Last month we went on our first cruise! We were on the Carnival Elation out of Mobile, AL. IT was a 5 night cruise to Calica & Cozumel, Mexico. Mr. B’s parents went on the trip with us!
On Monday, the day we left, we drove down to Mobile, AL…it took us about 2 1/2 hours, which was not bad at all. We were all able to fit in the Tahoe thanks to a roof-top cargo carrier that our friend loaned us. I was glad that we were able to drive down there and back in 1 vehicle.
We arrived at the cruise terminal around 11 am. We unloaded our bags with the porter, which was a speedy 5 minute process, and then headed up into the parking deck. It was $75 for the 5 days to park there. After getting inside the terminal we took a bathroom break and got in line for the security check, it took us 1 hour to get through security and onto the ship.
These photos were taken right after getting your sign & sail card and you ‘had’ to walk through in order to board…they had many ‘forced’ photo opportunities like these 🙂 These were the only ones we bought during the whole cruise.
Paw-Paw & Grandma D
All of Us
The Kids, yes our scanner decided to quit on me….sigh
Once on the ship we bought our soda cards and then headed to Tiffany’s for lunch (12:45ish) as we knew the rooms wouldn’t be ready until 1:30 pm. At first we didn’t realize there was seating inside and was trying to figure out how to find a table on the wet/rain-soaked deck. Once we found the inside seating we were able to score a table section (with 2 tables) to seat all 7 of us. We had an Italian theme lunch with soft serve ice cream for dessert.
We got to our room, R91, shortly after 2 pm out of necessity for a bathroom stop. Bea needed to use the bathroom and the one I found near Tiffany’s was NOT good. Why…you ask? Well first off when we opened the unlocked door we were HORRIFIED to walk in and see the back of a very OLD man peeing! We immediately turned around and ran out…I don’t even think he knew we had walked in. As Mr. B came walking down the hall I told him that bathroom was unavailable, then the old man exited so Bea and I entered. Well I’m not sure if we scared the old man or what but there was PEE all over the toilet seat!! There was NO WAY we were going near that so we headed out and decided the ‘safest’ route would be to head to our room.
The room was decent sized for 5 people…I mean we were only going to be in there to sleep…kwim. One Queen sized bed (well technically 2 twins pushed together, but I found it more than large enough), 2 twin wall beds, and a roll away bed. Sure it was a bit crammed at night, but we were sleeping so it didn’t matter, LOL!
The kids checking out the room & taking a break
The did have several good TV/Movie (free) channels for the kids. The kids were able to watch The Chipmunks Squeakual while Mr. B & I looked over the days events and made a ‘game plan’ for the rest of the day.
Me with wall bed behind me, the kids ‘fought’ over who got to sleep in the beds each night until we came up with a rotating system 🙂
Robes provided for use….just don’t put them in your luggage & take them home unless you want to pay $49 for them :p
Bathroom was small yet sufficient
Large bowl of ‘freebies’ in the bathroom
In-room drinks…not a bargain but good if you get desperate, LOL! We never used any of them due to the unlimited sodas provided from our soda cards.
Beach towels were provided….just don’t lose them or it’ll cost you $22 each! We brought our own to take on the off-shore excursions with us.
Only 1 bag had arrived to our room by 2:30 pm, the bedside book said to give them until 6 pm or so, so we were missing 2 bags. What concerned me was that Mr. B’s parents had gotten all of theirs and we gave them all to the porter at the same time…..odd…..
Well I’m wrap up the beginning of Day 1 here and continue tomorrow