The Equator is one of the World’s universal boundaries, and one of the few that doesn’t have any kind of baggage attached.
The first time I crossed the Equator with Rich and Sue was on our flight down to South America last March. It happened in the middle of the night just off Ecuador. And since most of our fellow passengers had been asleep, there’d been the minimum of fuss. Read: Although the three of us had excitedly watched the approach of the line marking the Equator on the aircraft’s in-flight map, no one else had seemed to even notice!
Our return to the Northern Hemisphere aboard the Cruise Ship Zaandam, again off Ecuador, a few hours north of Manta, also passed with no official acknowledgement at the time.
That said, since it happened in the middle of dinner, and we were paying attention, our table celebrated those of us crossing of the Equator at sea for the first time with a glass of champagne.
The following morning, however, was a completely different story.
At 10 o’clock, we congregated arround the pool at the stern of the ship for the King Neptune Ceremony. ‘Vile Pollywogs’ (crew members who had never before crossed the Equator by sea) were presented to King Neptune and his wife to receive judgement, accept punishments and be made to Kiss the Fish.
A band of pirates acted as King Neptune’s enforcers, while a group of doctors and nurses dispensed the punishment in the form of what looked like luridly coloured goo and spaghetti!
After punishment, the Zaandam’s captain (and I mean the real captain in this case) and a panel of judges decided whether the Pollywogs should be thrown in the pool or be left to bake in their crust of green and blue pasta.
At the end of the ceremony, We even had a chance to Kiss the Fish (a rather stinky marlin, I think) ourselves.
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