San Diego, night before boarding for the South Pacific

Came down here from home today to make sure there was no last minute problem with getting to the ship tomorrow for boarding. Spent the afternoon sightseeing in San Diego.

Late in the day went to the Hotel del Coronado, a beautiful old and restored building here in San Diego. Very nice grounds, right on the water. It retains much of its Victorian beauty and intricacy of design, even though it has been redone to accomodate current or modern requirements.  The building itself contains much of its handmade craftsmanship in woodwork, the ceilings are spectacular, wood columns, huge crystal chandeliers, etc. The exterior is very much the same as it was when it was originally built.  I'll upload photos tomorrow morning to attach here.

Entry Del CoronadoHad 'dinner' at a little wine bar at the Coronado. A charcuterie plate with a selection of Rhone wines. Delicious combination, except perhaps for the lone California wine which was slightly harsh next to its two French companion Rhones.

Can hardly believe I'm here, one day away from the cruise. It's been something I've wanted to do for the last 5 years at least, perhaps even longer. I'm at the Westin, on the top floor. The view over the city is bright, but not obnoxiously so. I think I'll leave the curtains open, I can easily sleep thru most light, noise, the only thing that really disturb me is the shaking of earthquakes and I am expecting none.  Tomorrow the slight movement and rocking of the ship will be pure bliss!  :D

Website for the Hotel del Coronado.

History of the del Coronado.