Christmas On A Cruise Ship
We did Christmas a little differently this year.
This year we spent Christmas a board a cruise ship, the Holland America ship the Maasdam. We spent 17 nights at sea that encompassed Christmas and New Years.
I was a little concerned that the ship wouldn’t be Christmassy enough for me, I don’t know if you’ve heard but Christmas is my favourite holiday, but I needant worry, there was more than enough Christmas.
As soon as we got on board, the deck level our rooms were on had a gingerbread house display on it, that had trains, and a ferris wheel, and chocolate fountain volcano, is was on of the most spectacular gingerbread displays I have ever seen. But that wasn’t the only gingerbread on board, there were several other gingerbread houses around the ship as well
Then around the bannisters on the atrium stairs there was garlands wrapped around. The barman in some bars wore Santa hats. Christmas carols were playing at certain times.
There was plenty of festive cheer, despite the first few days of the cruise not being the offical Christmas Cruise.
On Christmas Eve there was a Christmas tree lighting ceremony to signal the beginning of the holiday cruise, and then later that evening the crew came together to form a Christmas choir, and sung carols in the showroom.
Christmas Day brought Santa’s arrival, which involved carols, a video detailing Santa’s journey to the showroom, and then Santa arriving in the showroom, and taking pictures with the kids and giving presents.
We were actually in a port on Christmas Day, so there wasn’t much else Christmassy going on during the day. Christmas Dinner, consisted of a special menu, with Christmas Cocktails and turkey, ham and plum pudding headlining the menu.
Despite not being the normal way we spend Christmas, the important thing was we were all together, and had a lovely time.
I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.