Heavenly Catalina cruise, Part 2

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As we began our 26-mile journey to not so far off Catalina, California we were treated to a magnificent sunset on the Pacific Ocean. Beyond that spectacular vision there was a never ending and vast variety of things to do aboard our amazing ship, the Inspiration. Food was abundant, delicious  and available at multiple locations around the ship .

There was also a staggering amount of entertainment in multiple venues including never ending dancing from a stage right between great food and a beautiful swimming pool. In other words, it was impossible to be bored or hungry.

Our bedroom on Carnival Inspiration

Our two daughters, Kimberly and Kari, found and joined in karaoke, our granddaughter Somaya found a TV channel she enjoyed a lot and my wife and I did some significant ship crawling. Eventually we went to sleep and when we awoke there we were right in the harbor of Catalina.

So what to do in Catalina? Turns out there is a lot to do, only in my case I have pretty much done it all because for many years I would fly my Cessna Cardinal to Catalina on a fairly regular basis and enjoy most of what the wonderful island has to offer. But Carnival has taken it to the next step plus neither my two daughters nor my granddaughter had near as much Catalina time as I did, so beyond simply walking around and enjoying the scenery what are the options?

One of many night time activities

You can take a three quarters of a mile zip line ride 300 feet above the ground and at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. This, folks, is a true thrill and one you won’t soon forget. But for my time and my money I prefer the undersea adventure. Well actually you will be under the sea but still fully enclosed aboard the boat so no SCUBA qualifications are required and you won’t even get wet.  hat you will do is look through the glass at an astonishing array of magnificent sea creatures including sea lions, seals and sharks.

Inspiration Pools

Other options at Catalina include a kayak expedition and a visit to the botanical gardens. But for a truly amazing thrill ride you might also consider parasailing. There you will be a couple hundred feet above and behind a power boat, sailing serenely through the sky over the ocean below and it offers a view you will remember and cherish forever.

Family enjoying dinner at Mardi Gras Restaurant aboard Inspiration

And sure it is true you don’t need to be on a Carnival Cruise to participate in any of these Catalina adventures. But Carnival Cruise Line does guarantee that you will get the best price for any or all of them. You also have the advantage of being able to sign up for a particular tour on the ship further expediting your fun. So you can do it all for the best possible price and with pretty much zero complications or hassle. And that only serves to amplify the fun.

Catalina from the air

But sooner or later you will want to return to the ship and that is fine because you will once again have available to you vast quantities of awesome food to fully replenish your body. Take your pick: the Blue Iguana Cantina, Brasserie Bar & Grill, Carnivale Dining Room, Cherry On Top, Grand Buffet [my favorite], Guy’s Burger Joint, Pizzeria, Taste Bar, Deli and Mardi Gras Dining Room {another favorite thanks largely to Julio and Aldwin}.  And there are a few others as well, but I leave those for you to find as part of your adventure at sea.

Catalina airport

Tomorrow my beautiful bride and I will reaffirm our vows after 35 wonderful years of marriage. Unofficially officiating will be our dear friend and neighbor Shirley. But for now it was time to relax unless , of course, you happen to be our two lovely young daughters Kari and Kimberly. They headed out to participate in karaoke – again.

A crab, not the writer

There are many options always available on board and you can always find something to make you happy by checking the daily “FUN TIMES” pamphlet that lists all events scheduled for each day. Now however, it is time to hoist anchor and sail away to our next destination Ensenada, Mexico, Pleasant dreams and may the sea stay calm.

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Photos by Ron Irwin
Top photo: Catalina Harbor