Cruise- Day 1
a quick bite to eat in the car, Aric and Wey dropped us off in San
Pedro's Berth 91 around 11am. As we drove up to the port, the sight
of the grand cruise liner (ELATION) was breath-taking! Aric was taken
aback and his urge to join us was undeniable. hehehe =)
grabbed all our luggage, said our goodbyes, and stood in one of the
many lines to get on the ship. Ashlyn had fallen asleep on the ride
there...which was a great relief to me, since I didn't know if how
she would react to all of us leaving her. The weather was unbelieveably
hot and we were really excited.
a couple of hours of waiting in different lines, we were finally able
to board the ship! We checked into our cabins, waited for our luggage
to be delivered, then started our exploration of the ship. Bett and
I shared a cabin, while Ivy, Wil, and Cin shared the one right next
I heard that one of the great pleasures of being onboard a cruise
ship is the food....they feed you 24/7. So right away, we headed up
to the Tiffany's dining area to eat. Tiffany's is an open seating
dining room with buffet-style food, meat carving, salad bar, pizza
bar, dessert bar, etc...and it's open 24 hours. COOL! Afterwards,
we walked around and checked stuff out. The ship was HUGE, and the
decor inside was very elaborate...similar to the splendors of Las
the time all the passengers got on, we had a mandatory life-jacket
drill. The drill took a while as they were very thorough in explaining
what deck and which life boats are designated to you. But honestly...I'm
sure should anything happen, everyone would just run around in a panic
and scramble to the life boats closest to them. =P
After the life boat drill, we headed to the Drama Bar for complimentary
sushi and drinks. The ship finally set sail around 5pm. We made another
round around on deck, before heading to our room to change for dinner.
had late seating dinner (8pm) in the formal Inspiration Dining room.
Our head waiter lead us to our table (which seats 10). Our table-mates
had not shown up yet, and the head waiter jokingly told us that he'll
bring over 5 handsome guys to our table. Oh yeah, baby! HAHAHA!
Our table-mates finally joined us...a friendly Mexican family with
three young daughters. We bonded with them instantly.
dinner, we walked around the ship and finally settled in at the quiet
Gatsby's Bar for drinks. We indulged in some cigars, cognac, and great
conversation. Pass the Coo-va-thee-ay, please. hehehe
Ivy, who normally doesn't drink at all, enjoyed the cognac. She would
sip slowly and let it sit on her tongue. She made it look so good.
My curiosity was peeked, and I had to try some. I sipped and the shit
was hella strong! I had the heebie jeebies and washed it down with
some water. UGH!...I should just stick to what I like: beer and mixed
drinks. =P After a couple of hours, we headed to the Jekyll &
Hyde nightclub. Things were jumping in there. They played games to
get people to interact with each other. We met a group of good looking
Abercrombie-type guys that seemd to have only one thing in mind...to
hook up. No thanks. Move on, playas.
After a long day...we finally retired to our cabins around 2am.
off at port
Finally getting onboard!
Bett, Cin, and Wil in the elevator
sitting on my bunk in our cabin
Life jacket/boat drill on the Lido deck
glass elevators in the Atrium
Wil, Cin, Ivy, and Bett enjoying some sushi
sunset taken from the Verandah Deck
Wil, Ivy, and Bett at the Gatsy Bar
me and Cin
celebratory Kamikaze shot at Jekyll & Hyde
Ashlyn's pic of the day
(courtesy of Aric)