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The King Neptune Ceremony

All ships that sail the 7 seas have a tradition that goes back hundreds of years called “King Neptune’s Ceremony” which, is an induction ceremony for people who are crossing the Equator for the first time.

It is really a silly tradition that has the newbies, called polywogs, doused in slime and either roasted or boiled.. So they have the previous crewmembers who have crossed dressed up like pirates who lead the poor victims to the judges (the Captain and other Officers) for a verdict.

The crew completely decorates the Lido deck and lays out “slime”, usually egg whites and food coloring to douse the poor blokes. You can see the cage the polywogs are held in on the right side of the pix.

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The area around the pool fills out with all the guests and we watch the ceremony..

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The poor shumcks have to kiss a fish to cries of “KISS THE FISH!  KISS THE FISH!”  before they can get judged… then they get rolled in guck and then brought in front of the judges for sentencing.. Either thrown in the drink.. (the pool) or they have to broil in the sun…

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Spectators

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Barbara, the Travel Guide in costume!

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The polywog “prisoners”……

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The sirens of the sea.. (our dancers and hostess)

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The Judges

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Getting a polywog ready for “SINK OR SAVE !”

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The most amazing thing about this whole ceremony is how quickly it is cleaned up and you would never know some sort of insanity happened!!!  Lotsa fun to watch !  Thank God we’ve already been across the Equator several times…..

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