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Mexican Riviera Cruises

Puerto Vallarta (Photo:Diego Grandi/Shutterstock)

About Mexican Riviera Cruises

With its scenic coastline extending around the Baja Peninsula, western Mexico consists of three states and a petite grouping of islands. An experience on Mexico's Gold Coast may include lounging on the beach, kayaking a sandbar, exploring Mayan ruins or dancing in trendy nightclubs. Mazatlan offers a more traditional cultural experience, while Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas are especially accommodating to cruisers looking to shop or head to local restaurant and bars.

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Norwegian Bliss
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Norwegian Bliss

7 Night
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1,208 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
$524*pp
$75/night • inside Cabin

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Norwegian Bliss
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Norwegian Bliss

7 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Koningsdam
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Koningsdam

7 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line

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Majestic Princess
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Majestic Princess

7 Night
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444 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

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Norwegian Bliss

7 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Koningsdam

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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line

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Ruby Princess

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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

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Norwegian Jewel

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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Seven Seas Mariner

9 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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Ruby Princess

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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

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Norwegian Bliss

5 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Zuiderdam

12 Night
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1,070 Reviews
Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line

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Ruby Princess

10 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

Princess

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Zuiderdam

10 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line

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Carnival Panorama

7 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Grand Princess

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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

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Zuiderdam

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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line

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Discovery Princess

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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

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Regatta

10 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Zuiderdam

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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line

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Carnival Radiance

3 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Majestic Princess

10 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

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Norwegian Jewel

7 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Joy

7 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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What is the best time to cruise to the Mexican Riviera?

Mexican Riviera cruises -- encompassing ports like Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan -- are offered year-round, with the most crowded time being the winter months. However, summer in this part of Mexico can be uncomfortably hot and humid, so spring and fall are particularly nice options.

Which cruise lines go to the Mexican Riviera?

Nearly all of the major cruise lines, including Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America, Princess and Disney, feature regular Mexican Riviera itineraries. Luxury lines like Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas include Mexican Riviera ports on Panama Canal and Central America itineraries.

What are some things to do in the Mexican Riviera?

The beaches and bars get top billing on Mexican Riviera cruises and there are plenty to choose from throughout. Water sports (including surfing), shopping and dining are also hugely popular.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to the Mexican Riviera?

Americans with Mexican Riviera cruises beginning and ending in the same U.S. port (Los Angeles, for example) do not need a passport. If your cruise starts or ends in a Mexican port, you'll definitely need a passport; having one is highly recommended for everyone in case travel plans change.

What should I pack for a cruise to the Mexican Riviera?

Lightweight, comfortable shorts, t-shirts and sundresses as well as swimsuits and sunscreen are musts.

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