Though I have never taken a cruise, I had a few overnight passages in the Mediterranean. I remember being on deck for my first sunrise at sea. I saw an emerald green flash of light, just as the sun poke its first finger over the horizon. The flash travelled along the horizon turning dawn sky into morning sky. By the time I knew it was there, it was gone.
I have since seen many sunrises on Atlantic beaches, but don't recall seeing that flash. I know I wasn't seeing things because both Benchley and Hemingway wrote about the phenomenon. And I intend to watch for it on my first at sea morning in the Gulf. Has anyone else seen the emerald instant, that turns dawn into day?
I used to see green flashes (and other colors too) but that was back in college in the sixties, you see there was this stuff you put on sugar cubes, oh wait, you are asking about sunrises, sorry, must be some residual effects from the sixties, I get confused easily. .
Papabill, when I saw the flash was more or less the same historical frame and i was in college. However, unless the Spanish beer I drank the night before was laced with opium, the flash I saw was real.
Thomas, thanks for the comment (VBG). It kind of reminds me of a story I heard:
A brunnette was speeding down the highway with a blond in the passenger seat.
The brunette asked the blond if the car behind them was a cop. The blond said, "yes."
Brunette: "Are his lights on?"
Blonde: "Yes, no, yes, no, yes, no..." :-0)
My blonde haired, blue-eyed, left-handed wife loves that story.
I have been fortunate to have seen this green flash many, many times while I have been visiting St. Maarten. It happens just as the sun goes down! It is quite exciting to watch, but you can't hardly blink or you will miss it.