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#61
Queensland
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Originally posted by MicCanberra
Sounds very much like something changed late in the process this year which had them scrambling.
I agree with you. There is no way that P&O would choose to have their ships leave before the fireworks and have unhappy customers. They will lose money by refunding some passengers and giving OBC to some others.
#62
Sydney, Australia
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Originally posted by gbenjo
So it is" too dangerous" this year but not too dangerous last year, (we were were on one of the three P&O ships they had in the harbour last Australia Day) Sounds like a bit of a cop out to me. The Australia Day Council, you would think, would not make a safety call about cruise ships and the Sydney Port Authority would have been aware of any "danger" and not given permission in the first place.
Was thinking the same thing.

Plus even if that were true, how about 2 cruise ships then instead.

Doesn't pass the sniff test.
#63
Australia
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Originally posted by mr walker



In my view, fireworks are overrated & I just don't get this "it's not a celebration (of anything) if there's not fireworks" fixation.

They’re are pretty impressive out of Sydney actually. I’m lucky as they can be seen from where my daughter lives. The Harbour will be full of dinner cruises, etc. and all the Harbour front restaurants will be full. In the park near where my daughter lives people will get there extremely early often camping out the night before, (although I think they may have banned that) to get a good viewpoint. It would be disappointing to miss out after booking the cruise believing you would see them. A cruise ship would be a great viewing spot.




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#64
Canberra Australia
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Agree about the ship being a great place to view the fireworks, however, the majority of the Australia day events are held during the day, so they may have been missed by being at White Bay anyway.
#65
Queensland
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Originally posted by MicCanberra
Agree about the ship being a great place to view the fireworks, however, the majority of the Australia day events are held during the day, so they may have been missed by being at White Bay anyway.
The original itinerary for the Pacific Aria had the ship leaving White Bay at 5.30 pm, then anchor in the Harbour until 9.30 when they would depart.
#66
Wauchope NSW
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We are flying down on Australia Day as we board the Ovation on Saturday.
They have moved the fireworks from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay this year, apparently all the action is at Circular Quay, this may be why the ships cannot be in that area as it will be too congested. They state there will be no fireworks on the bridge or Darling Harbour.
Info here
https://www.australiaday.com.au/events/whats-on/
showcasing 3 P&O ships as part of the attractions
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#67
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Originally posted by Aus Traveller
The original itinerary for the Pacific Aria had the ship leaving White Bay at 5.30 pm, then anchor in the Harbour until 9.30 when they would depart.
Exactly, you would have had to be on the ship by 4pm and as such would have missed most of the circular quay afternoon activities.
#68
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Originally posted by cheznandy
We are flying down on Australia Day as we board the Ovation on Saturday.
They have moved the fireworks from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay this year, apparently all the action is at Circular Quay, this may be why the ships cannot be in that area as it will be too congested. They state there will be no fireworks on the bridge or Darling Harbour.
Info here
https://www.australiaday.com.au/events/whats-on/
showcasing 3 P&O ships as part of the attractions
Cheers, that explains a lot.
#69
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Originally posted by MicCanberra
Exactly, you would have had to be on the ship by 4pm and as such would have missed most of the circular quay afternoon activities.
Sydney is not the start of the cruise, just a port stop on a Brisbane-Brisbane itinerary. Therefore, the deadline for passengers is 30 minutes before sailing - 5pm, not 4pm. The ship is still sailing at 5.30, but continuing on and out of the harbour.
#70
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Originally posted by Aus Traveller
Sydney is not the start of the cruise, just a port stop on a Brisbane-Brisbane itinerary. Therefore, the deadline for passengers is 30 minutes before sailing - 5pm, not 4pm. The ship is still sailing at 5.30, but continuing on and out of the harbour.
I suppose that gives them a bit more time around the quay before having to get to White Bay then.
#72
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From the article -
The P&O spokesperson told us: “As these circumstances are largely operational in nature, based on our desire to give guests the best possible Australia Day experience, we don’t believe a general approach to compensation or refunds applies in this case but, as always, we have dealt with individual situations on a case by case basis.”
#73
Batehaven, Australia
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Originally posted by MicCanberra
From the article -
The P&O spokesperson told us: “As these circumstances are largely operational in nature, based on our desire to give guests the best possible Australia Day experience, we don’t believe a general approach to compensation or refunds applies in this case but, as always, we have dealt with individual situations on a case by case basis.”
Just like Princess with compo for cruises that should have had the Ocean Medallion. They have given compo in form of obc to the North Americans, but decline to give it to Aussies. Speaking from experience. But what's new? Our Royal Princess cruise in June was supposed to an 'Ocean Medallion Cruise.' The Americans got compo, mine was declined by Princess Australia. I might have to withdraw from the Automatic Wage Subsidy Fund.
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Originally posted by MicCanberra
From the article -
The P&O spokesperson told us: “As these circumstances are largely operational in nature, based on our desire to give guests the best possible Australia Day experience, we don’t believe a general approach to compensation or refunds applies in this case but, as always, we have dealt with individual situations on a case by case basis.”
In other words if you complain loud enough we will throw you $100 obc.
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