Days 4 & 5 At Sea – Crossing The Equator

Sunday 20th January 2013

Woke up at 7am and so glad we had that extra hour last night – I needed it. Must have a quiet day today – I need it.

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This year for the first time Seabourn have introduced a new initiative where guests who enjoy cooking can team up, participate and create their own recipes. There will be three rounds with three teams and after the final round the winning recipes will be featured as part of the menu in the main restaurant.

Today is the first round of ‘The Iron Chef Contest’ where the teams will prepare a starter using ingredients provided by Chef Thorsten. Two teams decided to prepare a salad while the third team created a soup. The winner was…….Team Two – a salad. Chef said the standard was really high and that he’d be happy to serve all three dishes in the main restaurant.

The meal tonight in The Colonnade was Vietnamese so Vance and I decided to dine once again under the stars. For us it’s not necessarily the food rather the fact we can dine outdoors…not something we can do at this time of the year in the UK…especially this week in Bristol….snow, snow, snow!!

Techie bits: On the 20th of January at 7:30am we were:
2° north and 095° west
Travelling on a compass course : 252°
Speed = 16 knots
Wind speed = 15 knots from south east
Air temperature = 25°c (77°f)
Total nautical miles sailed =3656
Depth = 2500 metres
Humidity 66%
Sunrise = 5:34am  Sunset = 5:34pm

Monday 21th January 2013

This morning at 10am the Officers challenged guests to a Baggo tournament at the poolside. With lots a friendly rivalry – and a little bit of gamesmanship by me (sorry officer!!) the Officers were quickly defeated and the guests won the day.

3pm brought the Crossing Of The Equator ceremony when King Neptune and his wife came aboard to bless all seafarers and hopefully grant us permission to pass his equatorial domain.

Shellbacks – those who have previously crossed could enjoy cocktails and watch the trials of the Pollywogs – those that have never before crossed.

With the Captains help sentences were passed, goop was smeared over the prisoners by either the doctor or the barber and the Pollywogs were then made to ‘Kiss The Fish’ before being despatched into the watery depths of the pool.

We decided to dine on The Colonnade (again) where tonight is Spanish Night and I have already decided that I’m going to have the Paella so it’s back to our suite for a wash and brush up before our meal.

Then at 6:32pm the Captain gave an announcement to say that everyone should immediately look out of their windows to see the line of the equator as we pass over it!! – he has a wonderful sense of humour…I wonder how many people fell for it and did look. Vance said that after all the cocktails consumed during the Pollywogs ceremony he wouldn’t be surprised if a few did actually see ‘The Line’

Tonight in The Grand Salon there was a Welsh tenor…not our cup of tea so we left early to go to The Club for a drink before an early night at 10:30pm which was actually 9:30pm as the clocks went back yet another hour. (Now 8 hours behind UK time!!)

Techie bits: On the 21th of January at 7:30am we were:
1° north and 102° west
Travelling on a compass course : 253°
Speed = 17 knots
Wind speed = 16 knots from south east
Air temperature = 24°c (75°f)
Total nautical miles sailed =4060
Depth = 3200 metres
Humidity 66%
Sunrise = 5:08am  Sunset = 6:03pm

One thought on “Days 4 & 5 At Sea – Crossing The Equator

  1. Anthony Lloyd

    Hi Helen and Vance,

    Thanks ever so much for your comments regarding the Opera Under The Stars – I’m home safe and sound now in London – I had an overnight in Nuku Hiva before flying to Papeete then a long wait before flying to LA and 8 hour wait there an then a 9 + hr flight to H’row – its such a glamourous life we guest ents lead – especially in economy class at 6’7”.

    If and when you get a chance could you send me any copies of photos of me in particular the Crossing the line – I can’t seem to open the face on one of me you’ve tilted ‘What Shall We Do With Them?’

    Is it ok if I use any of your images and testimonials on my website?

    And if anyone else has any photos feel free to pass my email on – and another favour if you see the two dutch guys one very short number zero haircut and his partner dark slicked back hair and glasses can you reming them to send me any photos especially the open air concert – they said I looked like Jesus – can’t see me walking on water! The picture they showed me in my white suit I was glowing – a whole halo!! I did give them my card and we and some other guests had a bit of an after glow the night before my final show outside the Club – they’re both not bad singers themselves.

    Sorry I don’t know your surname – I’m assuming you were the group of Brits who I sat near the Patio restaurant?

    Enjoy the rest of your cruise,

    All good wishes,


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