Carnival’s Baja California Cruise: 4-Day Itinerary

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Advisor - Lindsay Vaughn
Curated By

Lindsay Vaughn

  • California

  • Cruises

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Relaxation

  • Sightseeing

  • Entertainment

Aerial view of a beach.
Curator’s statement

Baja California holds a cherished place in my heart, as it was my first-ever cruise and Mexico adventure. This paradise beckons outdoor enthusiasts with surfing, diving, hiking, and more. Let's explore the wonders of Baja! Read on to best plan your time in Baja California!

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Day 1: A Spectacular Day Aboard the Carnival Miracle!

Beautiful bay

Ahoy, travelers! Prepare to embark on a thrilling journey starting from the beautiful Long Beach, California port at 4 pm aboard the marvelous Carnival Miracle. Settle into your cozy stateroom and get ready for an unforgettable day. As you board the Carnival Miracle, let the excitement fill your heart! Check-in smoothly and find your comfortable room, your home away from home during this fantastic voyage. Head to one of the ship's delightful restaurants and indulge in a sumptuous dinner. From mouthwatering seafood to tantalizing international cuisine, your taste buds are in for a treat! After dinner, it's time to groove to the rhythm of the sea at the Alchemy Bar. Enjoy live music, refreshing cocktails and the enchanting atmosphere — the perfect way to cap off an unforgettable day on the Carnival Miracle.

Day 2: Discovering Catalina Island

Beautiful Catalina

Welcome to Catalina Island, CA! Rent a golf cart and explore the island's charm as you visit The Wrigley Memorial, Botanic Garden and Catalina Casino, three iconic landmarks that showcase the island's rich history. For a delectable lunch, head to Bluewater Avalon, offering delightful coastal flavors. Afterward, return to the ship, where you can test your putting skills at a fun round of putt-putt golf before relishing a scrumptious dinner at the Steakhouse.

Day 3: Ensenada's Enchanting Escapade

Beautiful ensenda

¡Bienvenidos a Ensenada, Mexico! Embark on the Top 10 Best of Ensenada excursion, a fantastic journey that includes a visit to the historic Riviera del Pacífico, where you'll sip on a complimentary margarita, the birthplace of this beloved drink. Discover the natural wonder of La Bufadora, North America's largest marine geyser. Stroll through an open-air market, indulge in delicious Mexican cuisine at Lidia's Tacos and taste exquisite wines at Bodegas de Santo Tomás Winery. Conclude the day with a delightful tequila tasting before heading back to the ship for some well-deserved rest. Enjoy an exquisite dinner at the Chef's Table and cap off the night with drinks at RedFrog® Rum Bar.

Day 4: Fun-Filled Day at Sea

Blue water in California

Get ready for a day of relaxation and fun aboard the ship! Start with a rejuvenating morning massage at the Cloud 9 Spa. Then, bask in tranquility at the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat pool. For lunch, head to Blueiguana Cantina, serving up tasty Mexican-inspired dishes. Challenge your knowledge with trivia and indulge in a satisfying dinner at the Lido Marketplace. End the evening with laughter at the hilarious Punchliner Comedy Club, a memorable adult-only comedy show.

Day 5: Farewell to Catalina Island

The coast of Santa Catalina with colorful houses and a dock.

As we sail back to Long Beach, CA, take in the last moments of this unforgettable journey. Cherish the memories of Catalina Island and Ensenada's captivating experiences. We hope you had an amazing time and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out Fora Travel Avisor Ashley Besic's guide, Exploring Santa Catalina Island.

Advisor - Lindsay Vaughn

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Lindsay Vaughn

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