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Knopul's Port Reviews of Catalina Island (California), Ensenada
Carnival Paradise cruise in January 2011
Member Name: Knopul
Cruise Date: January 2011
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Member Review: Knopul's Carnival Paradise Review
Catalina Island (California)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Avalon is the port. You get off the boat using tenders (small boats that ferry you to shore). This is neat!

The town caters to tourists- golf carts everywhere!

Rent a golf cart if you don't like hills - there are a lot of hills.

All excursions are available on shore easily - don't book through the cruise line, you don't need to.

Submarine excursion is neat, as is the Canyon tour.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Ensenada -

A dirty city... not one I would "walk" around in with my family.

Definitely book the blow hole (La Bufadora) excursion from the ship. This was EXCELLENT!

This tour takes off right by the boat port and takes you to the blow hole. There are several street vendors there to sell you trinkets and trash, they are "pushy" but once you say no... it is respected. The blow hole is incredible... well worth the price of the excursion. You have time to shop here and then get back on the bus (a nice charted bus) to go back into Ensenada (they will drop you off to shop more) or stay on the bus and go back to port.

For us, we took the 1:30 excursion and were back on the ship by 5.

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