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Warm and Cozy at the Officers' Lounge
Barbecue on deck in good weather
Indoor games like darts, carrom, cards are usually played in the Officer Lounge. Depending on how active the officers are, they can organize competitions to make the games interesting. A game like darts can become very challenging when the ship rolls or pitch.
Sometimes they play poker game and indulge in their own version of casino
gambling. Sometimes the lounge becomes so smoky because of the tax-free tobacco. While it is tough to quit smoking in this environment, it is still possible.
Movies and videos are popular. They are obtained from the shore on an exchange basis.
Other energetic games like table tennis are popular and easily played for physical exercise. Gymnasiums are sometime available on larger ships. Smaller ships usually improvise with dumb bells. Larger ships sometimes have swimming pools. Some people like to go jogging on the deck in the early morning. This is especially feasible for bulk carriers where the deck is not obstructed like in container ships, or tankers.
Whenever there is a festival, the whole ship will celebrate with a party. There will be plenty of food and drinks.
Music is very much sought after on board. Guitars and musical instruments are used to quickly past the time away.
Magazines and other reading materials are widely read.
Those who are artistically inclined take up art. Many works of art are produced on board ship. Very popular is watercolor painting, drawing with pencils, crayons, and pastels on paper. Oil paintings are not so feasible, as the living quarters are enclosed in air-conditioned space and the oil fumes quickly fill up the whole space. Photography, and dark room work is also possible.
A lot of time is available for self-study
and writing. Learning a foreign language has its usefulness. It is also a good time to
prepare for an eventual job ashore.
Time spent in studying materials
of marketing experts will make a huge difference later on. Some handwork like tying rope knots, carving, and metal fabricating are also feasible.
Although there seems to be a lot of time at hand on board, a lot of the time is taken up working on watches, sleep, meals,
cabin and other duties.
Many seamen miss the home. Many others
actively seek for soul mates. You will
Find A Match For Life!
simply by asking for help.