My sister in Tucson always wanted to see Yosemite so she visited me in San Francisco in 2008 and we had a fantastic time.  Here we are at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.   This year she decided she always wanted to visit San Diego and the world famous zoo.   

We will be staying at the Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown Hotel.  Check out the hotel and amenities on this link!

I also suggested a cruise to the tip of Baja along with the trip to San Diego as she had never been on a cruise ship.  I made reservations on July 29th with a travel agent named Paru at 1.800.797.4635 Ext: 148.  She was very helpful and suggested she give us a room close to the elevator as my sister uses a cane to get around. 

The room is on the Riviera Deck - 201 by the elevator for easy access to the decks and my Booking Code is 14LK69!  We will have the early dinner at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a buffet at midnight on the pool deck. 

The ship leaves San Diego at 4:00 p.m. and she said we can get there around 1:00 p.m. to settle in and then go on deck as we sail out of San Diego and on to Cabo San Lucas.  A buffet will be set up for us as we leave the harbor and out into the Pacific Ocean!  Our documentation for the cruise may be accessed on this link.




Total Staterooms - 1,021 - Decks - 10 - Passenger Capacity - 2,052 - Total Crew - 920 - Officer's Nationality - Italian - Ship Size - Large - Tonnage - 70,367 - Ship Length - 855 feet - Registry - Panama


I have been to Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, Cancun and Merida in the Yucatan.  So Cabo San Lucas will be a new destination in Mexico for me!

You can read about the histories of San Diego and Baja California on these links and below the following link to the photos is a day by day description of our trip!

September 27, 2009: Chuck flies in from San Francisco and Yvonne from Tucson on Southwest to San Diego to be picked up by a friend, Valerie.

We visited the Cemetery where my sister's husband is buried.

Then off to the hotel and my sister took Valerie and me to dinner at Little Italy near our hotel. Fantastic food!

San Francisco to San Diego

Southwest - San Francisco to San Diego

Flying into the San Diego Airport through downtown!

San Diego Military Cemetary

Valerie and Yvonne

My sister's husband Ken is buried here over looking the Pacific Ocean

San Diego's Little Italy

Little Italy

Valerie and Chuck and good wines - Dinner courtesy of my 'Favorite' sister!

September 28, 2009: We want to visit the world famous San Diego zoo today. It was very hot, around 90 degrees or so and humid, not too happy for the animals as many just stayed inside. We took the gondola over the park and could view the entire zoo and San Diego along with a cool breeze.

We also took a bus tour around the zoo and then took a taxi back to the air conditioned hotel for a nice cool drink and some cards!

Another friend, Alina was nice and drove us to Coronado Island and there we visited the world famous Hotel Del Coronado and later had dinner at a restaurant with great food and wine!

San Diego Zoo


Off to the zoo!

Wart Hogs - so cute!


The wise owl!

Endangered Parrot

Go fish!

Sis on the gondola ride!

San Diego view from the gondola!

Hotel Del Coronado - Dinner at the Brigantine Seafood Restaurant


Hotel Del Coronado

Famous Lobby

Great Out Door Dining

Yvonne and Alina

Great Seafood across from the Hotel Del Coronado!

Alina treated us to a great dinner!

September 29, 2009: We visited the Midway Aircraft Carrier today.

It is ahuge ship and the volunteers are great and the ship has been renovated. Not a spot of dirt any place.

Then we took a bicycle rickshaw back to our hotel and played cards!

Midway Aircraft Carrier


Midway Refurbished!

We loved this 'yellow' plane!



September 30, 2009 We decided today to take a boat tour of the south and north bay of San Diego. We saw many huge carriers and some of the newest ships just built for the Navy.

Some were stealth built and others had new engines that saved fuel over their life span.

We took another rickshaw back to the hotel, this time it cost a lot less and it was a lot of fun!

Lord Hornblower Boat Tour of San Diego Bay

Lord Hornblower

Cruising past aircraft carriers

Chuck and the City

Tall buildings only 40 stories due to the airport being downtown!

Red Cross First Aide Ship

We took a bicycle rickshaw back to the hotel!

October 01, 2009: Today we left the hotel and go to the Carnival Cruise Line and boarded the Elation for a four day cruise to Cabo San Lucas.

There will be a buffet and drinks for the departure out of the harbor at four P.M.

We had a nice lunch and then found a bottle of champagne in our room from our good friend Patti and a huge silver platter of snacks! Then we dressed for dinner in our best. Well the first night was casual so we decidednot to dress the next night but heard it was the captains dinner so we dressed up again!

Boarding the Carnival Cruise Line Elation to Cabo San Lucas


Everything was done by a computer card

The Elation!

Getting ready to Sail

I am ready!

Enjoying coffee!

And a cigarette!

October 02, 2009: Today is afull day of cruising the Pacific and relaxing.

Lots of rain and the ship swayed back and forth due to the heavy winds and one third of the guests were sea sick! Not us!

We again had a nice dinner but half of our table was missing due to sea sickness!

A Day of Sailing and a Big Storm!


Early morning as we cruised to Cabo San Lucas

October 03, 2009: We arrive in Cabo San Lucas and debark at nine A.M. on a tender. It had been cloudy and raining but we were lucky, the sun came out! We sailed to the end of the famous rock formations and then went for a nice lunch at a beach hotel. Then back to the ship.

Later we found out that the people that were still shopping on shore were caught in a terrible rain stormand almost couldn't get back onto the ship as the tenders were rocking up and down so far. They said the women were screaming as the tender shifted up and down about four feet each way! At that time we were napping so missed out on all the 'fun'

That night I went to a hypnotist show that was great!

Boat Tour to the Rock Formations

Cabo San Lucas - Oceanus took us on a tour of the rocky point!

After a rainy evening the sun came out and the view was great!

We saw a huge cave plus the beautiful beaches.

The famous arch!

Here we are cruising back to the Cabo San Lucas harbor.

Lunch on the Beach - Back to the Ship!

Beach Front Hotel

Luncheon on the Beach and Beer!

The Elation off shore.

A tender coming to shore to pick us up.

Edging to the staircase.

Ready to catch us as we jumped onto the docking area.

A huge storm hit as soon as we left and this is what the point looked like at five o'clock!

October 04, 2009: This will be another day of sailing the Pacific and relaxing. It started to rain again and the ship was swaying slightly.

We met two women from Phoenix the day before and became friends.

We invited them to a champagne cocktail hour and had a great time. They told us they both went to the art auction, unaware the other one was there. Tina bid on a painting, $495.00. Reigh thought it was a great painting and then realized it was her partner bidding. Reigh did win over $500.00 so I said they actually made out, the painting was free!

Later we decided not to go to the dining room and had a snack on the top deck and relaxed and watched the waves from the stern of the ship.

Cocktail Party on the Way Home


My friend Patti sent us snacks and of course, Champagne!

Check it out!

New Friends from Phoenix, Tina, Sis (Tucson) and Reigh!

Chuck, Yvonne and Reigh!

Ready to drink!

Last night as the ship sails back to San Diego!

October 05, 2009: And on the last day we disembarked and went through customs that only took about ten minutes!

The two women from Phoenix were kind and gave us a ride to the airport as they drove from Phoenix.

So off to our flights back to San Francisco and Tucson.

So all in all, an interesting trip needless to say!

Disembarked and Flights Back to San Francisco and Tucson.


From the Pacific into the North Harbor of San Diego in the early morning!

Pulling into the dock!

Time to depart and board our plane back home!

Chuck's View from the 28th Floor in San Francisco

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