A special birthday on board HS Onore

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Celebrations of any kind are meant to be shared and enjoyed with the people you love – in the middle of your beloved family or among friends and relatives. Unfortunately, seafarers are not always so lucky. Actually, when your contact at sea is between 4 and 10 months, you can consider yourself very lucky if you have the chance of celebrating Christmas or your kid’s birthday at home once every 3-4 years. It is always difficult for a seafarer to celebrate an important event in his life while being away from his family, but it is always easier and less painful if he can share this special moment with his fellow seafarers.  Since I started my voyages at sea I had the privilege of taking part in many on board celebrations – crew members’ birthdays, religious celebrations like Christmas and Easter, wedding or engagement anniversaries. I even had the pleasure of celebrating important events in the life of people I didn’t know – like wives’ birthdays (when the wives where not on board), sisters’ engagements or weddings, children’s anniversaries, high school or university graduations or just the passing of a very difficult exam. Once we were able to throw a party for a new baby girl arriving in the life of our second engineer on board and, even if we might never meet the baby girl in person, we all united and raised our glasses to welcome her into the world. (Read the story here)

A very special celebration took place last evening on board HS Onore while alongside in the Port of Manila South. Calling home ports is a great opportunity for families to be reunited – even if it is only for a few hours – and having kids on board is one of the greatest joys of all. Yesterday, in the port of Manila South two of our crew members – our chief cook and our steward – had their families on board, in complete formation – one wife and 2 kids each.

Families on board

Families on board

And because sometimes life plays good tricks on us, one day delay in the previous port of Manila North allowed our visitors to arrive on board exactly when our chief cook’s eldest son celebrated his 10th anniversary. So, we celebrated Gieromme’s birthday last evening with very good food – pancit, burgers, chicken – brought on board by cookie’s wife and other special goodies arranged by cookie as well – lechon, cake. I know it was a special day for the birthday boy, but for our chief cook as well because he hadn’t had this occasion for many years. First, he was very happy to have his family on board with us as he had planned to celebrate his boy’s birthday one day in advance, but after that, when our vessel was delayed in the previous port, he got even happier. It was indeed a rare opportunity, a perfect timing and I am so happy I had the chance of being part of it.

Birthday on board

Birthday on board

Birthday on board

Birthday on board

Birthday on board

Birthday on board

Birthday on board

Birthday on board

Birthday on board

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