Mexico Cruises - The Mexican Riviera
Come and visit Mexico via the sea! A more complete and gracious experience cannot be found! Visit some of the world's exquisite sea ports located on the Mexican Riviera and The Sea of Cortez. Cruise travel to locations such as Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Playa del Carmen and Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco have become increasingly more popular in part due to the availability, the scheduled cruise tours once reaching the port city and of course and the amenities provided on these "floating carriers".
Keep in mind today's cruise vacations offered by such giants as Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Cunard to name a few, encompass port city destinations and tours, activities, smaller boat trips and even dining extravaganzas once the ships dock into the ports of call. You have now scheduled a vacation within your cruise.
New on the horizon are the small ship cruises into Mexico such as Cruise West who's fleet include small ships with capacities of 102 to138 passengers, enabling the ship to navigate into off-the-beaten track waterways, narrow channels and tiny port
destinations that passengers on large ships will never see. Rather than heading into port directly, the Captains of these small ships are able to maneuver within narrow port cities and provide their passengers an up close view and when nature is putting on a show whether it's a spectacular rainbow or a rare view of wildlife. Captains can linger off schedule and provide such remarkable and unique views. Picturesque and historic towns, sleepy fishing villages...you'll be able to capture all the flavors of Mexico through your eyes and your camera lens!
Other cruise lines, such as Carnival, offer cruises up to sixteen days while island hopping on their
Fun Ship Cruises. They provide land excursions during these island stops that can be reserved at the same time as your cruise reservations - a trip within a trip. The cruise line staff and booking agents are quite knowledgeable in the ports of call local merchants who offer scuba dives, whale watching, submarine tours, beach waters sports and much more.
There is a ship departing daily...somewhere in the world...heading to the Mexican Riviera!
Entry by sea into Mexico
February 1, 2008, U.S. citizens may apply to the Department of State for the new U.S. Passport Card, which may be used only for arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Mexico at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry. THE NEW CARD MAY NOT BE USED FOR TRAVEL BY AIR.
In summer 2009, the final phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will go into effect. The actual date of implementation has not been set; as of the date of this writing it is anticipated to occur in the summer of 2009. Once implemented, all persons, including citizens of the United States, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to have and carry a valid passport to enter or re-enter the United States by air, land or sea.
Prior to the final implementation date, U.S. and Canadian citizens may travel without a passport on itineraries that do not require re-entry to the U.S. by air. In these cases, all U.S. and Canadian citizens must carry the following documents as proof of citizenship for travel within the western hemisphere countries listed above: 1) picture identification issued by an official government agency AND an original or certified copy of birth certificate from the state or province of your birth; or 2) picture identification issued by an official government agency AND a U.S. or Canadian Naturalization Certificate.