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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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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Ensenada

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    4 Night Cruise to Ensenada Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Catalina Island (California)
    • Day 3
      Ensenada
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Carnival Inspiration - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Fun-loving vibe, very few extra-fee attractions

    Cons

    Old ship has very few cabin and dining options

    Bottom Line

    Affordable cruise makes for the perfect short getaway

    Reviews

    Carnival Inspiration Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Inspiration is an old ship with a young heart. The 2,056-passenger ship debuted in 199...

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    tch912
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Second time around
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Carnival inspiration
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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Ensenada

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Hilo, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Ensenada Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Hilo
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      Honolulu
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      Maui
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      Kauai
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Ensenada
    • Day 16
      Los Angeles
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    Star Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Activities and cuisine are themed around the ship's itinerary.

    Cons

    Nightlife and evening entertainment can be lacking, especially the main stage shows.

    Bottom Line

    Enrichment, food and drink are strong suits, but you need port days to keep from getting bored.

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    Star Princess Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Star Princess is an elegant midsize ship. It's perfect for older couples or groups of friends w...

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    DonnieBenicia
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great Cruise
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    soyMario
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    2019 Hawaii Christmas Holiday
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Ensenada

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Catalina Island, Ensenada ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    4 Night Cruise to Ensenada Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Catalina Island (California)
    • Day 3
      Ensenada
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Los Angeles
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    Carnival Imagination - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Value is paramount; nearly all dining, entertainment and kids' activities are included.

    Cons

    Less than 3 percent of all accommodations onboard have balconies.

    Bottom Line

    There is plenty to eat, see and do onboard without paying extra; just book your balcony early.

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    Carnival Imagination Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Imagination exceeds expectations. Not because expectations are particularly low, but b...

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    Chandler1997
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    It was alright
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    CallistaSkye
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Staff were great. Ship is OLD and needs a remodel desperately
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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Ensenada

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Kauai, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Ensenada Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Kauai
    • Day 7
      Honolulu
    • Day 8
      Maui
    • Day 9
      Hilo
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Ensenada
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      San Francisco
    Ship Details

    Grand Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Offers affordable mix of sailings from the U.S. West Coast

    Cons

    Older ship shows signs of wear; crowded public spaces

    Bottom Line

    Great choice for older couples and multigenerational groups

    Reviews

    Grand Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    When Grand Princess debuted in 1998, the line billed it as "the biggest, the fastest, the most ...

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    maryjanemarkle
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    The Renovated Grand Princess is a Grand Experience!
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    Rhoots
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Done with Princess
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Ensenada

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Honolulu, Hilo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    18 Night Cruise to Ensenada Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Honolulu
    • Day 8
      Honolulu
    • Day 9
      Hilo
    • Day 10
      Maui
    • Day 11
      Kauai
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
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      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Ensenada
    • Day 19
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Eurodam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Midsized ship with great dining, entertainment and enrichment options, and good service

    Cons

    Busy Lido Market and spa reception; tired Club HAL spaces for kids; challenging internet

    Bottom Line

    Perfect combination of modern amenities and entertainment with traditional ship ambiance

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    Eurodam, which debuted in 2008, is a classic example of Holland America's attention to architec...

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    BobbiSox
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Always Love the Southern Caribbean, Holland America Style!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    What I expected...still they could have done more.
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    • Spa Services
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ensenada

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    San Francisco, Monterey ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Ensenada Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      San Francisco
    • Day 4
      Monterey
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      San Diego
    • Day 7
      Ensenada
    • Day 8
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Royal Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Lots of dining options, many game shows and busy daily schedule

    Cons

    No aft pool

    Bottom Line

    Modern ship with a traditional take on cruising

    Reviews

    Royal Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Like other Princess Cruises ships, Royal Princess embraces many traditional components cruisers lo...

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    Xertes
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Had a royal good time
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Princess has changed
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Ensenada

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Hilo, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Ensenada Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Hilo
    • Day 7
      Honolulu
    • Day 8
      Kauai
    • Day 9
      Maui
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Ensenada
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      San Francisco
    Ship Details

    Grand Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Offers affordable mix of sailings from the U.S. West Coast

    Cons

    Older ship shows signs of wear; crowded public spaces

    Bottom Line

    Great choice for older couples and multigenerational groups

    Reviews

    Grand Princess Reviews

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    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    When Grand Princess debuted in 1998, the line billed it as "the biggest, the fastest, the most ...

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    HKML1950
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Excellent food quality and services
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    1200gina
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Horrible Experience - Cruiser Since 1996
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