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My equator crossing.

Crossing the equator on Silversea

I have been kind of excited about this silly tradition for some time. It doesn’t hurt that we have been so many days at sea… But I have been excited nonetheless. First, there was the actual crossing. I have had the good fortune to meet lots of interesting people, but one gentleman in particular has been a font of knowledge and honestly lots of fun to chat with. Further, as an engineer, (Apparently he made quite a career teaching, lecturing etc.. but began as an engineer at Bell labs! Needless to say, I have some geek envy.) He seems to have cruised a great deal and even has been keeping a blog that I cant read much yet as getting online is a challenge.. so if you want to read ahead of me, check out. ( http://cbu-spacific1301.blogspot.com/ ) Mike tells me that this ceremony though silly, has been largely unchanged in its bones for hundreds of years.. Captains will make this happen out of duty, superstition or some force that is universally motivating.. and I was glad to be part of it.

However, it has its down side.. you are covered in glop, required to deal with King Neptune and someone must kiss a fish etc.. in the end I was glad to know there was a shower right on deck to clean off. As I write this I am not sure I have a picture of me to post, I hope to get one later to share my embarrassment.

Here’s how it goes down. First “King Neptune” (a man dressed in toga with trident.) arrives with his court and makes a demand that all who are to cross his sea must get permission. Then they make great fun of bringing out various crew to pretend to be getting punishment for various made up sins.. These sinners against Neptune are mock eviscerated and covered in glop etc… After this the “pollywogs” ( People who have never crossed the equator. ) are asked to step forward and are similarly admonished and punished. ( I think I got shaving cream, eggs and flour all over me. ) As I said, I was smart enough to think to walk straight into the on deck shower to clean up after word… It was good fun. Again, I hope to have something to post soon.

I have something to post! Thanks to my friends, here is one of me mid procedure. :-)

Polywog Bryan crossing the Equator

Polywog Bryan crossing the Equator

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Latest post.. a bit late

So, I am back online and able to post etc… (I had collected a few pictures and had yet to post or write… )
It’s interesting how life on board has both been full and uneventful. It’s full in that there is a steady stream of distractions… lectures, cocktail parties and games etc. And Empty in that we have not seen land, or another ship or anything at all except lots and lots of ocean.

But the sea has been interesting, and the various cocktail parties have been fun. (Though I generally hate those sort of things, the people are frequently fascinating and fun to talk to.) Below are pictures of me at one the formal evenings, my host and hostess looking happy and well, the sky in the morning and evening, the color of the water as the ship cuts through and a visit paid to me by my hosts in my new evening haunt the “humidor.” In fact, I had been smoking my own supply but last night discovered that the ship board supply is fantastic, and reasonably priced.. and while they have a well described collection of fine Cuban cigars.. I was thrilled to note that they have my favorite Arturo Fuentes Hemmingway!

Oh, and while there is not photographic evidence, last night we crossed the equator. ( Had it been daytime maybe I could have photographed the big dotted line. But as it was dark I couldn’t see it. ;-) ) So, that’s the news from the Pacific…

Bryan

Wake View

Wake View

Wake Color

Wake Color

Humidor Visit

Humidor Visit

Sunset

Sunset

Sky View

Sky View

Penguin 1

Penguin 1

Morning Sunshine

Morning Sunshine

Happy Bill

Happy Bill

Early Morning

Early Morning

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Waking up onboard the ship

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So, I am waking up well rested after sleeping aboard ship. I had some concern as I have not cruised before, and the swells last night had me feeling a bit unsteady. ( As the ship rises and falls, it can lead your inner ear… making you feel dizzy. I began to worry that I would get motion sickness. ) However, sleeping was a real pleasure.. it felt a bit like being rocked to sleep… with a gentle sound of the water crashing off the ship far below my window. When I woke up at 5:00AM it was still dark outside, but I could see the glow of the sun preparing to rise to the East. ( I am Portside.. Though I wont be transferring to Starboard for my trip home. ;-) ) After adjusting the temperature and such I got back in bed to snooze for another hour… When the sun did rise I took the following pictures.. It’s a very nice way to start the day.

View from my bed..

View from my bed..

Through the window

Through the window

I did then make my way to the spa/exercise room and actually climbed up on an elliptical machine. ( I have been ignoring my machine at home and thought I should start back at it while I have nothing else to pretend is more important. ) It was a very odd experience “running” on the machine and feeling the ocean and ship shift under my feet. Not pleasant or unpleasant really, just odd. Mainly I was feeling great that I had gotten up to do it.

While I couldn’t take the time to sit in the steam room before breakfast, I will get in a steam later today or tomorrow. Nonetheless, I went off to breakfast with my folks, and then watched a lecture on some of our upcoming ports of call. I can finally think about some of these places and I have to say I am excited… The first port is Nuku Hiva, it looks like fairly tough country and I am looking forward to getting up the mountain.

It was really nice to sit together and learn what was expected ahead.

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For now, I will have to just keep eating and relaxing.. it’s a hard life, but someone’s got to do it.

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On Board... feeling relaxed.

on board, awaiting my luggage and safety drill.

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So here I am, on board the Silver Whisper. It's very impressive, I am told its small by many standards. ( While many take thousands, the Silver Whisper takes only about 380, though it appears like there are at least 380 crew around to help with whatever you want. ) Its very nicely appointed and I can't image being uncomfortable. I am in my large cabin, but I have yet to see my luggage arrive. (It was retrieved from my hotel room this morning and I trust it will be delivered shortly.) As a result I don't have the cables necessary to post pictures from my camera etc.. but here is my smiling face taken from my laptop camera... and if possible, I will shoot one or two of my cabin.

Me, happy to be sitting on my cabin.
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Here is my cabin,,, or at least what my laptop thinks it looks like.

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Later I will post one of the bathroom etc.. its much bigger than I expected...

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Visiting the Getty Museum

Went with my folks to the Getty Museum... what a great day... (But oh my aching feet.)

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It was really fun.. I would not have gone if they had not suggested it and I would have missed something great.. The grounds, and the art are something not to miss. And the conversation ranged from religion, to global politics to tasty foods..

Here are some of the pictures I managed to take between stops.

The worlds best travel companions.
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At least one picture of me... ( I don't look happy but I am.

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Some shots around the grounds..
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And at least one piece of art..StuckatGetty.jpg

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