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  1. This isn't really necessary. Especially "If you don’t understand that from the start, maybe cruising might not be your thing." This is a little different to going to a different island. If you thought you were going to the Caribbean and ended up in NY, in the fall or winter, it would be something pretty major. This time of year the climate can be completely different in the South Pacific Islands vs New Zealand, and at the moment it is. No one in this thread is being unreasonable. They are disappointed, which is fine.
  2. I completely understand. I was looking at this cruise and the sole reason was all the islands. I'm pretty flexible but would have been VERY disappointed. We are leaving in just over a week for a New Zealand/Islands tour and even then I'll be disappointed if our 2 island stops are turned away. I'll understand, but still be upset.
  3. AUD, technically I paid $69.87 and it is currently $75.35 so obviously at some point they did a conversion from USD. That is the full price, including gratuity.
  4. I'm on the Ovation in March, drinks package is ~$70 AUD or $49 USD. Well, at least that is what it seems to go down to every other week or so. At the moment it is $75 AUD.
  5. More than likely only 4 were showing symptoms of being ill, and the others were close family members.
  6. You do know there can be more than one problem, right? Yes, chemicals and other substances going into the oceans are bad, but plastic is a MAJOR issue. Not sure if links are allowed here, but this gives a lot of information https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-05-17/cocos-islands-millions-pieces-plastic-rubbish/11112784
  7. I'm not quite sure why you are going back and forth on this with me, there is no need to convince me. I want people to use reusable bottles, I'm not arguing against it. The truth is, people don't want to have to fill up and glass and be careful while pouring it into their bottle. It is too convenient to have a plastic bottle. In order to make it easily accessible, they should have dedicated stations that are made to fill water bottles. Then, slowly phase out bottles all together.
  8. I wouldn't consider myself a tree hugger, but I have seen plenty about how plastic is ruining our oceans, and believe something needs to change. If they are making changes simply for good publicity, but in the end it gets rid of some plastic, I'm all for it. I'd rather them put taps all around the ship specific for filling up reusable bottles alongside using cans instead of plastic bottles, but at least it is baby steps.
  9. It isn't really that easy. You have to use a glass and then try to tip it into your own bottle. It isn't impossible, but if they want to get rid of plastic bottles they will have to have places all around the ship which are meant specifically for it. Yes, right now people like you and me might do it, but for all the people who have 3 or 4 bottles a day and get the drinks package partially because of bottled water, they aren't going to want to be inconvenienced.
  10. It would be great if they got rid of bottled/canned water all together and just made it easy to fill your own reusable. I know people love bottles, but they are horrible. Everything that can be done to reduce useless plastic is a good thing.
  11. Just wanted to browse. Not the end of the world if I have to wait, was just curious in changes between the sailings I've seen this season in the USA vs after the move to AU.
  12. Still says "We're getting in ship shape". How long in advance do they normally get the planner up? That is a good point, I can probably wait.
  13. Hi there, I've seem some reviews and Cruise Compasses from last year and up until the Hawaii sailing on Ovation of the Seas, but can't find any since it has been in Australian waters. Anyone have any links to some reviews or any Cruise Compasses from that time period? Thanks
  14. Yes there was. https://www.rclcorporate.com/update-volcano-eruption-white-island-new-zealand/?fbclid=IwAR2EPIBMYBdM_AyLA05HV0Cmh47n-73qMCjnQkOkAdfjjMdWBJKKmd-DSiA
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