After reading the horror stories about returning to Ensenada from a Hawaii cruise, I want info about departing from Ensenada for Honolulu. Please let me know what the drill is in terms of fly-in city, parking and trip to Ensenada for embarkation.
we cruised to Hawaii last dec out of Ensenada and you check in at a hotel and when you get to the ship you just walk on the ship. We took the ships transfers for it was part of our package and it all worked out great. If you have any questions feel free to email me.
Thanks Audrey. Did you fly into San Diego and then take a bus down to Ensenada? Do you stay overnight at the hotel in Ensenada or merely use it as a cruise check in site? Did you do a review of your cruise on any of the cruise review sites? If so which one? Thanks again for your help.
We just cruised on the Vision of the Seas from Ensenada to Hawaii on May 18th. We flew in to San Diego. After a 3 1/2 hour wait at the Airport (due to RCCL mix up [they were at the other terminal even though they knew which flight we were arriving on and which terminal it would arrive to]), we boarded a bus with no suspension, no shocks for the ride from hell (it beat any E-ride at Disneyland!). Hours later, at least several, we arrived at the 'check in hotel' in Ensenada. THAT check in process was the smoothest part of the process! Then back on the bus for a very short ride to the pier. At that point we thought we were home free. Silly us. We then had to wait ON THE BUS as each bus unloaded a few people at a time. After another hour plus sitting there, we were ALLOWED to get off the bus. It was only then that we realized that the wait was so that RCCL could take photos of each person/group as they boarded the ship. Yes, you could opt to not have your photo taken (by that time we all looked like crap), but ONLY after you were allowed off the bus!
Needless to say, the process was horrible. Rediculus! Don't ever do it if you can avoid it!
Our flight arrived in San Diego before 10 AM and we did not board the ship until after 4:30 PM!! Ensnada is only about 30 miles from San Diego! You do the math!
THIS IS NOT A PASSENGER FRIENDLY PROCESS!!! - Especially since the ship had arrived that morning in San Diego to disembark the previous passengers, sailed empty to Ensenada. All because of the Jones Act!! Seems like we could have boarded in San Diego and then made a STOP at Ensenada to satisfy this antiquated law.
Our Hawaii trip is booked on 9-27, Vancouver-Hawaii because of our Ensenada "experience." The cruise lines are trying overcome the "Jones Act" but maybe they need to let us know what we can do to expedite the process