The transition from the hotel was easy – eight pieces of luggage and the two of us. The Crown Plaza, San Pedro, proved to be an excellent pre-cruise hotel – good food and drinks – very reasonable prices, a huge room and a shuttle to the ship.
We boarded with a minimum of waiting, found our cabin quickly, and explored the ship and had lunch while we awaited our bags – which always dribble in throughout the afternoon and evening. The final two arrived about 8 pm.
Here is a shot off the aft of the ship, of the harbor area – it is one of the largest container ports in the world. If you ever doubt the size of our imports from China, just watch these containers being unloaded for a day or so.
The boats in the middle are passenger ferries to Catalina Island.
We were a little delayed in departure because the floating gas station showed up late to fill up or tanks (this is called “bunkering” in nautical terms).
After our fill-up, we set sail for Honolulu about 6 pm.