Destination Spotlight: Fun, Sun and Elation in San Diego
by Roy Witman © 2008
West coast vacationers hoping to hop
a slow boat to a tropical paradise are in
luck! Effective June 2007,
Carnival “Elation” will move her homeport
to San Diego, California. Not only does
this mean an additional departure
destination for cruisers, it also provides the
opportunity for pre- and post-cruise
getaways in an exciting city.
The 2,052-passenger “Elation” will
offer four- and five-night voyages to Baja
Mexico calling on Cabo San Lucas and
Visiting San Diego and the
What can you do while in San Diego?
Everything from wild animal encounters to
cultural events. And it's all in or near the
The San Diego Zoo
Absolutely one of the most well-known
zoos in all the U.S., the San Diego Zoo
consists of a 100-acre zoological park that
houses 4,000 rare and endangered
animals in their natural habitats. In
addition, you'll also find the Wildlife Animal
Park encompassing over 1,800 acres.
Home to 3,500 animals, the Wildlife
Animal Park is an incredibly interesting
exhibit, where you can get nose to nose
with a lion or elephant, literally!
Separated by a glass barrier, safety is
ensured- and so is the fun! You'll find this
an exhilarating experience for you and your
The Zoo offers creative adventures
including a Roar & Snore that allows after-
hours tours and viewing of exhibits at night
and Balloon Safaris that offer sky-high
views of the park. Between the Zoo and
Wildlife Park, you could spend an entire
day getting lost in the wild!
If your idea of fun is more
sophisticated than wild, venture over to
Balboa Park. The country's largest urban
cultural park offers 15 museums of varying
sorts, performance arts, stunning gardens,
talented musicians, hands-on classes and
Theme Parks Galore!
With just a short road trip, you can find
several outstanding theme parks that
deliver a wide range of excitement. Six
Flags Hurricane Harbor and Six Flags
Magic Mountain are located in Los
Angeles. For a wet, wild escapade,
Hurricane Harbor is just the ticket with
every type of water ride imaginable (and
many you'd never think of in your wildest
Six Flags Magic Mountain may keep
you dry, but your pulse rate will race just as
fast. With 15 world-class roller coasters,
you'll have a scream a minute. Twists and
turns, right side up, upside down; you'll
turn every which way but loose.
Quail Botanical Gardens
For those who enjoy beauty and
tranquility, Quail Botanical Gardens is both
educational and breathtaking. Thirty-five
acres of exhibits, including those from
several different countries, surround you
with magnificence and instill you with
tranquility and peace.
Of course, San Diego has some of the
most exceptional beaches in the world. If
water sports or soaking up the sun is on
your agenda, visit the world-famous
Mission Beach. Upscale homes line the
waterfront near the boardwalk that is a
favorite people-watching spot for locals.
After all, this is the place to see and be
seen. With both land and water activities,
you can spend the day surfing, swimming,
rollerblading, bicycling or playing volleyball.
Pacific Beach has a more relaxed,
eccentric feel with taco stands, tattoo
shops and Frisbees. Described by the
City of San Diego as “ultra-casual, zero
attitude,” Pacific Beach is a down-to-earth,
but more crowded, alternative to high-
fashion Mission Beach.
When it's time to book your next cruise,
consider the advantages of departing from
San Diego. With so many fun and
interesting activities, combining a shore
retreat with a short three- or four-night
cruise makes for the perfect vacation.
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