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  1. Coming to you from a very wet Sydney.... I've been pretty lucky, aside from a new internal water feature due to a deck renovation that didn't quite end up water tight. I've always wanted a water fall. I've been cut off twice as the feeder creek for the river has broken its banks. Luckily only a few homes under as the other end of the creek is in the national park My SIL has not been so lucky. They are 13m above the river at Ebenezer (other side of Windsor and down river ) and it has gone right through their lower floor. She was the last house in the street to go under, and the land is gazetted as 100+ flood zone. Its gone higher than the 1961 floods. The nearby Ebenezer church (oldest in Australia) looks to have also have gone under. There are no church records which document flooding... It's still forecast to go higher yet again today...
  2. You are already aware I’m soloing on that cruise too. re the cappuccino at 4am. Last year on Muse my daughter ordered a huge breakfast at around 4am for a 7am delivery. Think tick every box on the menu and then added chicken nuggets to the order. She had been partying pretty hard before with some other young ones and didn’t quite remember making the order Not only did she get everything.... but the nuggets were a centrepiece..... pretty sure I have never seen chicken nuggets on the menu (stand to be corrected) Our butler on delivery smiled and said, “we aim to please”.
  3. Miss Dr W (or is Dr Miss W?) has been told via her hospital they will be given Oxford in late Feb. As a JMO she isn't eligible for Pfizer.. A friend who is also JMO but is on ICU rotation got the go for Pfizer.... given she will be on a different team a few days later and Miss Dr W in ICU ????
  4. You can book before and after for all cruises. Not necessarily included, just a hotel add on
  5. Thanks Mysty, Hope you are well too! Staying safe 🙂 and crossing my fingers for Jan 2022....
  6. They typically use the Four Seasons. (Grand Hotel Option) Having regularly stayed at all the 5* options in Sydney my pick was for PH because rooms are larger and the view is excellent. Until my last 2 stays service has always been second to none. I've now decided after those 2 it isn't worth 2x the price of the other options. (Note I stay approx 1x year) If you have a choice between Shangri la and FS, if you want a nice pool area then FS is a winner. If you have good mobility and want a larger room then it would be Shang.
  7. I’ve never done EBB because IME it is often available right up until final deposit is due and often at lower $ than the 10% off quite sometime in advance. I’ve found playing on the Stockmarket to be a better option I feel it is a suck you in situation OTOH if you really want to lock in a particular suite, are happy that if prices drop it is their discretion how they recompense then it may be risk worth taking also don’t forget we in the “bubble” may not be able to access a cruise due to our governments which means it may be harder to secure a refund/change
  8. You guys are our mass testing regime. We also haven't had a lot of cases etc 1:85 000 people versus 1:50
  9. Carol Having had health issues in the family there are a few rules 1. Never, ever book anything you can't afford to let slide. insurance says ...... 2. Never book anything that you didn't have twice the excess funds to cover 3. If you get into a pickle it isn't always the company you are dealing with. Other factors come into play 4. Converse directly with the company on the phone if you have problems 5. The minute you go "it's all the companies fault" discussion breaks down
  10. Not too mention that there is a distinct possibility that future cruises will have a lower capacity to take passengers, while cost of travel will be around the same. This would mean that the fare needs to increase. I've actually been watching the fares on several journeys into next year increase in price. The one I cancelled has risen about $500, although I strongly suspect it is moot as no one will be sailing in January in Australia
  11. Have YOU spoken directly with Silversea or is all information through your TA?
  12. Yes, but the US is not the only country in the world, despite the thoughts of some. In fact, SS have already discussed their intention to potentially operate cruises within bubble zones and have done so as an example in Saudi. Australia for one is already discussing removing the quarantine requirements for those coming from New Zealand and that in itself opens up quite a few cruise options. I appreciate this is not here and now, but certainly possible. On my last 3 Silversea cruises Americans were not the most represented population and in fact on the last one they weren’t even second or third.
  13. I think we are arguing at odds.. I am referring to one poster, in the US, not the general refund situation. I suspect there may be more to the carolldoll situation than meets the eye.
  14. I totally agree the refund time frames for SS cancelled cruises has been unacceptable. However, in this case, it is the passenger who has cancelled for reasons of their own and whilst I understand their need for the cash and that the timing has not been ideal, at this point there is nothing that SS have done that is at fault.
  15. So, the refund is still within timeline..... in my calculations closer to 2 weeks is less than 20 days.. It may well be that the dispute has also called into question the $200 cancellation fee that is due to SS even if carolldoll has not intended this. So before we attack SS about their handling, let's wait until the 20 days for disputed returns hits! The 45 days from cancellation may have passed and in taking action 50 days would now be the outer limit..
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