Other than play games and bond over a buffet lunch, cruise liner Sapphire Princess was filled with chatter and laughter on Dec 7 as more than 100 young guests on board were treated to a photography workshop.
After learning tips and tricks on operating a digital, single-lens, reflex camera, the shutterbugs aged six to 17 submitted 15 photographs to compete for prizes in a photography competition.
Five teams took part and the participants from charity organisation Club Rainbow bagged the top prize with their shots.
“The group took three great shots of the various facilities at the Youth Centre while using what they had learnt — to focus on what’s important — such as using the foreground and background to highlight the features of the subjects,” says Miss Emelia Klarissa, who was one of the judges.
The 20-year-old and other youth photographers mentored the teams during the photography workshop.
The participants were from SHINE Children and Youth Services, Club Rainbow, Children Outreach @ Children’s Society, Xin Yuan Community Care, Children’s Wishing Well and JYC @ Children’s Society.
“It was an eye-opening experience for our beneficiaries, as most of them never had the chance to be on a cruise ship,” says Ms Joy Lim, director of Children Outreach @ Children’s Society. “We are thankful for this chance for the caregivers and children to form positive memories together and also for friendships and networks forged among them during this outing.”
Sharing the joy
Berthed at Marina Bay Cruise Centre, Dec 7 was the sixth time premium cruise line Princess Cruises kicked off its annual Singapore homeporting season with its yearly corporate social responsibility initiative for underprivileged children and their families.
Activities on that day included posing for a group photograph with Sapphire Princess’ Captain Paul Slight and a 30-minute tour of the ship.
Singapore Children’s Society participant Muhammad Amirul, 14, says: “The outdoor swimming pool was fantastic! I had so much fun visiting the pool deck area. I also like the Youth Centre where we could play all kinds of games.
“I enjoyed watching the crew members and musicians perform at the atrium. Music is my favourite subject. Who knows, maybe one day I, too, can also be a musician and perform on board a cruise ship.”
Amirul’s mother Rafeah Ibrahim adds: “Amirul had a great time taking part in the photo challenge. I was really happy to see him enjoy himself and interact with other children. His face really lit up as he watched the musicians perform as he loves music. We had an amazing experience on board the ship and would love to return some day.”
To date, Princess Cruises has invited more than 500 guests aged six to 17 years old and their families on board its ships for a day of fun.
Princess Cruises, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this month, is owned by Carnival Corporation, an organisation headquartered in California’s Santa Clarita.
Next year, its newest ship Enchanted Princess will take her maiden voyage in June, and Grand Princess will arrive in Singapore to homeport for the first time starting next December.
Mr Farriek Tawfik, director of Southeast Asia, Princess Cruises, says: “This year, we have invited children with chronic illnesses to spend the day enjoying themselves with their families on board Sapphire Princess. Our aim is to touch the lives of the people in the places we travel to and support the local communities.”