Let’s Cruise…

Boy, it’s been some time since I’ve been here… sorry everyone but life just got in the way and decided to keep me pretty busy but here I am back to share some more with everyone who reads this humble little blog of mine… and thank you to those who do read it, I hope you enjoy what you read… ☺

I just thought it was time for a cruise update since I have under 6 months now before I go on my first ever cruise from Adelaide, Australia to New Zealand and back to Adelaide for 17 nights on board the Golden Princess.

In the time I haven’t updated this blog, I’ve gotten a passport, paid for the travel insurance, planned shore excursions, and met more people online from several different forums who will be on the same cruise and have regular chats with them, I hope I get to meet them once we are on the ship.

During our last cruise season when it was here, which starts in October and goes until April, I’ve seen at our local ship terminal at Outer Harbour the Ovation of the Seas, the Queen Mary 2, Radiance of the Seas and a couple of P&O ships that do cruises in local waters.

When Radiance of the Seas visited, it being roughly the same size as the Golden Princess, I walked the length of the ship from the roadside next to where the terminal is situated and back again to take photos of the ship and to get an idea of her size from one end of the ship to the other. The other thing was I wanted to see her next to the terminal so I could get an idea of how big she is. It did give me a relatable reference for the size of the Golden Princess in my mind, even if Radiance of the Seas is a newer ship and a different cruise line altogether.

When the cruise season returns to South Australia in October, I hope to go see at the Outer Harbour Terminal these ships when they visit our shores Sun Princess, Voyager of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas (for a second time) and Radiance of the Seas (for a second time).

I haven’t been on a cruise yet but I think I’m already addicted to cruising!

Until next time

Kaye

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

Cruise update number 1…

The 588 days until a friend and I go on our cruise feels like it’s going to be a long way away but the month when we first booked the cruise with the travel consultant has flown by quickly.

We are going on the Golden Princess from Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, (you know that big island in the southern hemisphere) to New Zealand and back to Adelaide again for an historic round trip cruise, since it will be the first time the Golden Princess has gone from Adelaide to New Zealand.

The cruise departs 8 January 2018 for 17 nights and returns on 25 January 2018 with stops at various ports on both the south and north islands in New Zealand.

I’m looking forward to life on the ship and the visits to the different ports of call. The meeting of people who will be on the cruise as well.

There is so much to do before we leave on our cruise too, like pay for the cruise – doing that by monthly instalments to the travel consultant, organise a birth certificate – I have an extract but that’s not acceptable, organise a passport – first time out of the country, travel insurance. Then there’s what to pack? What’s required to take when you go on a cruise? What do you leave home? What things do people going on a cruise for the first time need to know before you go? All that is part of the fun to the lead up to going but it does make you wonder and ponder those questions, right?

If you have any tips or advice, leave them in the comments below.

All in all, the next 18 months will fly by if the last month is anything to go by.

Until next time

Kaye