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Youth Staff as Christmas Elves

The first cruise I started working on happened to be the Christmas Cruise. We had to dress up as elves to welcome everyone to the ship, on Christmas Eve to sing Christmas carols and Christmas morning to hand out gifts to the kids on board. There were decorations all over the ship and in the kids’ activity rooms.

We stopped in Key West, Belize City, Mahogany Bay (Roatan, Honduras), and Cozumel, Mexico. I had port duty when the ship was docked at Mahogany Bay. I started out with a few kids, but by the end of the port day when most people were coming back on board I had about 15 kids from ages 3-12 that all wanted to do different things. It got a little hectic. Good thing the rooms are completely dark so you can nap at any time of day!

On Christmas Eve some of the deck officers dressed up as elves to read “The Night Before Christmas.” All the Youth Staff also dressed up as elves to sing Christmas Carols along with the entertainers. We passed out fake snow for people to throw over the balcony at the center of the ship where we had a huge Christmas tree up.

On Christmas morning we watched a video of Santa and Mrs. Claus hanging out all around the ship. I really loved the video. Then we had Santa hand out presents to all of the kids that showed up. It was really fun! Christmas night a bunch of the staff from all sections of the ship formed a huge singing chorus in the showroom. I was able to watch the end of it since I had after hours babysitting duty. I missed being with my family but I had already made friends on board and we had a big staff Christmas party. We took advantage of the free drinks that were offered to the staff in a private room!

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