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December 25, 2013

Day 11

Christmas Day 2013

Christmas greetings from Napier and from the crew of Lord Nelson. The last 24 hours have been full of fun with a huge range of activities taking place all over the ship. First of all she has been decorated with all things festive, you can hardly move for tinsel and streamers, Santa hats and inflatable naked men! Secret Santa gifts have been furtively stowed in bunk 14 (empty) and some wine has been consumed.

Tracey and Liz organised a fundraising nail bar with a glass of bubbly to add to the experience. Quite a few people had their nails painted for the first time and the security guard at the gate commented today on the number of men with gaudy ‘Port and Starboard’ nails!

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Don’t fall asleep in a nail saloon! – Mike came back for a second coat when awake!


Sweeney, Emma and Meg

Paul was tempted to get shiny, glittery nails and became a dog for most of the evening (Nelson the English bulldog). He got seriously into role with a canine hat and dog lead. Liz found a blanket bed for him and the rest defies description – you just had to be there!


New guard dog Nelson: just don’t ask

Stephanie arranged a Carol Concert on the foredeck at dusk with Margaret providing a violin accompaniment. There were readings between the carols and Wendy led the prayers at the end, making the final one relevant to our voyage. The lovely sunset was a bonus as were mince pies and mulled wine (thank you Dave).

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Christmas Carols on the foredeck, music by Margaret

Some of the crew squeezed into a security minibus to go the Anglican Cathedral for more carols and then midnight service. Natalie (and others) were very impressed by the ‘dishy bishop’ who led the service. He spoke to her at least three times and held her hand with both of his. We also enjoyed the multi coloured lighted fountain on the promenade.

Christmas Day began with a traditional breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with Bucks Fizz. Soon after came Sm’unch with a selection of sandwiches and cakes.


Christmas Sm’unch: Fiona, Sherwood, Dick, Tracey, Sweeney and Dave

Vinney had suggested that we go for a Christmas swim so a large number of the crew headed for the beach to enjoy the (initially) bracing water followed by ices or coffee on shore. Much was the hilarity and many were the silly photos!


A bracing swim in Napier on Christmas day

Then came the voyage photographs and at last the Secret Santa presents were handed out.


Secret Santa and his elves: Steve, Neil and Liz

Christmas dinner was a triumph (of course) and somehow we all managed to fit in the Lower Mess to eat. We do miss those that we have left back home but we are doing our best to have a cracking good time and a few laughs along the way.


47 for Christmas lunch in the lower mess


Merry Christmas to you one and all – the crew of Nellie.







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