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  1. We have been home from our 13 day cruise on the Golden Princess nearly 2 weeks now. We certainly didn't find anything different from normal in the menus. Not very much in the way of lamb or beef. If we hadn't of been in Club Class and had our wonderful Head Waiter cooking most nights, we would have been very disappointed with the food. Jennie
  2. We love both the Sun and Sea though our favourite is probably the Sun. We love her wide Promenade Deck which goes right around the ship so that you can walk without having to go up and down stairs to get your miles in. We love the mini suites, both the normal ones facing out to sea as well as those at the aft, which are as big as the vista suites on the Golden except for the wider balcony. We love the size of the ship, being under 2000 passengers is a huge plus and upstairs there are numerous areas to sit and enjoy the sunshine. Even though she is getting old, she is in good condition. We were on her last September for 19 days and we couldn't fault our time on her. The staff are wonderful and the food was excellent, far better than we have just had on the Golden Princess. Jennie
  3. If your cruise leaves or returns to one of the ports in Australia, then your gratuities are included. If it leaves from a port overseas and doesn't return back to Australia, then you pay gratuities and it is added each evening to your account. Simple as that. Jennie
  4. You will love those Overlands. Fortunately, we have been to most of them in our travels. Yes I agree with you, do it while you are young and able and certainly have the stamina. I know that we are slowing down and we wouldn't be able to keep up with the schedule that you are doing on the Nepal/Bhutan trip. I just hope that most of those who have booked the Overlands are as fit and well as you and Dave. Nothing worse than having to wait for the slowest and running behind schedule. I must go in to the link you gave me and look at your other trips. It is certainly a great RTW cruise with so much to choose from. We did a couple of Overlands with Oceania back in 2008 and they certainly know how to organize a great excursion. Jennie
  5. Thanks so much Cynthia, it worked a treat. How many of the Overland excursions are you going to do. There are so many of them. If you do them all you will be exhausted though if you haven't visited any of them before, it is so very tempting. Jennie
  6. Peter and I wish you and Dave a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. We are spending Christmas with my sister and brother in law together with our son Rich and his friend. On Boxing Day we are off to the MCG with our daughter Jane and the rest of the family to watch the Test (cricket) between Australia and New Zealand. We will then go down to Red Hill a few days later and given them all our Chrissie gifts. The Overlands sound interesting. I think you mentioned you were going to the Himalayas. Do you get to fly to Katmandu or somewhere similar? Enjoy, look after yourselves and report back as we will be travelling with you through your photos and descriptions. Jennie
  7. Hi Cynthia, we have been home from Bali and the cruise from Hong Kong to Sydney since October. We spent most of November up north in FNQ. Two weeks at Palm Cove where we drove you all on Christmas Day and then a week at Port Douglas. We had wonderful weather and loved every minute up there. We are now home getting ready for Christmas. I am looking forward to reading your Blog when you finally leave. I know you will both have a wonderful time. Am quite envious! Jennie
  8. Hi am Aussie Gal and CBB were our friends Cynthia and Dave who did the blog. Hopefully this link will get you to their blog. Just look for Circumference of Australia when you find their blogs. drdavebradley.blogspot.com Jennie
  9. We were on the Sun Princess two weeks ago and we had two Pub Lunches. The first one was the better of the two as it had a meat pie which looked delicious. We had the Ploughman's lunch that day but best of all was the bread and butter pudding which was yummy. The second Pub Lunch wasn't quite so good though the Shepherd's Pie was great. They tried to tell us we were eating Roly Poly pudding for dessert but unfortunately, it was just 2 jam rolls with a bit of custard, not quite what we expected. Afternoon tea was also offered on sea days. We went to one but it wasn't like the afternoon teas we are used to when we have it in an hotel so we were disappointed. Jennie
  10. We always take a taxi as we find we are then dropped right at our hotel. We usually have the luggage for the cruise and that certainly is too hard to move around easily and we always arrive a day or so early for the cruise. Jennie
  11. I even had trouble with an Ocean View back in 1999. Since then we have always had a balcony. Also, we book at least 18 months or more in advance to get the cabin we want plus we love sitting on our balcony either reading or just watching the ocean. We just couldn't give up that for what Princess is willing to give. Jennie
  12. Our cruise is on the 26th September and today I received first of all a text message and since then over a period of 3 hours, 5 emails with an offer to go from a large mini suite (Sun Princess and Club Class) to an interior cabin. We would get the whole of our fare back in OBC -a lot to spend in 19 days unless I use the Casino as some sort of bank to get the money back - plus an 8 night free cruise and $100AUD EZ air offer. We will not be taking up the offer as I am claustrophobic for one thing and secondly we love our aft balcony and Club Class. This cruise is leaving from overseas so I presume that is why we are not being asked to cancel the cruise as we all have our airfares in place. Funny that this morning I was reading the above posts and thinking how much it has changed as twice we have been offered an upsell to go from a mini to a full suite and of course we took both offers. Jennie
  13. You lived off Springvale Road, near Brandon Park shopping centre. We are off Blackburn Road, near the Mt. Waverley railway station. A distance of about 6.7km or 4 miles apart. Not far at all! You wouldn't recognise the area now! Jennie
  14. Cola Cruiser, thanks for your good wishes. We live in Mount Waverley which comes under Monash Council and we are not far from Monash University. Small world isn't it!! Jennie
  15. Thanks Cola. I didn't even think to look at the Patter. Will do exactly as you suggest. Jennie
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