Sunday, July 2, 2017

Summer Cruise

Hellooooo, summer people. Dan and I got back a few days ago from what I can only describe as a practically BLISSFUL vacation. I've never been on a vacation where you basically don't have to make any of the plans yourself, INCLUDING MEALS. I mean seriously, it was nuts. I know that this is common knowledge to most people, but at 25 years old I was experiencing this all for the first time!!

The food, the ship, and the views were all fantastic. Every night there was a three course meal. Ice cream and pizza literally 24 hours (I am a child, I know). We could not have asked for better weather in Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. And prior to the trip, I told Dan that I wanted full disclosure to take photos of him at any point in the trip, to which he very kindly agreed. Good. To. Go.

We started our vacation by going to LA to see some stuff and one of my uncles and family. We (I) had decided we were going to eat lunch at a chicken place and then go to the Griffith Observatory. Naturally, all the plans I had decided upon didn't work out, except getting some matcha tea at Matcha Bar. (When I woke Dan up to leave for the 6 hour drive, he sleepy-angry mumbled at me that I "only cared about matcha". Not only, just, like, a lot.)
After schmoozing and eating and staying with the fam, we headed out to the Port of Long Beach. We shopped at the outlets there for about an hour because technically we weren't supposed to board until the afternoon, but we got antsy and then they ended up letting us board early anyway. Nobody seemed to care, lucky us!
I was genuinely and thoroughly impressed by how smooth-sailing (pun completely intended) it was getting onto the ship itself. We printed out everything ahead of time, but Carnival is truly a well-oiled machine.

Each night's dinner was a gourmet three course meal and honestly that first night was the most delicious. Plus, the novelty of having so many choices was hilarious. I kept Dan entertained by reacting like a kid in a candy shop at every turn we took on the ship, especially during that first dinner. (Incidentally, there was also a candy shop on board.)

The next morning, we woke up in Catalina Island.
Our ship was too big to dock at the port in Catalina, so we took a lil ferry to the actual island after breakfast. We didn't do any of the extra excursions that all cruises seem to offer, we just walked around enjoying the weather and the beauty of it all.
There is a huge circular building in the photo on the right that is as grandiose as can be and is a landmark on the island. It used to be a casino, but now it's a movie theater.
Throughout the entire trip I couldn't get over how clear and blue the water was. So beautiful.
The town is very small, so when we were slightly tired and hungry, we went back to the ship to sit in the sun and relax. While on the ship we spent the majority of our time outside in the "21+ no kids area". The chairs were more comfortable, and it was significantly quieter.

That night for dinner was the "elegant night" so we got all dressed up for an even fancier-than-the-other-nights dinner. It was really fun pretending to be rich for the night, ha! I love these two pictures of us.

The next day: Ensenada, Mexico! Coming soon to a computer screen near you. 
If you want it to, of course, I'm not going to force you to read my blog posts. Much love if you do though.


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