Sail Date: December 2008
It was cold in Ensenada probably in 60+ which is pretty cold for someone from California. We walk around Los Mateos downtown and then ate lunch at Mango something right across from Papas and Beer. We bought some ponchos to wear as we ... Read More
It was cold in Ensenada probably in 60+ which is pretty cold for someone from California. We walk around Los Mateos downtown and then ate lunch at Mango something right across from Papas and Beer. We bought some ponchos to wear as we were cold. My ponchose fit me perfect until i washed it at home and it shrink. If you buy one, get a large size to accomodate the shrinking. Pharmacy selling prescription drugs are everywhere on everyblock. Little girls begging while their mother are sitting there with even younger sibbling. I fight not to give them any money as people said we are contribute or encourage them to beg. I just wonder why this parent is still having babies while they older one are out there begging? Why would you want another baby unless you want to have kids so they can beg for money to feed you. I just hate that thoughts but hey i only know my world so what do i know about life here. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
Ensenda was the second port. Not much to do in Ensenada is you've been before. Blow hole, flea market, downtown, and that's about it. We walked around down town. Very walkable from the dock if you enjoy walking. Else, there ... Read More
Ensenda was the second port. Not much to do in Ensenada is you've been before. Blow hole, flea market, downtown, and that's about it. We walked around down town. Very walkable from the dock if you enjoy walking. Else, there are shuttles to take you there. I would say its a 15-20 min walk to downtown. Honestly, Ensenada should be replaced with something more fun. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
We found this to be a very disapointing port of call. There really wasn't much to see and do. We found it expensive for a Mexican port to by things. We did a wine country tour that we booked on the ship. This was disapointing. It ... Read More
We found this to be a very disapointing port of call. There really wasn't much to see and do. We found it expensive for a Mexican port to by things. We did a wine country tour that we booked on the ship. This was disapointing. It too most of our time that we were in port. The bus driver said we would be at the first winery in about 30 minutes and about over an hour later we were there. So that was 2 hours of our time without evening touring the 2 winery's we visited. Then when we got to the first winery there as alway on full bus (about 40 people) from the ship there and we had a full bus. Having 80 people trying to tour one winery together was not good. You couldn't hear the tour guide, you had to struggle to get through the winery and when it came to the tasting part having 80 people trying to step up to one bar and taste wine was a disaster. It happened but was very unorganized and not pleasant. The second winery we fell behind the other tour bus but still 40 people trying to crowd around one person and hear everyting about the winery was not good. We would not like to visit Ensenada again as there isn't anything to see. We definetly thought the tour was not worth the money or time. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Ensenada is what you would think.. it is full of merchants trying to sell you things you do not need..This was my first time so I don't have the history.. but my friends who have been there before commented on how much cleaner it was ... Read More
Ensenada is what you would think.. it is full of merchants trying to sell you things you do not need..This was my first time so I don't have the history.. but my friends who have been there before commented on how much cleaner it was vs their past visits. We stopped at Papas and Beards..the food was terrible so unless you just want to say you have been there..stay away. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
We took the La Bufadora tour that Carnival offers, $28 pp. I do recommend this tour because it is imformative with a tour guide. When you reach your destination, it's like a flea market, many aggressive vendors, didn't eat or ... Read More
We took the La Bufadora tour that Carnival offers, $28 pp. I do recommend this tour because it is imformative with a tour guide. When you reach your destination, it's like a flea market, many aggressive vendors, didn't eat or buy anything. We didn't see many children this day. We did walk around the town of Ensenada. If you've ever been to San Francisco Chinatown it's kinda the same but much more aggressive and with many more bars! We walked back to the ship which isn't very far. Be careful crossing the street getting back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
We took the Winery tour booked through Princess (we have taken this tour through RCCL before and loved it). This is perhaps the best value shore excursion. It will take most of your time in Ensenada, but you tour 2 wineries and sample ... Read More
We took the Winery tour booked through Princess (we have taken this tour through RCCL before and loved it). This is perhaps the best value shore excursion. It will take most of your time in Ensenada, but you tour 2 wineries and sample several wines at each one, and brandy at the second one. they even gave us a bottle of wine at the second one! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Ensenada was new to me, but we enjoyed it very much. We're more independent than most, so we spent the day wandering around the compact waterfront area. The major tourist "high street" was a block away and parallel to the ... Read More
Ensenada was new to me, but we enjoyed it very much. We're more independent than most, so we spent the day wandering around the compact waterfront area. The major tourist "high street" was a block away and parallel to the waterfront area. The shopping was quite good with more interesting shops than some of the bigger Mexican Riviera ports. Our biggest delight was walking along the broad sidewalks along the waterfront, overlooking the local fishing fleet and marina. Poking around, we discovered the city fish market with beautiful, freshly caught local fish and shellfish. All were well displayed with very reasonable prices (30 pesos per kilo of large prawns..... wow - sure beats Costco). On the opposite side of the street from the market, a string of small restaurants specialized in fresh seafood dishes for the locals. We couldn't resist. Two of us shared 6 of the most succulent fish tacos ever made and two Coke Lights for the princely sum of US$8.00 Incredible. We strolled back to the ship, watching the Mexican families enjoying the waterfront. Of course we had to have some fresh churros from a vendor who made them fresh for us (2 for US$1.00). This was a delightful town, much more laid back than Los Cabos, and still very Mexican. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Ensenada does not offer many excursions but we chose the Wine Country Tour which was a 5 hour tour in a comfortable coach bus. We visited two different wineries which we tour and sample their many different wines they offer along with ... Read More
Ensenada does not offer many excursions but we chose the Wine Country Tour which was a 5 hour tour in a comfortable coach bus. We visited two different wineries which we tour and sample their many different wines they offer along with delicious bread and cheese. On this tour you not only visit these beautiful wineries but see the beautiful country side. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
La Bufadora was good. Just like anywhere in Mexico you WILL get bugged by the locals trying to sell things. Its a great place to drink. Mango Mango has a $15 drink all you want tequila deal....Taxi's are super cheap. A dollar each ... Read More
La Bufadora was good. Just like anywhere in Mexico you WILL get bugged by the locals trying to sell things. Its a great place to drink. Mango Mango has a $15 drink all you want tequila deal....Taxi's are super cheap. A dollar each way! Its very polluted, and trying to find a public beach was difficult.  Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
Ensenada has a two-block area of shops and bars which young adults find appealing. It cost $3 round-trip per person for a shuttle from the ship to this downtown area and back. Those who enjoy bar-hopping were happy with this set up.We took ... Read More
Ensenada has a two-block area of shops and bars which young adults find appealing. It cost $3 round-trip per person for a shuttle from the ship to this downtown area and back. Those who enjoy bar-hopping were happy with this set up.We took the shuttle into town, but decided to take the tour out to La Bufadora, Ensenada's blowhole. It takes about 45 minutes just to get to the blowhole, and you'll spend a few minutes marveling at it. The rest of the time, you'll walk through a half mile of flea-market style shops. The whole trip took four hours, in spite of the promoters saying it was a two-and-a-half hour tour. We booked this tour on our own in Ensenada for ten dollars less per person than it was offered through Carnival.Sellers are very aggressive and come out to the street to try to pull you in. We found this somewhat uncomfortable.A word to the wise - bargain hard for anything you buy at the La Bufadora shops. Aim to pay 20% of the original price they quote you. For some reason, they throw out some really outrageous numbers ($43 for a plain leather belt), and it's up to you to stick to your guns and pay what you think it's worth ($13 in our case). Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
Catch the shuttle bus at dockside, and it'll drop you off at the top of the tourist/shopping district; and right outside El Antigua Cantina. We tried to go to Papas y Beers, but it was very crowded. It's reputation makes it that ... Read More
Catch the shuttle bus at dockside, and it'll drop you off at the top of the tourist/shopping district; and right outside El Antigua Cantina. We tried to go to Papas y Beers, but it was very crowded. It's reputation makes it that way. Hussong's is a little dive just off the main street. Not what I expected considering all the Hussong's bumper stickers that seem to be emblazoned on every other car here in So. California. For my money, I hung at the El Antigua bar and got 6 beers (in bottles! Not watered down draught) and 4 shots of tequila for $20 US! Needless to say me and my two buddies got fairly hammered there but it was worth it! The cantina has an open front, so you can either sit "inside" or out in front. Even if you're outside, you're under cover so you're not getting beat down by the sun. Tony was our waiter and he was really cool! The music was good too! If you're there to do some sport fishing, Tony's buddy Louie has a charter fishing business and can hook you up! This was my favorite stop on the whole cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
Ensenada is just not a friendly port if you are looking for something to do with a small child in town. If you are looking to go to a bar and drink, it may be more your speed. For us, we went ashore briefly, did some minor window shopping ... Read More
Ensenada is just not a friendly port if you are looking for something to do with a small child in town. If you are looking to go to a bar and drink, it may be more your speed. For us, we went ashore briefly, did some minor window shopping (my teenager bought some little bracelets), and got back on the boat. But the constant badgering from the shops and the begging from the children make being in town more hassle than fun. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
ENSENADA - We took the bus tour to the blowhole (La Bufadora). It was a lot of fun and our guide (Hanz) was also really entertaining and fun. We did some shopping, had our free margaritas at Habana Banana, ate at a fantastic little ... Read More
ENSENADA - We took the bus tour to the blowhole (La Bufadora). It was a lot of fun and our guide (Hanz) was also really entertaining and fun. We did some shopping, had our free margaritas at Habana Banana, ate at a fantastic little restaurant (I cannot remember the name but it was our meeting place for the tour). Great tacos with hand made tortillas. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Ensenada - I enjoyed it for the most part. La Bufadora tour - we didn't book through the ship. Saved a little money and took a shuttle to a nearby cantina, then jumped on the tour bus to La Bufadora. The shuttle from the ship ... Read More
Ensenada - I enjoyed it for the most part. La Bufadora tour - we didn't book through the ship. Saved a little money and took a shuttle to a nearby cantina, then jumped on the tour bus to La Bufadora. The shuttle from the ship takes fares to the cantina and the folks there hope that you'll stay there, buy booze and never leave. We took the tour to La Bufadora which includes a guide. I enjoyed the 45min drive. Once at La Bufadora, everyone has to go through the gauntlet of shops and salesman. Really a tough crowd. Hard not to bop some of them with their comments towards my daughter. Phew! Finally make it through the gauntlet, watch locals and tourists get wet by La Bufadora. That was fun. Back through the gauntlet, meander to a restaurant for lunch. We didn't make a very good choice though - food was "eh" - bland, but the view was beautiful. Sorry, I didn't get the name of the restaurant. Back to the bus and head back to the cantina to watch the folks that did stay and drink too much make *sses of themselves. Back on the shuttle with a bunch of drunk 20+ yr olds, listen to them cuss, swear - english & spanish - be ugly americans. Beautiful. Well, sorry to be so negative, but I guess being sober (my preference) made it tough to watch this crowd. Oh well... Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Ensenada is an uninspiring Mexican town without much of a historic center. There is the cultural center where cheap and really nice Mexican handicrafts can be bought and the art museum. Ensenada is not a bad place to be. It just is also ... Read More
Ensenada is an uninspiring Mexican town without much of a historic center. There is the cultural center where cheap and really nice Mexican handicrafts can be bought and the art museum. Ensenada is not a bad place to be. It just is also not a charming place to be. At least it is not overly touristy like Cabo. It has fairly little to do besides good shopping, walking around and visiting the previously mentioned places. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Ensenada is not the seedy border town people tell you it is. We decided to take the ships wine country tour as it has had great review on here. It was worth it. A very nice ride into the countryside. Stops and tours of two wineries. Both ... Read More
Ensenada is not the seedy border town people tell you it is. We decided to take the ships wine country tour as it has had great review on here. It was worth it. A very nice ride into the countryside. Stops and tours of two wineries. Both do tastings. The tour operator provides FRESH bread and cheese to help you with the tastings. On the way back to the ship we chose to be dropped off in town. Mostly tourist trap shops. Found the prices in Ensenada to be more expensive than in Cabo especially on liquor. Did stop and get a massage in a very nice (not at all seedy) place for $29 for a half hour. Much better deal than on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
I was very pleasantly surprised at Ensenada. I had initially resisted going ashore at all since I am from Texas and spent some portion of my youth in Mexican border towns, for which I don't particularly care. The weather was gorgeous ... Read More
I was very pleasantly surprised at Ensenada. I had initially resisted going ashore at all since I am from Texas and spent some portion of my youth in Mexican border towns, for which I don't particularly care. The weather was gorgeous though, the town was very clean and the vendors and pitch men were insistant as always but not pushy and many were very funny. In some ways, Ensenada more resembles southern California than Mexico and I enjoyed my time there as much as could be expected for an excursion, the primary reason for which was so my wife could shop. You guys know what I'm talking about!   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Ensenada, Mexico was so much fun! We went on the Winery tour and it was fabulous!! Some details - the tour is about four hours and that includes a 45 minute ride to and from the wineries. Do not be discouraged by the long ride, the bus is ... Read More
Ensenada, Mexico was so much fun! We went on the Winery tour and it was fabulous!! Some details - the tour is about four hours and that includes a 45 minute ride to and from the wineries. Do not be discouraged by the long ride, the bus is very comfortable and it is quite relaxing. We visited two different wineries which were directly across the road from one another so once you get there, you visit both and then head back to the ship. I had not been familiar with Ensenada wineries but I have to say they were great! I bought several bottles of wine and a lovely bottle of brandy - all of which you cannot get in the United States. The most expensive bottles I purchased were the $17 Reserve and $13 brandy. Everything else was under $10 a bottle. The tour guide was smart, funny, and willing to answer questions on everything from real estate in the area to tour specifics. The staff at the two wineries we visited were professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The winery tour was a very enjoyable experience and I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in wine and seeing the Ensenada countryside. The other great thing about the Ensenada was the little shopping area and bar located right on the dock!! Granted, I suppose I could have paid less for my DG knockoff sunglasses had I walked into town but the convenience fee was well worth it to me. I got some cute earrings and we had a shot of tequila before our winery tour. When in Mexico... They really had everything there, tequila, cigars, purses, larger bags, jewelry, sunglasses, and a pharmacy (seriously, a pharmacy right there on the dock). I would totally go back to Ensenada, in fact, I would do this whole cruise again just for fun. Great time! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We went on the Blowhole & Winery Tour. The bus trip to the Blowhole was the most interesting part of the whole tour. The Tour Guide (Melinda, Melissa?) was extremely informative. It was a fairly long trip, through many areas of ... Read More
We went on the Blowhole & Winery Tour. The bus trip to the Blowhole was the most interesting part of the whole tour. The Tour Guide (Melinda, Melissa?) was extremely informative. It was a fairly long trip, through many areas of Encenada, and through agriculture areas. When we arrived at the end, we walked through a village of vendors, each handing out leaflets, and telling us to stop when we came back through. The blowhole was a cove where the waves come in and come up through the hole in the rocks. It was okay. If you want artifacts, souveniers, pharmacy products (lots of those), and can say "No, thanks" to the vendors who surge out into the street, then go on this. Actually, the history of all of the area that was given to us was worth it. The Winery tour at the end.......not worth it. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We took the Wine tour, which was highly recommended from these boards. Ensenada I feel gets a bad rap. We had a lot of fun walking around after the wine tour. Went to the Gold Duck and bought wallets, and a belt. Had a drink on the ... Read More
We took the Wine tour, which was highly recommended from these boards. Ensenada I feel gets a bad rap. We had a lot of fun walking around after the wine tour. Went to the Gold Duck and bought wallets, and a belt. Had a drink on the street, hubby had a taco. I passed! Walked up to Pappy's and Beer, it was to loud so we left. It was very interesting to tour the two winery's I am glad we took the tour and we also recommend this tour. Be sure you get some Olive oil from the L.A. Cetto winery. They didn't talk about it so I almost missed getting some. Nice bus ride, although they are tearing up the roads. L.A. Cetto Vineyard was the best for us. They give you alot of wines to taste, The bus tour brings cheese and bread, so it was alot of fun. The other winery, was just o.k. that's the one that gives you a free bottle of wine. We didn't buy any wine from them. I don't think many did. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We did not go on any excursion in this port. We have been here in the past and did not care for the harassing manner of the locals chasing you down to purchase their items. Not my idea of a vacation destination. I knew in advance that ... Read More
We did not go on any excursion in this port. We have been here in the past and did not care for the harassing manner of the locals chasing you down to purchase their items. Not my idea of a vacation destination. I knew in advance that we would take advantage of the ships amenities on this port day. Read Less

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