For the backstory, please see the post, "Courage, Dear Heart!"
On our first full day at sea, the ship truly spent a full day at sea, with no port or excursions. We enjoyed the luxury of room service coffee and watched our only sunrise of the whole cruise. The rich colors and panoramic view captivated us; it was like bathing in 180 degrees of liquid light.
As David wrote:
"The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat."
The men then explored the ship on a scavenger hunt, and we gathered in the atrium for the prize drawings:
That evening was the first of two formal dinner nights. Our waiter was originally from Thailand, so dusting off our disused Thai skills was an added treat.