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MargoK

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  1. Any of the CBD hotels but be aware it is peek season so prices might be a bit high. There are also serviced apartments which might be useful. Separate currencies in NZ and Australia. I recommend more NZ than Australian. ATMs are easy to find in each port. If you are on the 30th Dec cruise join our Roll Call. More than merrier!
  2. We have sailed on the Sun Princess twice in the last two years. I rather like the Sun. Has a nice feel. In contrast we did 25 days recently on the Majestic Princess, which is quite different. Found the Sun Princess much more friendly - passengers and crew. An intimate feel.
  3. Had never had the option before so I rang and asked. Had booked using future cruise credit. Not sure if that helped or not. Lost the perks on the original booking but not a biggie. OBC was the same lost specialty dining and bottle of wine. Kept our accessible cabin. Our friend opted to change cabins. It does depend on the 'special' conditions are.
  4. Nice discount on the Ruby Princess 30th Dec for Kiwis. Managed to re fare our Obstructed Ocean view cabin and saved over $1700! Goes to show daily checking pays sometimes. Not sure how long it will last.
  5. Mills Reef Winery is closing or may have already closed. I suggest you google to see options and local tours.
  6. I have the same problem trying to book for January after arriving in Sydney. Also on the Ruby Princess
  7. We were on the Golden Princess and had an inside accessible cabin. A few days in we noticed a leak from the bathroom - not due to an overflow. The engineer was called to investigate, the carpet pulled back and a blower was put in (in our absence but with our permission). When we returned and had a look, we called the steward again and advised him this looked like an ongoing problem. End result we insisted they fix the leak and replace the carpet whilst we were in the cabin as the next passengers might not be so accommodating. The grout in the bathroom long two walls was removed and replaced and the damaged carpet removed and replaced. They did a fab job. We didn't like the cabin so only there to sleep. It was E716, a huge cabin which was originally a interior mini suite and it felt like a dungeon! The Head Engineer couldn't thank us enough for accommodating them. No on board credit etc, but it wasn't our motivation.
  8. We did likewise on the Majestic over Christmas and New Year - 40 passengers out of 4000 did this. First leg was Auckland to Sydney clockwise including Hobart and Sydney, and second was Sydney Sydney, going to Milford Sounds first. There is something magical about Milford Sounds at dawn. Our second leg was touch and go if we were going to get in to Milford and the fog horn was being sounded every two minutes (I think) all night and at dawn, but then the clouds opened and in we went. Fantastic dizzley day with a little of water falls and the sound was amazing. Do it again in a heart beat if we could!
  9. When on the Majestic Princess arriving in Hobart on 26th December, Immigration was done on the pier. Somewhat slow for able-bodied but very speedy for us in wheelchair. One bonus! Our friend was on the pier in the queue outside the building. We called to him from our cabin on deck B to wait on the 'other' side. In casually made our way done, whizzed thru and we walked passed our friend being processed. We waved!! 😁 Our friend was about to shout at us then remembered he was facing an Immigration Officer 😉
  10. You could take the Sky Bus if you are travelling with others. Taxi companies do have maxi Taxis but beware they are expensive unfortunately. Our services are not like Australia. Hopefully others will be more helpful than me.
  11. Is Kmart open in Sylvia Park yet? Wasn't last time I was there. Due to open at some point.
  12. I noticed there are no 4 day cruises Auckland to Sydney. So much more pleasant cruising than flying. Plus not as many Auckland departures.
  13. Sailaway - Wake View Bar Favourite Restaurants - a must do is La Mer and Harmony. Harmony is good with more than 4, so you can share dishes. Alfredos is great for a light lunch or dinner (lunch on sea days can be busy) or a late dessert! Vines - for pre-dinner drinks and tapas Crooners - after dinner drinks, pre or post show.
  14. Daily activities and formal nights can vary even on same itinerary. Formals tend to be first and 2nd last sea days. Will be detailed on your first Patter
  15. Deck 6 right hand side of tte Concerto Dining. Current Head Waiter Nathan is amazing.
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