Christmas Eve on the Emerald Princess
We have had two full days at sea which meant sleeping in, hours of relaxation, and pretty much bouncing from meal to meal.
Christmas time on a cruise ship (at least for me) is a mixture of merry and melancholy. The crew has done a lovely job of decorating and providing a variety of holiday activities that ranged from a gingerbread house building competition to making cards to holiday movies to watch either on TV or in the lounge, to singing Christmas carols in the main atrium.
As much as I am enjoying myself, there is a part of me that is missing being home with family and friends for Christmas.
This morning our highlight was to be a scenic cruise past Amalia Glacier. We navigated through the narrow fjords of the Southern Patagonia Ice Fields to witness the blue ice, only to be fogged in and have very limited visibility.
Ice floating near the ship
Christmas Eve is Tim’s favorite holiday, so we did our best to make it “Merry and Bright”, regardless of the weather.
After a formal dinner, we joined a large group who lined the balconies on all three levels around the central atrium for a robust caroling session. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but that did not prevent me from belting out my own version. I found myself wiping away a tear or two.
Singing Christmas carols in the main atrium
I’m not sure where all this sensitive, sentimental side is coming from…
The evening show put on by the crew included more Christmas favorites.
Christmas Eve show
Thankfully the weather had cleared and we closed out the evening sitting in our cabin watching the stunning scenery as we navigated through the Straight of Magellan.
View off the back of the ship
Cruising through the Straight of Magellan
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for the camaraderie onboard and the lovely selection of people we are having the opportunity to meet and converse with. I’m also thankful for the extra efforts the crew made to make our holiday time special.