Semester at Sea: Neptune Day

 In Semester at Sea

Ships and navies across the world hold initiation ceremonies when sailors cross the equator for the first time. As we passed into southern waters, Semester at Sea held Neptune Day during which students transform from slimy Pollywogs turn into honorable Shellbecks – the sons of Neptune. The ceremony involved kissing a fish, pledging our allegiance to King Neptune, and an (optional) head shave. Neptune day began in the early morning when the crew (King Neptune’s Army) paraded through the halls and up to the pool.

We all gathered besides the pool as King Neptune (Scottish astronomy professor Ian Campbell) tested us before granting us permission into the southern waters.

Following is a glimpse of Neptune’s initiation ceremony featuring my friends Victoria, Courtney, Celeste, Cat, and I.

semester at sea neptune day 2 semester at sea neptune day jump in pool semester at sea neptune day kiss fish semester at sea neptune day

Over 75 men and about 20 women shaved their heads. When the first ponytail was cut off, a roar went through the crowd.

semester at sea first ponytail cut neptune day adriana and gracie semester at sea neptune day after semester at sea neptune day party panorama

Recommended Posts

Leave a Comment

Contact Us

Want to get in touch? Send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text.