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  1. It's highly unlikely. Our borders are set to remain closed until - at least late 2022. And even vaccinated NZ citizens are having to do 14 days in quarantine on arrival. Also Ponant have been denied entry to NZ. Not looking promising😢
  2. No international tourists are allowed into New Zealand - only NZ residents and citizens - who must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. This situation is set to continue until, at least, late 2022. So the chances of your cruise happening - regardless of what Celebrity says - are slim to zero. The government will decide - not a cruise company - who and when. Sorry!
  3. I don't think this is likely to happen. NZ borders are closed to all international travellers at the moment and the latest from Chris Hipkins is they will not be reopening until later in 2022. Even if they were, there is still the necessity to do 14 days isolation - vaccinated or not. It doesn't look good for your cruise. Even vaccinated, returning New Zealanders have to comply with this condition.
  4. Where did you hear this?? At the moment, no one is allowed into New Zealand other than NZ citizens and residents for the foreseeable future. No international travellers, vaccinated or not. We have done a very good job of containing the virus, with only 26 deaths in total since March last year. We're not likely to risk that. Of course it also means we can't travel overseas unless we want to quarantine for 2 weeks at our own expense on return.
  5. Well, let's see. If you lived in a country of 5 million people with only 6 deaths since Covid broke out, how eager would YOU be to join the rest of the world where Covid is still raging??? Just asking.🙂
  6. Here's a link to a government website. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/extending-support-covid-19-elimination-strategy-june-2022
  7. It's highly unlikely any of these itineraries which have a NZ destination will happen. Our borders are to remain closed to international travellers until at least 2022. Only returning Kiwis are being allowed in and they have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
  8. Air NZ from west coast USA is your best option, but when??? NZ borders are closed for the foreseeable future to everyone except returning Kiwis.
  9. This is a very common and popular misconception. Maori are not indigenous to New Zealand. The first Maori arrivals in Aotearoa arrived (approximately) in the late 13th century from Polynesia - several hundred years before the first Europeans arrived.
  10. I've been reading this thread with interest. Not once has it been mentioned WHERE these cruises will go. Unless we're talking closed loop Caribbean cruises, what is the likelihood of any country accepting travellers, particularly from the USA where the death toll is still rising and there is no national plan to combat Covid? Here in NZ, after a strict lockdown policy, we have currently only 1 active case, no one in hospital, a total of 22 deaths (all elderly with underlying conditions) and our borders are closed to all but returning citizens who will quarantine on arrival. Ports in
  11. The operative word is 'tourist'. For anyone else it's compulsory quarantine and a fine. Can't imagine any of my fellow countrymen going with that option!! And health officials know who they are and check on them.
  12. If people don't self -isolate, they will be deported. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120344713/coronavirus-tourist-to-be-deported-from-nz-for-having-no-plans-to-selfisolate Soooo glad I live here!!
  13. I'm afraid you won't. https://www.interest.co.nz/news/104048/stringent-covid-19-restrictions-announced-everyone-entering-nz-ordered-self-isolate-14
  14. As of Sunday 15 March, all travellers arriving in New Zealand will have to self-isolate for 14 days. No cruise ships will be allowed until after 30 June. This will hit our tourism industry as no-one will want to fly to NZ and spend 14 days in the same room. However, recovering from an economic downturn - and we will - is preferable to letting this virus into the country. We have only 5 cases at the moment and they are all recovering.
  15. You might want to check for road closures between Milford Sound and Te Anau. The road was washed away recently and traffic in and out is limited to convoys of coaches at specific times. It may be that these excursions won't be running, but check with your provider too. .http://www.nzta.govt.nz
  16. This is probably the definitive site for up-to-date information on tracks and access. it will be updated regularly. https://www.doc.govt.nz/news/issues/extreme-weather-event-in-fiordland
  17. Novotel at Auckland Airport has day rooms. So does the Jet Park Hotel, a short free shuttle ride from AKL. I can't remember facilities at the Novotel, but Jet Park has a pool and a gym.
  18. Not just at the beginning of words - Te Papa Atawhai - the Department of Conservation, has the 'f' sound in the middle.
  19. Oh, I see! I had no idea it was US prison garb.
  20. This is exactly what I meant when I posted my comment above. Although I am VERY uncomfortable with tipping in any way shape or form because it is neither the norm or acceptable where I live, I would tip in the US as I understand - even though I think it's totally wrong and that everyone should earn a decent living wage as happens here - that that is the norm. For someone to say, 'Well I don't accept this cultural norm and will impose my way of thinking and behaving regarding tipping' leaves me speechless at the arrogance! You should have felt you were doing wrong. As an example - I'd bee
  21. I often wonder when I see this subject crop up yet again, how our North American cousins would react if I said the following about tipping when I visit the US. "I come from a country where tipping is not the norm. That's what I am comfortable with, so I am not going to tip in the US because I would not feel comfortable doing it." Can you imagine the replies I'd get??? But of course, I would tip in the US because that is their cultural norm.
  22. I didn't mean I hadn't heard of bellmen, hops or porters!😀 In the 'upscale' hotels where we usually stay in Europe and Australasia, they discreetly materialise when needed. Which was why I thought the summoning by bells was a North American thing.
  23. I've never heard/seen that. Is it a North American thing?
  24. OK, so what you in the US would call a 'bellman', we would call a 'porter'?
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