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Cruises to Acapulco

Acapulco (Photo:Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock)
Acapulco (Photo:Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock)

About Acapulco

Acapulco may not be the Hollywood celebrity magnet it once was, but with its glorious beaches, jumping main drag and pulsating night life, this holiday resort still packs a punch. If the city has an iconic signature, it's the La Quebrada cliff divers, who thrill onlookers today just as they did decades ago when jetsetters like Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Rita Hayworth and David Niven helped put Acapulco on the map.

With a population of 1.6 million people, Acapulco has been relentlessly developed, and there is little hint of its early origins. Longtime visitors may grumble that the area has lost its charm, but with its lovely, natural setting, rising from the blue bay up into the Sierra Madre mountains that frame it, Acapulco remains an undeniable scene-stealer.

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DAY 1: Miami

18 Night
Cruise to Acapulco

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16 Night
Cruise to Acapulco

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18 Night
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15 Night
Cruise to Acapulco

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San Diego
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18 Night
Cruise to Acapulco

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18 Night
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Why go to Acapulco?

Pros:

Watch the famous La Quebrada cliff divers

Cons:

Crime is a concern here. Don't wander to deserted areas alone, especially after dark

Bottom Line:

Lovely beaches and a kinetic nightlife draw travelers to this resort destination

Acapulco Cruise Port Facilities?

The marine terminal, which, overall, is quite unimpressive, has restrooms, a few trinket shops, an Internet station and kiosks offering guided tours. Basically, it's a walk-through.

Good to Know?

With Mexican drug crime a staple in the news today, it's no wonder that security is a cause for concern. What most foreign visitors don't realize, until they sample a place like Acapulco for themselves, is that tourist districts are under heavy guard -- and have been for years. Armed police are a huge (and, frankly, comforting) presence on the street, at the pier and in patrol boats that stand sentry over cruise ships while they are in port. That's not to say you shouldn't take the same precautions you would in any other city: don't wear flashy jewelry or watches or carry excessive amounts of cash, and steer clear of deserted beaches or streets after dark.

Getting Around?

The best thing about the cruise ship pier is that you can soak up a lot of scenery on foot. The fort, the old town and the beaches along Costera Miguel Aleman are all walkable -- 15 minutes at most. But, there's still a lot that is not -- the site of the cliff divers; the gorgeous hotels and beaches in the Diamante, or Diamond, district; and the far reaches of the bay are among those that are not stroll-worthy. The good news is that there's a public bus that runs the length of the strip for just a few dollars. And taxis, many of them Volkswagen Beetles, are everywhere -- and they are pretty affordable. A ride from downtown to a Diamante hotel should cost $15 to $20. Tip: Establish the price first. There are a number of so-called "authorized" taxi vendors at the marine terminal, but their prices tend to be higher than those you could negotiate by hailing a cab yourself. Also worth considering: You can hire a private, air-conditioned SUV for six people with an English-speaking guide for $60 -- $10 per person, per hour -- at the marine terminal.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Mexico's currency is the peso. Visit XE.com for current rates. ATM's are plentiful and tend to be the cheapest way to acquire pesos. However, most taxis and vendors will accept U.S. dollars or euros, and guides are happy to be tipped that way. Credit cards are not generally accepted in small family restaurants or tiny shops. To be on the safe side, ask first.

Language?

Spanish. Surprisingly, little English is spoken, except in the finer hotels, restaurants and shops in the tourist district. Many eateries do, however, have English translations on the menu.

Where You're Docked?

Cruise ships tie up at a pier in Old Acapulco -- just below the Fort of San Diego -- which was built in the 1600's. It's a terrific location; the center of Old Acapulco is a few blocks to the west, and the bay beachfront is just steps away to the east. An interesting factoid: Our ship rolled more at this dock than at almost any other time during our cruise of Mexico's Pacific coast. (It was gentle, though still quite noticeable.) You may not see them, but deep swells and impressive tides are characteristic of this magnificent harbor.


Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2017 Top-Rated Mexican Riviera Destinations

Acapulco Cruise Reviews

Norwegian Star
Freyward_Cruiser
Sail Date: Feb 2019
We took a boat out to Roqueta Island. Great views and so very relaxing!... Read More
Overthewaves
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Walked into town, visited museum at the fort which had historical interest, went to Sunday mass at the Cathedral (an experience for A Catholic from North America to experience Mexican catholicism), and took a glance... Read More
Norwegian Joy
Holly1a
Sail Date: Nov 2019
We got off the ship and walked to the Market place. We felt safe, because a local " chamber of commerce-guide" walked with us and gave us information. He exchanged our dollars for pesos for purchases in the local... Read More
Norwegian Joy
tractor1
Sail Date: Nov 2019
the cliff divers are a great scene,... Read More
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