Saturday, 28 September 2013

Cruise-Sat., Sept 28th

Today we were up bright and early (5:30 a.m., and yes, we saw the sun rise) to watch our ship come into the San Bernadino shipping channel and up to our berth. It was very interesting seeing us glide in, under the cover of a rising sun, to our spot for the day. It amazes me how they can just swing this ship in, like it is a car in a parking spot!
Doug, myself, Julie, Martin, Carmen & Mark went “ashore” for our own excursion at 9:30 a.m. We hired a cab, with Assan at the wheel, and he skillfully spent the next 5 hours with us, taking us all over greater Los Angeles. Super fun!!
We started off with a stop at the Staples Centre in downtown L.A., home of the Los Angeles Kings (Martin’s favourite hockey team). From there it was onto Hollywood Lake Drive and up to the famous HOLLYWOOD sign, up on the hill. Assan got us up as high as he could and we all climbed out for photos. After this, it was back down, down and into the Hollywood “Walk of Fame” area. So, so many tourists (just like us, I guess). Next  on the list was a drive up and down Rodeo Drive. Good thing my background wasn’t a “shopping” background.  We were happy to look from the windows of the cab and take a few pictures. Last stop was at Venice Beach. Such a famous area too!! We got out for 45 minutes and ordered food truck grub and wandered around the beach.

The famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Capt. Jack Sparrow......
You gotta love it when the Munchkins from Wizard of Oz get their own star!!

Rodeo Drive.....
 Venice Beach Food trucks!!

Carmen & Mark.....


 Martin & Julie

Street art

I know - backwards sign!!

Martin & Lacey....
The ship has now departed the Los Angeles port. What a massive port it is too! Very interesting watching it back up and head on out, the same way we came in!

Until tomorrow - Cheers friends!!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful adventure you're having. Your mom really knows how to treat her kids and spouses and .... I agree, cruising is very easy to get used to. But, be careful, those pounds do creep on easily, what with three large squares and lots of snacks and liquid beverages. I'm sitting here in Floribunda just imagining what you might be up to right now! Happy cruising to you all.