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  1. Ditto, but life goes on! I remember back when I cruise Sitmar in the late 80's, on disembarkation the luggage of the older passengers were searched before you when through Agriculture etc, as the ship got low on toilet paper and tea bags. Turns out some of the oldies were 'nicking' toilet paper and tea bags!🤣
  2. Have I spotted the change of the Lotus Spa Lotion from the handy tubes of cream to the the bottles above??? I LOVE the lotion and cherish using it.
  3. Hi Rusty, so you know if the HOHO bus is wheelchair accessible?
  4. Whoops - Ovation of the Seas can't get out of Wellington Harbour https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/117517342/ovation-of-the-seas-cruise-ship-comes-to-a-stop-in-wellington-harbour
  5. Nothing showing for those of us in New Zealand...😢
  6. Totally agree. If you do a search on this page and the Australia New Zealand Cruisers Page you will find other posts discussion this issue.
  7. From October 2020 Air NZ will be flying New York to Auckland direct which will be a great plus.
  8. In Australia Liquor Stores are often located in a separate shop next to Supermarkets. In New Zealand Supermarkets sell Liquor (not spirits) within the store. Wine at Auckland Airport is usually at above market rates - actually excessive a better description. A wine in the supermarket for $10 will be $20 at the airport!
  9. I was thrilled to go to Burnie in 2011 because I my grandparents were living in Devonport when we were young. A cousin mets us and we visited old places and enjoyed the memories. There are some beautiful beaches but you do need hire a car.
  10. I suggest you purchase your ticket online before you get to Hobart. Saved us having to queue up to purchase. I am in a wheelchair, and found the service excellent. Pick up point a few minutes walk from the pier.
  11. Last New Years Day we did have Immigration which was port side on arrival. I would allow up to one hour perhaps. We were on the Majestic Princess which had over 4000 pax plus crew, so there was a lot of people to process. As I am in a wheelchair we had a separate line to go through. (not that I necessarily agree with that process... ) It may have been different because of Christmas New Year. In the past it has been done on board crossing the Tasman. Port side meant the Immigration Staff were not away from their families over the holiday period.
  12. Yes, the same company - Red Bus DOES do a trip to the top of Mt Wellington, see the attached link. https://reddecker.rezdy.com/55916/combo-2-city-loop-mt-wellington I have not done the link, but used the HOHO last visit and was impressed. The drivers commentary was very informative.
  13. We have a Roll Call for 30th December so join in if you wish. Here is the link : https://boards.cruisecritic.com.au/topic/2650236-ruby-princess-30th-dec-2019-auckland-to-sydney-14-days/
  14. Hi sweept12 Guess you might be in the Ruby as we are and arrive back into Sydney on the 13th. If so join our roll call - would love to have you join in. Transport to the airport - my advice is book a Princess Transfer. We did last cruise for the first time and as I am in a powerchair we were out on a mini van out to the airport - just us. Worked wonderfully. Will repeat. In the past we have always got the 11.50am Air NZ flight without issue. BUT in April the ship arrival was delayed by 5-6 hrs which caused mayhem. Luckily for us we were picking up a wheelchair accessible rental car, so that was easy to delay. Last cruise (arrived on 12th Jan) we booked 3.50pm Air NZ. Got to the airport nice and early and went straight to the Koru lounge - bliss, had the place to ourselves a lot of the time. No stress about missing the flight etc. We are doing the same this coming cruise.
  15. Hi Terry I recommend that you have a day in Auckland before you get in a rental car and head off. Give you a chance to unwind from the flight and jet lag. Safer to the concentrate on the drive. Taupo is a lovely spot to stop and visit the sights. A little less busy than Rotorua and a few things to do from there.
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