Life Onboard
In Pics IV: From Iceland to Panama, Nov 5, 2017
Laea Marilyn dancing at the first hula performance on the ship.
Sandii and Laea Marilyn joined the ship as guest educators from New York to Hawaii as specialists in hula and Tahitian dance. Sandi, who first studied hula in her teens and went on to become a member of Japanese synthpop band Sandii & the Sunsetz, later become a kumu hula', the term for a master teacher in the art of hula. Laea Marilyn is a hula dancer and Tahitian dance instructor at Sandii's studio in Tokyo, and together they performed two evenings of dance on the ship, offered lessons for interested participants, and taught about hula and other aspects of Hawaiian culture.

Selina Leem and La Tisha Parkinson explaining the power of poetry.
A poetry writing workshop was hosted on 10 October by the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors, a group of seven youths from Small Island Developing States who joined the ship from Barcelona to New York. Selina Leem of the Marshall Islands and La Tisha Parkinson of Trinidad and Tobago presented, and explained poetry's power as a means of self-expression as well as a method to draw attention to social issues. Selina herself often performed poetry at ports of call and onboard the ship to draw attention to the effects of climate change and nuclear testing on the Marshall Islands. After offering tips on poetry writing, they gave time for participants to write their own poems about a topic of their choosing.

Casey Lyon explaining the benefits and process of organic certification.
Guest educator Casey Lyon held a series of events on the ship about sustainable business, social entrepreneurship, and organic certification. Mr Lyon works at Boswellness, a company based in Somaliland which manufactures and distributes organic frankincense and myrrh products. Mr Lyon emphasized the importance of community development and living wages throughout a business's supply chain as a key aspect of sustainability, explaining his own company's approach as well as examining possible approaches in other areas such as the garment industry. The event inspired a participant, Robert Wang of Harmony Apparel Int'l Co. in Taiwan, to give two talks about the garment industry and its potential for greater sustainability.

The communication coordinators performing the winning dance.
A dance competition was held on 19 October, with 11 groups participating. The culture school on the ship holds daily lessons on salsa and social dance, which are some of the most popular programs onboard. Beyond that, numerous participants with dancing experience hold regular dance classes, including on K-pop, jazz dance, and modern dance. The culture school students participated in the competition, as well as many of the dance groups run by participants, but the first prize ultimately went to a contemporary dance performed by the communication coordinators on the ship. Throughout the event, guest educators and the voyage director gave comments about the performances and praised the hard work involved in choreographing and practicing the various pieces.

The Peace Boat passing through the first series of locks in the canal.
After making its port of call in Cristobal, Panama the previous day, Peace Boat made its way through the Panama Canal on 27th October. Participants, many of whom went out to the front of the ship for the views it offered, were able to see the complexity and scale of the lock system as well as the beautiful green scenery of Panama. The locks are just 34 meters wide, quite narrow, so a system of cables and locomotives is used to control the sideward motion of ships going through the locks. Participants watched as the crew of the Peace Boat helped affix the cables to the ship, followed by the eight-hour long journey through the locks and Lake Gatun, until finally the ship cleared the final lock and was released into the Pacific Ocean.