LSL back up. Hubby is massively busy with work but has from Christmas until early January off. We do like to spend Christmas Day with family. He can possibly wrangle a bit of time in early January ... until maybe the 8th?

 

I was hoping to visit a friend in Thailand next Easter and we’ve tentatively booked a holiday for 2 weeks in the NT and Far North Qld next July. But if there was an amazing cruise during that time we would think about changing plans. We would be happy to fly to the US or Europe for an amazing July cruise.

 

So. The most sensible is for us to go between Christmas and early January 2020. We’d have to do some serious saving to be able to go next month, but it would be doable.
 

I would love to go to the South Pacific yet again. Hubby would like New Zealand. I like RCI and Celebrity. He doesn’t care. A NZ cruise would need the sounds for me to say yes. South Pacific would need Noumea and Isle of Pines for him to say yes. We both dislike Mare but would tolerate it if the rest of the itinerary was excellent.

Happy to leave from Sydney or Brisbane - if we left from Sydney this year it would have to be after the 27th. Brisbane is easier for us next year, from the 26th of December. 
Thanks for any help, ideas or links. I’m beginning to think I’m just too picky 😞 

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Any preference for cruise line. I was looking at one on HAL that left Dec 28, can’t recall what year. We are in a similar situation, Mrs G teaches and has a bit if LSL up her sleeve, but still need to basically stick to holidays, never much in July.

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There are cruises available from 29th December. They usually have one that includes Christmas, then the next one includes New Year. You may have 'missed the boat' on these. I had a quick look at websites that cover Oz Cruises. There is a 14 day one to NZ from 4th January. It is with Holland American that is regarded as a more sedate cruiseline compared with RCI.

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If Christmas wasn’t a sticking point this one looks good

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If you are working to a specific date and are happy with either Sydney or Brisbane as departure point , just google the ports web sites and have a look at the cruise schedule to see which ships are in port on that day .

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Google - Last minute cruises from Sydney & also from Brisbane.

Online TA site will come up & show you all available cruises & dates.

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Thanks so much for all of the ideas. I appreciate it enormously. I’ll show him and see what he says ... crossing my fingers that we can find one that works.

Its crazy, but some of the cruises listed above didn’t show up when I searched on RCI’s website!!

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1 hour ago, CupcakeSusie said:

Thanks so much for all of the ideas. I appreciate it enormously. I’ll show him and see what he says ... crossing my fingers that we can find one that works.

Its crazy, but some of the cruises listed above didn’t show up when I searched on RCI’s website!!

RC website is hopeless 

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3 hours ago, MicCanberra said:

They may well be sold out already, seeing as it is only a month and a half away.

Some are for 2021, and definitely not sold out. 

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