Day 90 Dawn Princess. Crossing the equator.
There is a sound like a gentle breeze that fills our cabin at night. It is caused by the bow wave (just below our cabin E305 on Deck 6) of the Dawn Princess as she pushes steadily through the Pacific. This sound is accompanied by a slight rocking motion as the ship pitches down and up in the ocean swell. The overall effect is conducive to a very good night’s sleep. There is the occasional shudder as the ship gets out of phase with the sea much like the effect of a door slamming in a house on a windy night, though more muffled. Last night, the full moon was shining over the bow wave and the illuminated Pacific seemed to pass by at an amazing speed even though it was only 20 knots. The crossing of the equator today from north to south was marked by the same ceremony as the crossing from south to north earlier on the cruise. The photos give the best description. (Bill). We had a casual lunch out on deck today in the glorious sunshine – just 25 degrees Celsius. We sat with one of the Princess dancers who also helps to teach us ballroom dancing. He was a pollywog (first time to cross the equator). He had been treated to the rub with the fish in the ceremony and even though he had showered he still smelt of dead fish. What a horrible smell! He is a young man from Georgia who has just finished college where he studied drama and dance. He thinks it is great to be able to see the world and be paid for it. At each port we are asked to kindly not bring duty free alcohol on board except for wine and champagne. Many people still bring spirits on board and this has not been a problem until Hawaii. Here they confiscated all spirits. Many who have had such alcohol confiscated are lawyers, ex lawyers and judges and ex judges. You can imagine the letters being written and the discussions that are going on. (Barbara)