Forget spring break and rowdy all-inclusives in Mexico. We are here to take you on a cruise to Mexico that will have you sailing in sophisticated comfort while experiencing local culture and fun activities in ports of call all around the coast of Mexico. From ancient Mayan temples to tequila tastings to some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world, we’ve got the pulse on what makes a Mexican vacation amazing and will escort you right to it.
We sail along both the eastern and western coasts of Mexico, providing itineraries to the Mexican Riviera along the Pacific coast and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula by the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. On the east coast of Mexico, we stop along and by the Yucatan Peninsula on some of our Caribbean cruise itineraries. The two Mexico ports of call we stop at in this region are Costa Maya and Cozumel.
On the Pacific side of Mexico, you’ll find the peninsula of Baja California and gorgeous mainland coastline of southwestern Mexico. Ports of call in these regions are typically called upon by ships cruising to or from South America, or ships sailing our Hawaiian, Pacific Coastal or Transpacific itineraries. Ports you might visit are Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas in Baja California; Ensenada via Hawaii and Pacific Coastal itineraries and Cabo San Lucas on Panama Canal or South America itineraries. The latter itineraries also frequently visit Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco in southwest Mexico.
A cruise to Mexico takes you to some of the most beautiful areas of the country, but it isn’t just photo-worthy scenery that awaits you. While on a Mexico cruise, you can discover both ancient and present-day culture, embark on an epic adventure, and finish the day with tacos and tequila.
Mexico is an epicenter for adventure. Find adrenaline-inducing activities in every port of call, whether you want to explore beneath the water or get up above the trees. Go scuba diving or parasailing, river tubing or ziplining, jetskiing or even off-roading on a Jeep.
During a Mexico cruise, you can visit the wonders of the ancient Mayan civilization that had many settlements on the eastern coast of Mexico. You can also learn how Mayan culture continues in Mexico to this day.
One of the best ways to go swimming near the Riviera Maya isn’t off the beaches lining the western edge of the Caribbean Sea (though that is also great); it’s in one of Mexico’s mysterious cenotes. These cenotes are limestone sinkholes filled with turquoise water and often have a jungle-like ambiance.
The ports of call you’ll visit during your Mexico cruise depends on the side of the country you’ll be sailing on and which type of itinerary you’re on. No matter where you are in Mexico, though, you’ll pull into port and be met by gorgeous vistas that range from coastal city skylines to jungle-lined beaches.
Whether you want to float in some blissfully clear water or get your heartbeat up on an exciting adventure, we have a vast array of Mexico shore excursions to fill your day with culture, unforgettable views, and thrilling activities.
Scuba diving shore excursions are available when taking a cruise to Cozumel whether you’re a certified diver or a beginner. Certified divers can experience the deep reef walls of Cozumel, while beginners can get a brief training by a PADI-certified instructor and then dive in water that won’t exceed 25 feet.
Two of the Mayan ruins that are the easiest to access during a Caribbean cruise to Mexico are Chacchoben from Costa Maya and Tulum from Cozumel. The Mayan ruins of Chacchoben feature well-preserved step pyramids. In Tulum you’ll find oceanfront remains of a Mayan fortress right by a gorgeous beach.
One of the best adventure parks you can find in Mexico is right by the cruise port of Costa Maya: Maya, Lost Mayan Kingdom Adventure Park. The exciting activities can easily fill your entire day in port with zip-lining, tubing, and massive water slides.
Taking a catamaran around the clear blue water of Mexico is a great way to pass the day. You’ll feel the sea breeze on your cheeks and smell salt in the air while you sail around Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas and see the famous Los Arcos rock or sail into the sunset while in Puerto Vallarta.
We offer cruises on both of Mexico’s coasts: the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, which is off of the Gulf of Mexico and often referred to the Riviera Maya, and the western coast that consists of a long peninsula referred to as Baja California and the mainland of Mexico.
In Baja California, your cruise will come to Cabo San Lucas usually before or after visiting the mainland cruise port of Puerto Vallarta. Both Cabo and Puerto Vallarta are visited as part of Panama Canal cruises. They also are often included on South American cruise itineraries that are repositioning to or from the Chilean coast.
On the Gulf of Mexico side, you’ll sail to the Yucatan Peninsula ports on Caribbean cruise itineraries. The gateway port to the scenic Riviera Maya is the port of Costa Maya, which serves as the jumping off point to the surrounding area of Mexico and also has many activities to do right on the premises of the port.
Just off the Yucatan Peninsula and a short distance south of Cancun is where the island of Cozumel is located, and it is also a popular port of call on Western Caribbean cruise itineraries. From Cozumel, you can also find excursions to other parts of the Riviera Maya and inland Yucatan Peninsula or simply explore around the beautiful island.
With the amount of water-based and adventurous activities in Mexico, you may want to pack multiple swimsuits – one that’s a better fit for sunbathing on the beach and one that’s more of a sports-fit for action. In addition, closed-toe shoes may be a better fit for certain excursions that are especially active on land so don’t just pack flip-flops; also slip some water shoes and hiking shoes into your suitcase depending on the Mexico cruise activities you want to do.