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A Mexican Halloween - Day of the Dead Celebration (EN15) Summary

Ensenada, Mexico

$90.00 (ages 10 and up) $80.00 (ages 3 to 9) $0.00 (ages 0 to 2)

This port adventure was first found on 09-26-2017 and was last updated on 02-19-2024.

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A Mexican Halloween - Day of the Dead Celebration (EN15) Review Summary
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Damon Rayburn Sailed: September 28, 2018
Submitted: October 31, 2018
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We took the two-night Disney Halloween cruise out of San Diego with a stop in Ensenada. Our party included 3 adults and 1 child (2yo). We thought that this would be a neat activity because of the description as followed:

1) Board a motor coach and enjoy a scenic tour through the residential and commercial areas of the city.
Arrive at the Cultural Center of Ensenada and be transported through time as you learn about the city's history. [This was just a ride over to the cultural center. Nothing was described or about the city as we drove to the location; The location was within walking distance to the ship, so I am unsure if he had anything to really talk about; The drive was no more than 5 minutes]

2) Learn about the ancient Day of the Dead tradition and have fun at the same time. This is a celebration of life and through your guide's explanations you'll learn about what's behind this Mexican tradition. [The guide walked us through the cultural center, but only talked about the pictures on the wall and the historical aspects of the pictures. He didn't explain anything about the Day of the Dead and when questioned about it he didn't seem to know much; The have little shops outside the cultural center and a bar that is home of the first margarita. He spent much of the time telling us to get a margarita and shop.]

3) Participate in a hands-on workshop where kids will be able to decorate their own celebration cookies and where everyone will get to decorate their own candy skulls. [As we brought our 2-year-old we believed this would be a fun activity for her. They had different areas with two guides working for about 20 people. Areas consist of face painting, skull coloring, and skeleton painting. With only two guides a lot of missed out for the group of people. They also had a table set up similar to the COCO movie, but nothing was talked about it other than it’s from the movie. They ended the event with a piñata that the kids enjoyed.]

4) Visit a shrine and learn about Catrina, the underworld of Xibalba and many more Mexican legends. [This did not happen and when questioned the guide had no idea about this activity]

5)After creating your own keepsakes, you will be transferred to the downtown area for some free time to shop before returning to your ship. [We had about 30 minutes to walk around downtown before going back to the ship on our own]

Overall, I rank this on the lower end of the port adventures because it was not worth the $90 per person. The two-year old liked the activities but was completely out of it walking through the cultural center to view paintings. I would suggest looking at a different activity, stay on the ship, or just walk around near the port (it’s close to downtown).
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