We’re baaaack! On Thursday, Nick and I boarded the Carnival Elation for a four-day cruise from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico for our 5-year Anniversary trip!
For those who live within driving distance of a cruise port, cruises are a great way to go on an inexpensive vacation, since you only need to park at the port and hop aboard. Low prices (inside stateroom) can average around $300 per person, which includes a small room and all your meals. You pay more as the room gets bigger/better, and you also pay extra for drinks, spa services, fitness classes, and excursions. However, you can bring our own alcohol aboard the ship (you can prepay for bottles to be in your room upon arrival and every guest is allowed to bring one bottle of champagne or wine aboard a Carnival cruise). And if you choose the cheap excursions, a weekend cruise ends up being quite affordable when compared to flying somewhere, paying for a hotel and lots of meals and drinks out at restaurants. Now on the good stuff!
To be honest, I wish the weather had cooperated a lil’ more! It was raining when we arrived in New Orleans (45 minute drive), but it cleared up a bit upon departure, so we spent a lot of time on the deck of the ship, taking in the sights and enjoying the sea breezes. Then it rained all night…and all day Friday, our first “Fun Day at Sea.”
Once our luggage was delivered to our room, we unpacked and walked around the ship to orient ourselves with our floating home for the next four days. Being the planner that I am, I picked up the daily itinerary and perused all the entertainment options – comedians, karaoke, casino, and live shows – and then reviewed the list of bars/lounges/restaurants.
We didn’t have long before all cruise passengers were required to participate in a safety drill – just in case the worst should happen while we were at sea. After we were released, we headed back inside to explore all the decks and prepare for the first dinner. Let me just say that three course meals for four days straight is my kind of vacation!!!
After dinner on the first night, we headed out to one of the clubs and had a good time watching people karaoke. Of course, people are much funnier when you are sipping on drinks all evening! Each day there were Drink Specials – and our favorite was Kiss on the Lips (grenadine, peach schnapps, and mango puree – YUM!) And then we pushed the limits of our adult bedtime, and stayed up to catch the 11:45 pm Comedy Show before calling it a night. Kenny Miller and The Cowboy Comedian (our favorite!) were the two entertainers each evening. It was a great start to a great cruise!
When we returned from dinner each night, we had a little towel animal waiting for us on our bed. Aren’t they adorable?
Friday and Sunday were the “Fun Days at Sea.” Although the weather was rainy on Friday, we got the chance to really explore everything the ship had to offer. Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day, and we spend most of the time laying out on the pool deck and sunbathing! We also tried each of the restaurant stations for breakfast and lunch – so many choices!!! We did choose to not participate in the “formal dinner” on Friday evening, but still had a great time up on the Lido deck eating pizza and ice cream cones!
And, of course, Saturday was our day in Cozumel. I’ll update y’all tomorrow for Part Two of our anniversary cruise – Zip Lining and Snorkeling in Cozumel! But not without a lil’ preview:
And now it’s time to return to normalcy. Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s back to work, I go!