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Christmas and New Year’s Wishes

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Though I am not a Christian ( some say I am not even human), and I do not celebrate the “traditional” Christmas that many of you do, I celebrate the spirit of the holiday season.

I celebrate the spirit of togetherness of family and friends; the spirit of giving (not just gifts); the spirit of the wish for peace on earth and good will to all men.

Putting religious beliefs aside, these are ideals we should all aspire to. And not just aspire to, or give lip service to; but ideals we should try and live up to.

I understand sometimes it’s not easy to set our personal interests, our personal needs, and our personal problems aside, in order to focus on those greater ideals. I understand we live in difficult world times, where sometimes  our attention to those ideals are diverted by what seem like insurmountable problems.

But we must all understand and believe that our individual actions can and do have an affect and impact, even on events a world away, as well as more directly on those we personally deal with.

In my opinion, there are few places that “spirit” is more commonly found all year round than on a cruise ship. That is one reason I love cruising as much as I do.

On a cruise ship, the society of the world is shrunk into a small community, that is very representative of the society of the world. It is a microcosm of the community of the world, with it’s diverse representation of people from all over the world. It is a place where the common good is most often the primary goal of every one on board.

Indeed there are occasional diversions from that common goal and spirt, but they are normally handled quickly and effectively within the community on board. I only wish it was possible to handle those issues so quickly and effectively as they rose around the world.

I’ve now been writing for CruiseMates for over 13 years, and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been reading my ramblings for all these years. I thank you for sharing my passion, and hope that I’ve been of some assistance, and provided some entertainment over this time, offering you a view from the Kuki side of cruising.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and hope you all continue to enjoy the spirit of the season with all your family and friends, and strangers you encounter, and that you are able to maintain that throughout the coming years.

May 2013 bring you and your families all great joy, and I hope we all have the pleasure to one day meet on board a happy and  healthy cruise ship.

– A View From The Kuki Side of Cruising –

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Comment from Trip
Time December 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

Well said Kuki. Having known you for these thirteen years, I know full well just how many people you have helped, with your cruise knowledge, always given with a dash of humor and style.Wishing you and your,s a healthy 2013…… Triplet

Comment from Paul Motter
Time December 27, 2012 at 7:48 am

It is true that a cruise ship DOES represent the world in a Microcosm. And all of the people are happy in their situations on board as well.

Its just another great lie by the people who want to stir up negativity throughout society that workers on cruise ships are exploited – so far from true.

In fact, they live live and are paid far better than they would be at home in their native lands. The argument is that they get “minuscule wages” and are dependent upon the kindness of passengers for tips.

No – the “gratuities” are automatically deducted from the onboard accounts of each guest at a pre-set rate.

There are usually 50 nationalities represented on any one ship, and that is really quite a feat.

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