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About Mr&MrsCookie

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    Brisbane Australia
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    Cruising, Camping
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    South Pacific

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  1. Please don't tip in Australia and New Zealand - people will start to expect it. It's not customary to tip here as most workers get paid a reasonable amount - and don't rely on tips for income like America does.
  2. It wasn't intentional to look like that but hubby thought it was funny - Can't remember what it was called
  3. All the desserts seem to look better than they taste (although I did get one dessert in the main restaurant that was in the shape of male genitals! 😮) Really loved the key lime pie in the restaurant though - pity I only saw it once.
  4. Got a certificate from Celebrity in March for crossing international date line.
  5. I didn't mean Solstice when I said old. She is quite young (and 5 star) compared to our permanent ships (the P&O fleet are in their twenties - the newest addition is the old Dawn Princess being 23 years old) The base fares for Aust/NZ went up a bit a year or more ago when the gratuity started being included. Still probably not much of a price difference to the old prices - just paying gratuity before the cruise rather than at the end. The crew would be better off this way as they will be getting their tips from everybody and not just from those who didn't take off the auto gratuity.
  6. Australians don't have high expectations at all when it comes to cruising. In fact just the opposite. We have to settle for old ships for one (that stay here year round) and always get the hand me downs. I personally couldn't fault the crew on my March cruise - and the crew work so hard keeping the drinkers happy and get less money for it than in Alaska. I would guess and say that most of the good Alaskan reviews were before the Aust/NZ ones which indicates to me that things are going a bit downhill with time. One thing I noticed with the reviews is that everyone mentions the ship is looking tired and due for the drydock (including me)
  7. Loud music wasn't a problem on my March cruise on Solstice. The only time I did notice it was when I was having brekky early one morning out on the deck behind Oceanview. The really loud rock music spoilt it -it is normally so peaceful there at that time.
  8. Only you can decide which cruise to do - they are all for totally different countries so you need to do your research to see which appeals to you more. If you are coming from a long way away and only do one cruise, the 2nd one seems a little bit of a waste as you don't get to see Australia or NZ at all. All 3 cruises are very common itineraries and very popular.
  9. SHIP: Solstice CABIN #:7211 DECK #:7 CLASS: 2A AREA: Port BED NEAR: Bath QUIET?: Very - no noise from elevators BALCONY VIEW: View to aft is blocked by cabins on the hump, can see all the way to the bridge BALCONY SIZE: First angled cabin on the hump so only slightly bigger WIND A PROBLEM?: No SOOT A PROBLEM?:No PROBLEMS/COMMENTS: When standing at railing, can see straight into the balcony next door (7209) so not private. The slightly bigger bit of balcony always had water pooled there. Not worth paying any extra for.
  10. Don't believe everything you read. If there was a chance of it not being finished on time, then I'm sure we all would have got wind of it in Brisbane at least by now. If the grain terminal had to be used, then everything you would assume would probably happen there. The only times I've heard about people getting processed at Portside and bused to grain terminal was when there was a last minute change eg recently was too windy to get to Portside so docked at grain terminal and people were bused there.
  11. I think that it's a bit rude that the company who charges the most in the world for a drink package - and are also known to make weak drinks - has a daily limit.
  12. Captain Tasos doing his favourite donuts He is well known for them. Pity he wasn't on our cruise - the other captain is a little bit boring.
  13. There was a bit of coughing and stuff on board but didn't seem too bad but was only once we got back that we found out lots were sick - including me. I ended up with a chest infection or something once we got home and still taking antibiotics and can't shake it. There were about 100 people on our facebook group that answered a poll and over half of those were sick - flu or something else. At least 1 in hospital with pneumonia. If half of facebook got sick, can only imagine what percentage of the whole ship got sick. Some of the crew were off sick while we were onboard too.
  14. Looks like we got off as you got on. I wasn't looking forward to getting on and off at Princess Wharf but it was organised chaos. We were on in less then 15 minutes when we got there about 1. I can also recommend the discount taxis we found at the wharf ($40NZ for cash to the airport) and not recommend super shuttle. Hope you and the rest on board are healthy - a lot on our cruise got sick either on the ship or as we got off. Over half our facebook group came home sick. I'm on my second lot of antibiotics and still not 100% - and I never get sick so it must be something bad.
  15. I haven't mixed anything up. I was talking about the mast bar which is on the starboard side - which is smoking as per the above smoking policy. Noone has mentioned mast grill at all.
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