About agenerationxlife

Lover of life. Major goofball. Simply fabulous - just add coffee. I could talk all day if given the opportunity. Glass half full kind of person. Love a good laugh. Enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. My family and friends are important to me. Live life to the full and laugh a lot because you never know what is around the corner.

Wow…

This afternoon I went to see the ship Queen Mary 2 while it was in port at Outer Harbour in Adelaide, South Australia on its 4 month around the world cruise which began in January.

I saw the coach loads of people returning to the ship after a day of sightseeing around my home town and I’m sure they enjoyed going to the beach, shopping in the city, going to the wineries in the north of the city, sightseeing in the Adelaide Hills and wherever else they went to and spent their day while on port and enjoy being on land before going back on the ship and enjoying more of their cruise.

I stayed until the Queen Mary 2 was setting sail again and while the ship was leaving the pier, the band could be heard playing Rod Stewart’s song, “I am sailing” which I couldn’t help but have a giggle at.

As the ship was heading out to the open sea, hidden from my view on a dock near the water, a group of people were standing there. From the ship, the Australians on board started the “Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi” chant and the people standing on the dock joined in. That was a bit of fun, with an added, it can only happen in Australia.

The Queen Mary 2 blowing her horn 3 times was pretty awesome too as she is such a majestic looking ship. I would have loved to have been one of the people aboard her sailing even on a small leg of her journey just to say that I’ve sailed on her… one day… it’s on my bucket list anyway.

I love that more cruise ships are stopping at my home port as Adelaide, South Australia has something for everyone.

Enjoy the photos of Queen Mary 2

Until next time

Kaye

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Countdown to the cruise is on…

It’s been a while since I posted anything but it’s now 10 months to go before a friend and I are headed New Zealand bound on our round trip cruise.

We booked the cruise back in May 2016 and now wonder in February 2017, “Where did that time go? ” as the time has quickly passed by.

One of the things my friend and I did recently was to get on the Princess Cruises site and take a look at the shore excursions available. We can’t book them yet, not for another few months but it didn’t stop me from taking screen shots on my tablet of the shore excursions we were interested in. We also took a look at the drinks packages available as well.

Still have a ton of things to do before we go away, like getting a passport but it will be done.

Also have downloaded travel guides for New Zealand, especially the ports we will be visiting while on the cruise in case my friend and I want to do our own thing while on land. It’s good to have options I think.

As each month passes, the excitement rises but this being a first cruise for my friend and I, it’s all about learning from others about everything cruise related and their experiences which adds to the excitement, I think.

Another exciting thing is that the cruise starts and ends at my home port, so don’t have to fly anywhere. Bonus.

Here’s to the good part of looking forward to the going away to another part of the world on a cruise ship.

Let the good times roll and keep on building up the excitement.

If you have any cruise tips, be glad to hear them.

Until next time

Kaye

Today a friend and I went to the Outer Harbour Cruise Terminal today as Ovation of the Seas is in port for its first voyage into Australian waters on its repositioning cruise from Singapore to Sydney as it stopped in Adelaide.

I think half of Adelaide came out to see this ship today as it is such a nice day weather wise and ships that come to Adelaide are such a big draw card. I’m happy that over the next few years more cruise ships will stop here in Adelaide.

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The cruising life…

While I still have some time to go before I go on my first cruise in January 2018, I thought I would check out a few of the cruise sites and forums that are on the internet and get some tips that a first time cruiser needs to know before they get onto the ship. I like to be prepared. I even joined up with a couple of forums, Cruise Critic, (a number 1 cruise forum that has been around for many years and has many members)  and cruiseline.com, the people who have the Shipmate app, a fabulous app by the way as it’s packed with lots of information regarding all ships and cruises with an interactive community, just like Cruise Critic.

If you haven’t tried out these forums, get on board  (pun intended) and enjoy the community and the shared information offered and received, it’s worth it.

One of the welcomes I got on one post I made on Cruise Critic by a member, said “welcome to the forum and your new addiction”, it made me chuckle because I think that after this cruise, there will be more 😊

I have also taken note of how many people I know personally have, will be, or are currently on a cruise and the number I added up is 8 people and I bet there’s a few more I forgot or have yet to book a cruise as well in the future. Some of them have been on cruises previously and are going on a second, third, fourth cruise. One person is booked for her 7th cruise in February next year and she’s already thinking of where her next cruise will be after that. Yep, I think the person who  welcomed me to that forum was correct in saying, “welcome to your new addiction” as I can see myself going on more cruises in the future.

Are there any other good sites or forums I should know about? Or other blogs than the ones I follow here? Please let me know.

Until next time

Kaye

🎵The Love Boat…🎵

I was looking online earlier at different websites and reading about things that a first time cruiser should know when I came across an article that compared TV’s “The Love Boat” to cruising today. It made my mind take a trip down memory lane.

Yes, I am an age where I do remember the TV series “The Love Boat” and the fun of the show. I also loved the guest stars who would appear in each episode, a lot of them I knew but there were, of course, those I didn’t have a clue about. I also loved watching Captain Stubing, Vicky, Julie, Doc, Gopher and Isaac and their romances and adventures during the episodes.

It also made me wonder if people compare the real thing of being on a cruise to what they had seen on “The Love Boat”? Some thoughts would be funny and amusing, I would think!

So in January 2018, if you see someone singing “The Love Boat” theme as they board a ship, yes the ship I’m going on is a Princess ship, that’ll probably be me! lol

Until next time

Kaye

Life Lessons…

Just thought I’d share a few lessons about life I’ve learned throughout the years…

Smile and laugh often

No matter how bad you think your life is, there’s always someone who is worse off than you

Let the inner child come out to play often. Just because we grow old, it doesn’t mean that we have to grow up

Your true friends will not badmouth you or tell lies about you to other people. If they do, they’re not your friends to begin with

Maintain your sense of humour. It will help you to retain your sanity in life

Respect others, you don’t have to agree with them, or even like them

Take responsibility for your actions and accept accountability for all you do in life

Always take the time to learn new things in life

It’s perfectly okay to say no. Don’t feel guilty about saying it

Tell the people in your life that you love them. We don’t tell them often enough. (I need to work on this one myself)

Be yourself

When life gets on top of you, if you’re overworked, or feeling stressed, whatever the situation, dance it out. A good 30 second dance party works wonders

Listen to your body and what it is telling you. If you are in tune with your body, you’ll be more aware when something isn’t right

Give to others without expecting anything in return

Don’t be afraid to speak up and let your opinions be heard

If at first you don’t succeed, try again

All work and no play makes for a boring existence

Speak to elderly people when the opportunity arises. They have much history and knowledge and we can learn a lot from them

Don’t worry about the things you have no control over. Whatever is going to happen will happen and worrying about them will not help, so just go with it

Treat others how you would like to be treated

Enjoy the simple pleasures in life

It doesn’t matter if you are a bad singer, sing away and enjoy yourself

An afternoon nap works wonders for the mind, body and soul

Try to have a positive outlook in life. Negativity does more harm than good

Your true friends will always have your back no matter what

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, it’s then you find out you haven’t

A hug can say so much when there are no words

Be thankful for everything in life you have, there are those in the world who would give anything to have what you have

Don’t wish to have the life of someone else, you don’t know what possible struggles they have to deal with or what their life is like

Life isn’t fair all the time, however, it’s still good

Life’s too short for hating people. We all need to get along with one another

Don’t take yourself too seriously

You don’t have to win every argument, it’s okay to just agree to disagree

It doesn’t matter what age you are, you’re never to old to play with Lego!

Simple pleasures in life, are often the best

Until next time Kaye

Australian Elections 2016…

On 2nd July 2016, Australia will be heading for the polling booths and voting for a new Prime Minister to be running the country. For this upcoming election, I really do not know who to vote for (I only vote for either of the main two parties as with the smaller parties and the Independent politicians their votes will go as preferences to either of the two main parties) as there is no stand out person or party I want to vote for and I hate that.  What I want is there to be a stand out person who has the heart of the country and the people in mind and a person who wants to lead the country the right way and not someone who is just looking to protect the perks they will receive with doing the job and afterwards, or someone who is only self-serving.

I want there to be a clear winner between the major parties, the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party and not have the Independents winning the majority of seats in Parliament because they only have in mind their own political interests with those smaller groups they want to help and not what the major parties interests are for the country as a whole.  The last two elections, Australia has had a hung Parliament with Independents winning a big margin of seats in government and as a result, the major parties have been unable to achieve what they wanted to do and be able to demonstrate how they would have run the country if they had a majority of seats in Parliament because the Independents haven’t allowed them to, so the major parties in office in effect, have had their hands tied by the Independents being in Parliament. I’m also over the “musical chair Prime Ministers” Australia has had between elections over the last 8 years as it doesn’t look good when the whole world sees a country who can’t get their act together and actually have a Prime Minister in office for the whole term and not just for a part of it because they are voted out by their own party when they have lost confidence in the person they themselves chose to be the representative of their own party to lead it in the first place.

I would like to have a government that spends more on health care, hospitals, the aged, education, our emergency services, the disabled, pensions, child welfare and the disadvantaged, rather than cutting funding to those much needed areas. I would like to see people of the same sex being able to get legally married and to not be treated like second class citizens. I would really love to see politicians put on a minimum wage and then watch how fast things would change.

I’m tired of all the Liberal and Labor Party bitching, who has been the worst political party since the last election and the general mudslinging that comes in the advertising during the elections. What I want is reasons to vote for a particular party, I want facts and promises that won’t be broken as soon as a particular party gets into government. I want to be able to make an informed decision of which party is the right party in my mind to elect before I put that pencil to paper in the polling booth and before I put those pieces of paper into the boxes on my way out of the polling booth tomorrow. I want to feel as though my vote counts towards the future of this country and making it an even better place to live, considering that in Australia, we are lucky to be able to have the opportunity to vote freely for who we want to when other countries in the world don’t get that opportunity to do so.

And so, I am brought back to the start of my post… I really don’t know who I want to vote for…

Until next time

Kaye