A (just slightly late) Merry Christmas to everyone!
Christmas time is usually the time for family traditions, visiting relatives and eating lots and lots of food. Oh yes, and presents.
Not so much for us this year, as we only made it to 1 out of 4. And, no, it wasn’t the presents.
This year, Christmas for us happened on a boat, somewhere between New Caledonia and Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We were on a cruise. (More about that later.)
Christmas on a cruise is a bit different than “normal” Christmas. For one, there is a lot less build up. There was hardly any decoration on the boat (except on a few cabin doors belonging to families with children), and the days before we taken up mostly of sun-bathing and snorkeling.
However, on the 24th things got more Christmas-y with a half hour of singing Christmas carols in the central lounge on deck 2.
This was followed by a Christmas special show in the afternoon, with a lot more carols and children participation.
On Christmas day (the 25th), we got down to the above mentioned food, with an extensive Christmas lunch, including turkey and strawberry Santa’s.
And, since we were on a cruise, the stereotypical ice sculpture was in the shape of a sleigh (although filled with tropical fruit instead of presents).
All in all a bit of a bizarre experience, truth be told, as it didn’t really feel like Christmas at all. But then, last year didn’t really feel like that, either, spending Christmas eve on the beach.
I guess I am too European and miss the cold weather and Glühwein.
…but not too much… 🙂