My friends and I were sitting at dinner on deck five when we suddenly heard whistling and drumming below us. We looked down to see the staff dressed up in togas and foil hats with their faces painted. They proceeded to go inside the ship and up to deck seven where the celebration of Neptune Day began. Neptune Day is a Semester at Sea tradition to celebrate crossing the equator. “Neptune’s followers” (aka staff and crew) marched onto the seventh deck drumming, whistling and yelling. King Neptune (the ship captain painted his body green) needed us to prove to him that we were “worthy of the seas.”
My friends and I got a shower in “fish guts,” jumped into the pool, and kissed a dead fish on the way out. We kissed King Neptune’s ring before being deemed “worthy of the sea.” It was a lot of fun, even though it was kind of gross. We’ll only have this opportunity once, so we went for it!
Pictures will be added when I return to the United States!