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  1. We don't even have a blanket ban on nuclear-powered ships! The legislation grants immunity to ships in distress. They are enforcable in law in New Zealand. You can get up to 6 month in prison and/or a $4000 fine for failing to comply.
  2. If the airline has to cancel the flight and you don't wish to continue your travels, you will get either a refund or a credit. Generally it's a refund if the cancellation is within the control of the airline (e.g. mechanical fault), and a credit if it's beyond the control of the airline (e.g. weather).
  3. Toilet paper panic-buying has reached Black Friday craziness!
  4. Cancel for any reason is still subject to general exclusions - failure to disclose, travelling against official warnings, illegal activities, etc.
  5. In New Zealand, we have a chain buffet restaurant called Valentines. I remember frequenting it with my family at its height in the early 2000s... and then everything went downhill. The food became bland and foodborne illness became rife, mostly owing to both the buffet environment but also poor management. Most of the locations have now closed, and I haven't been to one in a good seven years! Here's a news article on the restaurant and it's decline from February last year: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/109787913/the-rise-fall-and-rebirth-of-valentines-buffet-restaurants
  6. Same in New Zealand. Princess doesn't offer insurance directly, so we have to rely on third-party travel insurance providers. One thing to note: Australians and New Zealanders on Princess Cruises are booked through Carnival Corp's Sydney office, so fares sold are subject to Australian federal and New South Wales state law.
  7. A hangi is traditionally cooked in the ground, so there is no way to truly replicate it on a cruise ship. Also for food safety and economic reasons, hangi meals offered to tourists are usually cooked in a commercial food steamer.
  8. Cruises ships dock at the Mount Maunganui wharf, so what you're describing is Mount Maunganui town centre. Tauranga city centre is 7km away on the other side of the harbour.
  9. Things get a bit complicated in New Zealand with Māori culture and the concept of koha (gift or donation). If you're going on a Māori cultural tour and asked to contribute towards koha, then $1 or $2 per person is customary. This money will be pooled together and put in an envelope to be given at the appropriate time.
  10. The rule for tipping in Australia and New Zealand is easy: if you wouldn't tip them on the cruise ship (over and above the automatic gratuities), don't tip them off the cruise ship! Remember, the last time an adult New Zealander got paid 2.13 USD per hour for their work was in 1984!
  11. There are no taxis in Picton. You'll need to arrange your transport in advance. You can look at the Destination Marlborough list of excursions and transport options here: https://marlboroughnz.com/guides/cruise-ship-passengers/.
  12. I think you're not understanding what the excess is. An excess (known as a deductible in USA and Canada) is how much you have to pay out-of-pocket in thr event of an accident before the insurance company starts paying out. For example, if you cause $10,000 worth of damage with a $1900 excess, you pay $1900 and the insurance company pays the remaining $8100; if you cause only $1,000 worth of damage with a $1900 excess, then you pay $1000 and the insurance company pays nothing. No excess insurance simply reduces the excess to $0, so in the event of an accident, you pay nothing and the insuran
  13. It's the same here in New Zealand. If you bought your policy after 21 January 2020 (but before 31 January 2020) , you're not covered if you contract coronavirus after travelling to mainland China, but you're still covered if you contract it elsewhere. If you bought your policy after 31 January 2020, you're not covered if you contract coronavirus regardless of destination (except for funeral expenses and repatriation of body/remains). Also in New Zealand, CFAR is not available or is void for travel to mainland China if you purchased your policy after 29 January 2020 That's because of the gen
  14. Remember, car insurance in New Zealand is attached to the vehicle, not the driver, and all car insurance policies include third-party (liability) insurance. That means if your friend borrows your vehicle, runs a red light and totals another car, you're both covered for the damage to the other vehicle.
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