Our second port to visit was Ensenada. Leading up to our sailing, the weather forecast had indicated it would be cold and rainy. We had canceled a planned excursion at the port in anticipation of the weather. We decided to take the opportunity of a potentially empty ship and enjoy the amenities more.
As you can see, the weather ended up being quite beautiful on that day! It was still quite cold, especially in the shade, but lots of wonderful sunshine. The kids opted to spend some time in the kid’s clubs, and Becky and I took a walk around the ship to enjoy the scenery. It was also a good opportunity to check out the adults-only pool area, pool-side lounge, and The Cove coffee shop. It was particularly quiet and calm at that time of day, and with so many people likely at excursions in the port.
While we didn’t do any excursions in Ensenada, the family at our dinner table shared about their adventures. They had done an excursion to a zoo, where they were able to pet some young tigers, and interacted with some monkeys. They also did some zip line activities. It sounded like they had a great day, and would certainly consider checking out the zoo experience the next time we visit this port.
During our wanderings, we were able to stop into the Edge (kids club for middle-schoolers / tweens) to check things out. They had a schedule of activities posted, which some may find interesting:
Our final dinner of the rotation was at Tritons, which is a bit more of a traditional dining ambiance with a light theming towards the Little Mermaid.
|Appetizer||Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp|
|Soup||French Onion Soup|
|Main Course||Chateaubriand-Roasted Filet Steak|
|Dessert||Strawberry Shortcake Sundae|
It was a bit of a sad dinner, only because we knew that we had to leave the ship in the morning.
Special Mystery Invitation!?
Earlier in the day, we received a card at our stateroom, inviting us to a special event and location. The timing of this was to occur directly before the “Till We Meet Again” show. The “Till We Meet Again”, happens late on the last night, and brings out many of the characters you’ve met, to say farewell.
About 30min prior to this show, we met at the designated time and place. We had to present the invite and were then allowed into the room, where we were asked to sit and wait a few minutes. We ended up having about 20 guests in the room when the cruise director went to the front of the room. The cruise director said that we had been noted as having had a “profound impact” on the entertainment team, and this was their way of saying thank you!? Characters began to slowly stream into the room until it seemed there were more characters than guests!
We were invited to just mingle with the characters, take pictures, and enjoy our time! It was very surreal as there were lots of characters just waiting for someone to interact with them.
It was definitely a magical moment, and we have NO IDEA how or why we were provided the opportunity. Time quickly passed, and it was time for the characters to go to the “Till We Meet Again”. We left the room in bewilderment and thankfulness.
Back at the Stateroom
We came back to the room to find the evening towel animal, which was voted to be a rabbit.
Since we would be disembarking the next day, you need to have your luggage out the night before. The luggage is gathered and prepared, so it can be picked up when you get off the ship. You have an option of carrying your luggage off yourself, but that could be quite the challenge depending on what you’ve brought onboard!
That concludes our day 5, but we’ll wrap up the trip report in the next post, and provide some conclusions. Stay tuned!