New Year's Cruise - 2009

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Westin
We started our New Year's adventure here at the Westin Gas Lamp (Horton Plaza) in San Diego.  This is where we stayed for New Year's Eve before we left for the cruise.

Hooters
San Diego was not as fun as Las Vegas or New York for New Year's Eve, but they do have a Hooters in the Gas Lamp.  We just went to a variety of places in the Gas Lamp that night.

Elation
This is the Carnival ship, Elation, in San Diego, CA.  We boarded the ship on January 1, 2009 for our adventure to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Lunch
Here is our group of revelers having lunch on the Lido Deck of the Elation.  The food was really good throughout the cruise.  They also kept bringing us glasses of champagne.

Dinner
This is a picture from our dinner on the 1st night.  The food was delicious!  The service was very good too.

Welcome Show
Here is a picture from the welcome show with the Elation dancers.  They had hot dancers!  We got to see 2 Vegas style shows, a comedy show, and a hyptonist show.

Formal01
Carnival usually has 1 formal night during a cruise.  Everyone dresses up for the "captain's dinner" and also there is a nice Vegas style show afterwards.

Formal02
They had Maine Lobster on the menu for the formal night!

Formal03
I am signifying how I just ordered three lobster tails!  All the food is included, and you can eat as much as you want!

Buffet
The ship had a buffet also for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a late night Mexican buffet one night also.  Of course, you can also eat in the dining rooms where there is table service.  The buffet also has a 24 hour Pizzeria and 24 hour ice cream/yogurt service.  Here are some of the desserts available during the buffets.  The buffet also has a grill and made to order omlettes.

Wine
We attended the wine tasting demonstration also.  They had three whites and two reds for us to try.  They also gave us food pairing suggestions with each wine.

High Tea
Carnival also served "High Tea" at 4:00 PM.  A butler went around with fine teas, and they served pastries and cucumber sandwiches too.

High Tea02
I drink green tea.

Towel Animal
The cabin steward provided us with excellent service.  They had nightly turn down service, and they left a towel animal and mint on our bed.  Moreover, they put ice in the ice bucket daily.

Room Service
We also got 24 hour free room service.  The chocolate cake was so good!

Waterslide
The waterslide was really fun!  The 3 pools were filled with ocean water.  There was also a mini golf course and jacuzzis.

Cabo
In Cabo San Lucas, the ship does not dock.  It drops anchor in the bay.  They tender us off the ship in small boats.

    In 2009, my friends and I took a New Year's Cruise to Cabo San Lucas from San Diego.  I flew in to San Diego on New Year's Eve from Las Vegas, where I was visiting my family.  After arriving in San Diego, we had lunch and Seau's and checked in at the Westin Gas Lamp before partying in the Gas Lamp District.  The next day, we departed for our Carnival cruise on the Elation.  This was my first cruise, but it was really fun!  They are called the "Fun Ships" for a reason.  There was so much to do.  Moreover, all the food was included, and you could eat 24 hours a day.  The service was very good too.  The cruise was 4 days.  On the last day at sea, we got spa treatments.


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