Wednesday, April 20, 2016

First Day at Sea {Lone Star to Last Frontier, 2015}

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."
Psalm 19:1-6

The men then explored the ship on a scavenger hunt, and we gathered in the atrium for the prize drawings:

While we waited, some of the kitchen staff competed with each other sculpting comical animals out of fruits and vegetables:

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.

After the edible dessert, the Lord blessed us with numerous whales feeding in the open water off the starboard side of the ship. Most were humpback whales (larger than a Greyhound bus), but there were a few Orcas, too. One of the whales even bumped the side of the ship when it surfaced, almost directly below us and seven decks down. (Those are the two really out-of-focus photos, just to give you an idea of how close it was. My spotter and I hadn't yet worked out our communication system.) These were also our best sightings of the state bird, the Arctic puffin, but they also were too quick for my reflexes.

Humpback whale fluke, seen from our stateroom balcony

Arctic Puffin


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