Day 5,6,7 – Jan 9-11
Cruising the Pacific –
About the only change in scenery during the past 3 days has been the cloud formations. We did manage to pick up 3 seabirds that somehow flew at least 800 miles from the nearest land to join us as a base for resting and feeding. Amazing to see birds out here in the middle of nowhere.
Although the motion of the ship has varied between calm and quite a bit of rocking and rolling, Mona Liza seems to have overcome her seasickness – yay! The patch worked like magic, and she highly recommends it.
I’ve made it a priority to get my back healed before we reach our first port. So far my daily trips to the hot tub, twice daily icings and 2 deep tissue massages have made a huge improvement and I’m confident I’ll be good to go when we reach the Marquesas Islands.
So how have we kept ourselves busy? Mona Liza had a Hydra Facial (whatever the heck that is), and she joined the Bayeux Tapestry tour to gain insights into the captivating images that we see lining the main stairwells. She also watched a couple of movies at the Star Theater:
I’ve been spending a lot of time at the spa and reading, and I took a tour of the ship’s public areas. It was OK, but I can’t wait for a special tour of the bridge on the 22nd!
Things we’ve done together include walking many laps and miles around the ship, enjoying a Q&A with the ship’s senior officers, watching 2 comedian/magician acts and having a 5-course dinner at one of the specialty restaurants. The quality and variety of the food continue to blow our minds, but Mona Liza has been using pretty good restraint with her meals, while I’ve been gorging myself and feel confident I can put on a few pounds during the next 4 months.
On Day 7 we crossed the equator, and there was a big ceremony with a ritual where folks who have never crossed before kiss a fish and then jump into the pool to be named a “shellback”. We managed to avoid that madness, but enjoyed watching others make fools of themselves:
There’s been a concern about ongoing bushfires in Australia and whether our stop would be canceled, but we were advised that so far our itinerary is largely unaffected. Viking is supporting the relief effort and making a charitable donation to the wildlife charity WIRES and to the Australian Red Cross. Passengers contributions will be matched by Viking, so we were happy to be able to participate and hopefully help those unfortunate folks and animals.
Our future posts will be a bit more challenging, since we’ll be much busier on most days than we have been so far. We’ll do our best to keep up!
In the meantime, here are some pictures my crazy photographer wanted to share: