Here are some of the new things that happened on Fall 2013 that have not happened to us before.
- Heard the announcement "Captain Morgan to reception" (code for a pirate attack drill)
- Participated in an indoor lifeboat drill.
- Participated in a combination crew and passenger safety drill.
- Competed in balloon smash during the Sea Olympics.
- Served on King Neptune's Court.
- Added an extra port. We've had an itinerary change on every voyage, but we've never just added an extra stop.
- Weeded a photocopier.
- Contributed our Halloween costumes to the shipboard auction. Our astronaut flight suits raised $300 for the SAS scholarship fund.
- Topped out with 11 study days. These are on-ship days with no classes. We've never had so many.
- Lucked out with amazingly mild temperatures and smooth seas throughout. No jackets required. No meclizine required.
- Freed a whale. While in Cape Town, the ship's crew were instrumental in helping to save a one-year-old humpback whale which became wedged between the dock and the MV Explorer.
- Participated in a ship-wide event in port. Our first day in Cuba, 17 buses transported all faculty, staff, and students to the University of Havana.
- Not asked to complete an end-of-voyage evaluation.
- Assisted the ship's photographer with kitecam, aerial photography of the ship from a kite.
- Given an original painting of the shipboard library. It's going up at Chez Johnston!
- Took an all-Virginia photo.
Yours in loving the uniqueness of our Fall 2013 50th anniversary voyage,