Today was our fourth day at sea. From my perspective, we’ve settled into a routine that balances learning, relaxation, and, of course, food. As a small community of guests, staff, and crew, we have our routines. We’ve chosen our favourite reading nooks, drinks, and times to visit the gym or walk on deck.

It was fitting to end this sea time with cocktails and snacks aft of the Ice Lounge on Deck 6. After two weeks of calm water, the sea has been building. I find it just as beautiful this way. Our hotel team lit the little fire pits around the circular seating areas, and we had time to talk to each other and to experience the moody ocean as the sun went down.

Earlier in the day, we learned about octopus from National Geographic photographer Nitye, and Hotel Director Juan Sebastian talked about how the ship is provisioned and other behind-the-scenes topics. In the afternoon, we had a rest, an opportunity to practice Pilates with Wellness Specialist Kat, a presentation about artificial intelligence from visiting scientist Jet, and an inside look at the world of a Master Navigator with Tua.

Of course, if anything was not quite perfect about today, we have a second October 30th tomorrow. We have crossed the International Date Line. One of our crew members, Fredilyn, is particularly lucky because today is his birthday…and so is tomorrow!

Signing off from the beautiful Pacific en route to Niue and a Polynesian welcome.