Monday, March 28, 2022
The attendance at the sunset hour at the Sea View deck was very sparse. The staff was even taking up the sun loungers for the evening.
It did start to sprinkle so we moved under an awning and talked to a couple from Michigan who cruise during the winter months instead of going to Florida. Thought it was a great alternative to being a Snow Bird.
Dinner was a table for two. We both had the grilled pineapple spears and Thai spring rolls. I had the grilled shrimp with marina sauce. Chuck had the Thai pork.
We went to the see the last 20 minutes of the performer tonight – an instrumentalist. He was good but we decided to skip the full show. We went to the first set of the BB King band and played some slots.
Up at 6:30 and found our invitation to the Mariner Brunch on the 30th. It is HAL’s way of saying “thank you” to its repeat customers.
After breakfast in the main dining room, we went to the Neptune Ceremony. Tradition is for all crew members who have never crossed the Equator to pay homage to King Neptune, his Queen, and Royal Fish.
Their crimes are read by the Prosecutor and they are anointed with special ingredients and must wait for judgment – not guilty: jump in the pool to wash off; guilty: sit in the sun and bake on the ingredients.
The officers of the ship were the judges.
There were about 20 crew members from different departments who took part in the ceremony.
At the end of the ceremony, they all jumped into the pool except the officers who all quickly left before anyone thought they should go into the pool too.
What about first time passengers? We got a fancy certificate.
After lunch, Chuck and I attended a presentation on the Orion constellation. It was very interesting.
- Orion is used as a directional device to other constellations.
- The Giza pyramids are set to the Orion Belt stars.
- A million Earths can be put inside our Sun. One billion Suns can be put inside the star Betelgeuse – part of Orion.
Two events on one sea day – time for a nap.