Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sailing the South Pacific – It’s Official!

With much fanfare, fal-dee-rah and zany festivities we crossed the Equator about 2 p.m Tuesday Honolulu time and 5 p.m. West Coast U.S. time.

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We passed the half way point in our journey to Tahiti on Tuesday  morning; just beyond 1,100 miles from Hawaii and 1,100 miles from Tahiti.

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Tuesday afternoon’s crossing from the Northern to Southern Hemisphere was marked by three blasts of our ship’s horn: one for the sea, one for the sky and one for the Equator. The photo above is our Captain Neptune (whose voice was much like that of our Cruise Director) who led the silly festivities marking our passage.

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You can tell from this photo that it was a standing room only crowd of our fellow passengers who marked the occasion under near 80-degree sunny skies.
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We’ve not seen land since we left Lahaina, Maui Saturday evening.  We love these days at sea (and again they are going too rapidly!)

I’ll write more about the Celebrity Solstice, our floating home, in our next update.  Just wanted to check in with you all who are kind enough to be following along.

(And thanks to my blogger buddies who’ve written such nice comments on our recent posts – I have limited internet out here so will be back to your sites after we reach land – but want you to know it is nice to hear from you in Greece, Provence and Australia today!)


  1. Jackie and Joel,

    Thanks for taking us along your wonderful journey to the South Pacific on this fun and fabulous vessel, where the laughter and adventure is contagious, all the way out here... on land!


  2. This is awesome, Jackie! I actually got butterflies in antipation of opening up your post with Tahiti! I've never been on a big cruise ship. Are you able to enjoy the deck without a ton of people crowded around you like in the picture at the pool??

  3. I'm so thrilled you're having such a lovely time! :-) No pressure at all to write while you're on holiday. :-) Hope you love Australia. I shall wave to you from Queensland. :-)

  4. I think my kids would be expecting a dotted line on the water marking the Equator. I had been wondering how big was the crowd on this repositioning cruise, and from the looks of that deck, it's rather full! I really like that they make a big deal of the crossing. It's rather momentous, isn't it? I can't wait to hear about your continued adventures.

  5. Sorry, but only just catching up on you now, Jackie and Joel. Hope you're having a wonderful time!


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