Tuesday 5th March 2013
Today was the day that the rains came down – we were on our way to kinesis when there was a tremendous rain storm and when we looked out at the pool Henk & Marlies were having their morning swim… they truly were water babies…despite the pouring rain they kept swimming up and down the pool. The torrential rain came down for about 45 minutes then the sun came out and started drying everything up.
After kinesis when we got to the Colonnade for breakfast the staff had just finished drying off all the tables at the back edge of the terrace that had got soaked earlier. Then 10 minutes later the rain came back and it poured down again…luckily we were sat at a middle row table so stayed dry but those guests sat at the back edge got soaked. We will be re-crossing the equator later in the day so King Neptune must be angry about something…could it be the Pollywogs???
After our 12 noon Coronas we stayed at the Patio Grill for lunch. About an hour later there was a long, loud horn blast from the ship…at first we thought the Captain was warning another ship to get out of our way..but no…it was his tribute to the exact moment we crossed the equator from the southern to the northern hemisphere. Vance joked with one of the new waiting staff that if she looked closely she would see a very faint line in the sea…for a minute she almost believed him.
At 3pm the official Crossing The Equator Ceremony took place and once again four Pollywogs volunteered to face the wrath of King Neptune and his court on behalf of the whole ship and suffer any punishment he chose to give them. The photos are brilliant.
At 8pm we went down to the Main Dining Room for dinner with Margaret & Brian and Irene & Alan – it was a sort of farewell dinner as only Margaret & Brian are staying on after Hong Kong…boo hoo…I don’t want to get off…please can I be the official Seabourn blogger and travel the world telling everyone about how fabulous these journeys can be!!
Showtime tonight was Sarah Chandler an International Saxophonist. Then it was down to the Club where we were joined for drinks by Chilly, our resident dancer and Vincent, the Spa Manager. Chilly then led me astray by insisting we danced until 12 midnight. I can tell you it was a serious workout trying to keep up with her and not something I would normally do…it must be ‘countdown to going home’ syndrome!! I was exhausted when I finally fell into bed…and I have kinesis at 8am tomorrow…oh no I mean today!!
Techie bits: On the 5th of March 7:10am we were:
1° south and 119° east
Travelling on a compass course 012°
Speed = 17.5 knots
Wind speed = 19 knots from north east
Air temperature = 26°c (79°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 15413
Depth = 1990 metres
Sunrise = 6:11am Sunset = 6:19pm