The number of passengers on Mexican cruises has increased dramatically in the past two decades, and most cruise liners are now serving this destination. According to statistics released by Mexico Tourism Secretariat (Sector), around 7.6 million passengers arrived to Mexico's ports in 2009. In all Mexico has around two dozen port cities offering the best in shopping, cultural activities and cuisine to the traveler, most ports are also located close to the country's leading archaeological treasures and other attractions.
Mexican Riviera Cruises sail along the western, Pacific coast, and operates year-round. Most of these cruises sail from Southern California and seasonally from San Diego or San Francisco. A Mexican Riviera cruise is usually 7 nights or longer and includes stops in Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Some longer cruises also include stops or overnights in Acapulco. Mexico's Pacific coast offers perfect waters for swimming and diving, resort towns that never sleep, and seaside villages where life is still lived the traditional Mexican way.
Mexican Baja Cruises always sail from Los Angeles or Long Beach. These are short 3 and 4 night cruises along the Baja peninsula south of California. This stretch has magical beaches and lively Mexican towns. The 4 night cruises often include a stop at Catalina Island and some include San Diego as well.
Western Caribbean cruises that include Mexico depart from Key West in Florida and the gulf ports of New Orleans, Galveston and Huston. A typical route would be along the Yucatan Peninsula with stops at ports like Cozumel, Cancun and Costa Maya, some of the busiest resort towns along the Mexican coast. Since these cruises typically visit other ports like Jamaica, Beliz and Grand Cayman, they are not considered Mexico cruises, but rather Western Caribbean cruises.
For anyone who plans to cruise Mexico, be sure to remember that all ports and locations will usually ask to see your passport or other identification. It is a good idea to keep copies of all travel documents with you, as well as on board the ship.