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About CruisingWithKarina

  • Rank
    Member
  • Birthday 01/15/1979

Personal Info

  • First Name
    Karina
  • Last Name
    Green
  • Gender
    Female
  • City
    Victoria
  • State
  • Country
    Australia

Cruising

  • First Cruise Ship
    Dawn Princess
  • First Cruise Year
    2014
  • Cruises Sailed
    3
  • Days Cruised
    41
  • Favorite Cruise Line
    Carnival
    Cunard
    P&O
    Princess
    Royal Carib
  • Favorite Cruise Ship
    Radiance of the Seas
  • Favorite Shipboard Activity
    Everything
  • Favorite Itinerary
    South Pacific
  • Favorite Port of Call
    Dravuni Island, Fiji
  • Favorite Port Activity
    Everything
  • Places I've Cruised To
    Fiji and the South Pacific twice, and New. Zealand once.
  • Last Ship Sailed
    Golden Princess
  • Last Cruise Date
    3rd November 2019

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  • Occupation
    Cruise Blogger

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  1. Hi there! Before the Pandemic hit; I was originally meant to go on a 10 night Queensland cruise with the Majestic Princess. Is it possible for me to purchase a (mini) souvenir model of the Majestic Princess ship on land? I’d still like to add it to my collection.
  2. Over the next three weeks, I’ll be celebrating ‘Six Years of Cruising with Princess Cruises!’  Let me know if you were on the 20th September 2014 cruise (booking number: # 7T3THX) to Fiji and the South Pacific departing from Sydney on board the (late) Dawn Princess Cruise Ship; and let’s celebrate together.

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  3. People go on solo cruises all the time for all types of reasons. One of the many benefits of Single or Solo Cruising verses Family or Group Cursing is 'you have more freedom (because it’s just you) and you get to do cruising your way.' Like most Cruise lines; Princess Cruises caters for the needs of Solo Cruises. During most Sea Days, the Princess Cruise line holds 'Singles or Solo Afternoon Tea Events.' These events were designed to make Singles or Solo Travellers feel more at home whilst on their cruise. However, as well as feeling lonely and invisible despite being around a lot of people; ‘some Cruise ships also come with the occasional heckler' (these are people who like to give solo travellers a hard time for traveling on their own). If this happens to you during your cruise, tell your cruise director (if you can), and then when you get home report the incident in the Passenger Cruise Questionnaire email you’ll receive from the cruise line. So, what are the Dinning options for solo cruising? When it comes to meal times; my advice is don’t choose the ‘anytime dinning option,’ and then eat your meals in the Smorgasbord restaurants when you get on board the ship. Instead, choose to go with the ‘eight seater option at either the 5pm or a 7pm dinner seatings in one of the ships main Restaurants. That way, you’ll be able to meet new people, build relationships, and have people to talk to during your cruise; instead of doing it on your own. And, what’s involved with booking a cabin for a Solo Cruise? Zoe Elcock (A Travel Agent from Flight Centre in Castle Hill, Australia) said, "It's a Twin Cabin so when you'll be paying for 'two people.' But because you're travelling on your own, you'll get it for a bit cheaper." But that's not all. As well as booking a Singles Cruise through Flight Centre; you can also arrange to share a cabin with another solo traveler. So many things have changed since the Cruise Industry began, and it seems the top deck is no longer the limit because the options are endless, and the cruising world is in your hands. Solo Cruising verses Group Cruising; the choice is yours. Happy cruising!
  4. Hi again! Thanks for getting back to me about the blogger thing. How do I become CLIA Certified (what courses can I do through them)? Also, Victoria is stage 4 lockdown and I’m looking for things to do so do you know of any good Cruise Industry courses I can do online? I look forward to hearing from you.
  5. Great article. Thanks to the Pandemic; I'll miss the opportunity to ride (my dream ship) the beautiful Majestic Princess. Earlier this year, I booked a ten night Queensland cruise from Sydney. It would've been taking place this November until the Pandemic hit. I just hope i'll at least be able to sea the ship before she departs for the USA.
  6. I've been a Freelanced cruise blogger for many years. I'm not CLIA Certified, and I'm not associated with any travel agent but I've completed a cruise industry course through ITC Online Training, and I'd like to get paid to do what I love. Does anyone have any thoughts of how to get my blog out there?
  7. The Cruise industry is slowly starting to re-open after the COVID-19 Pandemic lock down. During the August edition of Princess Connects LIVE, I found out the new ‘Medallion Classed Cruise Ships’ from Princess Cruises. Apparently, these mega ships already caters for the new restrictions of COVID-19 so it’s an ideal for your first cruise when the boarders reopen. So what is a Medallion classed Vacation? Available as an Ocean Medallion; the Princess Medallion Class vacation is designed to take your cruising experience to the next level with the unique experiences that helps you to get even more out of your vacation with the Princess Line, and it all begins with your Ocean Medallion. The Princess Class Medallion is a quarter sized wearable device that enables everything to get done faster than ever before, and the ships this now features on include the: 'Ruby Princess, Grand Princess, Enchanted Princess, Emerald Princess, Coral Princess, Island Princess, Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess, and the Royal Princess; with more still to come.' From boarding for your cruise to finding those your traveling with on the ship; with the medallion in your hand, you can do things like ‘order food from key restaurants on board (like the Steakhouse), and have it delivered straight to your state room without needing to be around people. How cool is that? The Medallion is also available as an 'all-in-one app' designed to interact with your Medallion to put the Medallion Class digital experiences at your fingertips. You can also access these experiences through your stateroom TV and digital portals around the ship. For more information about the Medallion Classed Ships click on this link.
  8. Like most all of us, I had a few things planed, and the virus pandemic recked it for me! If this was a normal year; in a few months this time (this November to be exact) I would’ve been going to Station Pier Wharf in Port Melbourne on Wednesday, the 5th of November to live stream the ‘maiden voyage of P&O’s new Pacific Adventure Cruise Ship’ as she returns to Sydney (her home Port) after the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival. But that’s not all. A few days later; I would’ve been in Sydney for a ten night cruise to Queensland on board the Majestic Princess departing from Circular Quay on the 18th November 2020. During the cruise, we would’ve visited these amazing Australian destinations: *Brisbane (Australia), *Airlie Beach (Australia), *Yorkeys Knob Cairns (Australia), *Port Douglas (Australia), and *Willis Island (Australia), before returning back to Sydney. It’s a shame because I’ve never been up past Brisbane, and I’ve always wanted to visit the Great Barrier Reef. Although the cruise industry is currently dead because of COVID-19; I hope I’ll be able to go another cruise one day because I love cruising. Stay safe everyone!
  9. Thanks Jason. I’m glad to be here. Question for you ‘how do I change my email address?’ I’ve tried to do so several times through my profile but it won’t let me do it.
  10. This blog is for Australian cruiselings! Everyone’s asking, “when is International travel likely to resume from Australia?’ This is a great question, and the answer is this. International flights are expected to resume in 2024, and starting December 2020; Cruise Ships aren’t expected to return fully to International waters until the end of 2021. Despite this, the good news is ‘Australian Travel is believed to start first,’ and Australia has so many amazing places to visit; including: The Northern Territory, Fremantle - WA, Brisbane - QLD, The Great Barrier Reef - QLD, Airlie Beach - QLD, Yorkeys Knob (Cairns) - QLD, Port Douglas - QLD, Willis Island - QLD, Sydney Harbour (Circular Quay) - SYD, Philip Island - MELB, and other great touristy destinations around the Great South Land. When cruising finally resumes ‘Holidays will be available at a discounted rate.’ P&O Cruises has some fantastic Australian cruise deals on offer through this website;’ starting on the 31st October 2020 with the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Bon Voyage! Happy (land) Cruising everyone!
  11. 2020 was the year the cruise industry changed forever. The Coronavirus hit the Diamond Princess Cruise ship when it was docked in Yokohama Japan; (turning it into a floating Petrie dish). I've been on several cruises, and the air quality inside the cabins isn't very good. Research has shown 'the Coronavirus spread from the sick passengers to the other passengers on board the vessel through the ships air conditioning system. Despite claims 'the air conditioning system recycles the air that goes through;' the Coronavirus droplets are so small it can easily spread from cabin to cabin, and throughout the whole ship. Although the ships quarantine period was over, and everyone on board was FINALLY able to Disembark; it didn’t stop there. A few months later, the virus became a ‘Global Pandemic' when it spread around the world; putting a ban on global Cruising for several months. Despite this, the good news is ‘the Cruise Ship Industry will be back,’ and better than ever. There’s just going to be a few changes coming to the Cruise Industry. As well as ‘Social Distancing;’ other confirmed changes includes the following: 1. The Ships will contain less people. 2. in the Buffet (or Smorgasbord) there will be NO self serving. All food will be served to you by the ships staff. 3. Mask wearing will be voluntary on cruise ships. 4. Prior to boarding; you’ll be pre-screening temperature checked prior to boarding the ship for your cruise. If your temperature is high you won’t be able to board the ship for your cruise. There will also be more hand sanitizers everywhere (both on and off the ship), and your Lounge will be sanitized as well before it arrives at your Cabin, and 5. During the cruise, the ships themselves will be cleaned like Hospitals. The lifts will be cleaned every hour, and (when you can) you’ll need to go to your cabin to use the Bathroom instead of using the Public Toilets. Despite all the changes; I look forward to cruising again soon. I look forward to cruising again soon.
  12. Departing from Melbourne on Sunday 3rd November 2019; we’ll be cruising in ‘Fiji and the South Pacific’ for fourteen nights on board the Golden Princess before the cruise ship retires to P&O, and becomes the ‘Pacific Adventurer;' replacing the Pacific Jewel who left the princess fleet in March 2019. Although we’ll only be in Fiji for two days this time; I’m really looking forward to going back, and seeing all the changes in what I love to call 'the mother land.' If you’re reading this Blog it means ‘We’re going on a cruuuuuise!’ On Tuesday, 15th January 2019, my Melbourne family joined the 'over 20,0000 people who book cruises every year' when we booked our third cruise to Fiji and the South Pacific with Princess Cruises. As well as 'cruising;' I absolutely love Fiji. I first fell in love with the Fijian Islands during my first cruise; which took place in 2014 on board the (late) Dawn Princess Cruise Ship. Loata Brealey is a Fijian lady from 'Port Denaru, Fiji.' When she was my boss, Loata gave me the nick name 'Island Princess' shortly after getting back from my first cruise. Loata told me a bit about the Fijian culture, and taught me some of the language like for example: * Bula - Hello, * Vinaka - Welcome & Thank you, and * Sega - No thank you.' She also kept buying me a variety of amazing souvenirs (including 'a large Fijian Flag') every time she went to Fiji because she knows how much I love the Islands. How cool is that? As well as it being our third cruise with the Princess Cruise line; it will also be a celebration of ‘two main birthday mile stones;’ the really exciting news is ‘my Melbourne family will be coming with us’ to celebrate my sister and her Husbands ‘Wedding Anniversary.’ How cool is that? On Thursday, 30 May 2019, our shore Excursions became available for us to book through the Princess Cruises website. Although the cruise isn’t going to my favourite ports this time (including ‘Dravuni Island in Fiji); the ship will be going to Noumea in New Caledonia, and the shore Excursion to ‘Duck Island’ is available... yippee!!! It’s a fantastic snorkeling destination, and you travel there by Catamaran. I first found out about the shore excursion at Duck Island while watching the 2014 Reflections highlights video of my first cruise; but we didn’t end up doing that shore excursion. The cruise was fully paid for on Thursday, 18th July 2019. Even though I offered to pay for myself; mum decided she wanted to bless her kids (including me) so apart from paying the deposit; I’ve pretty much got a free cruise, and get this ‘a free cruise was my birthday wish during my 2017 cruise to New Zealand’ so look out Fiji here I come. How cool is that? On Monday, 20th August 2019, our boarding passes, and luggage tags became available via the Princess Cruises website. This marked the 'seventy five day mark,' and the final count down to our cruising adventure to the South Pacific. The minute I saw the link on the Princess Cruises website, I immediately got 'cruise happy.' I couldn't help it; I grabbed my IPAD and filmed the big event. Enjoy the video by the way. Now all that's left to do is 'book the shore excursions, pack my bags, and board the ship... wahooiiii! On Monday 16th September 2019, we met ‘Anneri Humphris;’ she’ll be looking after the house while we’re away. Introduced to us by Pam D’sa from Church; Anneri came over at 2pm with her young son to have a look around, to meet my pets (including my Greyhound), and to receive instructions of how to look after the house.
  13. On Monday 9th October 2017, I spent the day at Manly; knowing (before hand) the Carnival Spirit cruise ship was in town. When I arrived at Circular Quay, I took some photos of the beautiful ship prior to boarding the Manly Ferry. During my day in Manly, I went for a walk, took photos, did some filming, and enjoyed a yummy afternoon tea before returning to Circular Quay on the 5pm Ferry. It wasn’t long after the departure from Manly Wharf when I saw the Carnival Spirit Cruise ship coming the other way. It was after 4pm in the afternoon, and I didn’t know the ship was still in town because I didn’t hear the horn. Being a lover of ships and cruising; I naturally grabbed my bags and quickly made my way out to the front of the Ferry for a closer look. My camera was already set up, so I used the opportunity to take photos, and film the ships departure. Wow, I’ve been on two cruise ships heading out to sea, but I had never been the one on board the Manly Ferry going the other way until the day of my Manly visit, and I thought it was absolutely spectacular. While other people were looking at the Dolphins in the harbour; I got excited when I saw the ship coming towards the ferry. It was an amazing experience, and I hope I can do it again.
  14. It’s a fact that ‘Sydney Harbour loves to show off their boats to the rest of the world on Australia Day, and Australia Day 2018 was no exception because this was the day ‘three P&O Cruise Ships was docked in Sydney Harbour to Celebrate Australia's big day.’ On Wednesday 26th January 2017, 'the Pacific Explorer, the Pacific Eden, and the Pacific Area' cruise ships were anchored in Sydney Harbour to Celebrate Australia Day. Thanks to the Sea Scanner Website; I found out in advanced the three P&O Cruise ships were going to be in town for the day, so I decided to spent the day in Manly especially because I knew it was going to be my final time in over there before moving to Melbourne. I also wanted to the trip to and from Manly by Ferry to see if I was over being sea sick, and the good news is 'it worked out well' because I was able to do the trip over and back without feeling sick at the end. Now, I was born and raised in Australia, so I celebrated the day the Aussie way. I got dressed up in Australian flags, left home at around 11:30 am, and went into the city by River Cat from Abbotsford Wharf. During the River Cat trip into the City, I saw the Pacific Eden docked at Sydney’s White Bay Wharf; the International Ships Wharf near Darling Harbour. Shortly after leaving the Wharf at Darling Harbour, it was announced over the Ferries PA system "Sydney Harbour is currently closed due to the Australia Day events that are taking place on the Harbour." As the result, a traffic jam of boats was formed on the Harbour near the bridge. This lasted for quite some time, and it delayed our arrival. January 26 is Australia's biggest day, and the walk way around Sydney Harbour was packed with visitors from Australia, and nations all over the world. When the River Cat finally arrived at Circular Quay, I got off and walked other to the Manly Ferry wharf to catch the Ferry over to Manly for lunch at the Beach. During the tip over, I saw the Pacific Explorer anchored near the Sydney Opera House, and the Pacific Area anchored near Watson's Bay. I had my camera on me and I took photos of the two ships during the trip to and from Manly. All up, it was a fantastic way to celebrate my final Australia Day in Sydney before moving to Melbourne
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