Wednesday, 13 January 2016
13.01.2016 - 13.01.2016
Some spectacular cloud formations contributed to make this morning's sunrise a success. Today we cross from the Southern to the Northern Hemisphere and we'll encounter King Neptune and his court. We've crossed the Equator on a number of ships and the "Ceremony" is a long-standing maritime tradition to mark the event. Those who have not crossed the Equator on a ship are referred to as "Pollywogs" and during the Ceremony they are proclaimed to be "Shellbacks". Another job for the staff, to print and deliver almost 2,000 certificates, one each regardless of previous crossings.
King Neptune came aboard and presided over the ceremony. After all the Pollywogs had been initiated the captain and Cruise Director were taken for a dip in the pool. Almost all of the 2,000 passengers crowded the vantage points and were encouraged to join the chorus of 'Guilty !!' as a number of individuals were accused of various crimes.
A simple lunch from the International Cafe after which we made our way to the Theatre for a talk by Lyn Hurry. Today's topic being the extermination of Tasmania's indigenous people and the circumstances of their demise. Quite an emotional story and caused her to pause for a while at one stage of the talk. Certainly not an uplifting story.
We stayed in our seats to Today's Movie. I hadn't heard of it but Jenny had some knowledge of it. "Unbroken" is based on the real life of an American Olympic runner who during WW2 survives an aircraft crash in the ocean to be picked up by a Japanese submarine. As a POW in Japan he is singled out for 'special' treatment by a sadistic camp commandant and against all odds survives to see the end of the War. He suffered from this ill treatment for many years and in later life returned to Japan to carry out charitable works. He died in 2014 aged 97. Another brutal tale with a thread of great heroism to make it a worth watching movie.
Dinner was excellent as usual and sadly we say farewell to the Junior Waiter, Joseph, he leaves the ship in Singapore. He has a bright personality and is very quick to see what needs to be done. We will miss his happy smiling face.
After dinner we went up to Deck 12 for Movies Under the Stars - again. We've rarely previously watched a movie on the giant scree and this is already the second one for this cruise. With all the colour and sound of a Bollywood feature "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" continues on from the original with the same cast. Full of love, intrigue and unlikely story line, it is the colour and costumes that carries this off.
This morning's sunrise created an impressive image if you have time you can view it by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony