Well, the Hawaiian vacation went out the window, with the demise of AHC. Sigh. But not to worry, full steam ahead, and Nellie bar the door, as they say . . .
We are sailing on the Norway on 12/23, and will be at sea on Christmas Day, coming into St. Maartin on the 26th, which is Boxing Day, according to a St. Maartin website I have accessed. Does anyone know what this means for shore excursions? Most specifically, the America's Cup? Is there a website for this particular excursion? I have not been able to locate one. Also, would it be appropriate to have a small present for our cabin stewarts and waiters? Any suggestions?
Have no idea what boxing day is in St. Maartens, hope another poster may know the answer to that one. As far as I know, you can only do the America's cup through the ship tour, I understand its awesome, in fact I'd like to sign up for our next cruise through St. Maarten :-) It does fill up fast, so I hope you will be able to do it, have fun.
We have Boxing Day in Canada as well. Here it is the biggest shopping day of the year.. all the post Christmas sales. If that holds true in St. Mart, it should be a good day for the ladies ..
I always assumed it was called Boxing day because of all the people returning boxes of gifts to the stores <g>
Gifts for the staff is an excellent idea. We've brought them something every time we've sailed at Christmas. It's a difficult time for the staff, being away from family during the holidays, and they can get melancholy. Small gifts are a nice lift!
We've also taken along a box of small candy canes, and handed them out to staff around the ship. Always gets an appreciative smile!
"...the traditional celebration of Boxing Day included giving money and other gifts to charitable institutions, needy individuals, and people in service jobs." Typically, people give presents to postal workers or spend the day volunteering.
The exact origin is unknown, but a number of theories attempt to explain how the day came to be, all centering around the idea of boxes and giving to the less fortunate.