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A kiss from a fish marks the crossing of the equator for Carnival Spirit ahead of her arrival in Sydney.

Passengers onboard were privy to the time-honoured equator crossing ceremony as part of their 16-day trans-Pacific voyage.

As part of the ceremony, crewmembers and junior officers who have never crossed the equator before are turned into “shellbacks” or seasoned sailors in a series of rituals including; kissing a dead fish and a soaking in galley-leftovers.

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Words: Natalie Aroyan