We were in port in Mahogany Bay on Roatan Island, Honduras, on Thanksgiving and found these cute birds on a tour. Since they were not turkeys, they had nothing to fear that day. Carnival Corp. built the new welcome center and docking faculties at Mahogany Bay.
A few years ago I was on a Holland America ship for Halloween, but I’d never been on board for a major holiday until this year when my daughter and I celebrated Thanksgiving on ms Ryndam as we sailed in the Western Caribbean. The Halloween celebration had been fun, with some guests in costume and staff taking the kids in Club HAL trick-or-treating through the shops and other spots on the ship. So I was interested to see how the ship would celebrate Thanksgiving.
It actually started the night before when the nightly towel art was a “turkey” and concluded with a traditional turkey dinner in the dining room on Thursday evening. For those who equate Thanksgiving with football, Ryndam showed all three games in the sport’s bar in Mix and in the Crow’s Nest. I overheard guests — mostly women — happily say it was the first time in however many years they had not had to cook on the holiday. For others Thanksgiving on a ship seemed to be a tradition.
Since I’m from the Northwest, Thanksgiving usually means cold, rain and often, windstorms that threaten to knock out power with the turkey half cooked. It was therefore a treat — if also a bit weird — to enjoy the Caribbean sunshine on the “winter” holiday. And it was definitely a treat to let the fine chefs on Ryndam do the cooking.