Cruises to Cancun Mexico

A wonderful experience is waiting for you at the Yucatan Peninsula , where cruises to Cancun Mexico offer all of the best resort pleasures you have been waiting for.

The Yucatan Peninsula is known for its Mayan archeological structures, home of Chichen-Itza Pyramid (the world's seventh wonder), and for its beautiful crystal water and white sand beaches.

Departures from all over the east coast of the US can get you here. Popular and premium cruise lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, Princess, and others offer exciting cruises headed to the Mexican Caribbean.

Warm weather all-year long makes this destination a blast for everyone in any season. Yet it must be remembered that Cancun doesn't offer a cruise ship port, but cruise ships anchor off shore and provide access to the city within a short distance.

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Cozumel Mexico is the major port in this area and one of the most noted diving centers in the world, it is also the gate to Tulum and Xel-ha (a must see!). Another port of call is Calica (Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya Mexico ) located at the south of Cancun, you can disembark here but mostly any ship stopping at Cozumel offers a day trip to Cancun.

While looking over the internet you will come across cruises operating for 14 days but I'll assure that 7 days will do. If you really want to enjoy this wonderful region of Mexico, you may want to ask your cruise line how to do an extended stay in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Warm temperatures embrace the Mexican Riviera all-year long; you might be surprised to find out that the low season is during the summer months due to good weather in the North hemisphere. On the other hand, hurricane season comes in the late summer and early fall and you should take in consideration that Cruises may re-route their itinerary if needed.

What You Should Know

  • You will be given an ID card when you first board. Costs not include in most ships are for alcoholic drinks, shore excursions and on-board services (e.g. massages).
  • A calendar of events (social, recreational and entertainment activities) is published daily with plenty of things to do.
  • Shore excursions are organized in each port of call and a list of these and their prices are available before leaving so you can budget for them.
  • There are many different types of rooms/cabins, the higher the deck and the more spacious, the more expensive it would be.
  • There are many operating cruise lines, so don't worry, it will be easy to find a budget friendly cruise.
  • There is a cruise for everyone, if you are traveling with children then Disney and Royal Caribbean are just ideal.

About Shore Excursions when Taking Cruises to Cancun Mexico

  • At every port of call you have three options: stay on board, explore by yourself or take a ship excursion.
  • If you're into solo exploring, then grab a map and ask the locals for the best things to do. Don't forget to secure your money.
  • Sometimes you may prefer to find the tourism office and ask for tours and excursions, which may be cheaper than booking in the ship.

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Cruise ships from all over the world are attracted to the Mexican Riviera every year, be prepared and enjoy your trip. Don't forget a plan is the best way to make the most of your time.


Virginia Cordero


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