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  1. Nope, it was for this year and I know it isn't happening. So sad.
  2. We were booked in 1554 for the transpacific from Sydney to Honolulu on 18 April 😢
  3. It would be nice if they let us here in Australia that are booked on it from Hong Kong in October know about this.
  4. Spectrum is coming down here to Australia for a couple of months at least as I think most of the Asian ports are now closing to cruise ships due to this virus and until they know what is happening with it. I imagine it is a bit of a logistical nightmare trying to arrange ports at short notice with so many other cruise lines around at the same time, this would be happening with any ships that usually do the Asian trips.
  5. Yes, it was literally made hours before sailaway. Ovation was due to leave that afternoon and as this cyclone unfolded the decision was made. They stayed at the terminal until something like 3am the following day and then had to move over to the other side of the harbour near Mosman to allow the other ship due to dock at the terminal. They stayed over there "at sea" until late yesterday afternoon.
  6. Don't know where they could have fit in other ports. Some of the islands are closed to cruise ships as the island chiefs don't want to take the risk of coronavirus as they don't have facilities to deal with an outbreak. On South Pacific cruises if there is a medical emergency the ships usually divert to Noumea and the whole itinerary changes. I think Voyager's current cruise has totally changed from the islands to Fiji, New Zealand and Eden on the south coast of NSW. There are also other cruiselines with ships in the area and they won't allow more than one in at a time on the smaller islands.
  7. It is because of the weather. Yes there are islands closed due to coronavirus because island chiefs realise that some of the islands don't have the facilities to cope with an outbreak which is true. Ovation was going to move at around 3am over to the other side of the harbour at Norman as another ship was due in and they will leave tonight. South East Queensland and northern NSW are being pounded by this small cyclone that is moving down the coast. Better to be safe.
  8. I am on Voyager and we went past Ovation yesterday afternoon on her way to Sydney. Voyager left late because there was apparently a gastro bug going around and they had to do a thorough clean first. Didn't board until 12. A lot of us thought it was due to the coronavirus and they have been cleaning even more than normal.
  9. Yep, like M-H-B says it is going to be hot, hot, hot here in Sydney on Friday and Saturday especially. If you are doing the Bridge Climb maybe try and do it early morning or very late afternoon/early evening if you can. If you are doing it Friday you can watch me sail out on Voyager at 4.00pm or on Saturday Noordam leaves at 5.00pm. Nice view of the ships leaving from on top of the bridge.
  10. OK, fair enough. There are still about 9 GS and 5 or 6 OS available so thought it was worth a try, might give them a call.
  11. I'm going on a short cruise on 31 January and every time I try to do this it tells me to make sure the cruise is within 30 days and that the details are correct, which I have done numerous times.
  12. We were on in March and loved it. Every crew member we had anything to do with were second to none, but there have obviously been crew changes since then. We had Clo O'Connor as the CD and she was brilliant as were all the entertainment staff. Jorge was the suite concierge and also went out of his way for everyone he had anything to do with. The food in the Windjammer we had nothing to complain about at all. We actually liked Giovannis way more than Chops. Sounds like there has been a massive crew change since we were on.
  13. We have had 4 arrive here in Sydney last night with 3 taken to Concord Hospital which has been the major burns unit here in NSW and 1 to Royal North Shore burns unit. I believe another 10 will be transported on air force planes over the next 24 hours, depending on their status at that time. The first one that arrived last night was obviously ventilated and came under police escort and staff were holding sheets up because the media had camped out there. Good thing here is that the media aren't allowed past the front fence/wall of the hospitals.
  14. They reported on our news that as soon as some are stable enough they will be brought to the major burns units here in Sydney and I would assume Melbourne as well. The hospitals these people are in are inundated.
  15. I was only just repeating what I had read and been told by others I know who have done this exact tour and fortunately for them this didn't happen.
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