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Welcoming, mysterious, charming – it's all about Costa Maya with its lovely villages, beautiful beaches, magnificent Maya ruins, and numerous attractions for every taste. Well, the
best things to do in Costa Maya on a cruise
is exactly what we are going to talk about today.
When you arrive at this private beach resort, you find yourself in the middle of a true oasis. Pristine nature, crystal clear water, fantastic views... The beach is well-maintained and provides excellent opportunities for various watersports. Resort's amenities include a pool, restrooms, several dining venues, and others.
Despite its popularity, Maya Chan Beach is very secluded and tranquil. The fact is that the number of visitors is limited. That's why we highly recommend that you make a reservation for an exciting day at Maya Chan Beach well in advance.
It is a lovely public beach with white sand and clear warm water situated in the village of Mahahual. Beach chairs, cozy bars, charming stores, local vendors – the beach is an excellent place to relax, have a good swim, and become a part of the vibrant local life. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, and other water sports. Treat yourself to a massage.
It is just a short drive from the cruise pier.
It is a themed water park with zip lines, hanging bridges, pools, waterslides, and many other attractions for guests of all ages. The water park is really unique since it is not just a place to have fun but to learn more about the history of the Maya.
It's time to discover something new and exciting.
This beach club is situated in Mahahual and is a great place to escape from crowds and enjoy a tranquil beach day. There you'll find sun loungers, umbrellas, restrooms, and showers, as well as local food, an Open Bar, a friendly staff, and a lovely atmosphere.
Just a 5-minute ride from the cruise port.
Please note that the number of spaces is limited so you should book early.
We should note that the port area itself is full of exciting attractions and things to do. Lovely stores, salt-water pools, cozy dining venues, and more – the Costa Maya Port is excellent for sunbathing, swimming, shopping, dining, and enjoying the moment.
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This village is famous not only for its beach, but also numerous must-visit attractions, including the lighthouse, Malecon, and others. Enjoy sightseeing, strolling, shopping, various watersports, etc.
Interacting with dolphins is always a very special moment. In Dolphin Discovery, you can touch them, hold, kiss, as well as dance with the dolphins, swim with them, and take fantastic pictures, of course.
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It is deservedly considered one of Costa Maya's most beautiful beaches. The view is fantastic, and the water is turquoise. Beach club's amenities include sun loungers, bathrooms, showers, parking, Wi-Fi, and more. There is an all-day open bar. Guests can try fishing, snorkeling, and many other activities.
Pez Quadro beach club is easily accessible from the port.
Although it takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to get to Lake Bacalar from Costa Maya, the ride is absolutely worth it. The lake is a real miracle and is definitely among the most beautiful places on our planet. There you can swim, take a boat tour, enjoy paddleboarding and other water sports, explore the pirates' channel, and more.
By the way, when you are in Bacalar, you can plunge into history and visit the Fortress de San Felipe Bacalar. Cenote Azul is also a must. It is one of the deepest cenotes in Mexico. There is an on-site bar and restaurant.
Certainly, acquaintance with the powerful Maya civilization is the main purpose of the visit to Mexico for many cruise travelers. And Chacchoben is one of the most popular Maya sites that you can explore from the port of Costa Maya.
It is only a 50-minute ride from the port.
What is your opinion about this list of the most exciting Costa Maya things to do? Have you ever visited any of the places mentioned in it? Do you have anything to add? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
By the way, you can also check the list of the top 10 attractions in Cozumel, another popular cruise port in Mexico, via this link.
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Yes, we have already talked about her many times. She definitely deserves attention, doesn’t she? However, there won’t be a lot of words today. Instead, we invite you to enjoy exciting videos of the
Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship.
Spectrum of the Seas ship joined her family, the Royal Caribbean International fleet, on April 11, 2019. On the same day, the liner left Bremerhaven, Germany.
Start of her cruise career.
SPECTRUM OF THE SEAS | start of the very first sailing under flag by RoyalCaribbean | 4K-Video - YouTube
On April 18, 2019, the RCI’s newbuild departed on her maiden sailing, a 46-night Global Odyssey. This adventure began in Barcelona and ended in Shanghai on June 3, 2019. On her way, the Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship visited 17 destinations, including Rome, Athens, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, and other ports.
Fantastic ship in a fantastic port. Let’s fly over Spectrum of the Seas in Singapore.
Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas @ Marina Bay Cruise Centre, Singapore (4K) - YouTube
Well, it’s time to take a virtual tour of the RCI’s latest addition.
Spectrum of the Seas, RCCL, Inaugural Cruise from Barcelona to Dubai, Shiptour Part 4 - YouTube
That’s how a breathtaking adventure on Spectrum of the Seas looks like.
Spectrum of the Seas - Holiday Video - YouTube
By the way, you can see how it all began and check the story of our heroine’s construction here.
Have you already cruised on Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas? Please share your impressions in the comments.
On May 5, 2019, a state of the art expedition ship, a luxury representative of the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet, left Hamburg for her inaugural sailing. Being small, elegant, and maneuverable, she already won the hearts of numerous adventure seekers. Please meet
HANSEATIC nature is the ice-strengthened expedition ship with eco-friendly technologies and equipment. She has a tonnage of 15,650-ton and welcomes 230 cruise lovers in 120 staterooms (or 199 on certain sailings).
The vessel has nine decks, seven of which are decks with cabins. Her onboard amenities include several dining venues, lounges, a pool, spa, fitness area, and more. She has onboard kayaks and 17 Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs, and everything on the liner is designed to help you completely immerse yourself in the destination that you are going to discover.
HANSEATIC nature was built by Vard. Her construction was started in May 2017. Steel cutting took place on May 9, 2017.
She looks incredible both from the outside and from the inside, doesn't she?
HANSEATIC nature will take her guests on breathtaking sailings to the Arctic and the Antarctic. Besides, she’ll show her friends the beauty of the Amazon, Chile’s fjords, and other mind-blowing destinations.
HANSEATIC nature is the first of the three identical expedition vessels of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The second and the third liners, HANSEATIC inspiration and HANSEATIC spirit, are expected to join their family in October 2019 and May 2021, respectively.
By the way, you can check interesting information about other new cruise ships 2019 via this link.
We bet you've already imagined common reasons that may make everything go wrong. For example, bad weather, seasickness, norovirus, the arrival of flight on the day of departure, too much alcohol, etc. However, we are not talking about that today. This time we'd like to tell you the stories from real life of cruise lovers which they kindly shared with CruiseBe.
We hope this information will be useful and will help you avoid negative experience in the future.
So, sit back, relax – and let's go!
We suppose this point is self-explanatory. Finding out that you are on a ship on the high seas with nothing, to put it mildly, is depressing.
"Luggage is checked in at the airport and supposed to be delivered to the ship and your cabin," James Ian from Travel Collecting said. "You don't find until after you've sailed that the airline lost your luggage. Luggage is usually delivered to the next port, but if you don't want to wear your travel clothes to the pool and formal night, pack some things in your hand luggage just in case."
Shanita Moore from Tour This World told us her story: "On one family cruise, my sister and her boyfriend overpacked to the point that there was no room for the luggage and the travelers. We had to make all sorts of crazy luggage on top of roof configurations in order to make it to the port with everyone in one vehicle. This was due to the fact that each packed one suitcase per person with nothing but shoes in it. I mean how many pairs of shoes does one need on a cruise? The kicker was they wore the same pair of shoes the entire cruise!"
Consider the weather, activities, and cruise tours you choose for port days. Do not overpack to keep yourself and your fellow travelers calm and happy.
Missed or changed port/ports, changed time of arrival/departure, a shortened sailing... In fact, it's all about the same thing – about the change in your plans. No matter whether this was caused by bad weather, technical issues or political situation in the port of call, etc. Any changes to the planned itinerary are disappointing in most cases.
Yes, we should remember that a decision to change the itinerary is usually made to provide the maximum comfort and safety for the passengers. However, here's what happened to Elisse Clark from Elkhorn Inn & Theatre:
"We've had Caribbean cruises miss ports twice - and although it was blamed on the weather (so they wouldn't have to compensate anyone), the reality both times was that it was due to timing miscalculations by the staff - and everyone on board knew it. That was a disappointment, and for some, it truly ruined the cruise, as those were the most important ports for them, but that is one of the risks you take when you cruise..."
Elisse Clark also shared a useful tip: "When we book our private tours we always ask about the cancellation policies in case the cruise bypasses the port, and get it in writing by email with our confirmation - we've never had a problem getting refunded."
When your itinerary is changed, bad communication may cause a nightmare.
"We had an experience in which this happened and had booked a particular ship and itinerary as we hadn't been there before," Nicole Ratner from Cruising with the Family started her story. "One port stays the same, YET the excursion is canceled due to the weather even though it's sunny and gorgeous. The part that ruins it all is the line not informing us the excursion was canceled, leaving us NO time to rebook one that we would want to do."
"So, long story short what can really ruin a cruise is bad communication," Nicole Ratner concluded.
"We have cruised many of times all over the world, both with larger and smaller lines and ships, and have had only one bad experience," Elisse Clark from Elkhorn Inn & Theatre began. "I think the reason it was so terrible was that it turned out to be a drydock cruise, right before the ship went in for repairs. And not only was the ship literally falling apart, the crew truly did not give a hoot about anything - they not only sat in the bar cursing and hooting at night, and bragged constantly all week about being able to leave the ship, security was non-existent, the excursions were nightmares, and the staff were so insulting that they literally had me in tears on three occasions."
"We now ask - and avoid all pre-drydock cruises," Elisse Clark finished her disappointing story.
... without specifying details of such travel.
That's exactly what Amanda Emmerling from Toddling Traveler faced with:
"I discovered just before our cruise that our son wouldn't be able to use the pool since he was only 13 months old and not potty trained, and our ship didn't have a baby pool. I was initially upset that our travel agent didn't give us a heads up before booking, but it ended up not being too bad since he could still stand on the edge and we at least knew beforehand. There was another family that didn't know about this policy until the lifeguard told them to get out of the pool, and they were really angry about it. "
By the way, we have several tips for cruising with your baby. You can check them via this link.
Tiffany Humfeld from Peace Love & Wine shared a story of her friends who have just "experienced a bit of a cruise fail:"
"It was spring break. They didn't know. They wanted a simple stress free family trip with their 4-year-old. It wasn't relaxing because people were barfing in the pool and the pool got shut down. That's enough to ruin a cruise trip."
Well, school holiday, hurricane season, a national holiday in a port of call, etc. – all this can make adjustments to your plans.
For example, visiting the port "on a wrong day" is an unpleasant situation, as happened to Amanda Emmerling from Toddling Traveler. Her cruise had only one stop, and it was a national holiday on the island.
"This happened to us in Bermuda, and we weren't aware until getting off the ship," Amanda Emmerling told CruiseBe. "There was limited transportation, and many shops were closed (which was a bummer in Hamilton especially.) We honestly made the best of it, but getting back to our ship was a comedy of errors with trying to get public transportation home via ferry and bus and ultimately taking a taxi van all the way around the island.
"If your ship is leaving port at an all aboard time, you typically want to get back around half an hour beforehand," Max Robinson from WeSwap Travel told us. "I found this out the hard way - accidentally leaving it far too close to the all aboard time and having to sprint up the pier to make it in time! There were a few chuckles from my fellow passengers as I stumbled onto the boat all flustered, but I just consider myself lucky to have actually made it in time!"
We suppose you've already heard the term "pier runners." If you haven't, you can find a full explanation, as well as several other terms that can be understood only by cruise addicts, via this link.
By the way, we also made a compilation of insightful videos of pier runners. You can check it here. To avoid joining their ranks.
Ilana Schattauer from Life Well Cruised claims that "cruise ship "comparisons" is something that can spoil a cruise vacation from beginning to end!"
"I've been there," Ilana Schattauer said. "Several years ago, after cruising with Royal Caribbean a few times and of course growing accustomed to that experience, we tried a different cruise line.
Well, from almost the moment we got on the Princess ship, we started looking around and comparing EVERYTHING! The cabins were different, the ship layout, activities... After about a day of this comparing, which was leading us towards some complaining, we decided to put a stop to it! Honestly, if we had continued, it would have ruined our cruise."
"Instead of comparing," Ilana Schattauer continued, "we changed our attitude and embraced the new things, realizing comparing just keeps you from enjoying the cruise experience you're having at the moment.
End of the story... of course, we loved our Princess Cruise and have sailed with them several times now. We've also cruised on several lines, and although we have our preferences, we know each ship has its pros and cons."
10. Pushy street vendors, taxi drivers, tour guides
"When you visit islands that struggle with poverty," Emily Porter, a writer at House Method, said, "it can be intimidating when someone comes up to you and tries really hard to convince you to buy something from them. You feel bad not buying it, but at the same time, you don't want to buy something you'll never use."
Have you ever faced with a problem of pushy taxi drivers who surround you as soon as you leave your cruise ship? Or of annoying guides who impose their services? In your opinion, what is the best way to avoid such "attacks?"
11. A surprise cell phone bill after returning home
Yes, some things can ruin your cruise even after you thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Do the cell phone plans that you have with your carrier (for all of your tablets and cell phones) cover cruises?" asked Jacqueline Hugo from Hugomatica. "Typically, the answer is no because when you are cruising, your location is an ocean, not a country. So, even if you have a list of countries covered by the $10 per day, per device international plan, cellular data on cruises, is typically charged above and beyond that."
By the way, such surprises may also happen with your onboard account. Carefully check what services are not included in the base fare. Plan your onboard expenses ahead of time. Check your cruise line's tipping policy. Generally speaking, do your homework before you set sail.
Have you ever been in situations like that? Please share your stories and cruise tips on how to avoid them.
Don't let anything spoil your cruise vacation!
Lovely colonial architecture, magnificent churches, unusual sculptures, balconies full of flowers, beautiful local women with fruits – well, this city has a special charm and is deservedly considered one of the most welcoming Caribbean ports of call. Exciting
things to do in Cartagena, Colombia attract visitors from around the world, and its unmissable ambiance makes you fall in love with this city.
Dear friends! Are you ready to take a virtual tour of the TOP 10 attractions in Cartagena? Well, let’s go!
It is the very heart of Cartagena – the lovely Old Town surrounded by historic walls. Amazing architecture, lots of history, cozy bars and restaurants – you should definitely wonder the streets of Walled City to understand Cartagena. To feel it.
Together with the city’s historic center, Castillo San Felipe de Barajas was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. This mighty fortress is situated on the hill and is a perfect place to learn more from the history of Cartagena and Colombia, as well as to admire beautiful views of the city.
It is a lovely well-preserved church situated in the Plaza de San Pedro Claver. Relax in the shade, take a picture, look inside - this historic church is absolutely worth a stop on your sightseeing tour of Cartagena.
It is a cozy district with lovely streets, colorful buildings with fascinating stories, romantic cafes, lively nightlife, and art at every step. It’s perfect for strolling, shopping, dining, watching people, and enjoying the moment.
We have discussed this private cruise port many times, and no wonder. Romantic CocoCay with its beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, attractions for visitors of all ages cannot but amaze and allure. Especially after its recent $250 million transformation.
Dear friends, today we offer you to speak less and watch more. Are you ready for the first glimpse of
Perfect Day at CocoCay
As you probably all know CocoCay, Bahamas cruise port is Royal Caribbean International’s private destination. Which means the island is open exclusively to the cruise line’s guests. And RCI decided to make this experience even more exciting and transformed the island completely turning it into the company’s first next-level private destination.
Here’s how the construction site looked like just five months ago.
Constructing Royal Caribbean's Perfect Day at Coco Cay - Construction Slideshow - YouTube
And then it turned into a true haven of carelessness and happiness.
Perfect Day at CocoCay: Aerial Drone Views - YouTube
Now we invite you to check photos and videos shared by cruise lovers who have already been lucky enough to visit this piece of paradise somewhere in the Bahamas.
Earlier in the week, we celebrated the
Spirit of Discovery
float out together with Saga Cruises, and we promised you to see this beautiful new cruise ship at the shipyard and check the story of her construction. Well, we can’t wait to start our virtual tour, so let’s go!
As usual, we’d like to begin with the information on the Spirit of Discovery cruise ship and her general characteristics.
The liner will have a tonnage of 58,250 GT and a capacity of 999 passengers and 517 crew members. This small luxury vessel will have 10 decks. Each of her 540 cabins will feature a private balcony. It’s interesting to know that more than 100 staterooms were designed especially for solo travelers.
The vessel’s onboard amenities will include various dining venues, an outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, sports court, beauty salon, boutique, and more.
Spirit of Discovery is the first new ship for the British based cruise company. Currently, she is in the final stages of construction at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Spirit of Discovery maiden voyage is scheduled to begin on July 10, 2019 in Dover, England. By the way, Dover will be one of the two homeports for Spirit of Discovery. The second one is the port of Southampton, England.
Spirit of Discovery itineraries will include various Northern Europe & Baltic Cruises and the Mediterranean & West Europe Cruises, as well as unique roundtrip Transatlantic Cruises.
Well, it’s time to get acquainted with the story of the construction of the Saga Cruises new cruise ship.
The traditional ceremony of steel cutting took place in February 2018 which marked the start of the liner’s construction.
This beautiful ship joined her fleet in February 2019 and has already become the favorite liner for thousands of cruise lovers. Named after the king of gods in Roman mythology, she is mighty and cozy, modern and very special at the same time.
Dear friends, today we’d like to watch several exciting videos of the Viking Jupiter cruise ship.
Viking Jupiter became the sixths representative of Viking Ocean Cruises’ fleet. She has a tonnage of 47,800 GT and a capacity of just 930 guests. Yes, she is a small cruise ship that provides an exceptional experience in an intimate atmosphere.
Each of the Viking Jupiter staterooms has a private balcony. Onboard amenities include dining venues for every taste, cozy lounges, pools, hot tubs, the spa, gym, and more. One of the ship’s highlights is its high-tech planetarium.
Currently, the liner operates cruises in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Besides, she is scheduled to take her guests on unique sailings in South America.
Well, it’s time to look at this lady.
First of all, let’s take a bird’s eye view of the Viking Ocean Cruises’ latest addition. Viking Jupiter cruise ship is departing from Piraeus, Greece.
Aerial (drone) video - MV Viking Jupiter sailing from Piraeus ! - YouTube
It’s magical, right?
A couple of days ago, the Viking Jupiter ship was passing through
VIKING JUPITER // A picture-perfect day in Germany's Kiel Canal - YouTube
Now let’s take a virtual tour of the liner. No doubt she has something to surprise even the most sophisticated tastes.
Visite du Viking Jupiter Cruise ship tour - YouTube
And this is what an unforgettable adventure on the Viking Jupiter ship looks like.
Viking Jupiter Shakedown Cruise - YouTube
By the way, you can also check the story of Viking Jupiter construction via this link.
Beautiful, elegant, comfortable, stylish, luxury, welcoming – all this is about the Viking Jupiter cruise ship.
Have you already sailed on her? Please add your epithets that describe our heroine in the comments.
Untouched nature, lovely beaches, dozens of dive sites, exciting activities – this is all Bonaire, a small picturesque island in the Caribbean Sea. The list of things to do in Bonaire
is impressive, and it is not surprising that so many cruise ships call at the welcoming port of Kralendijk, the island’s capital and largest city.
Today we invite you to take a virtual tour of the TOP 10 Bonaire attractions. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Wonderful opportunities for diving is definitely among the main reasons why so many people dream of visiting Bonaire. The whole coastline of the island is part of Bonaire National Marine Park. Crystal water, colorful reefs, abundant marine life – get ready for breathtaking adventures. And don’t forget your camera.
This uninhabited islet is a haven of tranquility and relaxation. Pristine nature, a beautiful beach, turquoise water, mind-blowing scenery – it is a perfect place for a picnic, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, and more.
Washington Slagbaai National Park - Virtual tour - YouTube
It is a place where you can forget about problems, take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life – and just relax, admire beautiful nature, learn more about the island and its history, and dream. Besides, you can enjoy birdwatching, petting iguanas, hiking, biking, diving, and many other activities in this Bonaire’s national park and ecological reserve.
There is a romantic beach where you can both relax and try something new and extreme, including snorkeling, kitesurfing, paddleboarding, and more. You can even see turtles and flamingoes if you are lucky enough. The site is pristine, and the views are breathtaking.
Jibe City is deservedly considered a windsurfing paradise. It is a center where you can take lessons, rent equipment, buy surf clothing, and enjoy windsurfing, of course. Besides, there is a cozy bar where you can relax, admire the view, and refresh yourself.
Salt Pier is deservedly considered one of the island’s best sites for diving. Its underwater world is abundant and colorful.
Please note that you need a local divemaster with Harbor Master's permission to explore this dive site.
It is a place to learn more about the island, its inhabitants, their culture and traditions, and more. The museum is situated in the very heart of Kralendijk and is a must visit for all history lovers.
This popular dive site is situated not far from Kralendijk. It is a great place to get acquainted with the island’s marine life, including corals, turtles, octopuses, barracudas, and many other colorful inhabitants.
Of course, list of Kralendijk, Bonaire things to do is much longer, and everyone will definitely find something to his/her liking. Please share your must-visit places on this beutiful island in the comments.
By the way, you can also check TOP 10 attractions in Curacao via this link.
Neue Mein Schiff 2, Viking Jupiter, MSC Bellissima, Costa Venezia, Spectrum of the Seas – they’re all already sailing the seas and oceans in different parts of our planet. Well, it’s time for the Celebrity Flora ship to join her cruise family.
Her maiden voyage is just a month away. In the meantime, we invite you to visit this beauty at the shipyard.
Celebrity Flora is Celebrity Cruises’ expedition ship designed specifically for Galapagos sailings. Her tonnage is 5,739 GT and capacity is 100 guests. Offering all-suite accommodation and elegant public spaces, Celebrity Flora will become the most groundbreaking vessel to operate cruises in this region.
Every detail of the ship and her sailings is thought out to help cruise lovers completely immerse themselves in the destination.
Well, let’s take a closer look at this beauty at the shipyard.
Celebrity Flora is under construction at Shipyard De Hoop in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her keel was laid in December 2017. In January 2019, the ship was launched. That’s how it was.
4K | Ship launch Celebrity FLORA | Amazing new Expedition Ship for Celebrity Cruises - YouTube
The ship is repositioning from Tolkamer to Schiedam.