This morning as I was heading out to the pool I ran into the Captain who informed me that it was raining…. bummer! I asked him if he was going to change course but I didn’t get very far with that request. I don’t understand why, so we miss out intended ports…. isn’t it worth it for a little sunshine? OK, perhaps that is a little unreasonable. The good news is that the Captain did work some kind of magic and the sun appeared and the day turned out just fine. Fortunately we had a pretty good breeze to keep the heat down. We are getting pretty close to the Equator so the sun is a bit intense. We should cross the Equator after midnight tonight. The voyage is going exceptionally well. The staff and crew are just amazing…. Tomorrow we dock in Manta Ecuador. We will arrive around 4:30 am. I asked Allan if he wanted to head out around 5:00 am and he declined. I am just not doing well today in getting a favorable response to my requests…. Oh well, tomorrow is a brighter day.