By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 11/17/2019
Topics/Keywords: #Travel #Cruise Page Views: 1398
All about our family cruise to Ensenada, Mexico.

Ensenada, Mexico, is a town whose primary purpose seems to be port-of-call for cruise ships. And it's primary draw seems to be that, as a Mexican town, the signs and people communicate, mostly, in Spanish; so it feels like a foreign country. Which it is. But is that really adequate justification for a visit? Or it is the cruise that is its own justification?

Our Next Cruise

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 8/21/2007
Topics: #Cruise #MonarchOfTheSeas #RoyalCaribbean #BajaCalifornia #Ensenada Page Views: 4971
We again prepare to brave the briny deep.

Having had her appetite whetted by our cruise last May in the Western Caribbean, my daughter Karen has become a cruise aficionado and is already planning our follow-up cruise. As in, she's made reservations and put down a deposit.

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V Minus 1

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 1/2/2008
Topics: #Humor #Cruise Page Views: 3103
The vacation starts tomorrow.

Is one day long enough to prepare for a cruise? —But I won't even have a day. I have to work and won't be able to pack until afterwards, maybe an hour. Is that long enough? Maybe it's too long…I wouldn't want to start stressing over it. After all, it's a vacation; which is supposed to be the antithesis of stress.

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Packing List

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 1/2/2008 6:00:00 PM
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What should one bring with one to a foreign country? Will the kitchen sink fit?

For the most rabid Paul-o-phile only, my packing list for the cruise.Having been on a cruise once already—and having noted, at the time, things we missed—here's my checklist for this cruise:

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2008 Cruise, Day 1

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/4/2008
Topics: #Travel #RoyalCaribbean #MonarchoftheSeas Page Views: 4357
We set sail on our cruise to Ensenada, Mexico.

Now that we have become accomplished cruisers (having just completed our second cruise) we find we cannot help compare the two cruise lines based on our admittedly meager experience. I also must admit that my judgment may have been colored by a couple of negative experiences on this latest vacation. Still…you are expecting a complete report and you shall have one!

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Ensenada In The Rain

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/5/2008
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All about the day we visited Ensenada, Mexico.

Zachary woke us early, but then decided to remain in bed while Michael and I went to breakfast. At 8, Zach probably spends too much time closely supervised by one or more of the five adults with whom he lives; so it was a big deal for him to be left alone even for a half hour.

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Day At Sea

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/6/2008
Topics: #Travel #RoyalCaribbean #MonarchoftheSeas Page Views: 4161
All about the day we spent on our ship, not landing anywhere.

When I woke in the morning, Michael was the perfect picture of misery. Again, he hadn't slept; he had a headache and a pain in his kidney (where he'd recently had surgery) and his sinuses were killing him. It seemed like we'd have to go to the infirmary.

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By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/7/2008
Topics: #Cruise #Carnival #RoyalCaribbean #Travel #MonarchoftheSeas Page Views: 4029
All about how we got off our cruise ship and extended our vacation by NOT visiting Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Our ship had docked at San Pedro before we woke up. When we did wake up, it was to a shocking surprise. Michael's infirmary bill, which the nurse had told us would run $108 dollars plus a little more for any medicine administered, was just shy of $1000…and it was going to hit my bank card, which didn't have a balance anywhere near that, as soon as we got off the boat.

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