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Topic # 230488 26-Feb-2018 14:00
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Hi all,

 

We (family = Myself, wifey and 2 kids (1 of each)) went on a family Holiday last year to Australia, as part of that had to renew my wife's passport and get 1 for the kids as well.

 

At the moment, I don't have another overseas trip planned, and that seems to me to be a waste of the expense of getting the passports.

 

So, I did a little hunting around and came across the Club Med all inclusive packages (Flights (ex AKL or CHC flying Malaysian Airlines, including transfers), Accommodation, drinks  & food) for Cherating bach, Malaysia. Investigating this option a bit further, showed a 7 night stay, in May this year, for approx. $8,600 for the 4 of us ex AKL. I wouldn't be going this year, but assuming the pricing is the same every year, this looks like a good option.

 

And that's my question, is it a good deal? Almost sounds to good to be true.

 

The travel period isn't in the monsoon season (that's November - February), but the timing of the deal is during a school term (and I don't want to turn this into that sort of discussion about travelling outside of school holidays). Also, due to my role and team I'm in, 30 June and the weeks following (the end of school term 2 effectively) is our financial year end, therefore taking leave isn't always possible.

 

Both kids would be 9 and under at time of proposed travel, therefore probably want to wait a couple more years until going to Gold coast theme parks.

 

Has anyone else booked\done 7 day winter escapes with all inclusive packages, or other options, for around the same coin($8,500 - $9,000 tops)

 

I'll add, that I'm WLG based, and the $8,600 package mentioned above was ex AKL, and didn't include getting to AKL in the first place (looking forward, I'd look to use an Air NZ, NZ sale)


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  Reply # 1964434 26-Feb-2018 14:00
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Allow me to introduce you folks to our new travel community: TravelTalk NZ.

 

We hope to see you there!

 





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  Reply # 1964449 26-Feb-2018 14:22
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That sounds like quite a bit.

 

Have you looked at doing a Cruise? You can get 9-10 nights for less than that  - will have (generally) 4 stopovers in the islands. It is all-inclusive and if you board in Auckland, easy (luggage wise etc.). They are kid-friendly too.

 

Otherwise, Rarotonga is pretty cheap, as is Bali, though not really all-inclusive.

 

It depends on what sort of holiday you want.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1964453 26-Feb-2018 14:26
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Unless you're a real boozer I'd stay away from the 'drinks' packages. 





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  Reply # 1964539 26-Feb-2018 14:36
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Family holidays always seem to come down to airfares - you get so reamed on school holidays so with 9yo's I would just take a week off school. The school will whinge but it's not like they have NCEA coming up or anything.

 

For the accommodation/food/activities - I have been converted to cruise ships. They are typically all inclusive, you get to visit a different beach/island most days, and most of all, the kids love it and the mums especially love it because it is actually a holiday for them rather being more work than usual like most family holidays are. Ignore the sensationalist headlines around food safety and onboard brawls (seems to happen on Australian cruises!). There are thousands of cruises every year and almost all of them are free of such issues. We've only done 3 and they've all been fantastic.

 

So I would say, get the on sale flights to LAX/IAH, and jump on a 7 day cruise around Mexican Riviera/Carribbean. $4k for the flights, sometimes less, $3k for the cruise (could be more or less depending on what you find, cabin type etc). Keep an eye on mixandmatch.co.nz for flights and cruisecritic.com/price-drop/ for cruises.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1964545 26-Feb-2018 14:40
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Fiji can be moderately priced, an easy flight, and is kid friendly. Some airlines fly direct from Wellington during the winter, I think, or at least they used to.





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  Reply # 1964548 26-Feb-2018 14:45
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Dulouz:

 

Unless you're a real boozer I'd stay away from the 'drinks' packages. 

 

 

Heh! I have researched this topic extensively and will have to agree to disagree... cool

 

Many cruise packages have a selection of free perks to choose from which will include drinks package/internet/onboard credit/premium dining so drinks are a no-brainer unless you are tee-total.

 

I have been on other cruises were the drinks package looked expensive at say US$50/day... but when you consider that you use it for bottled water to take on your day trips, premium coffees, afternoon beersies and cocktails around the pool, pre-dinner martinis, wine by the glass at dinner, post dinner fru-fru coffee or liqueur, it is really easy to cover that cost when the drinks are ranging from $4-$12 a pop.. I would be one of the lighter drinkers I know but when in holiday mode, in a tropical climate, I covered the cost without even trying. Plus you pre-pay it and don't have to worry about a bill at the end of the cruise.


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  Reply # 1964549 26-Feb-2018 14:48
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>and didn't include getting to AKL in the first place (looking forward, I'd look to use an Air NZ, NZ sale) 

 

Splitting an international trip across different tickets can be an invitation for trouble if planes are delayed, bags get lost or anything else untoward happens, 

 

 


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  Reply # 1964551 26-Feb-2018 14:51
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@kryptonjohn You're probably right, I guess I don't trust myself from trying to get my 'moneys' worth and feeling hungover all the time.





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  Reply # 1964555 26-Feb-2018 15:00
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For $50 a day, I'd probably take a drink package, more than that, I probably would not bother.

 

The last cruise we did, we got $200 cabin credit, and probably spent about another $300 topping up the cruise card, on a 10 night cruise (for two of us). We didn't at any point decide to ourselves not to have a drink, or coffee, or ice-cream (or whatever) because of the price. We like a drink, but didn't get p*ssed every day or anything. I guess if I had pre-paid, I would have spent more time in the bars, and tried ALL the cocktails :p




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  Reply # 1964558 26-Feb-2018 15:02
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SWMBO isn't a fan of cruises unfortunately, so that kind of rules them out.


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  Reply # 1964606 26-Feb-2018 15:35
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Dulouz:

 

@kryptonjohn You're probably right, I guess I don't trust myself from trying to get my 'moneys' worth and feeling hungover all the time.

 

 

I know what you mean... but have found that because the drinking is spread out over many hours interspersed with massively over-eating I never suffered!

 

 


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  Reply # 1964607 26-Feb-2018 15:36
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WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

SWMBO isn't a fan of cruises unfortunately, so that kind of rules them out.

 

 

I wasn't a fan of cruises... until after I went on one. Now SWMBO wants to go on one most holidays due to the lack of work required to run the children.

 

 


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  Reply # 1964615 26-Feb-2018 15:53
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My only experience of Club Med was many years ago when there was still one in New Caledonia. We had no kids there, but there did seem to be a pretty comprehensive daily kids programme that took kids out of their parents hair all day. Food was largely "all you can eat" style buffets (at least for dinner), although there was also a smaller restaurant with a la carte service (also all-inclusive). Plenty of organised activities to take part in if that was your thing. Otherwise ignore - and laze by the pool.


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  Reply # 1964852 27-Feb-2018 01:47
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My understanding of cruise drinks packages is that if your partner/spouse is traveling too, you have to buy two drinks packages - i.e. two or none - to prevent one package being used to supply two passengers.

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  Reply # 1964860 27-Feb-2018 07:06
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That's definitely true on Carnival, doesn't seem to be so on Celebrity.

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