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cyndi December 27th, 2006 06:13 PM

Twas the Night Before Christmas.....
This was sent to me by a fellow cruiser.

'Twas the night before Christmas and far out at sea
Our vessel was sailing as smooth as could be

The stockings were hung from the balcony chairs
With hope that St. Nicholas would find them out there

The children were nestled all snug in their uppers
Having just settled down from a Christmas Eve supper

And ma and myself, we were covered in aloe
A bit too much sun, in a pool nice and shallow

When up in the sky there arose such a clatter
I leapt from my bed to see what was the matter

To the sliding glass door, I flew like a flash
Well, more like a saunter, and less like a dash

When, what to my skeptical eyes should appear
But a big shiny sleigh and eight flying reindeer

They circled our ship from starboard to port
And the moon lit the driver, a jolly old sort

Who called to his team in a happy retort,
"Now Dasher, now Dancer," so on and so forth

I raced through my cabin and into the hall
To the very top deck, in time for us all

To be awed by the sight of Old Santa's sleigh
As he lightly touched down by the midnight buffet

With a bundle of goodies thrown over his back
He climbed up the side and dropped down the smokestack

From insides to oceanviews, balconies, suites
Santa filled every stocking with toys and with treats

Until all the deliveries had been handled with care
Then he noted he still had a minute to spare

So he surfed the Surf Park, with nary a fall
While Dasher and Dancer scaled the rock-climbing wall

And Prancer, who was actually fond of the cold
Tried the ice-skating rink, a sight to behold

And then with a whistle, Santa summoned his team
And he bade us farewell, silent nights and sweet dreams

And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of view
Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good cruise

editor's note: The author has contacted me to say this piece is copyright and so we must give attribution as follows:

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO

msebas January 4th, 2007 04:34 PM

Hello Cyndi
Hope all is well in the land of Ontario. We here in Mtl are awaiting the March 4 Cruise on the Magica. I cannot wait to stressed out from work and I will take that ocean, tanning oil and swaying Calypso music anytime. Will let you all know how our cruise goes. Am busy loosing some weight pre cruise because heaven knows I tend to retain "water" on cruises. Anyways TOGA TOGA TOGA!

cyndi February 18th, 2007 05:35 PM

Hey, Mario! One week until we sail and two until you do! This hasnt been too bad a winter here in SW Ontario, but we are dying to get on board. MY DH is packed, and so is my sister already. We are skipping out of work early Friday to begin our holiday a bit early. Hate to leave the grandkids - they are 2 and 1, but happy to leave work for a week! The packaging industry will be fine without us. Good friends of ours just came back from a 10 day cruise and said that it would be very hard to go back to a 7 day cruise! Sigh....... Nice, eh? Well, drag out your luggage and cancel the newspaper, Mario! It wont be long, now!! Best wishes from Ken and me to you and your lovely wife for the best cruise yet!

msebas February 19th, 2007 06:30 PM

Cyndi, I'll tell you what....lets buy a ticket for the 6/49 and if we win we will take the 17 day transatlantic with Costa and end up in Europe somewhere and we will sip drinks and cappucinos on the Riviera and converse in french while our butler makes sur our terrace top rooms are nicely aired.....oh no I just woke up and I will have to go to work tomorrow and it is -15 here in Montreal......oh now maybe a nice partime cruise job would do. Anyways have a beautiful trip and if yoy kept my e-mail I want pictures and I want to see who the entertainment crew is.....Ciao and TOGA! TOGA!

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