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oneunfairmom's Port Reviews of Catalina Island (California), Ensenada
Carnival Inspiration cruise in January 2012
Member Name: oneunfairmom
Cruise Date: January 2012
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Member Review: oneunfairmom's Carnival Inspiration Review
Catalina Island (California)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We rented a golf cart, $80 for 3 hours & they gave us a map to follow to see the isalnd. I asked the guy for a good place to get coffee (it was like 9 am) & he recommended Catalina Coffee & Cookies & told us how to find it. It was delicious!! We also booked a parasailing adventure with Island Water Charters & it was amazing!! I would definitely do this again.

We felt that most of the shops held the usual "touristy" type stuff, t shirts, sweat shirts, coffee mugs, etc. Not too much unique unless you are into art maybe.

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Ensenada
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We found Ensenada disappointing. Just your usual run of the mill tourist trap shopping. Jumping beans, sombreros, fake mexican blankets, etc. Hussongs was like watching something out of a bad teenager movie. 11 am & lots of drunk young people in bathing suits - but wait, there's no beach nearby...bathing suits??

We ate breakfast at a street cafe closer to the cruise ship (quiet end of the strip) & it was good. We then headed back to the taxi area at the end of the street that leads to the ship. We found a taxi driver to take us to Las Canadas Campamento for $45 and wait for us. There is a Canopy Tour there. For $23 for 2 people we did a series of 5 zip lines & 5 suspension bridges. It was totally safe feeling & a lot of fun. Be warned-in the high season the guides said they get about 300 people a day. We were lucky to be 2 out of a total of six that afternoon. Counting the drive out & back, the whole thing took about 2 hours. And it was a pretty place to be. Dinner at Mariscos de Bahia de Ensenda was good & really cheap. Had a fantastic Margarita! then we went to Massage & Facial care where we had pre booked a couples massage. Again saved a ton of $ - $43 per person plus tip. Compare that to the $330+ on the ship! Massages were very good & we got a full hour each. A bit of wandering the strip then back to the ship.

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