Ports of Call

Cozumel, Mexico

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December 17-22,2017

Cozumel describes itself as a ‘Mexican heart with a Caribbean soul', and this tropical island resort, located off the Yucatan Peninsula, provides an evocative blend of Afro-Latino cultures. Renowned for its fine coral reefs and beach-scattered coastline, Cozumel is largely undeveloped in its central core where emerald jungles and swampy lagoons are home to endemic birds and butterflies. A noteworthy national park and several ecological reserves provide shelter for rare and endangered wildlife species, such as nesting marine turtles. Cozumel is also a haven for water-sports and fishing yet offers tranquility in abundance, from stunning sunsets and moonlit walks on secluded beaches to romantic candlelight seafood dinners on the sand.

And at every turn, there is something exciting to discover and explore. From the majestic archeological site in San Gervasio to the rustic, vivid green church in El Cedral, Cozumel has many stories to share. And their origins go back to 300 A.D. when the first Mayans settled on the island.

Today, Cozumel sees over two million visitors per year, making it one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico. Many travel here to dive, snorkel and enjoy long days of endless sunshine. But it's rich traditions that make Cozumel a vacation like no other. You'll experience it in locally owned restaurants and in eclectic gift shops.

On average, the island stays around a blissful 80 degrees. It's always a beach day in Cozumel which is home to the largest reef system in the Americas, the Mesoamerican Reef. Teeming with hundreds of tropical fish, turtles and other vibrant sea life, it is truly a diver's dream. Above the sparkling surface of the water, the trees are speckled with frigatebirds, brown pelicans, olivaceous cormorants and others. If you look closely, you may catch a glimpse of a tree frog, a crocodile or the prehistoric iguana resting in the lush vegetation.

Other water activities include para-sailing, kite surfing, and a tourist submarine. There are also two dolphinariums. At the cruise ship docks there are several square blocks of stores selling Cuban cigars, jewelry, t-shirts, tequila, and a large variety of inexpensive souvenirs.

Costa Maya, Mexico

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December 17-22,2017

Experience the ancient Mayan City of Chacchoben. Largely unexplored until 1999, this Mayan site dates back to 360 A.D. when it played an important role in the distribution of such precious items as wood, jade and exotic birds.

Or go snorkeling off the coast of Mexico and see parrot, butterfly and angelfish, and even an occasional glimpse of an eagle ray.

Costa Maya offers jewelry stores, beachwear and Mexican specialties such as silver and handicrafts. Great buys are also available on quality designer watches by Maurice Lacroix and Movado. In addition, the port area offers a plaza with shopping, a great saltwater swimming pool and fire entertainment. Our recommended stores offer this port's best selection.

With sparkling sands and turquoise seas, Costa Maya is a relaxing destination where you can swim and sun, explore the coral reef offshore or Maya ruins in the jungle. The nearby fishing village of Mahahual is even more laid-back.

Belize City, Belize

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December 3-8,2017

When you're in Belize, don't miss the chance to climb to the top of El Castillo. This 135-foot structure is one of the tallest Mayan structures in Belize. From the top, you can see the lush rainforest of Peten, the Mayan Mountains and even across the border into Guatemala. Keep your eyes open for flocks of toucans and parrots in the trees below you.

Tour the amazing Altan Ha pyramid and discover the prevalence of Mayan influence in this culture. This ancient temple was erected as a symbol of Mayan honor and devotion to the Sun God, one of the central figures in their religious beliefs. Visit the Baboon Sanctuary, Belize Zoo and Old Belize River are great places to witness some of Belize's wildlife. You'll see tapir, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margays, jaguarundis and more. See crocodiles and wild howler monkeys along the river. Explore Belize's exciting underwater world and take in its unique coral structures, intricate caves and extensive marine life.Stroll the marketplace in Belize City and mingle with the local vendors selling fruits, vegetables, and arts and crafts. For an exciting adventure, hop on the Reef Rocket, Belize City's fastest ride.

With such a beautiful Caribbean coastline, Belize also provides the perfect setting to snorkel and dive. Marine life is abundant here and a trip to Goff's Caye will provide you the opportunity to view some playful manatee in their own habitat..


Cozumel, Mexico

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December 3-8,2017

Cozumel describes itself as a ‘Mexican heart with a Caribbean soul', and this tropical island resort, located off the Yucatan Peninsula, provides an evocative blend of Afro-Latino cultures. Renowned for its fine coral reefs and beach-scattered coastline, Cozumel is largely undeveloped in its central core where emerald jungles and swampy lagoons are home to endemic birds and butterflies. A noteworthy national park and several ecological reserves provide shelter for rare and endangered wildlife species, such as nesting marine turtles. Cozumel is also a haven for water-sports and fishing yet offers tranquility in abundance, from stunning sunsets and moonlit walks on secluded beaches to romantic candlelight seafood dinners on the sand.

And at every turn, there is something exciting to discover and explore. From the majestic archeological site in San Gervasio to the rustic, vivid green church in El Cedral, Cozumel has many stories to share. And their origins go back to 300 A.D. when the first Mayans settled on the island.

Today, Cozumel sees over two million visitors per year, making it one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico. Many travel here to dive, snorkel and enjoy long days of endless sunshine. But it's rich traditions that make Cozumel a vacation like no other. You'll experience it in locally owned restaurants and in eclectic gift shops.

On average, the island stays around a blissful 80 degrees. It's always a beach day in Cozumel which is home to the largest reef system in the Americas, the Mesoamerican Reef. Teeming with hundreds of tropical fish, turtles and other vibrant sea life, it is truly a diver's dream. Above the sparkling surface of the water, the trees are speckled with frigatebirds, brown pelicans, olivaceous cormorants and others. If you look closely, you may catch a glimpse of a tree frog, a crocodile or the prehistoric iguana resting in the lush vegetation.

Other water activities include para-sailing, kite surfing, and a tourist submarine. There are also two dolphinariums. At the cruise ship docks there are several square blocks of stores selling Cuban cigars, jewelry, t-shirts, tequila, and a large variety of inexpensive souvenirs.