Ensenada City Tour Excursion Reviews

Witness sweeping views of the Bay of Ensenada and Salsipuedes Bay as you learn about the history and culture of Ensenada.
I'm marking booked with cruise line, because the tour operator was actually on the ship booking the ...
I'm marking booked with cruise line, because the tour operator was actually on the ship booking the tour and apparently the Carnival Adventures desk does It was the Topless Bus. I simply was not impressed, seeing shopping areas and ... Read More
I'm marking booked with cruise line, because the tour operator was actually on the ship booking the tour and apparently the Carnival Adventures desk does It was the Topless Bus. I simply was not impressed, seeing shopping areas and not really seeing much in the way of history. We'd pass statues without any explanation. We passed a carnival, without it's connection to what is supposed to be Carnivale. The tour goes to the main tourist shopping area where you're hounded like crazy, but can get good deals. Did have some tasty fish tacos. If I went back, I'd probably go with a more adventerous excursion, since Ensenada itself really does not have much to offer as a city. Maybe I'll take the Jeep Tour if I go back. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Only a short tour, doesn't really show much of the city, but entertaining.
Only a short tour, doesn't really show much of the city, but entertaining. The dancers were amazing and the tour guide very informative and professional. The early sunset at this time of year limited our time in the city.
Only a short tour, doesn't really show much of the city, but entertaining. The dancers were amazing and the tour guide very informative and professional. The early sunset at this time of year limited our time in the city. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Amazing tour host, and some fun shopping with lots of hecklers trying to get your money.
Amazing tour host, and some fun shopping with lots of hecklers trying to get your money.
Amazing tour host, and some fun shopping with lots of hecklers trying to get your money. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Shopped visited Hussongs and Pappas and Beer-Very fun!
Shopped visited Hussongs and Pappas and Beer-Very fun!
Shopped visited Hussongs and Pappas and Beer-Very fun! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Did not enjoy the flea market, the blow hole was not very active the day we went.
Did not enjoy the flea market, the blow hole was not very active the day we went.
Did not enjoy the flea market, the blow hole was not very active the day we went. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The tour went to the same downtown area that we paid for transfers to walk and shop.
The tour went to the same downtown area that we paid for transfers to walk and shop. It was not clear that the areas were the same and well within walking distance of the ship without paying $39 p/p.
The tour went to the same downtown area that we paid for transfers to walk and shop. It was not clear that the areas were the same and well within walking distance of the ship without paying $39 p/p. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Nice little double-decker bus tour of Ensenada.
Nice little double-decker bus tour of Ensenada. Liked hearing the history and points of interest. A bit of time for shopping, but not really enough, so we went back into down after returning.
Nice little double-decker bus tour of Ensenada. Liked hearing the history and points of interest. A bit of time for shopping, but not really enough, so we went back into down after returning. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
It was not worth the money.
It was not worth the money. If it was just focusing on the folk dancing then it was good! But to advertise it as a city tour....not accurate by any stretch. The guide pointed out a salon and one statue and before you could blink you were ... Read More
It was not worth the money. If it was just focusing on the folk dancing then it was good! But to advertise it as a city tour....not accurate by any stretch. The guide pointed out a salon and one statue and before you could blink you were back at port. VERY SHORT is putting it mildly. My favorite part was the dancing and also the sea lions that were near the ship! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
great folkloric show at old casino, free tasting of tequila and margarita or bear, wonderful ...
great folkloric show at old casino, free tasting of tequila and margarita or bear, wonderful jewelry and folk art merchandising at small mall at the port-significant difference between high quality artistic inexpensive Mexican jewelry and ... Read More
great folkloric show at old casino, free tasting of tequila and margarita or bear, wonderful jewelry and folk art merchandising at small mall at the port-significant difference between high quality artistic inexpensive Mexican jewelry and costume expensive jewelry on-board (!!) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Two hour trip with a humorous guide and driver into the town, The trip was spoilt by street traders.
Two hour trip with a humorous guide and driver into the town, The trip was spoilt by street traders. Enjoyed a meal and local beer before returning to the ship.
Two hour trip with a humorous guide and driver into the town, The trip was spoilt by street traders. Enjoyed a meal and local beer before returning to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was a city tour.
This was a city tour. We went to the downtown and saw what I believe was once a fancy saloon /hotel in the prohibition era. Enjoyed the tour of it and story about a little girl ghost who is said to play there. We then drove to La ... Read More
This was a city tour. We went to the downtown and saw what I believe was once a fancy saloon /hotel in the prohibition era. Enjoyed the tour of it and story about a little girl ghost who is said to play there. We then drove to La Bulfadora(Blowhole). Very beautiful view and interesting. Now for the negative! Not Princess fault just a warning- You have to run a gauntlet of vendors and little shops on the way to and from the blowhole. Just junk and very aggressive(they do take no for an answer though) . Our main problem was that we only had about 55minutes there and after walking to and from the Blowhole and stopping there, we wanted to order their famous"Fish Tacos". Only had 15minutes to eat and couldnt finish, no time! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We got a brief tour of downtown Ensenada, then enjoyed a mariachi band, singers & dancers, and a ...
We got a brief tour of downtown Ensenada, then enjoyed a mariachi band, singers & dancers, and a rodeo rope twirler (83 years old!)
We got a brief tour of downtown Ensenada, then enjoyed a mariachi band, singers & dancers, and a rodeo rope twirler (83 years old!) Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Best value excursion on this trip.
Best value excursion on this trip. Not only includes a tour of Ensenada (it's a small city), but also get to visit the civic center and view some Folkloric dancing as performed in different states in Mexico. Very entertaining.
Best value excursion on this trip. Not only includes a tour of Ensenada (it's a small city), but also get to visit the civic center and view some Folkloric dancing as performed in different states in Mexico. Very entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The town tour was short and nondescript, but the tour guide made as much as she could with the ...
The town tour was short and nondescript, but the tour guide made as much as she could with the material she had to work with. The fiesta was entertaining, including a "free" (less than 4 oz.) Margarita at the bar where ... Read More
The town tour was short and nondescript, but the tour guide made as much as she could with the material she had to work with. The fiesta was entertaining, including a "free" (less than 4 oz.) Margarita at the bar where Margaritas were invented. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Booked a private excursion for 8 through CC's Roll Call.
Booked a private excursion for 8 through CC's Roll Call. David is one of the very best tour guides I've ever encountered. 6 Hours included tour of historic hotel, time in a Mexican jail, wine and cheese tasting at a cheese farm, ... Read More
Booked a private excursion for 8 through CC's Roll Call. David is one of the very best tour guides I've ever encountered. 6 Hours included tour of historic hotel, time in a Mexican jail, wine and cheese tasting at a cheese farm, best fish tacos in town (according to Jenn who organized the group. She's used David several times in the past and he always tries to make each tour different for her.), best viewpoint, authentic churros, grilled corn, etc. The ship was charging $179-$199 for similar tours. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Nice variety, plus wine, margarita and olive oil tasting, followed by an adequate amount of time in ...
Nice variety, plus wine, margarita and olive oil tasting, followed by an adequate amount of time in the shopping area.
Nice variety, plus wine, margarita and olive oil tasting, followed by an adequate amount of time in the shopping area. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
I was nervous about taking my parents around Ensenada on my own, so I booked the City and Shopping ...
I was nervous about taking my parents around Ensenada on my own, so I booked the City and Shopping tour with Carnival. I was happy with the choice. The excursion offered a nice variety for our day. We met in a lounge on the ship and the ... Read More
I was nervous about taking my parents around Ensenada on my own, so I booked the City and Shopping tour with Carnival. I was happy with the choice. The excursion offered a nice variety for our day. We met in a lounge on the ship and the tour guide greeted us and took us off the ship, through customs, and to the large 40 passenger bus. We drove to the former casino and were offered a margarita or Coca-Cola. There were about 12 vendors selling souvenirs. Our tour guide gave us a tour of the casino and then gave us about 20 minutes to enjoy our drink and shop. We then went to a Wine shop (not a winery) and they let us sample 4 different wines and cheese and olive oil. We were there for about 35 minutes. I don't drink so my Dad and I walked across the street to a few pastries shops; it seemed safe to do that and the guide didn't mind. We then went to the shopping district and were given 1 hour to shop. We had enough time to sit at a restaurant on the corner where we were dropped off and have some fish tacos. We then went shopping for souvenirs. It was just enough time for us. You have the option to stay behind and shop if 1 hour is not enough time for you. Just let your tour guide know and she will tell you where to get a shuttle back to the boat for one dollar. The shuttle is right on the corner at the McDonalds on the street where the bus drops you off. Thinking back, I would have been okay with taking this option, but my parents have ambulatory issues and so going back on the bus with the tour guide was the best option for us. I would recommend the City and Shopping tour for anyone who wants to get a little sample of Ensenada without the stress of having to figure out what to do or how to get places safely and timely. I recommend that you book the early excursion at 9:30 so that you have plenty of time to get back to the boat and enjoy the ship. If you decide to leave the guided tour and stay shopping in the district, you have to be back on the ship by 5:30. If you stay with the tour guide, the whole excursion is 3 hours and she will take you back to the boat by around 1:15. There are about 10 shops outside of where the boat docks. I did most of my shopping here, only because they were last minute purchases and I didn't have the time constraint. If you plan out ahead of time who you want to get souvenirs for and roughly what you want to get them, then that will be helpful with managing your time when you are shopping on the guided tour. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Just OK.
Just OK.
Just OK. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Took the topless bus tour just for a ride into town.
Took the topless bus tour just for a ride into town. Drove around showing the significant points of interest. You know it's bad when the nicest buildings are stinkholes. Drops you in the shopping district for an hour before returning ... Read More
Took the topless bus tour just for a ride into town. Drove around showing the significant points of interest. You know it's bad when the nicest buildings are stinkholes. Drops you in the shopping district for an hour before returning to ship. That was about 55 minutes too long. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We rented a taxi for a one hour tour of the city.
We rented a taxi for a one hour tour of the city. Our driver was fun and very knowledgeable of the city. Had a lot of fun.
We rented a taxi for a one hour tour of the city. Our driver was fun and very knowledgeable of the city. Had a lot of fun. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
It would have been nice to have had some time to explore the city rather than just be driven around ...
It would have been nice to have had some time to explore the city rather than just be driven around in circles, dropped at the cultural centre for a show and then returned to the ship.
It would have been nice to have had some time to explore the city rather than just be driven around in circles, dropped at the cultural centre for a show and then returned to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We were in some municipal building for an hour or so...free margarita's is the only thing good I ...
We were in some municipal building for an hour or so...free margarita's is the only thing good I can say.....boring. Then on to a wine tasting. They owner tried really hard but this group was making sandwiches out of the bread and ... Read More
We were in some municipal building for an hour or so...free margarita's is the only thing good I can say.....boring. Then on to a wine tasting. They owner tried really hard but this group was making sandwiches out of the bread and cheese. Then we had one hour of shopping. I could have used 2 or 3 hours of shopping and skipped the rest. IF our guide said amigos one more time, I was going to strangle her. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line