The 29th Armenia Independence Day Celebrated in Niagara Falls

The 29th Armenia Independence Day Celebrated in Niagara Falls
By: Talin Orfali Ghazarian

On September 21st, 2020, hundreds of Armenians drove to Niagara Falls to celebrate Armenia’s Independence day. People from Toronto, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Ottawa, and other places came to witness a beautiful sight to see. People already began to fill up early so they do not miss the time. The falls was lit with our Armenia flag colours at 10pm for 15 to 20 minutes.

As soon as the flag lit up, we began to sing our national anthem and screamed with joy and happiness. It was so refreshing to see and to enjoy.

The colours of the Armenia flag are red, blue and orange. For the first time ever Niagara Falls and the Canadian Armenian Embassy Ottawa, gave us this beautiful gesture and gift. We appreciate and are so grateful. I have always loved and enjoyed Niagara and now I will always remember September 21st, 2020 and whenever I go back to visit the falls, this beautiful memory will forever be in my vision when I look at the waterfalls.

Thank you the Canadian Armenian Embassy of Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Canada, Armenians and all those who were involved to make this happen for us. It was such an emotional night. The colours were so vibrant, beautiful and It was so awesome to see. Photos do not do its justice. Seeing it in person was absolutely stunning. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude. Passerby’s also were present during our gathering as well.

People took photos, videos and shared a live feed so people who were not able to attend, could watch it from home or wherever they were. We were also waving our flag proudly. This meant so much to us. We are hoping that this will be a yearly event at the falls to enjoy for years to come.

God bless Canada, God Bless Armenia and God bless our people of Canada and Armenia!

Here are pictures of the Falls.

Cruise Ship Technology of Today VS. The RMS Titanic – It Has Come a Long Way

Many years ago and to the present day, cruising has become a popular choice for travel and a great way to see so many countries all in one vacation. There are some people who have watched and heard about Titanic so much that they opt out of cruising and being on deep waters of the seas and oceans. They let fear take over and have this phobia since the first maiden voyage of the vessel in April, 1912. The RMS Titanic sank due to hitting an iceberg which left a huge cut under the ship. It was due to lack of technology, emergency equipment, tools and alertness to see the waters ahead for any danger.

I always advise people that ocean liners and cruise ships have come a long way with 100% improved technology, equipment, enough lifeboats, life vests, rescue rings, tools and other emergency equipment. That is why they conduct muster drills to educate cruise passengers and crew if in case an emergency does occur, but nowadays with top of the line technology, and more education and attentiveness to quality work, and attention to detail, rigorous testing before they head out to sea with trials, the builders of the ships really pay attention to every aspect of the vessel which is very important.

There are officers and operators of the cruise ship constantly on the lookout everywhere, cameras, binoculars, and people are always on the bridge when the captain is not there. Cruise ships also run on GPS and they sometimes sail on their own with supervision of course. Someone is constantly observing out to the sea and when approaching ports of call. They also calculate the sea depth, wind, speed, nautical miles, knots, and can pinpoint exactly where the cruise ship is by a compass and navigation systems. In the end, the captain always give the orders and to supervise everything to make sure his/her vessel they command is going the way as planned.

The cruise ships go under various steps to build. The pieces come together as a puzzle and pre-assembled before welders, engineers, electrical and other aspects of the ship gets built. A lot of blue prints, data entry and steps for testing, inspecting each and every inch of the ship to make sure that it is beyond perfection.

Now, with stabilizers under the ship, the bulb, rudders, bow thrusters, propellers, the workmanship for under the ships have come a long way with thickness, good distribution of air and other important aspects to keeping the ship afloat is very important with how a cruise ship operates. Cruise ships have become so enormous in size, that you barely even feel the ship sailing.

Thousands of passengers and crew sail these vessels around the world with different shapes, sizes, amenities, activities, culinary food options and amongst comfort in various sizes of cabins from inside, Oceanview/porthole, balcony, suites and beyond. Each cruiser has their own perspective, preferences and ideas of what their cruise vacation should be to them.

I think the Titanic has become a very big problem with some people that can’t seem to get past their fear. 1912 was 108 years ago. That is a long time. Since then a lot of things have changed and drastically that you cannot recognize anymore. Cruises have evolved over the years. When the Titanic was around there was the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class passengers and you were grouped by your class, and now there is no such thing anymore. The only thing is if you have a suite booked, you get extra perks. that is about it.

I think it is nonsense now to think about the Titanic. That was way in the past. Now, it is time to look forward to the future. Cruising is such a beautiful and great experience. Some people get scared of motion sickness, but nowadays, you cannot even feel the ship moving which is such an amazing technology. There is always something to do on the cruise ships and it goes to different ports of call and its just so incredibly amazing.

Cruise ship builders, building yards are always coming up with innovative and economic ways and to protect the environment, the earth’s atmosphere with clean fuel technology, waste management and other key components to make sure that these ships are to code, federally inspected, always maintained, taken to drydock every couple of years to conduct inspect of the bottom of the ship to make sure it is in perfect condition to sail out again.

Cruise ships are christened/baptized and blessed before they sail out with passengers and they are called she/her. Cruise ships also get blessed before it touches water for the first time for sea trials after being in drydock. The cruise line chooses a Godmother to bless the ship with the captain by cutting the ribbon with a champagne bottle attached to it, and it must hit the bow of the ship and it will break against the steel. The reason for cruise ships to be blessed and christened is so that it will have safe voyages, and blesses everyone who sails them.

So, do not fear. Try a cruise ship, experience travel in a whole new way. If you need any information, assistance or anything, please contact me and I will help you. It is so enjoyable that when you try it for the first time, you will always want to cruise forever. I am addicted. I have been on 8 cruises and will go for more once Covid19 is over with. I am so impatient and excited to get back to cruising. Hopefully soon.

Please reconsider and take my word for it. You will not regret it. In the meantime stay healthy and safe. Hope to hear about first time cruisers in the near future. I will be there every step of the way for you. Have a good one! 🙂