Why has Mexico become one of the most popular of all cruise destinations? Climate, culture, history, shopping, and spectacular beaches are just some of the reasons. If you want a cruise which offers all of those things and more, and is a terrific value to boot, take a Mexico cruise.
Some people hesitate at the thought of a Mexico cruise simply because they are not fluent in Spanish. But that should be the least of their concerns, because many Mexicans speak English very well and can assist you in finding whatever you need. You can also use a Mexican cruise as an opportunity to improve you own Spanish.
The Riviera Or The Yucatan?
Mexico cruises, which are among the least expensive available, usually last between three and fourteen days and fall into one of two categories. Mexico cruises to the Mexican Riviera leave from Los Angeles or San Diego and sail along Mexico’s Pacific coast between Baja California and Acapulco.
Shore excursions for Mexico cruises to the Mexican Riviera will include deep sea fishing, parasailing, horseback riding, sunbathing, and of course, the legendary Acapulco nightlife. Some of the Riviera ports-of -call are Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Mazatlan.
If you would prefer Mexico cruises which depart from the eastern half of the US, the Mexico cruises to the Yucatan sail from Florida or the Texas ports of Galveston or Houston. The Yucatan region of Mexico is more humid than its Pacific coast, and its warm clear waters are perfect for snorkelers, swimmers, and scuba diver. Beach lovers can bask in the sun and sand of Cozumel of Cancun, while history buffs immerse themselves in the ruins of the ancient Mayan civilizations at Tulum, Uxmal, or Chichen Itza.
Cozumel is also a favorite shopping destination for Mexico cruises, with its open air mall of duty free shops right next to the main cruise ship port. Beautiful hand crafted jewelry, blankets, and clothing are available at very reasonable prices. And next to the Cozumel shopping district is a restaurant, bar, and gift shop, Carlos and Charlie’s, one of the major party stops for Cozumel visitors. It’s a great place to pick up some gag souvenirs for your friends back home.
The Chance To Escape All Year Long
Mexico cruises are available year around, are reasonably priced, and offer all the shipboard fun and luxury which travelers expect of their cruise vacations
Holland America Line is heading to the Mexican Riviera, offering 20 cruises aboard three ships between October 2019 and April 2020. A series of seven-day itineraries will be offered
aboard Oosterdam and Eurodam, while Maasdam’s popular EXC In-Depth Voyages expand to Mexico in 2020. All of the regular-season cruises sail roundtrip from San Diego, CA.
Each itinerary has three Mexican ports of call, including an overnight at Puerto Vallarta, providing extra time for a zip-line tour through the Sierra Madre Mountains, go whale-watching in Banderas Bay or visit one of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos. All cruises also include calls at Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.
Oosterdam kicks off the season October 6, 2019 and will continue to operate 14 seven-day cruises through April 18, 2020, including two holiday departures (December 21 and 28). Guests can opt for an identical itinerary aboard Eurodam October 19 and November 2 and 9, 2019. Cruisers interested in a longer sailing can extend Eurodam’s October 19 voyage by embarking four days earlier at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for an 11-day cruise that adds a call at Santa Barbara, CA.
For an even deeper exploration of the Mexican Riviera, Maasdam’s 12-day EXC In-Depth Voyage departs April 3 and April 15, 2020, and includes seven Mexican ports along the Sea of Cortez. Along with Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, calls include La Paz, Loreto, Guaymas and Topolobampo. Maasdam’s April 15 departure can be extended for an 18-day Collectors’ Voyage that also visits Santa Barbara, Monterey and San Francisco, CA, before arriving at Victoria then Vancouver, where guests will disembark. Holland America also has a few departures from southampton if you would like to see if the cruise line suits you, visit www.cruisesfromsouthampton.uk
Explorations Central Brings Mexican Culture on Board
Throughout the voyages, EXC programming brings Mexico’s local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences on board. Through EXC Encounters, a mariachi band in traditional attire will perform, while a barbecue on Lido Deck will include authentic Mexican dishes. Guests who want to learn more about the country can attend an EXC Talk by an EXC guide or head to America’s Test Kitchen for a cooking demonstration, cooking class or themed mixology class. The Dining Room and Lido Market also will showcase the flavors of Mexico, while bars will offer a variety of Mexican liquors and ingredients.
The EXC Team will provide further talks/lectures for the Mexican calls, and the in-stateroom EXC Channel will have a selection of curated films, documentaries and TV shows exploring destinations on the ship’s itinerary.
Mexico cruises feature a diverse selection of shore excursions that allow guests to experience each port of call. Tours focus on culture, history, nature, architecture, adventure, culinary and family outings. Exclusive culinary-themed food and wine shore excursions showcase the regions’ food scene from a local perspective.