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Old 04-27-2009, 12:54 PM
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I have only been on one cruise, but have been to Mexico several times.

Our one cruise was on the Pride and our ports were dropped due to weather, big disappointment for us, as Catalina island, Ensenada and San Diego did not measure up to Mazatlan, Cabo and Puerto Vallarta.

However, although Catalina was every bit the disappointment I expected it to be, Ensenada definately was NOT. After going ashore, we went up to a private bus tour booth and looked over the tours and prices. There were five of us, all family, and by paying the fee for 8, we were able to get our OWN bus and our own tour guide and he was great. We went to the Bufadora, and then on one of the wine tours, had a great time there, then back to the flea market district, where our guide watched over us and steered some of the more insistent vendors away from us.

All through our trip through the town and countryside, he pointed out points of interest, etc., and overall, we had a great day.

So much better than the burn up ugly Catalina thing, thank God, I had sense enough to get back on the ship early on in that day.

Of course, San Diego is always beautiful, but our 7 day cruise, first one for our entire family and the first time all three of us siblings had gotten time together away in years, and I have to say, other than our days on our balcony, the day in Ensenada was the best.

I realize things have changed in Mexico in the last year and a half, and care must be taken, but these are just our experiences in Sept of 2007.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:50 AM
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Thank you BWood for your feedback. I know other frequent cruisers feel this is a great day to enjoy the ship, and I understand that. There are a few stops, that I have made more than a few times and just enjoy the ship that day. I respect everyones opinion, and thank you for the information. It will be my first time and I have plenty of time to decide.
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Sorry i havent been on the cruise-chat website in a while... What is the exact date of your Mexican Riveria Cruise... I will be on the week of October 14th with my daughter, father and step-mom...

And although we are not over-joyed at the Ensenada stop, we will take it because Cabo and porting out of San Diego is really what excites me.. and not to mention the great prices on balcony rooms at this time...

I did do the winery tour last October on the Monarch at Ensenada and have booked this tour again, so my step-mom can go... although i am not a big wine drinker I will certainly taste and listen to the process of wine making... I thought it was very nice and certainly worth the money... my gosh i just got back from our Alaskan Cruise and most excursions were $150+ --- this is easy on my pocketbook... i will take that.. I thought the wineries were fabulous and quite shocked they were clean, modern and had really nice presentations... the second one we went to, was beautiful and even took us to a bull ring they use only once a year and showed us olive groves as well... I did not purchase any wine, really didn't want to deal with the hassle of it.. but did end up purchasing (2) bottles of olive oil and crossed my fingers i got them home safely and not all over my clothes.. Which they made it home fine..
The bus ride will be a bit long (maybe 35 minutes or so???), but it is in an air conditioned bus with some narration.. not the best scenic views.. but it was ok... certainly passed the time in a so-so port in my opinion... and then we were dropped off in town or at the ship... I opted for town and picked up a few t-shirts and items and caught a cab back to ship port for less than $5.00

I hope this helps... I think its a nice excursion... Im sure the wine experts might not think its quite up to certain standards, but i thought it was a great excursion and fascinated to know they produce 60 - 70% of the wine for Mexico...

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Thanks for responding Rhonda, I am a wine drinker, and the town didn't seem too appealing, so I am so glad to hear from someone who enjoyed the wine country there.
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We are going on the Carnival Pardise Aug.31 & have book the wine tour. It sounds like the same tour as RCL. I tried to find a direct tour (normally cheaper) but never did so I booked thru Carnivial. I will try to post some information on it when I return.
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Thank you Good Luck, I will look forward to your post, Happy Cruising.
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