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  1. Not sailing 8th April on Golden Princess any more. Instead add me to sailing Sapphire Princess 29th November 2020 Melbourne round trip 14 days.
  2. My understanding of the new temporary policy is that if we decide to cancel in the period in which we normally lose 50% of the fare (Cancellation fee) and in which we normally get refunded 50%... Now we would be refunded 50% (in cash) and the other 50% - the cancellation fee, would be held as a FCC on our account. Is this what other people understand?
  3. Does anyone know how many are left on board? I imagine a lot of Japanese pax would have taken up the offer of quarantine on land, but we have no news in that regard.
  4. Ok lets say passenger 0 was infectious the whole 5 days he was on board, the incubation time is variable so hard to say with certainty, but say he infected 20 people in that 5 days to the 25th January. Then say the virus becomes contagious before symptoms show, those 20 people then go on to infect people up to the time of the start of quarantine on 3rd Feb. The people they infect also have time to infect people before the quarantine kicks in. The spread is exponential. As the incubation period is between 5-14 days (although now they are thinking it may be longer) those infections won't show up immediately. All I am saying is that it may be jumping to conclusions to say that the virus is spreading after the quarantine started. Do we have any mathematicians out there that can rustle up a model? The disease takes days to become serious (around 9?) if its going to get serious, the other patients begin to recover, but if the figures are right it looks like a 3 week illness before the all clear. I am gathering this from the charts of infections/deaths/recoveries. Outside of China it does appear the mortality rates are a lot lower. Possibly because the sheer volume of cases means patients aren't getting the necessary treatment in the serious stages. In summary, I don't think the additional cases mean that the infection is spreading post quarantine. Medical staff are at a particular risk as they are on the coalface, as are the crew. I think the crew should be being monitored very closely.
  5. @Pushka Trolling 101 - edit posts after person foolishly tries to argue. I'm done.
  6. Ok you didnt read my post, or you disagree with what I said. I can't see the point of further discussion.
  7. Of course but there is no vaccine for this virus yet .
  8. This is a common argument I have seen on the internet. However I beg to differ, however, for these reasons. The incubation period is 2-12 days in which time the person is infectious before showing symptoms, so the spread is alarming. Second, the time a person is sick seems to be a lot longer. Looking at the statististics shows currently around 600 people have died and around 1700 have recovered. That's 33% ish. A person is unwell for quite a while before they either get better (or not) and so the mortality rate is hard to tell at this early stage. Remember there were only a couple of hundred cases on the 20th Jan, not even a month ago. That doctor who just died (the one who tried to warn the govt) showed symptoms (I think) in the 21st Jan but was not confirmed until the 31st - and he passed away 8 days later. Just looking at the time frame from initial contact to symptoms showing to eventual recovery seems to several weeks, maybe a month. so the 'flu, although indeed it is fatal, in some cases, comes on a lot quicker and recovery is quicker, but the mortality rate is about .095% in 1st world countries. So I don't think the two can be used as a comparison. Just my thoughts on the matter. I think quarantine is a very good idea to stop the spread. As we learn more about the virus and its lifespan and mortality rate then we can draw comparisons. Hopefully the scientists will come up with a vaccine soon - but the logistics around manufacture and distribution seem pretty mind boggling. In regards to cruising at this time, what I am doing with my cruise booked for the 15th April is waiting to see what the Cruise line does. I wouldn't want to cancel at this point as even though I have cancel for any reason insurance I only can claim 75% of the fare back. If the cruise line cancels the voyage they will give me a FCC. I will be bitterly disappointed of course, but its not worth the risk of catching the virus, or being quarantined on board.
  9. It does appear to be still there, just very confusing when looking up the location. There are so many changes in that area of the wharfs its hard to know - google wasn't helpful. Best to check things with a phone call. I'll shut up now.
  10. Sorry just checked about which wharf cruise ships berth at. They are berthing at both. I will depend on which ship you are on. Heres the schedule. http://www.poal.co.nz/operations/schedules/cruise
  11. Not sure thats true any more. I believe the main wharf for Cruise ships changed to Queens Wharf and a lot of the facilities on Princes wharf are now apartments. There are no luggage lockers at the Ferry terminal, the nearest is at Britomart across Quay Street. Worth asking around some more as I have never checked luggage there so cannot be 100% certain.
  12. Have to agree about Auckland Airport, as an Aucklander who uses it a lot. Travelling round and seeing other airports is a real eye-opener. For example Taipei airport is top notch, efficient and super clean. Auckland airport is small and has not got much to offer in the way of food apart from takeout type things like sandwiches and fries. Overpriced at that. I think they are overhauling it, but they are always doing catch-up rather than building for the future. Just my opinionated opinion. On the other hand if you compare it with say Aitutaki in the South Pacific which is basically a coral strip in a field I guess its pretty good. (BTW I love Aitutaki and not throwing shade).
  13. Sailing 8th April 2020 on the Golden Princess from Auckland to Los Angeles (transpacific)
  14. My first Solo cruise I was about 50 and my 2nd solo will be in April and I'm 66 now. I have only done 2 cruises in between with my partner, so not exactly a frequent sailor. Loving travelling solo though.
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