What Is Christmas Like on a Ship?
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Canadian ships operate 24/7 to make sure we have everything we need to make our holiday festivities special. But how do these hardworking crews mark the holiday period, keeping traditions while on board?

Working on a ship can be a challenging but rewarding career, and the holiday season can add an extra layer of camaraderie.

It can also be a time of longing for the comforts and traditions of home. Spending Christmas Day onboard a ship may not be the same as being home with family and friends, but it can still be a special and meaningful time among friends.

Many ships will have a Christmas dinner or other festive celebrations, and many crew members stay connected with loved ones back home through phone and video calls or by sending holiday cards and gifts.

Crew on Desgagnés’ ship, Bella (cargo and passengers trading on the Quebec Lower North Shore), put up Christmas trees and decorations, have a dinner, and a gift exchange between crew members for anyone who wants to participate (usually almost everyone). We usually finish the evening with a game night.

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Seafarers play a vital role in the global economy, working tirelessly to transport goods and people from one place to another throughout. Ship workers remain committed to their work, ensuring that the goods and services we rely on are delivered safely and efficiently for the holiday season and beyond.

We put a Christmas tree onboard, and our cooks prepare a special meal for the crew. Most of the crew spend as much time as they can with families on FaceTime or phone.

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