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  1. So far..afternoon tea is sheer garbage We got on at 3.30. Arvo tea is rapidly removed at 4pm What a way to introduce your ship.... U neec to go to the back of the ship for more garbage.... onion rings and a small veg pizza...that is gone and not replaced....
  2. Sitting at Brisbane port looking to get on board... so much for the 1.30 check in..... We are priority number 6.... that must mean we’ll wait til they fix their IT PROBLEMS... HONESTLY SUCH A PITIFUL EXCUSE there appears to be a mix of itineraries.... we are going Bris to Syd... with a few others from our TripADeal package.... some others are extending to NZ we have a balcony WILL POST PICS FROM SUNDAY
  3. Just an additional note to Explorer Dream / Sydney berthing at White Bay. I note from a review that the Captain Cook shuttle service on Sundays to Kings St wharf doesn't operate. I have had that confirmed for the 8 Dec - so I'm assuming this is for all Sundays. Looks like it will be an Uber from there then.
  4. we are joining it from Brisbane next Wed...2 nights into Sydney however I’m lead to believe the the ferry is to King St wharf (Wynyard) and not the Quay https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/captain-cook-cms-assets/assets/timetables/2905/151202k.pdf ive dropped Captain Cook an email... to see if they still do Sunday’s...
  5. thanks - kinda 'strange' - more so for us Sydney residents... you can hop off.. take a few things home . maybe pick up a few fresh clothes... and head back for the last night on board 🙂
  6. Sydney Ports are reporting that the ship is at Circ Quay - so I do that this 'end of cruise' a little weird... ... anyway... considering this cruise at the moment.... (which will be a few days after having 2 days on Explorer Dream from Bris to Sydney.. might need something else decent to do after reading some of the ED comments.. These fires are NO where near Sydney - they are several KMs north - and the only impacts Sydney would be getting is haze / pollution...... which we have had in recent weeks. As for what the situation will be like in a few weeks.. who knows... the fires may have burnt out ... but you'll find that we have moved into early summer here.... and with less rain. Conditions today are expected to be bad in the regionals - mainly due to existing fires.. and high winds.
  7. Given that my contract is now ending.. on my the hunt for some cheap quick cruises at the end of November / December (yes it's a rotten time when suddenly you are given notice and you miss all of those other deals) However - Norwegian Jewel - 11 Dec from Auckland to Sydney... .... but .. it arrives in Sydney on the Sat 21st 0600 - and you disembark on the 22 Sunday. Most stupid question - why ? can you get off on the Saturday... have a bit of a walk around town and then head back to the ship for dinner / show overnight - then formally disembark on the Sunday ( ***noting I'm a Sydney / Shire resident) - OR - are you 'captive' for that Saturday - and you can't get off but just remain on the ship ???
  8. The gym is right next to the pool area (though glassed off). I'm only on for 2 nights.. but given a trip last week to BKK (and putting on a few kgs 😞 after months of fasting) - I'll spend some time in there.. though it looks sparse. The review - whilst not praising - has mentioned the Blue Lagoon (a paid restaurant) - but whilst its noted a price of $8 - it didn't give much detail. It's 5 Wednesdays away before we get on board.. hopefully a few things will get ironed out in that time.
  9. FINALLY... a review https://www.cruisecritic.com.au/news/4690/?et_cid=3293046&et_rid=184071279&et_referrer=boards_a
  10. This has arrived.... but no reviews as yet.. ive found a Russian video from a Chinese cruise....l it at least shows some aspects of this ship - from last month. theres one dining option, called the Blue Lagoon which is a paid option, but looks like they should / could have had it as part of the included... just another buffet type https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgbC4Wz4570&feature=share
  11. Options.... The easiest option is the train - 1.... it's reliable 2.... reasonably priced (granted we have a surcharge on it). Sadly - if you are in peak times - you might not get a seat... that's out pathetic rail system that combines suburban trains with the airport ones. If you are in Sussex Street - the stops are with Wynyard or Town Hall - and the airport train stops at both - so no need to change. Just google maps and check the closest one. Getting to the Circ Quay departure.. depending on the time... it might be easier just to walk than trying to get an Uber to navigate all of the one way streets.. road closures.. Sydney has become a maze. At the end of the cruise - that's FAR FAR EASIER.. just walk from the Overseas Terminal over to Circular Quay - a few min walk.. and catch an Airport Train. Don't bother with a taxi from that part of town... the cost.. the time.. it's just going to be a pain in the **** Just have an Opal card and get to the airport in about 15-20mins. It all really depends on the time that you get out of Sydney airport.. and the relative convenience. Sydney Airport and the surrounding areas / streets get CONGESTED... and it's getting worse. Arrival on a Sat / Sun will make it worse... the morning peaks are the worst.
  12. Explorer Dream - 2019 Australia Cruises Thought I would start a thread on this ship...... given that there is nothing on this site at the moment.. no reviews.. no comments. I'm giving this a short try out in December - as part of a Tripadeal package (Sydney / Brisbane / Sydney - fly to Brisbane, 2 nights accom - then 2 night cruise back to Sydney - was about $719 for a balcony and the whole package) https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/20617-explorer-dream-debuts-with-new-look.html This of course was the old Virgo I have no idea what it's going to be onboard... dining options etc... but .. if anyone else has booked and beats me to our December sail... drop some feedback on here.
  13. I'm in the same situation........ Why is it not possible to 'update' your own email address field in your profile ? - rather than resorting to 'emailing' a support desk to update this data element ? (creating more work for that person) I would expect that type of user / profile functionality to be available. (instead - going to have to go down the email to advise path)
  14. this couldn't be an Aussie site... not at these prices.
  15. catch a bus - there's the Innerlink Bus - that does a circuit around the city and to Newmarket and Ponsonby - it's only a few $$ and you get to see a little of Auckland. It's what we tend to do when there. https://at.govt.nz/media/1977383/innerlink-map_july-2018-web.pdf https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/bus-services/link-bus-service/
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