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September 27 Crossing the Equator! Sea Day!

Pacific Ocean Crossing the Equator!

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And another up early, on the track kind of morning! Followed by the bikes and then a swim, shower and we are off on Sea Day number 3 of 5! Well sometimes we relax on our deck!!

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Today everyone on the ship has to turn in their passports so the ship can confirm with the authorities in New Zealand that the passports are in order, and that those who require a VISA to visit NZ have secured their VISAs. This is a new requirement on NZ’s behalf, coming into effect October 1, 2019, so it effects this ship. We were not aware of this requirement when we left (we knew about the Australia VISA requirement and secured our Australian VISA prior to leaving, but this was a surprise, to many on board!). So we went to the computer lab, deck 6, and after a bit of frustration, we managed to get the appropriate VISAs. Then we trotted up to the 14th deck (remember, no elevators!) and handed in our passports. They will be returned to us once the ship has processed them. There were some cranky people in the room when they found out they had to head down to the computer lab and do this before their passport would be accepted. I talked a couple of angry travellers ‘off the ledge’! Anyway, all is well now!

Lunch in the main dining room was nice; I had shrimp/noodle dish and a salad, which I loved; been craving noodles for a while. We also had a crispy Boursin cheese appetizer with chilli sauce, OMG, too scrumptious!

A visit to the Persian Garden Spa provided a much needed rest/relation (these sea days can take a toll haha), and then it was BINGO afternoon! And then we returned to our room for canapés and freshened up for dinner (yes, time to eat again!) at the BLU restaurant. While dining the Captain came over the PA announcing that he had stopped the ship exactly on the Equator! It was amazing to actually see the ocean waters meeting each other and swirling away, really keeping separate water from the north and south hemispheres. I would never have believed it, had I not seen it with my own eyes!! WOW! The Equator Crossing Celebration will be tomorrow at poolside. Pretty cool!

After dinner we attended Buddy’s Back in the Theatre. It was Buddy Holly songs, with the performer who played Buddy in the Australian Buddy Holly Story. He was fabulous, sang amazingly well, performed so many songs I love...it was a great night.

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And then we were off to Karaoke! Earlier in the day we had met a great couple from Oregon who introduced himself as Garth Brooks, so funny! Really they are Mark and Jill, a fun couple of ‘cowboys’. Mark has an amazing singing voice and invited us to come hear him sing at Karaoke and so we did. He is a huge man, tall, booming voice, large personality and we enjoyed time with them...here he is! Always wears a huge cowboy hat, easy to find him in a crowd.

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By now we are exhausted, and headed to our room to sleep. And sleep we did! That’s a wrap for sea day 3 of 5! More to come...Carol on the go!

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Posted by carolonthego 16:28

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