S: Hamilton Family Christmas Cruise 2012
BC: What a wonderful Hamilton Family vacation... Can't wait for the next one...
FC: Christmas Cruise 2012
1: Carnival Inspiration Jan 2-6, 2012
2: We kept the cruise a secret all year. It was the Christmas present to the family for making it through a difficult few years. We Love you kids very much. Love, Mom and Dad
3: The Christmas gift count down... | 10. Popcorn 9. Travel Pillows 8. Travel Apples to Apples Game 7. Noise Canceling earphones 6. Starbucks Card 5. Toiletry Bag 4. Dramamine 3. Pesos 2. Passport 1. The letter
4: We started our trip with an overnight in Bakersfield to visit the kids Godparents, Bill and Joyce Veach. Left: Jackson - Julianna - The boys and cheesy smiles with Jackson. Ernie, Patty, Julianna and Jackson - Keith playing with Julianna The 2 Amber's - Amber and Alexia - buddies till the end...
6: Long Beach New Years Eve
7: Walker the good big brother is teaching Zack how to shave... | Are those beer's or Apple Juice??? | Brushing Amber's Hair..
8: We spent New Years Day 2012 touring the Queen Mary and enjoying the nice Long Beach weather.
9: A Visit to the Queen Mary in Long Beach
11: Getting settled in on the ship.
13: Dinner on the ship the first night we met our table mates from Australia. Meg, Jenny, John, and Rowan. We all got brave and tried escargot. Amber loved it. Everyone else not so much. What fun to try new foods. Zack and Walker hit the pizza bar later.
14: Tendering to shore at Catalina Island, we were surrounded by large pods of Dolphins. They showed up a few weeks before we got there and are normally found off the coast of Japan. They were jumping out of the water and it was truly an amazing experience to watch these beautiful creatures.
18: Snorkeling, shopping, Mini golf, walking on the beach, enjoying the dolphins, a quick snack. And having fun together as a family. What a nice day.
20: Snorkeling on Catalina Island
22: Catalina Island
23: Playing Mini Golf like we did on our Honeymoon. Years later now with our kids.
24: 18 years after getting bucked off a horse and not getting her blanket, Beth is back and no one is horseback riding and she is getting her blanket. | Beautiful Sunrise out our ship window... Nice to have coffee in bed and watch the sunrise.
26: Port Shop in Ensenada, Mexico Boys playing Walker's new chess set.
27: Blankets, Jackets, Walker's painting, Zack's carved bear and glass turtles, Amber's dress, all sorts of wonderful treasures found in Port.
28: Keith and Beth enjoying the drink of the day a Blue Margarita.... The Kids all got their special dinner drink after a day strolling the streets of Ensenada.
30: Amazing towel creations. Amber even took a class to learn how to make them. | Cool Water park on back of the ship.
33: Formal night on the ship... Looking good Hamiltons
35: Day at Sea... Hanging out on the ship what a nice rest for us all We need to do this more often, for sure!!!
37: Enjoying the evening with our family...
38: Time to go home and no one wanted to get up...
39: Almost the last ones off the ship...
41: It was a quiet ride home... All were tired... They did wake up for Harris Ranch lunch but that was about it. What a Dad to drive all of that way.