The Holidays at Sea…
Anyone who has worked away from home knows how hard it is at anytime of the year, missing family and friends, but when it comes to the Holiday season, it is more difficult than ever.
I have been away for the Holidays three times in my life, the first time I was lucky enough to have my family come visit me for Christmas and the second time I stayed up until 4am just so I could speak to my family on Christmas morning! I was in the Caribbean at the time…worse places to be I know!
This year I am away again, on the complete other side of the world, opposite time zones in Australia and New Zealand, and although I am waking up to some stunning places, I don’t have my family or friends to share it with, of course I have my friends onboard, being a part of a cast of 16 definitely makes this time of year slightly easier, but nothing replaces the feeling of being at home with your home comforts and my Mums Christmas dinner!
These views make waking up without family and friends bit easier!…This is when we were sailing through the Stunning Milford Sounds in New Zealand…it really is an unbelievable place.
I must say that everything is done in its utmost to make you feel as Christmassy as possible, we have a HUGE tree onboard and as you can see it is gorgeous:
These little touches definitely help with the distance. This year feels even more strange for me, as being from Manchester, Christmas is a cold time of year, when I love wrapping up in my hats and scarves, taking a trip to the German Markets, getting a big bratwurst sausage, along side some mulled wine to warm my cockles, so being mainly in sunshine this time of year is so strange! ( I am not complaining for one second that I am missing the entire UK Winter ps!)
When everyone around you is missing home, you stick together and having each other gets us all through. Of course you pine for home comforts, but it also makes you appreciate the times when you are at home. I have definitely missed putting up my tree this year and decorating my home, but someone has done all that for me here, everywhere we visit has a touch of Christmas, no matter where you are in the world…it is something that brings everyone together!
The moment I felt that true Christmas feeling was on Christmas Eve when myself, the cast and the executive members of the crew onboard did some Christmas Carolling on the Esplanade with all the guests…it had such a together feeling and really got me in the mood.
To quote Elf himself:
‘The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!’ (No truer words spoken)
To make sure we all had a gift to open, as a cast we did a Secret Santa…I LOVE shopping in general (obviously, I am a girl haha) but I especially like shopping for others at this time of year, theres just something about putting a smile on someones face on Christmas day that makes me feel warm inside. We exchanged gifts on Christmas morning, all together, it was very special…we all know thats what Christmas is about…giving (…and maybe receiving a little haha!) and of course being with friends.
To all my loved ones who I couldn’t be with this year, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years and heres to an amazing 2017!!
Next year I will make up for being away this year I promise!
Are you away for the Holidays? Whats getting you through this season?
Lots of Love and New Year Wishes