Celebrating Easter on board HS Beethoven

Easter on board

Holidays on board are always welcome and must be celebrated with joy and (at least) a festive dinner where all the crew can get together to share a glass and a nice conversation. Last year I spent Easter on board HS Bruckner in the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean Sea, underway to Malta and in the middle of a joyful team of Romanians, Montenegrins and Filipinos. Both the Catholic and the Orthodox Easters were celebrated in the same day and everybody was more than happy to take part in the event and get involved in the preparations as much as possible.

As usual, the most difficult job was for the galley department as a lot of delicious food was prepared in the kitchen, some of which strictly followed the Balkan tradition –painted eggs, lamb and the delicious Easter cake, called ‘cozonac’ or ‘panetone’. ( Easter on board HS Bruckner)

This year, Easter found me in different waters, but as anxious as ever to get involve in the celebration, starting with the preparations in the kitchen and the decoration of the barbecue station and finishing with recording of the event in lots of photos and movies.

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I was even luckier than this because I had the opportunity of celebrating Easter not once, but twice, on the same vessel, but with slightly different companions.

Because the vessel was to enter the port of Hong Kong exactly on Easter Sunday with a schedule of job activities busier than usual (cargo operations, crew change, provisions, different works to be done both in the engine and on the bridge) a festive Easter dinner was settled to take place in the evening prior to our arrival.

We probably celebrated Easter earlier than anybody else on the planet – on Saturday evening – but it was better earlier than later. With lots of Chinese ports to follow in the next week and lot of work and stress for everybody on board, the Easter dinner had to be celebrated in advance in order to offer each and every one present a few hours of relaxed and joyful time. The food was great thanks to our cook and his assistants (me included) and the display on the tables included painted eggs, different kinds of salads, the traditional lamb – deliciously cooked in the oven – lots of chocolate eggs and few Easter Bunnies (previously bought from New Zealand).

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The evening passed by in a very warm and agreeable atmosphere and it was highlighted by a wonderful eclipse of the moon which took place right in front of our eyes and lasted for more than two hours. The eclipse was partial in our part of the world (it was total only in Oceania and on the West coast of the USA), but it was the real treat of the night. A 99% eclipse still means partial, but it was as much as total as our eyes could notice and we were very glad to witness it, especially during such an important celebration.

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With 4 new crew members joining us in Hong Kong, we decided to celebrate Easter one more time, exactly on the day of the Orthodox Easter. Other preparations were done – this time smaller, indeed – new eggs were painted and some other goodies prepared for another celebration, planned to take place in the Recreation Room and intended only for the seven Romanians and 2 Montenegrin on board who actually celebrated their own Orthodox Easter.  This time, the lamb was replaced by a big tray of pizza (our Sunday dinner on board), but the painted eggs and the red wine helped us feel closer to home and to our Easter tradition.

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I am very happy Easter didn’t pass unnoticed on board HS Beethoven and everybody had their share of treats and fun, even if only for a little while.

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