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  1. Latest bit of news out of the Industry. Queensland only cruises?
  2. Well, it won't be before 18th December 2020 in Australia: Media Statement
  3. I apologise for getting back on the subject, but Taiwan seems to have found a way to kick start local cruising: https://www.cruisecritic.com.au/news/5419/
  4. I see Genting Cruises are about to commence local Taiwan cruises. No reason it couldn't be done here also, with the appropriate preparations detailed in the article. And if using foreign crew, prices could be kept to the minimum. https://www.cruisecritic.com.au/news/5419/
  5. He may...but that doesn't mean he can make us spend our cruising dollar on land, in the meantime. I, for one, am not going to blow my hard earned "cruise holiday dollars" on some over-priced holiday in Australia. I'll just wait till cruising starts. However, if he allows "domestic" cruising, I'll certainly consider that. Win-Win.
  6. The Minister might prefer that we stay on land, however, the people will decide where they wish to holiday.
  7. I may have been a bit harsh as I've had a look at a few bookings I have ...and there doesn't appear to be a lot of consistency. I have a P&O booked for "11 days"...but we will be on the ship for 12 days. We have a carnival one booked for "10 nights"...and once again we will be on the ship for 11 days. I guess its all in the interpretation. Obviously for FTTF...they count all "ship days".
  8. I think you better sort out your days from your nights. You said its a 10 night cruise. That's 11 days. The 8th to the 18th is 11 days. The price seems right to me.
  9. Wow...great photos. As for the Russian ships, we sailed on the "Felix Dzerzhinsky" out of Sydney for the islands in the late 70s. She was about 7,000 tons. She, like the "Fedor Shalyapin", were marketed by CTC Cruises in Australia. I still tell the story of how we hove to in the middle of the night as we traveled up the NSW coast. I swear to this day that we pulled up along side a submarine...and I hadn't had too many vodkas that night. All in all, it was a nice cruise...except for the continual smell of cabbage wafting through our cabin ventilation..
  10. The problem is, I believe, that Ships departing a US port for Alaska, have to stop at an international port during the trip. If Canada is out...perhaps Russia ?????
  11. Canada has closed its ports to cruise ships carrying over 500 passengers and crews...until the end of July. That is going to cause big problems for the Alaska cruise season. More discussion in the Alaska Forum
  12. The City doesn't mind taking your money...but it does mind all the harbour-front yuppies having to put up with you having fun !
  13. Make sure you continue to monitor the Smart Traveler site to keep up to date with Government Warnings. Traveling to a "warning country" could void your travel insurance.
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