The reason that we were in such a rush the last few ports was due to our need to make it on time for an appointment. An appointment to be accompanied while passing through pirate waters. No, seriously. Read more about pirate protocol here (toward the bottom of the page).
Besides covering all windows with heavy curtains, we had plenty of activities to keep us busy during out long stints at sea (while crossing the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans). Can you imagine having nothing to do while at least for almost 2 weeks? I can’t. I was so busy during those periods of time that I hardly noticed that we hadn’t seen land for a while.
Guest educators came on board to speak to us via lectures and workshops in their field. On the 77th cruise, we had a wide variety of speakers, from an animation director to a professor who devotes his life to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. My friend and brilliant photographer, Luke Casey, was the volunteer web reporter, who documented our activities during the voyage. Luckily, I was able to con him into letting me write up the article about the Ms. Edahiro Junko, a professional interpreter/translator turned environmental journalist.
The event team also put on a summer festival because who doesn’t love festival food and dressing up in yukata?
The event team was one of the many teams that was composed of both staff members and passengers who put together events for the whole boat. People were also able and encouranged to host their own personal event as pleased. (I did one on how cool Seattle is.) This is why I often referred to the Peace Boat voyage as a summer camp for adults.
But hey, who doesn’t love summer camp?
Have you ever been on a cruise? What were some of your favorite onboard activities?