Located on the west coast of Baja California, Ensenada is a sportsman’s paradise with popular pursuits including surfing, sport fishing, sea kayaking, horseback riding and mountain biking. If you prefer more leisurely activities, take a scenic coastal drive to the Punta Banda Peninsula to see La Bufadora. This marine geyser that shoots from the sea toward the cliffs is one of the largest blowholes in North America. Back in town, pop into famous Hussong’s Cantina and sip a margarita in the bar where the cocktail was reputedly invented.

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  • Rosarito Beach Party

    Spend a carefree day at a popular beach club on Rosarito Beach, where you are free to enjoy the amenities and one of the finest stretches of sand in Baja California.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a forty-five minute drive north, following the coast past scenic Salsipuedes Bay and on to Rosarito Beach. The stretch of sand in this part of Baja California is spectacularly beautiful and plenty of beach clubs line the shore.

    You will spend the next four hours or so soaking up the atmosphere and the sun. This is laid-back Mexico at its best and with no schedule to follow you are free to do as you please. You might linger under a beach umbrella, read a bestseller in the shade of a palm-thatched hut, stroll up and down the shore or simply relax and work on your tan.

    If you’re feeling ambitious, you might join a game of beach volleyball, take a refreshing dip in the ocean or swimming pool and scale the rock-climbing wall. There are also plenty of games available and other less-physical ways to pass the time. There’s even a nearby flea market should you wish to do some shopping.

    In addition, you are welcome to dine on your own whenever you please. The club’s restaurant serves an array of traditional favorites such as guacamole and chips, sizzling beef fajitas and hearty burritos. Succulent grilled lobster is on the menu, too.

    After a fun-filled day, you will drive back to Ensenada. You may either stay downtown to shop or continue back to the pier. Those who elect to remain in town will be responsible for making their own way back to the pier at their own expense.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion. Aside from the beach, the walking surfaces are mostly paved and even with just a few steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Weather appropriate beach clothing; swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Minimum drinking age is 21 years old. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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  • Ensenada Resort Getaway

    Enjoy a delightful day at the nearby Estero Beach Hotel & Resort, a relaxing setting with a variety of amenities at your fingertips.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the Estero Beach Hotel & Resort, which is beautifully situated on All Saints Bay. A favorite destination right on the water, the resort offers a wonderful array of amenities for your comfort and entertainment.

    By way of introduction, you will first browse the private collection of Mexican folk art and local artifacts in the resort’s outstanding museum. The remainder of the time is yours to enjoy exactly as you please without a set schedule.

    The beach is always a favorite destination because the water in the deep u-shaped bay is sheltered from the wind and typically calm. Feel free to stroll along the shore, soak up the sun in a lounge chair, and take a refreshing dip in the sea. If you prefer to relax poolside in the shade of a majestic palm, it too is a possibility. Water sports and massage treatments are also available at the resort for an additional cost.

    That is the beauty of the Estero Beach Hotel & Resort. Nothing is required of you but to enjoy every moment, as you see fit. When you are ready to dine, a complimentary Mexican buffet lunch awaits you. Dishes usually include garden-fresh salads, chicken tacos and savory enchiladas. Beverages are not included in your tour cost.

    Following your time at the resort, you will drive back to Ensenada. You may either stay downtown to shop or continue back to the pier. Those who elect to remain in town will be responsible for making their own way back to the pier at their own expense.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion. Aside from the beach, the walking surfaces are mostly paved and even with just a few steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Weather appropriate beach clothing; swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Minimum drinking age is 21 years old. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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  • Town and Country and Wine Tasting

    See the most beautiful areas along Ensenada’s waterfront and then head into the country for a tasting at one of the premier wineries.

    After departing from the pier, you enjoy a short panoramic drive of the city before arriving at the boardwalk that follows the scenic shore of All Saints Bay. Leaving your coach behind, you’ll commence a guided walking tour of the city. From this popular pathway, the views of the sea and Ensenada are captivating. While strolling the wide palm-dotted boardwalk, you will see luxurious yachts, lovely Ventana al Mar park and Flag Plaza. You can’t help but spot this last attraction long before arriving, as a huge Mexican flag on a 350-foot pole rises from its center.

    The Hotel Riviera del Pacifico is another highlight that overlooks the well-protected harbor. This rambling Spanish-style resort was built in 1930 and once held a casino that Al Capone supposedly frequented. It is also said that the famed margarita was invented here.

    While the margarita is synonymous with Mexico, wines are rapidly gaining ground. In fact, the nearby Guadalupe Valley has become known as the “Napa of Mexico,” in part because more than 80% of Mexico’s wines are produced here. Rejoining your coach, you’ll head for Guadalupe Valley, a region that enjoys a Mediterranean microclimate, constant ocean breezes and cool summers. The resulting wines that are produced here have won numerous awards.

    Upon arriving at one of the area’s most acclaimed wineries, you will have the opportunity to sample several reds and whites that are characteristic of the region. Following your visit, you will have the option of returning directly to the pier or being dropped off in downtown Ensenada to do some shopping or explore further on your own. Those who wish to remain downtown after the tour will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship at their own expense.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. The walking surfaces are mostly paved and even with just a few steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. The tour may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Minimum drinking age is 21 years old.

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  • City Landmarks, Wine Tasting & Shopping

    Delve into the history of Ensenada by visiting its landmarks, including a former casino on the waterfront, a more than 100-year-old winery and the main shopping district.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the Hotel Riviera del Pacifico, a rambling Spanish-style resort that overlooks the port of Ensenada. Built in 1930, the former casino is now the center of the city’s cultural district and stands as a reminder of its flamboyant past. Al Capone was supposedly a regular in the early days and may have even funded the casino’s construction.

    It is also said that the famed margarita was invented here, and you will be served an icy one while touring the property. Regardless of what’s true with regard to history, there is no denying that the Hotel Riviera del Pacifico is a fascinating treasure well worth exploring.

    Your next stop, the Bodegas de Santo Tomas, is another historical gem. Founded in 1888, it is one the oldest wineries in Baja California, and you will have the opportunity to sample some of its most characteristic wines. Its varietals include pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet and barbera. The tempranillo is particularly outstanding and one of the reasons that Bodegas de Santo Tomas is so well respected, even by the more than 50 other wineries in the region.

    Following the tasting, you will transfer back to Ensenada’s main shopping area where you can browse the shops. Those who wish to remain downtown after the tour will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship at their own expense.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. The walking surfaces are mostly paved and even with just a few steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. The tour may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Minimum drinking age is 21 years old.

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  • Jeep Adventure

    Explore the fertile Guadalupe Valley in a Jeep, where you will eventually tour an esteemed winery and sample some of its finest wines.

    A short walk from the pier brings you to the Jeep center where you will be assigned to your vehicle. Setting off, you will follow your guide in a caravan of vehicles and head north into the beautifully rugged countryside. While driving along through the ever-changing terrain, you can expect to see distant mountains, idyllic valleys and sprawling farms. Your scenic drive of approximately one hour will be broken up with a short photo stop in San Antonio de la Minas. After that, it’s on to one of the areas renowned wineries.

    More than 80% of Mexico’s wines are produced here in the Guadalupe Valley, which enjoys a Mediterranean microclimate, constant ocean breezes and cool summers. In time, you will arrive at the acclaimed Monte Xanic winery, a low-volume winery named for an indigenous dialect word that means “the flower that blooms after the first rains.”

    As you will discover, the grapes are handpicked at night and pressed, fermented and eventually aged in French oak barrels. The resulting wines are characteristic of the region, uniquely flavorful and consistently win international awards.

    Monte Xanic produces more than a dozen wines under four different labels, several of which you will sample. You may taste a deep-red Gran Ricardo, a Bordeaux-style wine created to honor the memory of one of the winery’s founding partners. Or you might sample a Calixa line Grenache with violet tones and pomegranate color. The exact wines will be selected that day.

    Following your visit and wine sampling, you will return to the pier by Jeep.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing on mostly flat, paved surfaces. The driving time is approximately 2 hours in length and the terrain is off-road, dusty and bumpy. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with walking difficulties or mobility concerns, pregnant women, or those with back/neck injuries. Weather appropriate clothing (clothes may get dirty); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The minimum age to participate is 7 years old, and the minimum drinking age is 21 years. The jeeps carry 4 passengers and must remain with the group throughout the tour. Those who wish to drive must be 21 years of age and have a valid drivers’ license. Driving may be rotated amongst licensed drivers; however, drivers will not be allowed to participate in the wine tasting. The local operator requires that all guests sign a waiver before being allowed to participate in this tour.

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  • Blowhole and Shopping

    Watch mesmerizing La Bufadora blowhole spew seawater high into the air, discover the historical side of Ensenada and shop along the main thoroughfare.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive along beautiful All Saints Bay to Punta Banda peninsula, site of one of the world’s largest marine geysers. Known simply as La Bufadora (The Blowhole), the geyser shoots water straight up into the air as high as 65 feet. This continuous natural spectacle is caused by the ocean’s waves being forced into a partially submerged cave with only one exit — a hole at the top.

    After watching La Bufadora’s explosive show each time a wave rolls in, you may browse the shops in the open-air market nearby. Expect to find merchandise such as silver jewelry, onyx carvings and hand-painted ceramics.

    Continuing on, you will soon arrive in downtown Ensenada for a panoramic tour to see many of the city’s historical sites. The Hotel Riviera del Pacifico may well be the star attraction. Built in 1930, the former casino is now a rambling Spanish-style resort and the center of the city’s cultural district. The infamous Al Capone was supposedly a regular here and may have funded its construction.

    Another shopping opportunity awaits you on the waterfront along the main boulevard of Lopez Mateos. As you browse the inviting boutiques, you will find a collection of art, lovely perfumes, fine leather goods and casual clothing. After shopping, you may return to the pier or remain in town and return later on your own. Those who wish to remain downtown after the tour will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship at their own expense.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. The walking surfaces are mostly paved and even with just a few steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. The tour may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • A Taste of Mexico

    Enjoy a walking tour along the main boardwalk and then learn to prepare some of Mexico’s most iconic dishes in a hands-on cooking class. Afterward, savor the tasty dishes for lunch.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the boardwalk that follows the scenic shore of All Saints Bay. While strolling the wide, palm-dotted path, you will see luxurious yachts, lovely Ventana al Mar Park and Flag Plaza. You can’t help but spot this last attraction long before arriving, as a huge Mexican flag on a 350-foot pole rises from its center.

    Next, you will drive to a downtown restaurant for a hands-on cooking class. The exact dishes that you will learn to prepare will be determined that day, depending on which ingredients are seasonal and freshest. Of course, the meal will be authentic Mexican.

    Sauces and dips are synonymous with the local cuisine, and you may prepare favorites such salsa pico de gallo and salsa molcajete, in which the tomatoes are roasted. Grilled marinated flank steak or carne asada is a traditional entrée that also may be on the menu. The completed dishes will be your lunch, but you won’t have to wait to begin eating. Locally produced items such as cheese, bread and wine will be served upon your arrival.

    Following the cooking class, you will enjoy free time to browse the inviting boutiques along the main boulevard of Lopez Mateos. Handicrafts, artwork, casual clothing and jewelry are usually found in abundance. After shopping, you may return to the pier or remain in town and return later on your own. Those who wish to remain downtown after the tour will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship at their own expense. Short sleeve shirts are required and please remove all hand jewelry.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of guided easy to moderate walking/standing. The walking surfaces are mostly paved and even with just a few steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. The tour may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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