Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cruise Highlights -- Part One

I felt so rested while I was gone but now that I am home, I feel like I have little energy. It could be that 100 degree temps are taking their toll on everyone.

We left for our cruise on Sunday morning driving to Mobile, Alabama. The trip was a little over 10 hours but just about the whole time was interstate driving. Going through Lake Providence, LA  on US Highway 65 was one of my favorite places. I thought I took a picture, but I guess I didn't.  The interstate changed into a 2 lane highway that ran parallel to the Lake. It seemed so peaceful--like a lazy little town. 

We spent the night in Mobile, AL just a few minutes from the port. Our hotel was close to a small creek that had alligators in it.

I know Louisianans are probably used to this, but it was a novelty to us. Of course we gawked and took pictures.

We checked in at the port around noon on Monday and was on the ship by a little after 1 p.m. It wasn't too bad waiting in line. We all went ahead and got passports even though the cruise lines still accept a photo id and birth certificate. In the next year or so, I think passport books or cards will be required. When we left the ship and returned, we had to show our ship card and a photo id.

Our ship was the Carnival Elation.

The view from the ship looking back at the Port of Mobile.

One of the two pools. This was the most popular, especially with the children and pre teens. I found it too crowded. In fact, I don't any of us got in the pools during the cruise.

The atrium of the ship. It looks like a grand hotel, doesn't it.

I thought these stairs were beautiful. It was very hard to get a good photo because of the lighting. There were photographers everywhere taking photos. They then printed them out and put them up on display and passengers could purchase the ones they wanted. The pictures were $11 for a 5" x 7" and $22 for an 8"x10".  I assume they made a lot of money because people were standing in line to pay all day everyday.

Well, that's enough for today. I'll be back in a day or two with more.

Take care and God bless!


Anonymous said...

Wow, I had no idea a boat could be a floating town! LOL

Glad you had a good time.. I'd go if I could have the boat to myself! :)

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I loved the pictures of inside the ship, wow I would sure like to go on a cruise it looks like a pampered great trip, what a ship, so impressive...I also had no idea it would be so the patriotic rooster in your opening picture, love him, I am a new follower and I will be back again

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