Choosing the best months for a Mexican cruise depends on what you are looking for. This large country offers visitors some climatic variation, but the best weather can be found generally between December and April when rainfall is at its lowest and the temperature remains around 75ºF, although this is also when humidity is at its highest. Those who prefer things a little cooler may find it best to visit during the month of May or between November and December when temperatures drop.
The least expensive times for a Mexico cruise are between May and June, or September and December. At this time of year, temperatures are a little lower, but there are fewer tourists and all of the most popular attractions and beaches are less busy. The most expensive period for tourists to experience Mexico is between December and April, with March and April being the costliest.
There are a number of major ports in Mexico that take cruise liners. The most prominent and popular are Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. A majority of Mexican cruises leave from either Los Angeles or San Diego and many of them stop at Catalina Island.
Cruisers can choose from a variety of shore excursions such as Mexican cuisine and wine tasting tours or sailing. For those who are more adventurous, many cruises have options to explore the Mexican terrain on horseback or on an ATV or buggy. Water sports enthusiasts can find options to go snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, or swimming. For those who are looking to relax, cruisers can sunbathe on world-class beaches or shop in local boutiques.
The wildlife of Mexico is another great attraction and visitors during December, January and February can enjoy the opportunity to watch humpback whales returning from their Pacific feeding grounds, and breaching out of the water. Some cruises such as the 7 day Mexican Rivera cruise on the Carnival Splendor offer opportunities to swim with dolphins, which can be a hit with kids.
The Mexican Riviera is one of the most popular destinations for cruises to Mexico and includes destinations such as Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. The Riviera offers tourists plentiful shopping and dining experiences, as well as excursions to the jungle. On the east coast, the seaside destination of Cozumel provides a range of tourist attractions, including sumptuous food outlets and live entertainment, while the authentic experience of downtown Cozumel is not to be missed for those seeking the real Mexico.
Cancun is famous for its Spring Break attractions and is ideally suited for younger tourists. Cancun also features a family-friendly downtown area that gives visitors a chance to savor authentic Mexican life.
Tourists keen to experience the delights of Mexico have plenty of options to choose from but Carnival is one of the most popular operator. They offer cruises that take in Catalina and Baja Mexico such as the Carnival Imagination cruise and passengers who want to savor the Mexican Riviera can enjoy the Carnival Splendor cruise. For families, the Disney Cruise Line offers the Disney Wonder cruise between the Pacific Coast and Mexico. Children and adults alike can experience Disney magic onboard with family-friendly entertainment such as musicals, fireworks, and a Goofy themed pool.