Cozumel is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, for many incredible reasons! Deemed one of the most beautiful areas to scuba dive, Cozumel is noted for its beautiful beaches, diverse watersports, and is rich with ancient Mayan history. Plus, it is also renowned for its many duty-free shopping opportunities! Once you reach Cozumel’s downtown area, you will find that it is very walkable (though many opt to rent mopeds as a means to get around). Aside from beaches, watersports, and ancient Mayan ruins, Cozumel is filled with many unique attractions and opportunities. If you’ve ever wanted to visit a lighthouse, pearl farm, tour a tequila factory, or swim with the dolphins, you can do all of that and more! Plus, you will discover delicious local cuisine that reflects the flavors and spices of the region!
Windstar Cruises is the only cruise line that currently features Caribbean cruises from Cozumel. Their tall-masted sailing yacht, Wind Surf, features a couple of fabulous cruises that depart in Cozumel. Depending on your itinerary, ports of call may include Georgetown (Grand Cayman Islands), Port Antonio (Jamaica), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Philipsburg (St. Marteen), and many more! Cruises range in length from 11- to 18-nights, providing you with plenty of time to explore one of the most beautiful regions of the world. A great time to visit Cozumel is between March and June, when you can enjoy the most ideal weather.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Cozumel. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Cozumel. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Cozumel:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.
On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Cozumel, along with a brief description:
There are so many incredible beaches in Cozumel that you certainly won’t have a hard time finding one that suits your tastes! One of the most popular beaches is Playa Mia Grand Beach Park. Perfect for the whole family, Playa Mia features a huge inflatable water park, a huge stretch of white-sand beach, a few pools (including a kids’ pool), water slides, and more! You will also have the opportunity to kayak, snorkel (gear rentals available), parasail or take out a pedal boat or wave runner. There’s also a kitchen, bar, and massages available. Another popular beach is Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park, which provides opportunities to swim with the dolphins, scuba dive, take an eco-archaeological tour, water shows, and more! There is also Punta Sur, a beach that’s famous for its colorful reef, beaches, lagoons, and lighthouse (which now serves as a museum).
Cozumel is a popular destination to try your hand at some fun watersports! Particularly noted for being one of the most beautiful scuba spots in the world, you can find many opportunities to dive. Some of the most popular diving spots include Punta Sur Reef, Palancar Garden, Santa Rosa Wall, and Columbia Wall. You will also discover a ton of snorkeling sites where you can swim among native marine life and admire the city’s beautiful coral reef systems. You will also discover plenty of opportunity for parasailing, paddle boarding, jet-skiing, fishing, boating, and just about any kind of water sport you can imagine!
♦ Ancient Mayan History
History lovers will have an especially great time learning about Cozumel’s deep roots to ancient Mayan history. You will discover tons of ruins and historic sites, including San Gervasio (a shrine worshiping the Goddess Ixchel), Chichen Itza (one of the 7 Wonders of the World!), Tulum (fortress remains), Coba (ruins located deep in the jungles of Cozumel), and El Cedral (village ruins). You can tour these sites yourself or join in on a guided tour, where you can learn more about the history and significance of each site.
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