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Puerto Vallarta (Photo:Diego Grandi/Shutterstock)

About Puerto Vallarta

Once a small fishing community, Puerto Vallarta has emerged as one of Mexico's most popular destinations. With cobblestoned streets that climb straight up to the jungle, the town was largely unknown to the rest of the world until Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor embarked on a love affair while filming "Night of the Iguana" in 1963.

Now, the colonial "old town" is a favorite of history buffs, photographers and bargain hunters, while areas such as Marina Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta attract beachgoers, boaters and those looking for all-inclusive resorts. The southern coastal areas of Mismaloya, Yelapa and Las Animas Quimixto are scenic wonders of coves and gullies, ideal for snorkeling; the latter two are reachable only by boat.

Because of its warm waters, the Bay of Banderas is a breeding ground for hundreds of humpback whales during the winter months (as well as expat Americans and Canadians). Pacific dolphins can be seen year-round, jumping alongside the bow wake of the many cruise ships that call in Puerto Vallarta. Many tour operators offer eco-tours and photo safaris to take advantage of the abundance of marine life in the region; jungle tours, horseback treks and visits to tequila factories are some of the other excursions offered.

But for those who choose to just wander around the city during a day in port, Puerto Vallarta offers a rich, rewarding experience. The downtown area is crowded with shops, restaurants and lots of traffic. The main street along the water, the malecon, has a seawall walkway that is flat and easily negotiable by wheelchair-bound visitors and those with difficulty walking and is notable for the many sculptures that line the path. The streets a few blocks off of the main throughway, though, are steep and cobblestoned; wear comfortable shoes.


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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Grand Cayman, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
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      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 15
      Cabo San Lucas
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      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    metadoc
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    We had a great time!
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    mellow1
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Not the NCL of years ago-POOR!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Mazatlan
    • Day 5
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    bigkahuna642
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great cruise
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    New Year's Trip not as Happy as we would have liked
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
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      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal
    • Day 12
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 13
      Santa Marta
    • Day 14
      Aruba
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    KruzinKiwi
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Best mass-market cruise experience
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Not Very Good
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Cartagena, Panama Canal ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 5
      Panama Canal
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 8
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 9
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 10
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 11
      Huatulco
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 14
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    stjohnbeachlover
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A cruise I will always remember!
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    MileHighBill
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great NZ cruise
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Mazatlan
    • Day 5
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Carnival Panorama - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    West Coast-based ship; plenty of free activities and dining options

    Cons

    Noisy; service can be hit or miss

    Bottom Line

    A fantastic value for families and groups

    Reviews

    Carnival Panorama Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    If you're looking for a cruise ship that's big and diverse enough to keep even the most active per...

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    GlendaleAZ
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Mexican Riviera Quarantine Style (8 days for the price of 7 days)
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    Xertes
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Kudos to Carnival Panorama
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal
    • Day 12
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 13
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Millennium - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Never feels overly crowded; friendly, efficient service and modern cabins with USB ports.

    Cons

    Limited daily activities; about 50 percent of listed offerings actually for-fee or retail-oriented.

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful, easy-to-navigate midsize ship with comfortable, modern cabins and excellent dining.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Millennium Reviews