Merry (belated) Christmas everyone!
It is never ideal to be working and away from home on family holidays such as Christmas. Yachties (yacht crew) around the world unite on such occasions with dire Facebook statuses about missing home and how below average it is to be working on Christmas. On my flight to Sint Maarten after a quick visit home to Cape Town, South Africa; I was quite bleak to be going back to work and further away from my family Christmas traditions. My excitement of finally getting to the Caribbean took off the edge and I knew that our crew would make it a festive Christmas.
After quickly getting back into my work routine onboard MY Solaia, our Christmas/NY charter guests requested that the yacht’s interior be decorated in a Christmas theme. As such, we went wild which you can see in the slideshow. We had tinsel up the banisters, decorations hanging everywhere, flower displays scattered throughout the interior, outside lights, a big Christmas tree and Santa hats ready to be worn by the crew on the actual day.
The night before the guests arrived, we had a crew Christmas feast courtesy of our French chef, Cedric. On anchor off Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, our crew gathered to share some beverages, a delish turkey dinner with Christmas crackers / bonbons (Aussie word), Secret Santa gifts and laughs in the crew mess. Our mini Christmas tree and some wire, beaded decorations that I brought back from South Africa added some Christmas cheer to the crew mess. It was a great evening spent with my surrogate nomadic family and a perfect way to toast our 2012 journey together.
On Christmas Day, we transformed into busy Christmas elves busying about ensuring that the guests had the best Caribbean Christmas ever. Our captain, Mark, dressed up as Father Christmas (with sunglasses to add a touch of Caribbean flavor) while the rest of the crew wore Christmas hats and big smiles. Even though we were away from our families and working long, hard hours; it was comforting to see the guests thoroughly enjoy their day and all the festivities we planned for them.
Next year, I hope to be at home with my family in Cape Town, South Africa for Christmas but my first Caribbean Christmas was very festive and a lot more fun than an average working day! Gorgeous scenic BVI views were the cherry on the top. Hopefully New Year’s Eve will be as festive onboard MY Solaia as we bid 2012 farewell and welcome in the new, shiny 2013. 🙂