Skip to main content

Cruising Through the Pacific - Let's Go Sailing Part II


We've decided to make this a yearly thing! And, if I have it my way, we'll be doing it twice a year soon! I am SO IN LOVE with the ease of taking a cruise! You can buy everything ahead of time and just enjoy the cruise and everything you picked and not have to stress over cost, scheduling or anything while you're enjoying it. This time, we took a cruise out of LA to Catalina Island and Ensenada! Here's how it went.



Carnival is amazing when it comes to getting you on board quickly. They give you every opportunity imaginable to get these memorable moments professionally shot. Walking into the building to check-in, going from check in to the line to get on the ship, walking from the dock to the ship, and once you get on the ship. I'm not exaggerating, there is actually that many photo ops set up and that's just before you get on! My first stop, the bar for a cocktail then straight to the deck to watch us sail away! I used to DRINK, DRINK but since I've had my son I don't drink like that anymore. This trip, we did not buy the all you can drink package and my bar tab for maybe 5 or 6 drinks through the entire cruise was over $100...so if you plan on drinking more than that in a 5-day cruise you should probably get the package! That's the only outrageous thing on the whole ship though in my opinion. That's my one rant, the first night on the ship is nice there are welcome parties and shows all the time. BUT we had just driven in through dumb traffic from Vegas and it was stressful so we actually ended up turning in early...and using a vacation to catch up on some sleep is SO ACCEPTABLE.



The next day we woke up at Catalina Island! I had never been here before and had NO idea this was here. We took a chill day and just walked up and down the beach area, popping in and out of the shops and cafes and enjoying the view. It is definitely beautiful here, and everyone was SO nice. We bought some trinkets and overpriced tumblers and regret nothing! If we ever come back and do this same cruise I will probably want to do the same thing and just relax in the little beach spot the whole day.









Then back on the ship for a lovely evening that I did not get photos of because IDK what in the world I was thinking! There is SO much entertainment comedy shows, musical acts, there were contests all the time it was LIT! There also is a night club, multiple bars a whole casino with table games, arcade, pool, jacuzzi, viewing decks, gaming deck...It's IMPOSSIBLE to be board. Most people are in a super chill I'm on vacation mode too so I ended up meeting new people like every day! And I'm that super quiet awkward girl that sits in the corner!






The next day we awoke in Ensenada, Baja Californa, Mexico. I love this place with my whole heart and would buy a house here if I could! Every person I come across here is so welcoming, kind, and willing to teach me about their language, customs, and traditions. Here we do the tour that takes us to their cultural center and La Bufadora. At the Cultural Center, we get the opportunity to learn about the area we are in and the impact they have had. Then, at the Buffadora we get to walk down a strip mall of vendors that are selling anything and everything! Candy, Bags, Art, Jewelry, Tacos, prescription drugs...EVERYTHING yall! I love walking through here and haggling for cute things. My one must have is I a sugar skull that is molded out of some kind of bones. They are beautiful and I'm obsessed. I have about 3 right now and can't wait to grow my collection.




We also got the opportunity to spend some up close and personal time with some young felines that had been rescued from tragic conditions that they are rehabilitating before they are taken to a larger wildlife sanctuary. I feel so blessed to get the opportunity to see creatures I would NEVER get the opportunity to see in my everyday life. At the very end of the strip mall, there's the Bufadora which I think means blowhole. It's SUPER COOL! Legend says if you get sprayed by the water that comes up out the la bufadora you will be blessed with luck. I was about ready to JUMP into it! I'll take all the luck I can get. It's absolutely beautiful. The only downside here is you can only pay cash for everything unless you're in the restaurant - then they accept whatever card you can use in other countries (you'll have to check with your card issuer for details on that), and the bathrooms also cost money unless you are using it in the restaurant. So pretty much, just bring some cash.

Let's talk about the food. DELICIOUS! I didn't end up going to any of the restaurants that you have to pay extra for, we just ate at the places that were included and I ate something different every single day! And everything was good. SO, to start they have a buffet style eating area where you just walk up and scoop up whatever they made for the day. They have lunch, and dinner ready at various times through the day. Then, right outside that room, they have a burger place that will grill it up however you like it with all the toppings and fries at the ready. And right next to that they have a burrito place where they make it fresh right in front of you! You could have chicken, beef, or shrimp!! In the morning this whole area is breakfast too with made to order omelets, waffles, grits...the works. ALSO, in the very back of the indoor eating room, there is a 24-hour pizza shop where they make you fresh greasy pizza whenever you want it. SO at 3 am after I was done at the night club...this was exactly what I needed. You can also get room service delivered to your room from a select menu for NO extra charge. HEAVEN! But wait, there's more. My favorite part is the fancy dining dinner! You are assigned a table and a specific time to eat dinner here every night. It's super fancy y'all. They have waiters come by and pour water in the "fancy cups" (lmao), and you get your food in courses. But it's also turnt at the same time because there's a guy that walks around trying to sell you jello shots like we're in Senor Frogs or something and at the end of the night all the waiters get up and dance together. They serve things like lobster bisque, steak that seems like it's way too small a portion but it actually fills you up, fancy fish tacos, and yummy desserts. You don't ever have to dress up to eat here. I think the only dress code is you have to wear clothes and shoes, but one night they have evening wear night and I went all the way in for it because that's just who I am as a person. If you didn't purchase any of the drink packages, the only drinks you get at no extra charge is water out of the dining hall and lemonade or orange juice during meal service. My mom was smart enough to buy a tumbler, so she would just fill that with water and we would go on about our day not worried about anything else.






This was our 2nd cruise so far and we will definitely be coming back for another. So far we have only used the Carnival Cruise line and only gone as far as Ensenada. I don't have a full Travel Agency just yet so I can not help you plan out your next cruise. When we book right now, we book directly from the Cruise Line. We also book early. For example, if we are cruising in July, we set the reservation back in October and put in the deposit and pay for it monthly (an idea I'm going to happily borrow in the next few months once I get my full agency, thank you Carnival). Once we put in our reservation, they call us almost every month with free upgrade options or discounted package rates that make us even more excited about the cruise and even cheaper to get the things we were going to buy anyways! All in all, I fully recommend the Carnival Cruise line and recommend you plan out at least ONE cruise in the next 12 months. You will not regret it, but you might regret NOT doing it.

Comment - Share - Subscribe

<3 - Nikki









Popular posts from this blog

The Women of Las Vegas: Frances Urtaza with Angels and Energies

Meet Frances Urtaza


Frances Urtaza is a Las Vegas-based Energist, Alternative Therapy instructor, Nurse and Health Care practitioner of over 20 years. Caring for the communities she's had the opportunity to be a part of has always been a huge driving force in her life. Frances works in the Las Vegas community both in the healthcare field and as an instructor. At times, she even travels to share her knowledge and skills with students across the Mid-west and West Coast. During this difficult time of Social Distancing, she has been using her available time and skills to hold free call-in meditations to help the community take a deep breath, get centered and cope with the stressors we are all facing while raising our vibrations and giving us the tools to keep our households strong.

That's not all! This year, she has launched the Angels And Energies shop on Etsy! She has made it a hobby to share with her local students energized crystals, candles, and handcrafted jewelry aimed to …

Keep Your Digital Information Safe in the Time of Quarantine

If you didn't know me in real life, you probably don't know that I've spent about a decade in the Information Technology field, and a majority of that time working in Information Security. While we are all social distancing and staying inside, we are turning to the internet more than before to fulfill our social needs, make bulk purchases, learn new things and just kill boredom. With all of us spending so much extra time on the internet from our personal devices, let's take a quick minute to brush up on the safety of your Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and how to keep your connection as secure as you can. Here's a visual before we get right into it.


Let's start with passwords. When I was actively supporting end users, I've seen horrifying practices like using "password" as a password and so many more. It is best to use a different password for every different login with an 8 character minimum using upper case, lower case, numbers, and…

Throw Back: That one time I competed in a pageant

Once upon a time, what seems like a long time ago I decided I wanted to be a beauty queen. It was definitely an experience I will never forget and I finally have the chance to tell you all about it!

I've always known that I wanted to help people in some way, and one day it dawned on me if I had a crown that would definitely give me a much louder voice to speak on issues I thought were important. So, I went searching for what I thought was the best pageant for me and I landed on Miss Nevada USA 2016. The only thing I knew about pageants at this point was from the Miss Congeniality movie and what I heard about from my cousin's social media pages. So from that, I thought it was going to be a breeze...PSYCH! It was probably the most grueling process of self-discovery I've ever put myself through.

My first step was figuring out how much all of this was going to cost. For me, it was a ridiculous amount that I just wasn't going to be able to make at my day job in time for th…

My Netflix Obsession: Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Since we are all doubling down on social distancing, I am making SURE to do my part by getting my entertainment fix from home by streaming the latest Netflix titles. This week, we streamed Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. This is the filmmaker's adaption of the life of Madam C.J. Walker, one of America's First Black Women to become a millionaire.


We open this up with a beautiful moment of sisterhood. Sarah (the Madam) had been having an extremely hard time with life, making an income and was under a tremendous amount of stress. Luckily for her, Annie showed up at the perfect moment to help pick her back up. While this is the sisterhood moment we all hope to have when we are at our lowest, this beautiful friendship doesn't turn out to be that fairytale womanhood bond we'd hoped for.


After continuing to be beaten down by what life has thrown her way, the Madam continues to whip up her hair products in her kitchen because she knows that no matter wha…

4 Week Fitness: The Final Week!

This is it, guys! The Final week! We have 7 days, 5 workouts, and  2 rest days left until we are kicking it poolside in our well-earned bikini bodies, or celebrating ourselves in whatever way you deemed rewarding. Our previous weeks have been fun for me, mostly Fitness Marshall dance workouts that really get us moving in the most fun way, but this week we are turning it UP on our muscles.

Here's what's on the Agenda:

DAY 22: Cardio AbsDAY 23: Upper Body FocusDAY 24: MeditationDay 25: Cardio + Lower BodyDAY 26: Cardio HIITDAY 27: COREDAY 28: Meditation I don't know about everyone, but I've already been getting comments on my weight loss and I can actually see a difference which is the biggest motivator EVER to me right now. Whatever we were struggling with the last 3 weeks, do not let it take you out now! We only have 7 days left to be consistent with ourselves, to do something that matters for us, to take the steps we need to be healthier. Our health is the foundation …

Vegas Bound: January 2020 Guide

Welcome to 2020! May this year bring you all the things you have set out for yourself. Hopefully, that includes lots of Vegas time. This list does not include everything that is happening here regularly like the Cirque du solei shows, the daily free shows, sights and things like that. I've just got the big and noteworthy things that are here for the moment and all the club events I could stand to type up. If you are planning a vacation or staycation, book your hotel with my team. We keep rates 20%-30% off nationally advertised rates. I also have rates in cities outside of Las Vegas, so check with us for all of your hotel needs.

As of right now, I'm looking at weekend rates of $73 per night+ taxes and fees at the Planet Hollywood for their standard rooms (Ultra Hip King). If a budget is not how you do Vegas, I recommend the Ultra Panorama Suite at $676 per night +taxes and fees. Check the rates for your travel dates, and book with me today.

Here's what we have going on to …

Beauty Moment: What's In My Makeup Bag

This is a new one for me, but as a state titleholder in the Beauty world, it's about time I get sharing what's going on in my makeup bag. I always love seeing these posts on Youtube and in the Blog-sphere and I got a whole new kit that I've been loving so I figured now is the perfect time to share my first Makeup Bag spill.


This cute bag I probably got from Ipsy and has been holding some of my new additions.


PRIMER: I kind of consider primer as part of my skincare prep routine, but it's in my makeup bag so here we go! I always jump between primers but right now, my go-to is Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur.



CONCEALER: When I start slipping on my self-care, my skin is the FIRST thing to tell everyone how stressed out I am! Because of that, I've been stockpiling an arsenal of concealer to keep my skin issues on the low. It Cosmetics has the perfect shade to blend with my skin tone in their Bye Bye Under Eye full coverage anti-aging waterproof con…

Earning The Crown - Ms. Nevada Regency International 2020

Winning a state title is a surreal moment. When they put that crown on my head and I did my celebratory walk, all I could think was that I still could NOT believe it. If you would have told me 30 days before, that I would not only be competing in a state pageant but WINNING one, I would not have believed you. Let me tell you how I got here.

A few years ago, I did a little soul searching and found that for me to really be happy I needed to be spending my time in service to my community and making a positive impact on someone else's life even if that just meant an extra smile in their day. I started doing some googling to see what my options were and eventually came upon a state pageant I thought was the right fit for me! So, I went around campaigning and raising funds to get the coaching I needed and compete. Pageant week came around and I lost big time! I wasn't fortunate enough to place in that pageant at all, but I did win Best In Evening Gown so I was really proud of that.…

Vegas Bound: March 2020

**UPDATE: Per Governor Sisolak the State of Nevada has closed all non-essential businesses to include all of the below-mentioned venues and events. See my post here for details.**
It's POOL SEASON! Spring has sprung all over our lovely valley and our favorite pools are in session. Along with double the entertainment & relaxation options with our pools open, St. Patricks day is coming in HOT! This is one of my favorite times to be in Vegas for 2020 so I can not wait to get the festivities started.

Let's get started with the weather. This month is a bit up in the air, we started with perfect 70 degree days, and have started wavering into a much colder rainy 50's and 60's (that's cold to me). Weather data pulled from Accuweather.com. Here's what's happening in Las Vegas this March:

Concert Events (not nightclub):

Post Malone - Runaway Tour: 14MarchAventura - Inmortal: 22March
Family Fun:

Kids Community Day: 14MarchSat, March 14, 11AM - 2PM @ Tivoli VillageFam…

Disney+ Watchlist: Throw It Back to Gummi Bears!

I just hit my own personal Disney+ nostalgic gold mine with our current binge favorite, Gummi Bears! I don't have any idea how old I was when I watched this, and I didn't remember a single thing from the episodes we watched before...but I was SURE singing the theme song at the top of my lungs the second it started!


Disney has given me such a beautiful moment to share my childhood with my son! Our usual TV time consists of me putting on something child-friendly, pulling out my laptop and getting back to work while shouting out whatever prompt the characters are looking for. But right now, with Gummi Bears, I have been so wonderfully present in the moment with him that it's beautiful.

Not only that, but now that I'm doing a whole little Disney series on the Blog it's given us the opportunity to do some crafts together, learn more about colors and coloring and find out what colors are our favorites! Right now, my young King is favoring Red. We'll see how long tha…