Jump to content
jjennings1990

Bar hopping tour excursion in Ensenada experiences?

Recommended Posts

Hi everyone Sorry if we're not allowed to post Excursion specific posts I wasn't quite sure of the rules on whether this belongs here or on the mexican riviera board.

 

My cruise for Ensenada leaves in less than two months and I am ecstatic . I am definitely a drinker but have never actually been bar hopping , the thought of drinking , dancing, and making a new cruise friend or two sounds pretty appealing though . I'm cruising solo and am just curious about what the excursion was like in general. It's pretty cheap and the reviews are positive, I'm already leaning towards paying for the excursion but I figure the more insight into what I'm paying for the better right?

 

Any opinions , thoughts, advice on this particular excursion ? Thank you !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I personally would be scared to death to bar hop in that city. I wont do another excursion in that city. My last cruise put us in unmarked buses with police escorts to the border. We passed many military vehicles with large machine guns. Go to an all inclusive resort. Way safer or stay on the ship. :cool:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I personally would be scared to death to bar hop in that city. I wont do another excursion in that city. My last cruise put us in unmarked buses with police escorts to the border. We passed many military vehicles with large machine guns. Go to an all inclusive resort. Way safer or stay on the ship. :cool:

Wow that's pretty intense hmmmm maybe I should rethink this lol.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I personally would be scared to death to bar hop in that city. I wont do another excursion in that city. My last cruise put us in unmarked buses with police escorts to the border. We passed many military vehicles with large machine guns. Go to an all inclusive resort. Way safer or stay on the ship. :cool:

What border did they take you to, California border is only one I can think of and that would be several hours away. Are you sure your talking about Ensenada. Never in my 45 years of going there have I ever seen anything that closely resembled what you're describing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We've been going to the area since the early 1990's. Stopped driving down in the early 2000's. Think we've been to Ensenada about 30 times over the past 10 years and haven't had an issue. I'd have no problem going by myself but first time there I'd take a tour.

Never done the bar hop but the Wine excursion and the Blow Hole excursions are a lot of fun. The wine excursion is more contained.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
What border did they take you to, California border is only one I can think of and that would be several hours away. Are you sure your talking about Ensenada. Never in my 45 years of going there have I ever seen anything that closely resembled what you're describing.

 

 

 

Only time I can think of was in the early 2000's when there was lots of issues in TJ.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I didn't think the bar hop excursion was worth it. You still have to pay for your drinks at each bar. You are better off taking the free shuttle to where the bars are.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I didn't think the bar hop excursion was worth it. You still have to pay for your drinks at each bar. You are better off taking the free shuttle to where the bars are.

 

 

 

Shuttle costs $3 round trip, can walk it in 10 minutes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shuttle costs $3 round trip, can walk it in 10 minutes.

Google maps says it's more like a 25 minute walk.

 

Instead of the crowded shuttle we just walked out to the street in front of the cruise port, then took an Uber which is less than $3 each way. Much more comfortable and convenient.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Since you are going solo, I understand why you want to take the excursion to meet people.

 

I just looked at the excursion details. It looks like they take you to Hussongs, Papa's 'n Beer, and Ryerson 51. Those are all right next to each other. You can save yourself $30+ by just going down there yourself and walking from bar to bar.

 

I'd also recommend the wine tasting excursion. That area has some really good wine, and wine tasting is always a good way to meet new friends.

 

Sent from my TA-1025 using Forums mobile app

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was there in 2013 after going to Hawaii. Personally, I did not feel safe in that city. I especially wouldn't feel safe eating or drinking anything there. If I ever take another cruise there, I will just stay on the ship. This is just my own peronal experience.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

About two hours to otay mesa. Cruise was about 10 years ago. My last stop on a cruise to ensenda wasvtwo years ago. I stayed on the ship. My last bar hoping was in aruba. A lot of fun on party bus. We did it last year. With all the reports of bad booze in mexico resorts i would be very careful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Google maps says it's more like a 25 minute walk.

 

Instead of the crowded shuttle we just walked out to the street in front of the cruise port' date=' then took an Uber which is less than $3 each way. Much more comfortable and convenient.[/quote']

 

 

 

Not too sure where it's taking you. The tourist area is pretty much across Big Head Plaza/Big Flag and up one block. Can see the ship from any street heading towards the water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Not too sure where it's taking you. The tourist area is pretty much across Big Head Plaza/Big Flag and up one block. Can see the ship from any street heading towards the water.

Oh yeah you're right you can walk to the closest part of the tourist area in about 10 minutes.

 

I meant it's specifically a 25 minute walk from the boat to the places that you go on Carnival's bar hopping excursion (Papas n beer, Hussongs)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I bar hop in Ensenada everyone. I just walk to the bar's. It's a 10-15 minute walk along the waterfront.

 

To the poster who described military vehicles and police escorts. I've been several times with 3 trips this year. Never have I seen what they describe.

 

Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
But can you walk back after bar hopping????

 

 

 

Walk, stumble, crawl, have someone drag you, whatever works. Just get back before the ship sails. ;)

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We did this excursion in April, and it was a lot of fun! We had a very nice tour guide who made the whole thing a lot of fun. The three bars we went to were right next to each other, and at no point during the excursion did I feel unsafe (my friends and I were all females in our late 20s and early 30s). We got fairly tipsy (we drank more than just the included drinks) and it was nice to have the transportation back to the ship pre-arranged.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I personally would be scared to death to bar hop in that city. I wont do another excursion in that city. My last cruise put us in unmarked buses with police escorts to the border. We passed many military vehicles with large machine guns. Go to an all inclusive resort. Way safer or stay on the ship. :cool:

 

Are you sure you're talking about Ensenada? The US/Mexico border is 60 miles away...:confused:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Are you sure you're talking about Ensenada? The US/Mexico border is 60 miles away...:confused:

 

I'm guessing they mean the city limits and not a country border?

 

But the bar hopping isn't taking you that far away.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ensenada was a pretty scary place. I got off the boat only to turn around and get right back on... and that was 10 years ago when Mexico was relatively safer than it is now. I would personally advise against getting inebriated in a place like Ensenada!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Boy I'm kind of shocked at the mixed opinions on this, I appreciate them though the more I know the closer I get to a decision . I was aware of the issues with booze in mexico but figured if I bought anything out of a sealed bottle I should be safe?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just returned from Ensenada. We went on the wine tasting tour (highly recommended) and at no point did I feel in danger. I will admit I was nervous about the port in general and had no intention of roaming around without a large group and a tour guide, but our experience was very positive.

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Boy I'm kind of shocked at the mixed opinions on this, I appreciate them though the more I know the closer I get to a decision . I was aware of the issues with booze in mexico but figured if I bought anything out of a sealed bottle I should be safe?

I respect everyone's opinion. But there is a reason you get people saying a place "feels scary", without any people saying something bad actually happened to them there.

 

The whole "tainted booze" thing is way overblown. It was recently in the news because it was one small group of criminals running the scam around Cancun, where it mostly showed up at some of the all inclusive resorts. This is thousands of miles away from Ensenada until you hear about anything happening like that in Ensenada, Tijuana, or closer places I would not worry about it. Thousands of American tourists drink in Ensenada every week if it was a problem you would hear about it.

 

If you really want to be extra safe stick to ordering well known brands of foreign liquor (Bacardi, jack Daniels, etc...) and avoid Tequila. Reports of tainted alcohol in Cancun was all Tequila. Tequila is the most popular liquor, the markup is high and it is made in Mexico so the counterfeiters have access to used bottles or fake bottles to refill with their fake product. It would be much more difficult for them to get something like fake jack Daniels bottles, and it would be harder for them to sell.

Edited by cap'n chunk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I respect everyone's opinion. But there is a reason you get people saying a place "feels scary"' date=' without any people saying something bad actually happened to them there.

...............[/quote']

 

 

 

One reason people think Ensenada is scary is because it's not built to American tourist standards. It's not like the Cabo Marina area or even a purpose built tourist town like Cabo or Ixtapa. It's a Mexican city with all its quirks. Heck, the oldest bar still serving, Hussong's, was founded in the 1890's.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Update:

 

I just got back from the Imagination today and had to take a nap from my vacation before collecting my thoughts but I did wasn't to leave my updated impressions here ( and later in a review) about this excursion .

 

 

Intro to Ensenada :

So while we docked in Ensenada I went out pretty early in the morning to do my shopping, I cruised solo and the streets of Ensenada aren't gorgeous with that said I was one of the first visitors to many shops and everyone who was there who could speak some english were pretty funny / nice. I did see one military vehicle drive through the streets but the soldiers themselves were laughing I just assume that Mexco has a larger integrated military presence in their cities than I think we're used to in the states. Regardless I was alone walking through Ensenada alleys for their small shops and I survived. naturally I stuck to the touristy areas and the few suspicious people I did cross ( a guy who handed me a flier advertising all sorts of prescription drugs while he casually alludes to a place around the corner with beautiful girls) I naturally smiled, nodded, and proceeded to walk away from . I live in Los Angeles and I've felt more in danger in Skid row or walking Downtown LA at night then I did in Enseanada .

 

The actual important part The Excursion Experience : I booked this cruise specifically because I needed to drink , relax, and shut off for a few days and I did just that . Doing it solo was definitely intimidating but the entire atmosphere of this ship and the people ( crew and guests alike) on it is to have fun . I figure i'll save the nitty gritty details for my actual excursion review ( also there are chunks I am piecing together through memories and random photographs on my phone) but in short it was fantastic. If you like to drink and want to make some quick friends then this excursion is a great idea. Not at all for prudes , and I came back with some wild stories and a few people on the ship remembered seeing me and my excursion buddies around the ship to remind us how insane our partying was but we all had a great time and I hung out with all of them for a good chunk of the cruise later. This was the highlight of my cruise by far and I'm very happy I went.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Victory Cruise Lines Sweepstakes - Enter now for a chance to win a free 9-night cruise on Victory II
      • Holiday Exchange - Jingle and Mingle 2018
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Community Contests
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×