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Cruises to Ensenada

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About Ensenada

Ensenada, known as Baja's "Love Boat" port, is no longer a sleepy resort town. Each year, some 4.5 million visitors descend on this seaside city 68 miles from the border, joining 325,000 residents. Fishing, processing and shipping have made Ensenada Mexico's second busiest port.

It's quite a change from 1542 when Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into the sheltered bay in his quest for the mythical Northwest Passage, or sixty years later, when Sebastian Vizcaino named the area Ensenada de Todos los Santos after All Saints' Day. Over the centuries, many have left their mark here, from Spanish missionaries and Russian settlers to gold miners and gamblers.

The result is eclectic mix -- from Mexico's oldest winery and Baja's first cantina to a plaza featuring statues of national heroes. In addition to expected attractions like the large tourist shopping area and fish market, Ensenada also offers the unexpected - an elegant Prohibition-era casino and a blowhole that spews water sixty feet into the air.

Ensenada is an informal city dependent on fishing, shipping and tourism. Among the highlights are fresh seafood, cantinas, crafts shopping, sport fishing and winter whale watching. Beaches are located north and south of the city.

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Norwegian Jewel
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Norwegian Jewel

5 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
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Norwegian Bliss

7 Night
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Norwegian Bliss

5 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
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Norwegian Jewel

7 Night
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Norwegian Bliss

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Majestic Princess

3 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Grand Princess

4 Night
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Zuiderdam

7 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Celebrity Millennium

8 Night
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Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Majestic Princess

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Disney Wonder

2 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Disney Cruise Line
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Radiance of the Seas

14 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Ruby Princess

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Navigator of the Seas

4 Night
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Celebrity Millennium

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Grand Princess

15 Night
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Sapphire Princess

15 Night
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Ruby Princess

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Navigator of the Seas

4 Night
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Carnival Miracle

4 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Zuiderdam

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Majestic Princess

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Grand Princess

15 Night
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Disney Wonder

5 Night
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Grand Princess

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Why go to Ensenada?

Pros:

Ensenada offers a killer food scene if you know where to look, from ceviche carts to margarita joints

Cons:

Be wary: If you get dropped off at a local beach away from town, you might be walking back

Bottom Line:

The port's main shopping and dining district is full of diversions, if you don't mind a hard sell

Ensenada Cruise Port Facilities?

Ensenada's cruise dock features a market with numerous vendors. In addition to souvenirs, there's a pharmacy and liquor store.

Getting Around?

The cruise ship pier is within easy walking distance of Avenida Lopez Mateos, the main tourist zone for shopping and dining. Alternatively, taxis and shuttles are available at the dock to take passengers on the short ride downtown. Taxis are also available at corner stands along Avenida Lopez Mateos.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Mexico's currency is the peso, divided into 100 centavos. In addition to the peso, US dollars are widely accepted in Baja, as are credit cards. ATM machines for withdrawing pesos are available in several downtown banks.

Language?

Spanish is the official language, with English spoken throughout the tourist areas.

Where You're Docked?

Cruise ships share an industrial harbor with commercial and sport fishing fleets, shipping containers and tankers.


Ensenada Cruise Reviews
Took the tour to see Ensenada as this was our 1st time. Will not get off if we are docked in Ensenada in the future.... Read More
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Arizona Budgies
Ensenada: We walked to the Riviera of Ensenada, an old luxury hotel that is completely free to tour and have a bar that is famous for their Margaritas that only cost a few bucks. I enjoyed the walk and especially... Read More
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Travel N
ATV Ensenada arranged for us to be driven by van to the blowhole and to walk the grounds, shop, and get tacos. Good times.... Read More
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amisella
Caught local bus from port and went to see spurting hole on rock ! Had to walk through market where locals were desperate to sell you their ware ! Interesting journey with amazing views... Read More
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Lymuna

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