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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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Grand Princess
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15 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Apr 4, 2022
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Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Jewel

5 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 17, 2022
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7 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Navigator of the Seas

4 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 17, 2022
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7 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 5, 2022
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Nov 3, 2022
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21 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Aug 27, 2022
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Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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9 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Apr 24, 2022
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 27, 2022
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Feb 13, 2022
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 10, 2022
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Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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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 ship excursion "Made in Mexico - Ensenada Eats" 11am-3:15pm $139.95pp. Went to 4 eating places (Bullo's Place, Sabina Restaurant, 240 Grill, Mariscos Bahia de Ensenada) and then a wine store (Ensenada Vinos)Read More
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macusr
I can only give a three rating due to neither good or bad , since we opted to not get off the ship due to covid risk.Read More
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Chevdiver
It is a port parking lot. No extra facilities are available. Parking is now $20.00 a day.Read More
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heidean
Went on a fun Wine Country and ATV Tour. Read More
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