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Cruises from Mexico

Cruise in Costa Maya, Mexico
The Panama Canal is a great feat of engineering and links the Pacific and Caribbean Seas. Journey through amazing scenic beauty as your ship weaves its way through the isthmus. The Mexican Riviera offers shorelines of fabulous beaches like Acapulco and Cancun, ancient Mayan ruins, local shopping and much more.

Highlights of the region:
 • Visit the Cenotes or underground caverns in Tulum
 • Scuba dive in the Cozumel reefs
 • Check out the Gatun Locks at Cristobel
 • Sunbathe on Playa Blanca beach near Cartagena
 • Try a sundowner - Tequila

Departure Ports
Fort Lauderdale and Miami FL with San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco on the west coast of USA are the normal departure ports for cruises to the Panama Canal region. Acapulco in Mexico and Colon in Panama are departure ports too.
Ports of Call
Acapulco, Mexico
The ultimate place for you to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, Acapulco is as perfect as they come. Golden sands, secluded coves and beautiful bays line the shores of Acapulco. Come for a lazy holiday, to sun bathe under the brilliant sun, swim in clear blue waters and even to honeymoon. But come to Acapulco you must!

Costa Maya, Mexico
Costa Maya is your gateway into the interiors of Mexico and a base for you to explore the ancient Mayan ruins and old forts that teem with history. If history is not quite your thing, then spend your time in lazing in clear lagoons that abound or sunbathing on the sunny beaches of Costa Maya.

Cozumel, Mexico
Come explore the exotic marine life that lives among the corals off the shore of Cozumel. This island is known for its breathtaking beaches and the clearest of waters that surround it are great for snorkeling and water sports. Explore nearby Chichen Itza and Tulum in the day and evenings can be spent tequila tasting at a lively bar in Cozumel.

Mazatlan, Mexico
Mazatlan is a great escape for the tourist looking for sun-drenched beaches, rocking bars, great shopping, historic attractions as well as those looking to head out to the Sierra Madre Mountains with its many hiking trails and forest environment. Mazatlan beckons.

Cristobel, Panama
A shopper’s delight, the shopping starts at the pier itself with stalls at the Flea market selling bric a brac on the wharf of Cristobel! After the shopping, head to see the Gatun Lock of the Panama Canal – a marvel of engineering.

Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena is a pretty little seaside town steeped in tradition. The narrow alleys are lined with cheerfully painted houses with flower filled balconies spilling on to the streets. The courtyards and buildings exude a quaint colonial charm and makes your visit an interesting experience.

Cruise Lines Sailing in Mexico and Panama Canal:
Carnival Cruises
Celebrity Cruises
Holland America Line
P&O Cruises
Princess Cruises
Royal Caribbean International

Best Time to Cruise
The Panama Canal cruises run from October to April but it may be best if you cruised in the region after the rains which end in November.

Which Itinerary to Choose
The Panama Canal cruise durations range from 7 – 21 nights and the biggest dilemma is whether to choose a customary trans canal experience which translates to spending a day at the Canal crossing over from one ocean to the other or to take cruise offering a ‘partial crossing’ which means that the ship doesn't actually cross the entire Canal but lets the passengers disembark in the town of Gamboa, along the Canal. From here, they can take shore excursions and explore on land sights they otherwise wouldn't see if they were on the full day crossing. Take your pick!

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