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Norwegian Cruise Line Brings Christmas Cheer to Belize City Children Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

On Wednesday, December 4th, over two hundred children from Belize City received Christmas gifts from Norwegian Cruise Line at the Belize Tourism Board’s Annual Children Christmas Party on the grounds of the House of Culture. 

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hon. Manuel Heredia, says the Children Christmas Party is the event he looks most forward to. He says, “There is nothing like seeing the joy on these children’s faces at this event. This party is what gets me into the Christmas spirit.” In a brief greeting to the children, Heredia thanked the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association for partnering with the Belize Tourism Board to make the party an annual event.

Alro Cansino, Destination Planning and Development Assistant of the BTB, says the majority of the children are from the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center and the St. John’s Anglican Primary School. Organizers invite children from Dorothy Menzies and a different primary school each year. This year a number of invitations were also given to community organizations in Lake Independence, Queen Square, Port Loyola and Collet constituencies. Cansino says the organizing committee was granted a waiver by the Ministry of Finance to bring in the gifts from Norwegian free of duty.

The children received animal shaped balloons from a very talented young clown who kept them entertained until a crew from one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships came dressed as Santa Clause accompanied by his elves. The infants were excited to see Santa as he and his elves came dancing to hip hop Christmas beats. Though Santa is the one who brings gifts; his popularity pales in comparison to that of SpongeBob SquarePants of this generation. It was difficult for teachers and caregivers to control the children when SpongeBob’s song came on and the iconic aquatic character came hoping out. He was soon joined by Mickey Mouse and the duo partied with children and elves on stage. After the dance session, the children received gifts, food and drinks.