Christmas is more than a day in December

Christmas is widely known to be the happiest, most wonderful and magical time of the year. Although going away for vacation during Christmas season is not for everyone, many explore this option. Some go as far as embarking on a journey around the world by ship. Most people however are seen spending time with family, rejoicing, offering and receiving presents and to a great extent looking forward to the same experience in the upcoming New Year.

Reasons for celebrating

The acceptance and popularity of this annual commemoration is usually subject to a country and its customs, but it is largely considered to be the world’s most widely observed holiday. Reasons for celebrating this festivity are many. In essence this holiday is commemorated mainly by Catholics who believe that Jesus Christ the Saviour was born on this day. They choose to share blessings supposedly acquired, with other folks all through this time. In other parts of the world, like Japan for instance, Xmas is typically celebrated with an intimate endearing person. Couples are seen spending much time together.

Gift giving and a chance to be jolly

This festive time normally entails lots of gift giving and get-together but can be enjoyed in many other ways. The offering of presents seeks to express sentiments associated with of happiness, joy, gratitude and love to family, friends and sometimes even past enemies. Accordingly, this prominent gift giving activity is often arranged by persons so as ensure that selected gifts meet the satisfaction of their loved ones. Children who receive toys as gifts are very thankful but are also very appreciative of non-material things. They will experience joy, adventure and happiness as they are taken to entertainment parks and other venues during those festive days.

Remembering the birth of Jesus Christ

This yuletide season has become a channel to unfold and resolve problems confronting an individual in their daily lives and most people prepare for this holiday and expect to have a wonderful time. This is one of the few days during the year when people can simply have fun and be happy. Despite the preparation and the desire to make merry, the real motive for celebrating this festive day should not be forgotten. It’s a time that should be remembered as being about the birth of Jesus Christ and being able to influence other people by way of expressing everlasting feelings of love and gratitude and helping others.

Cruise season

Ever wondered what is the best time to cruise? The cruises in the Caribbean Sea or along the Bahamas, Florida, and Miami are must-see destinations for every sea trip.

The cruises attract millions of tourists throughout the year, and especially so in the period November – March, when Europe and North America are strangled in bitter cold. In late autumn and winter the Bahamas and the Caribbeans welcome the well-off lovers of summer pleasures.

If you plan a cruise to this destination, it would be nice to spend at least a week for sightseeing in Florida. Florida boasts the unique Everglades Natural Park but also Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach and Palm Beach, the latter two being famous for their exciting nightlife. If you care to see where and how stars live, Star Island in Miami is waiting for you. Connoisseurs will find hundreds of impressive art galleries in Miami. And what about the beaches… The beaches of Fort Lauderdale alone are the incredible 18 miles in length!

In Orlando, a few-hour drive to the North, you will find Disneyland theme park, MGM, Universal and many others. Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center are in close vicinity too. If you take a ride South on the legendary US1, you will reach Key West. Hemingway himself spent 10 years here writing his amazing short stories. Here’s how you will enjoy a week brimming over with emotions and pleasure.

The other, more pleasant part of the trip is the cruise itself. Most routes include both Bahama and Caribbean islands. Once pirates’ dens, all those pleasant nooks are now like Paradise on Earth. These are places of luscious tropical greenery, white beaches and turquoise sea. Cruises are perhaps the best option for a trip along these coasts. There is no other way to visit private islands in the Bahamas such as Half Moon Cay, Princess Cays or Great Stirrup Cay. These are magical spots, owned by cruise companies, where only their guests on the boat can enjoy pleasant moments.

Cruises are a great occasion to experience a real pirate adventure on the waves. Put your pirate’s costume on and don’t miss to take part in the numerous theme parties. Lead your crew to victory! Pirate parties are also a great way to spend a wonderful time on board of a cruise ship accompanied by friends and loved ones, and amused by professional animators.

Embarking on a journey, you can get ready for days of freedom of body and mind enjoying breath-taking nature. The impeccable service and luxury you will find on board of a 5-star cruise ship, the refined food and magnificent amusement guarantee total relaxation.

Push the boat out now, guys!

Sailor theme party – must-haves for a great time

If you get inspiration in the marine theme, if you love nautical novels and stories about sailors, captains and pirates, or indeed, if you simply love travelling, then you must love indulging in the world of adventures.

Ahoy, adventurer, you also probably are a fan of wild parties and funny costumes. Novels like Moby-Dick and The Sea Wolf, the stories of Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin have inspired not one theme party around the world. Instead of cudgeling your brains in search of suggestions to spice up your theme party, turn to your favourite novels. You will immediately come up with tens of ideas about lovely theme costumes, drinks and food to wow all your guests.

A good example of a sailor fancy dress is the classic costume in navy blue and white. There are many sailor’s outfits in royal blue, too, but the classic navy colour is a preferred choice for traditionalists. Girls clad in navy attire are so sexy and irresistible, wouldn’t you agree? If you are eager to experiment with colours, perhaps you might also fall for a black or pink sailor’s costume. There is nothing sweeter than a sharp black sailor dress, highlighting your slender waist. Add up a cap and a neck tie and you will be the star of the evening.

Whatever colour you choose, there are several must-have elements in the sailor’s costume. These are the anchor and the sailor’s hat or cap.

You can pick up among a countless number of caps – all of them stemming from various traditions. In the USA and Poland they wear the tremendously popular “dixie cup” hats, which you will remember from the iconic shot captured by the flashing camera of Alfred Eisenstaedt “V-J Day in Times Square”, in which a sailor kisses a woman after the end of World War II. You can also pick up a “square rig” or “pork pie” hat, which one can see at sailors marches across the UK. Would you care to try a French sailor hat? They are called Bachi bonnets – the white red pom-pon seamen hats, which will definitely give you a snappy look.

If you are planning a marine theme party, don’t forget about the traditional sailor drinks. Perhaps the most popular of them is rum. The Caribbean is generally thought to be the birthplace of rum – a place we traditionally relate to pirates and adventures. Offer your guests to sip on this great beverage with spicy taste of cinnamon and nutmeg adds. Mojito is the sailors drink for all adventure seekers. The taste of rum, mint, lime and sugar definitely gives a good kick-off of an amusing evening. Grog is also a popular seaman’s drink – so much so that it has become a traditional Christmas beverage.

Ahoy, now you know the ropes and are ready to climb aboard of one of the most exciting parties one can hold.