Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Happy Hanukkah 2011
Happy Hanukkah ! The Holiday Season has arrived. The eight-day Festival of Lights begins tonight December 20th at Sundown and continues through December 28th. At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah (candelabrum) lighting: a single flame on the first night, two on the second evening, and so on till the eighth night of Chanukah, when all eight lights are kindled. More info....
We love cruising around the holiday time because the ships are decorated for the season. As you know the ship's crew is made up of many nationalities and faiths. So too are the passengers that board the vessel for each cruise. The cruise lines try to make the environment fitting for all regardless of their beliefs and also will accommodate special requests to help you celebrate.
Holiday time is a time for families. Regardless of the holiday that you celebrate, there is one common theme ... spending time together as a family to celebrate the holiday. As we walked along the decks of the ship and saw the decorations, we couldn't help but think about the ship's crew. For the most part, the crew will not be spending time with families this holiday season. They will be onboard providing service to passengers just like they do every day of the year.
This past week we saw troops leaving Iraq, some of which were heading home to families and friends in time for the holidays. Many of them have missed several holidays. Unfortunately, not all military will be home for the holidays, so once again let us keep the troops and their families in our thoughts, that they remain safe and can one year safely return in time for the holidays.
Whether you are together for the holidays or separated by many miles, may this be a season filled with joy and happiness. Thank you to those that serve, both on the ships and in the military - our thoughts are with you and your families during this time. Happy Holidays to All.