Sail Date: November 2014
Not wanting to have kids around busy areas of town in Mexico but still do a fun activity we planned to take kids by taxi to Las Canadas to do Zip lines and stop at LaBufadora (Blowhole) on way back to port. When we took $3pp shuttle into ... Read More
Not wanting to have kids around busy areas of town in Mexico but still do a fun activity we planned to take kids by taxi to Las Canadas to do Zip lines and stop at LaBufadora (Blowhole) on way back to port. When we took $3pp shuttle into downtown we booked a package tour at the dropoff (with person giving sales pitch on bus actually felt like going as larger group would be safer and ended up costing a little less). I am not sure I would recommend going through that group but worked out ok. We did Zipline, stopped at LaBufadora for about 1 ½ hrs, and then did Horseback riding on the beach. Those who wanted to paid $20 for horseback riding. The others in the group who did not do horseback riding the shuttle took back to the downtown drop off point. As with what can be expected with most Mexican tour guides I am sure they were inter-related or got some kickbacks in addition to tour fees and tips from the Taco restaurant they brought people to and strategically parked next to at the top of the blowhole market, but most the group ate and enjoyed the food so didn’t mind a bit of the sales pitch or “safe and good food” and tour guide stating “if you don’t like it, I will pay you for the food” comment many times which made us laugh a little. I think her husband or family member owned the small outdoor restaurant next to shuttle drop off at the Bufadora. We have done several zipline tours in the past. Our favorite is by far Los Veranos, in Puerto Vallarta going through the rain forest and I believe one of the highest ziplines. However with advanced rock climbing and canyoneering experience, the equipment and safety in Ensenada at Las Canadas when we went was very clean, updated, and the very best quality safety standards I have seen outside the U.S. using two locking carabiners and newer Petzel gear. Adult and kids who went with us all enjoyed it, including 9yr old daughter who is usually not as daring and adventurous as other kids with us and had spots on the technical bridges she could bypass three walking up hillside path to next zipline. When we go back during regular season/ summer months when Las Canadas has all amenities open, we would consider spending more time exploring the campground, maybe consider time at the kid’s waterpark there and not do the blowhole or horseback riding again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
Not offered through the ship we booked it ourselves at the port and it was fantastic. Alfredo was our tour guide he was fantastic. You can also drive ATVs and there is a waterslide at Las Canadas. My youngest was 8 and she did all the zip ... Read More
Not offered through the ship we booked it ourselves at the port and it was fantastic. Alfredo was our tour guide he was fantastic. You can also drive ATVs and there is a waterslide at Las Canadas. My youngest was 8 and she did all the zip lines and most of the ropes course (you can easily bypass the more difficult ones if you don’t like heights etc). After we did the ziplining we went to the blowhole to look at that and do some shopping. Great day as the ziplining was exctiting but we saw a bit of Mexico too. Highly recommend this for families. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
When you get of the ship, tour busses are waiting to take people down town. For just a few dollars we went downtown and shopped, then visted Papas & Beers. Papas & Beers is definately a party bar, and you may not want to take your ... Read More
When you get of the ship, tour busses are waiting to take people down town. For just a few dollars we went downtown and shopped, then visted Papas & Beers. Papas & Beers is definately a party bar, and you may not want to take your kids there... but the food and beer were cheap so who cares! We went for lunch and enjoyed fresh quacamole made tableside. There are vendors all over that will try and sell you this and that. My recommendation? Get over it, buy a few trinkets and enjoy a great time! The people of Mexico are wonderful, and depend on tourism to make a living. Next time I go I want to take the wine valley tour. I've heard its awesome! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
We have been to many Mexican Ports, but this is my least favorite Mexican port ever. I understand the need for "touching a foreign port" but getting off the ship to take a walk is all we cared to do. Bought nothing and was glad ... Read More
We have been to many Mexican Ports, but this is my least favorite Mexican port ever. I understand the need for "touching a foreign port" but getting off the ship to take a walk is all we cared to do. Bought nothing and was glad to get back on ship. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
I know because of the Jones Act that they have to stop at at least one foreign port, but his one is pretty lame. We didn't even bother to get off of the ship.
I know because of the Jones Act that they have to stop at at least one foreign port, but his one is pretty lame. We didn't even bother to get off of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Stinky town. People use their kids to try to get you to buy something! Just shop on the dock!!
Stinky town. People use their kids to try to get you to buy something! Just shop on the dock!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
Brief stop in Mexico due to maritime law. The sun finally came out as we approached the coastline after a rough night at sea. We met up with our Phoenix gals and walked into town with peddlers and small children trying to sell us ... Read More
Brief stop in Mexico due to maritime law. The sun finally came out as we approached the coastline after a rough night at sea. We met up with our Phoenix gals and walked into town with peddlers and small children trying to sell us everything under the sun. I must have given out 10/15 dollar bills to the the little one's saying no gracias everywhere we went, including the "place" everyone goes to "Pappas & Beer". We had a watered down $8 margarita, should have ordered a Pacifico, but it was fun sitting outside listening to some actual "music" rock n roll and no TV / M>U.T.S. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
We were only in port for 4hrs. Not a huge amount to do but we had a wander around the shopping area. Quite fun and nice to be off the ship,
We were only in port for 4hrs. Not a huge amount to do but we had a wander around the shopping area. Quite fun and nice to be off the ship, Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
We chose not to partake of this port! Since neither of us were interested, we simply enjoyed what the Golden Princess had to offer!
We chose not to partake of this port! Since neither of us were interested, we simply enjoyed what the Golden Princess had to offer! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
If you are there on a Jones Act stop don't bother going off the docks if it is after dark. We were told on the ship by passengers who had been on this cruise before, and didn't follow their advice. Big mistake. If you go off ... Read More
If you are there on a Jones Act stop don't bother going off the docks if it is after dark. We were told on the ship by passengers who had been on this cruise before, and didn't follow their advice. Big mistake. If you go off the docks do it on a ship sponsored tour. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
We did not get off the ship in Ensenada. It made for a very nice extra "ship day" for us, especially since the ship is in port for 12 hours!
We did not get off the ship in Ensenada. It made for a very nice extra "ship day" for us, especially since the ship is in port for 12 hours! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Paid $3 each to get into town. It was an awful collection of cheap shops, sleazy drug stores, beggars, and bad restaurants. Stay on the boat.
Paid $3 each to get into town. It was an awful collection of cheap shops, sleazy drug stores, beggars, and bad restaurants. Stay on the boat. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
We didn’t disembark in Ensenada – just stayed on the ship and enjoyed the afternoon. The trip back to LA was very windy and bumpy for the first day or two, then we finally had calm waters for the last two days into Ensenada. ... Read More
We didn’t disembark in Ensenada – just stayed on the ship and enjoyed the afternoon. The trip back to LA was very windy and bumpy for the first day or two, then we finally had calm waters for the last two days into Ensenada. Disembarkation was really very easy. We didn’t choose the express disembarkation, because our flight didn’t leave until 3:20 pm so had a lot of time to kill. We left the ship at about 9:00 am, called Karmel Shuttle and they were there within 5 minutes (we had scheduled a pickup with them before the cruise) – there were two other passengers in the van and I believe the cost for both of us was $58 + tip. Things we liked: HAWAII!! The ship was lovely, the crew was very friendly and helpful, the International Café, Sabatini’s, sailing from the west coast, fellow passengers were very enjoyable for the most part. Things we didn’t like: I was ready to go home after about 12 days (but that’s just personal preference), the buffet layout & organization (the food was fine). This is a very enjoyable and relaxing vacation for those who take the time to “do their homework” before the trip and realize that 8 days at sea will get long, it’s NOT a Caribbean cruise (i.e. ship movement and weather), there will be a lot of older people, the pace of the ship is much slower and more easy-going than some of the other cruise lines. You will meet some very interesting and wonderful fellow passengers, spend 14 days on a lovely ship with a crew who really work hard and are a pleasure to be around, and get to see some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
Oh my. Maybe I should have stayed on the ship! I know we needed to stop somewhere and I really didn't care about seeing a casino or winery. We walked two downtown blocks. Happy to get back to our beautiful ship!
Oh my. Maybe I should have stayed on the ship! I know we needed to stop somewhere and I really didn't care about seeing a casino or winery. We walked two downtown blocks. Happy to get back to our beautiful ship! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Very expensive for Mexico and some very rude. Wouldn't give us an American dollar price just pesos, which we did not have. $7 for a paper fan....did not like this port.
Very expensive for Mexico and some very rude. Wouldn't give us an American dollar price just pesos, which we did not have. $7 for a paper fan....did not like this port. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
should have skipped this port or have taken a taxi tour. We walked off ship to shopping area. nothing but usual junk and pestered by many
should have skipped this port or have taken a taxi tour. We walked off ship to shopping area. nothing but usual junk and pestered by many Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
Terrible place, nothing to see and do, dirty and felt unsafe - spent 15mins before returning to ship as did most of the guests. Total disgrace that the ship docked there
Terrible place, nothing to see and do, dirty and felt unsafe - spent 15mins before returning to ship as did most of the guests. Total disgrace that the ship docked there Read Less

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