Deck 4, where the book fair and international café are situated, is a great place to connect with locals within the comforts and safety of the ship. Crewmembers are allowed to visit Deck 4 anytime to chat with visitors, share their story, or even play a game of chess together!  

In Myanmar, amazing conversations and connections have been made through Deck 4. Here are some snippets of crewmembers’ stories:

“I was wearing my Japanese national costume when I heard a question in Japanese! I found out she was a journalist from Japan and I could converse with her easily. I shared my story and encouraged her.” – Tomoko Iwasaki (Japan)

“I performed a drama on deck 4 and young people were touched and cried. I was really encouraged to be with them.” – Rita Popa (Moldova)

“I met a man who is away from family and alone in Myanmar, and who sells beans for a living. I was able to have a brief conversation with him and encourage him.” – KyungYun Seo (South Korea)

 “We were treated with popcorn and coffee by a visitor who sat down with us and chatted. He even tried to set me up with his daughter!” – Rafael Esau (Paraguay) 

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