Our Ensenada Cruise and Wedding
Jan and I were married aboard the Carnival Ecstasy April 12 2002. The hardest part about the wedding day was waiting outside the terminal , while the ship prepared for the cruise. After an hour all were led onto the ship and were allowed to wander around until the ceremony. The wedding was held in the library(some ships do have chapels) and was beautifully decorated by the staff. Jan and I were both very nervous until the nuptials were said, then all was grand. The reception was held in an adjacent room, again beautifully decorated. There was an ice sculpture, hot and cold hors devours, wedding cake, open bar and a deejay..
My son Matt, his friend Gareth, and Jan's daughter Jess stayed on the ship and did the cruise with us. Our cruise was a quick one. We stopped at Catalina Island and Ensenada for 1 day each , were at sea for 3 days.
After a day and night at sea, we arrived at Ensenada. Ensenada is the 3rd largest Baja city located 78miles south of San Diego. We decided to take a tour bus down to the La Bufadora blowhole. The tour bus stopped at the Corona Factory Outlet for cervesas then off to La Bufadora. To get to the blowhole you need to fight your way through the vendors trying to sell you their wares. we kept telling them we just got married and received numerous shots of tequila. We watched a couple of eruptions, stopped on the way out for lunch then headed back to and Ensenada.
Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is an island off the coast of Southern California. just 22 miles (35 km) south-southwest of Los Angeles. I hadn't been there in a long time, but it still looked the same. They have a very pretty harbor and a nice shopping area. There are no autos on the island, so we rented a golf cart and cruised around the place for while. Jan and Jess shopped for a bit and we headed back to the ship.