Brian and Irene Winchester will be on their 60th cruise for their 60th anniversary.
Brian and Irene Winchester will be on their 60th cruise for their 60th anniversary. Contributed

Local couple celebrate 60 year marriage on 60th cruise

Brian and Irene Winchester will be on their 60th cruise for their 60th anniversary.

THERE are so many wonderful people on cruise ships.

There's nothing quite like the stimulation of meeting new people, hearing their stories, discovering the ways in which you are similar and different.

It is like reading a new book. It is enriching, invigorating and makes you feel connected with the world.

Connecting with others is one of the greatest joys in life. You do not even need much of a mutual interest.

All these people are strangers too. Everybody feels a little socially awkward sometimes. But, once the small talk flows, who knows what`s around the corner?

In determining which cruise ship to go on, the only criterion was that it be on the Princess line, our favourite, together with the fact that we wanted to have a "day-at-sea" on our actual anniversary, July 23. The only Princess ship of their 18 total fleet which met this critical date was the Emerald Princess.

We count our blessings constantly. We have danced on 42nd Street , toured under the Taj Mahal, climbed Diamond Head, walked on Table Mountain, cruised 1800km up the Amazon River, been on safari in Africa, swam on Waikiki, visited the home of Mahatma Gandhi, visited the world's only "drive-in" volcano on St Lucia, stood freezing on Mauna Kea at 14,000 feet and and visited the Sphinx and pyramids.

We have learned that memories are a second happiness, decay happens to everyone - it just looks worse on others, when you're over 80 you can't wallow with pigs at night and soar with the eagles in the morning, Bargara is pashminas and Bundaberg is scarves and, finally, the mind replays what the heart can't delete.

Though we have visited 95 countries, whenever we return, there is no doubt that we live in the lucky country.



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