Our New Year’s Cruise was fabulous. I highly recommend taking a cruise during the holidays.
This is the first time we drove to a port. Long Beach is less than 5 hours from Vegas. We were lucky the snow that closed the Cajon Pass had melted off the roads by Saturday.
Cars were pulled over so people could snap photos of the snow. I took this as Ralph drove. I’m from Ohio, I have seen snow and I wasn’t dressed for it.
This tree was in the hotel lobby where we stayed overnight. We chose a Marriott that was a bit farther from the Cruise port, because it was cheaper. We parked at the Long Beach Convention Center and caught a shuttle from there. It was a simple process. Our luggage was loaded on a Budget truck.
We entered on Empress deck. This was the center of all things for us as our room was on this deck. For a peek at our room check out The Ralph and Rita Show. For a change we didn’t use the elevators much. Thank goodness I have been exercising.
I was handed this drink as I boarded. Yes, I had to pay, fortunately I had the cheers package so only taxes. California makes you pay taxes on purchases while in port.
They did hand out champagne for free on Lido for the launch and on NYE to ring in the New Year too. It was a fun time.
We were docked next to The Queen Mary. I think this would be a fun place to stay. …and it’s supposed to be haunted!
We skipped Catalina Island, because the water was too rough to safely board the tenders. We had a fun day at sea. No one seemed to mind, we were all there for FUN!
We did dock in Ensenada the next day, which happened to be NYE. I found a pair of earrings that I couldn’t resist at The Opal Mine. Fire Opals. I think my mom would approve.
Though we didn’t stay out to party with everyone else, we were awake and watched it on the television from our room. We kissed to ring in the New Year!
Let’s not forget my favorite part of coming back to the room after housekeeping has been there… The towel animals. I may not always know what they are… but I love them!
Love, Peace and Light! Rita
PS. Benjamin was the cruise director. He was pretty good. A very talented young man. He may have been older than he looks.