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Hi
I’m interested in the New Zealand tour with the Cook Islands add on. I see that the Cook Islands extension is shorter on the feb 2020 date and wondered what the difference was versus the date in nov 19 as there’s no detail on the website. So currently I’m torn between the 2 dates and just wanted clarification of the differences.

Also could you tell me how many people have booked for these 2 dates and the age ranges please.

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Lucinda
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Hi Lucinda,

Breathtaking New Zealand for 2020 is a shorter tour as it will start in Auckland rather than spending 2 nights en route in Singapore. Instead we have moved this to be an add-on so it will be un-escorted and customers can choose to stopover in Singapore.

With regards to the Cook Islands add-on this is a 5 night add-on, the first night of which is a pre-registration night due to the timing of the flights and passing the international dateline so on the 2020 example you would leave Auckland on 16 March but arrive on the 15th and spend 5 nights, departing on 20 March.

There are 7 people booked on the November 2019 date so far, 5 men and 7 women. They all aged in their early to mid 70s.

There are customers booked on the 2020 date at the moment.

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Vickie
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(26/04/2019, 01:56 PM)Vickie Wrote: Hi Lucinda,

Breathtaking New Zealand for 2020 is a shorter tour as it will start in Auckland rather than spending 2 nights en route in Singapore.  Instead we have moved this to be an add-on so it will be un-escorted and customers can choose to stopover in Singapore.

With regards to the Cook Islands add-on this is a 5 night add-on, the first night of which is a pre-registration night due to the timing of the flights and passing the international dateline so on the 2020 example you would leave Auckland on 16 March but arrive on the 15th and spend 5 nights, departing on 20 March.

There are 7 people booked on the November 2019 date so far, 5 men and 7 women. They all aged in their early to mid 70s.

There are customers booked on the 2020 date at the moment.

Many thanks,
Vickie

Thanks for the information.

How many people and ages on the feb 2020 date pls?

Unfortunately knowing that everyone so far is in their 70’s for the nov 19 date puts me off as I’m 38. Much as I’m happy with an age range and expect to be the youngest, I need some younger people on the trip too. So will have to wait and see who else books. Such a shame as I would love to go
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Hi Lucinda,

We've only got one customer booked on our Feb 29th date at the moment, in their 60s.

As you may know we do generally have a mix of ages on our trips, so please do check in with me and I can give you an update on the age range, as we'd love to have you on the trip! Smile

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Vickie
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Post: #5
(30/04/2019, 03:18 PM)Lucinda Wrote:
(26/04/2019, 01:56 PM)Vickie Wrote: Hi Lucinda,

Breathtaking New Zealand for 2020 is a shorter tour as it will start in Auckland rather than spending 2 nights en route in Singapore.  Instead we have moved this to be an add-on so it will be un-escorted and customers can choose to stopover in Singapore.

With regards to the Cook Islands add-on this is a 5 night add-on, the first night of which is a pre-registration night due to the timing of the flights and passing the international dateline so on the 2020 example you would leave Auckland on 16 March but arrive on the 15th and spend 5 nights, departing on 20 March.

There are 7 people booked on the November 2019 date so far, 5 men and 7 women. They all aged in their early to mid 70s.

There are customers booked on the 2020 date at the moment.

Many thanks,
Vickie

Thanks for the information.

How many people and ages on the feb 2020 date pls?

Unfortunately knowing that everyone so far is in their 70’s for the nov 19 date puts me off as I’m 38. Much as I’m happy with an age range and expect to be the youngest, I need some younger people on the trip too. So will have to wait and see who else books. Such a shame as I would love to go
Lucinda - sounds like JY may not be ideal holiday for you? Try other companies for a long trip like this..there is one with four letters beginning with an "S" - I had a wonderful trip to NZ with them!!
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Post: #6
Hi Lucinda

I did New Zealand with the Cook Islands in 2016, its a great trip and well worth doing. I think with these longer trips there are not many of us who can take that much leave in one go so we will tend to be at the younger end of the age range. For the Cook Islands, there were only 2 of us on my trip for the add on and I joked that people would think I'd gone away with my mum but we did our own thing during the day and met up for a meal in the evening which seemed to work well for us.

I've just booked Australia for Christmas 2020 so will probably be one of the youngest as its almost 4 weeks; don't let the age thing put you off, we were on the Sri Lanka trip a few years back and even though there was quite an age range I think we had a good group and had a good time.

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(07/05/2019, 10:26 PM)TimH Wrote: Hi Lucinda

I did New Zealand with the Cook Islands in 2016, its a great trip and well worth doing.  I think with these longer trips there are not many of us who can take that much leave in one go so we will tend to be at the younger end of the age range.  For the Cook Islands, there were only 2 of us on my trip for the add on and I joked that people would think I'd gone away with my mum but we did our own thing during the day and met up for a meal in the evening which seemed to work well for us.

I've just booked Australia for Christmas 2020 so will probably be one of the youngest as its almost 4 weeks; don't let the age thing put you off, we were on the Sri Lanka trip a few years back and even though there was quite an age range I think we had a good group and had a good time.

Tim
I can empathise with Lucinda.... if she has no fellow people around 30's and 40's in group it can make a difference on such a long trip - one of a lifetime!! Not many people would be willing to do their own thing during the day - its always nice to "mate up" with someone with things in common.  I think JY should adjust their marketing and not focus on the "over 50's" age bracket?
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When I went to NZ I was the youngest by a long way (mid 30's) and it wasn't an issue at all. I found lots of people to spend time with and some of the older people had much more get up and go about them than me. Age really is just a number and I don't judge people for it. In fact I was persuaded to do the zip line in Queenstown when a lady in her 80s challenged me to do it with her!
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(26/04/2019, 01:56 PM)Vickie Wrote: Hi Lucinda,

Breathtaking New Zealand for 2020 is a shorter tour as it will start in Auckland rather than spending 2 nights en route in Singapore.  Instead we have moved this to be an add-on so it will be un-escorted and customers can choose to stopover in Singapore.

With regards to the Cook Islands add-on this is a 5 night add-on, the first night of which is a pre-registration night due to the timing of the flights and passing the international dateline so on the 2020 example you would leave Auckland on 16 March but arrive on the 15th and spend 5 nights, departing on 20 March.

There are 7 people booked on the November 2019 date so far, 5 men and 7 women. They all aged in their early to mid 70s.

There are customers booked on the 2020 date at the moment.

Many thanks,
Vickie
Vickie, just out of interest if the trip is shorter and Singapore has been made into add-on, will the price of the trip be reduced since Singapore was included in the previous ones?

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Jaya
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I do not think JY focus on the over 50’s ...JY focuses on single travellers, I have been away with 20 year olds to 80 year olds, all ages have good points! I have been out walked by 80 year olds, I love the varied age range as I like talking to different age groups.

I started travelling with JY in 2006, and have travelled the world with them.

Cindy
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