Departed from Phila at 7:00 am. However, our flight took us to L.A. A waiting shuttle took us to the Westin Hotel, where we got the bus for Ensenada. The departure time from the Westin was set in advance (around Noon Pacific Time if I recall). Others joined us in the lobby as their flights arrived, plus locals came via Taxi. The bus then stopped in San Diego where we stretched our legs, got a bite to eat, etc. At that time, our ship boarding passes were prepared for distribution on the ride from San Diego to Ensenada. When we got to Ensenada, all we had to do was walk on the ship. It was leisurely in L.A. The people waiting at the hotel in San Diego was a mob scene. The hospitality room ran out of water, etc. We just got out of the crowd and had a sandwich at a shop two doors down - no crowd there. Then we boarded the bus again for Ensenada. Many complained about the bus ride. However, it all depends on how you look at things. We accepted the bus ride as part of the trip, and enjoyed some beautiful scenery as we rode down the coastline. However, if do it again (which we want to do), we'd try to fly into San Diego next time. Let me know if you have more questions.