Mexican cruises mix old world charm with modern amenities, giving a great blend of excitement and serenity to the holiday cruise. Starting from Californian port cities, most major cruise lines offer cruises down the west coast of Mexico. Mexican cruises typically only visit the west coast while the beautiful and warm waters on the east are usually included in Caribbean cruise packages.
The Baja Peninsula is well positioned for cruisers wishing to escape the bustle of California. Cruise ships pass serene stretches of beach, sparsely dotted with quaint fishing villages. Cruising past its deserted beaches is an ideal opportunity for whale watching and fishing. This serenity ends abruptly at the peninsula's tip, Cabo San Lucas, where the cool Pacific meets the warm Sea of Cortez and a flurry of activities spice up the Mexican cruise. Passengers can revel in shopping, bars, golf, diving, snorkelling and festivities on the crowded but lovely beaches. Longer voyages enjoy the highlights of Baja while continuing down the west coast to Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, commonly known as the 'Mexican Riviera'. Visitors can pick from the best of these towns. Mazatlan boasts world renowned seafood and Puerto Vallarta has retained its colonial era charm. Acapulco has been transformed into a cruise capital. Ships dock at a new cruise line terminal a short taxi ride from the town square. Pleasant beaches spread along the coast in both directions and visitors can shop at its many markets and up-scale shops. Many just relax the day away in shaded cafés in preparation for the legendary nightlife under bright lights.
While cruises in Mexico are a relaxing holiday activity, hurricane season in August through October often forces cruise lines to cancel or alter cruise itineraries so passengers should keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to be flexible. With a sombrero tipped over the eyes, aqua water circling one's feet and a margarita cooling down a beach day, or warming up a hot fiesta night, a cruise down the Mexican coast can be great excuse to live it up in luxury.