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Why This May Be The Cheapest Way To Visit Mexico This Spring

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Mexico is an incredibly popular destination for spring break, but it's been becoming significantly more expensive and crowded recently.

Taking a cruise to Mexico can actually be a more affordable option than visiting for a week and staying in a hotel or all-inclusive resort.

Costa Maya Mexico

According to recent reports, this year is set to be the highest on record for cruise passengers visiting Mexico, with the most popular cruise ports being Cozumel and Mahahual on the Caribbean coast.

On the Pacific side of Mexico, Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, and Puerto Vallarta are the most popular cruise ports.

A cruise is a great way to experience Mexico this spring. Here's why it may end up being cheaper than a typical resort vacation and the benefits of choosing a cruise instead of staying at a resort.

Woman looking at cruise ship

Why Cruise To Mexico?

Cruises to Mexico are an easy and hassle-free vacation, perfect for spring break or any other time.

Typically, Mexico cruises originate in the United States — mainly from cruise ports in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana.

Cruises offer flexibility because you can choose a short cruise (some are only 5 nights long) or a longer cruise (think 8-10 days) that visits more destinations.

If you want to visit more than one place in Mexico, cruises are a great option! Although you'll only spend a day in each port of call, you'll get a taste of what each place has to offer.

Scenic view of Cabo

More Affordable Than A Resort

A huge reason to choose a cruise to Mexico is affordability.

Right now, many hotels and resorts along the popular Riviera Maya (which includes Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum) are reaching 100% occupancy and could totally sell out this spring.

Because of this increase in demand, prices have been skyrocketing.

Resorts in Cancun

It's not uncommon for an all-inclusive resort in Mexico to cost over $500 a night during the spring season.

However, you can find great deals on cruises for as low as $100 to $150 per person per night, especially if you don't mind staying in an interior cabin rather than an exterior or balcony cabin.

For example, you can currently take a 7-night cruise from Los Angeles to Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan for just $616 per person in April 2024 on Royal Caribbean.

And from Galveston, you can take a 5-night cruise on Royal Caribbean that visits Cozumel and Costa Maya for just $504 per person in April 2024.

Cruise ship in Cozumel

These deals were discovered on Cruise Critic, which is a great website for finding the cheapest cruises and comparing your options.

This makes a cruise to Mexico significantly more affordable than staying at a resort. And your cruise fare includes accommodations on the ship, all food, some drinks, and entertainment. (Alcoholic beverages, soda, WiFi, and shore excursions are typically extra.)

Plus, you get to visit multiple destinations in one trip, eliminating transportation costs.

tropical beach in Cozumel, Mexico

Who Should Take A Cruise To Mexico?

There are lots of options out there for every type of traveler when it comes to cruises to Mexico.

Based on a survey of the most popular cruise lines, some fan favorites are Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Virgin Voyages.

All of these cruise lines have many itineraries going to Mexico, making them your best bet for booking the perfect Mexico cruise.

Royal Caribbean ship in port

Cruises to Mexico are perfect for groups of travelers (including families with children, multi-generational groups, friend groups, etc.) who want to avoid the hassle and logistics of planning a group trip.

Due to the all-inclusive nature of cruises, you don't have to worry about a thing, which has made them an increasingly popular way of traveling. And with affordable prices on cruises to Mexico, this affordable alternative is a no-brainer.

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