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March 15, Day at Sea
Last day on the Amazon

We changed our clocks again at 2am, so we are now one hour ahead of eastern daylight time in the U.S.

Today seemed a bit cooler than it has been, primarily due to some cloud cover.

Today was our last crossing of the Equator and we left the Amazon River after spending an extremely interesting week. When we left Belem, Brazil and entered the Amazon River, stopping in Santarem, Boca da Valeria, Parintins and Manaus, we traveled 1,000 miles inland.

Obviously, in this part of Brazil, boats are a vital form of transportation. There are many old-style wooden river boats that make regular runs between Manaus and Belem. Downstream, the trip takes four days; upstream, five days.

The Amazon is probably the greatest symbol of Brazil. Overall, it is 4,080 miles – running from the Peruvian Andes to the Atlantic Ocean at the Equator. The jungles, also referred to as The Great Green Hell, are a dense network of tropical forests, rivers and tributaries from the Amazon. Some of the areas are still inhabited by indigenous groups who have never had contact with the outside world.

Thom, the Cruise Director, kept updating us with announcements during the day giving us status reports on when we would make our final crossing of the Equator. The reason for these updates was at precisely the crossing time, there was an “Escape the Piranha Swim” at the Lido Deck pool. It was billed as the Final Milestone Event of our Grand Voyage. We went up to the Lido Deck to see how many people had decided to join in and were surprised to find the pool packed.

On Thursday, the ship is offering tours of the preparation galley, pastry shop and the dining room where the crew eats. I signed us up for the tour, as it will be fun to see “behind the scenes”.

We are at sea again tomorrow – back in the Atlantic Ocean. Our next stop will be Wednesday at Devil’s Islands.

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