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The Big Day! The Big Day!

Posted 01-01-2009 at 15:32 by Rick

Hello everybody, and may I be the first to wish you all a very Happy Easter! Nothing like getting greetings in early!

Ok, so, what is Christmas day like on the Discovery Sun? Well, we had a lot of Round Trip Passengers today, people who decided to spend Christmas on a cruise to paradise.

A souvenir photo is produced on board from when our passengers come on board. Of course, when Scud…(that is my Nickname for Adele’s Mom, short for Scud missile…you know she is coming, but there is nothing you can do about it, you know what I mean?) came on board, it was noticed that she is a bit large. She is, in fact so large; they had to take her souvenir photo via Satellite!

Once on board, up went the gangway, and we were off! Sailing the ocean blue, slipping out of Ft. Lauderdale just after 08.00. the sea was calm and we made great time. One of my team members was a bit late for his duty at the Deck party as he had to dress up as (Warning, remove all children from this page at this time, until advised otherwise!) Santa. He then made his way to Club Discovery, (Children’ club) and spread cheer, good will and of course gifts to all the little angels that were waiting for him. There were screams of delight and a general rush towards the big man. There were a few tears, but I told him to pull himself together and remember they were only children; they weren’t going to hurt him! (Children my now safely return!) After Kriss Kringle had put in his appearance, then it was back to the festivities! The deck party games got a Christmas feel to them by the simple adding of Christmas to the name of the game, i.e. “…here we go with the Miss Discovery Christmas competition…” Very effective.

Also, a lot of people were traveling with us today to spend a week in Grand Bahama, and they were all so excited they could not sit still for virtually the whole trip, looking forward as they were to beach parties, Snorkeling adventures, Kayaking tours and of course just the realization that they were going to be relaxing in one of the most beautiful places on earth. When they disembarked, they were all ready in the holiday zone. That is one of the best things about using the Discovery Sun to start your vacation; we help start it that little bit earlier! The worst thing I find about vacations is some times the pressure to ensure everything is perfect makes the actual vacation hard to live up to. Using the Discovery Sun as a buffer, really helps people relax, and forget to be tense about flights, hotels etc.! It eases you in to a vacation mood, and when you arrive at your destination, you have already started to enjoy your well-deserved break without even realizing it. And on the way back, we continue the feeling of contentment with another relaxing cruise, which includes, amongst other things, dinner and a show! How can you miss?

So, all in all, Christmas on the Discovery Sun much the same as any where else as far as excitement goes, Gifts, Santa, glorious anticipation, but without the drama! No food to prepare, no worry about washing the dishes, all the hassle removed. It is Christmas . 1
I for one am glad that I experienced it.
‘Till next time,
Rick
P.S. Happy Holidays!
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