Shore excursions offer an exciting way to experience each port on your itinerary. Here is an overview of some popular excursions.
Note: Not all cruise lines offer all excursions listed.
Play With the Dolphins
A variety of spots in Mexico allow swimmers and non-swimmers of all ages to take part in a magical dolphin encounter. Learn more about these friendly creatures while getting a chance to pet one as it glides by, or dive right in and splash around with the dolphins in a supervised swim. Serious dolphin enthusiasts can even snag the job of dolphin trainer for a day -- this includes helping to prep food, learning about daily dolphin care and assisting a professional trainer with a dolphin swim program. Photo ops and videos are usually available so you can cherish your dolphin adventure long after you leave Mexico.
Scuba and Snorkel
Clear waters make the Caribbean a top spot for underwater discovery. Cruises that call at ports in the Caribbean give diving enthusiasts an opportunity to investigate rich coral reefs. Marine life here includes turtles, barracuda, nurse sharks, butterfly fish, parrot fish and blue tangs.
With an experienced crew at the helm, relax and enjoy the view as you sail through the Caribbean's warm waters, then drop anchor and take a refreshing dip. You can even have the opportunity to be part of a crew aboard an America's Cup yacht. Get answers to your sailing questions, learn the history of the regatta, hoist the sails and experience the thrill of gliding along the water in a state-of-the-art vessel.
Visit the Panama Canal
Learn about the history and future of what some call "the eighth wonder of the world" -- the Panama Canal -- while visiting Miraflores Visitors Center. Hear how this engineering masterpiece operates and witness firsthand the locks, designed to raise ships into the Panama Canal, in action. On other popular excursions you might visit La Reprosa, where you will find reproductions of pre-Columbian artifacts and jewelry, or take a canoe ride to an authentic Embera Indian village.
Visit the Mayan Ruins
Learn about the lives of the ancient Mayans at several archaeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula. Near Mexico's border with Belize, lush jungle shrouds the 10-acre Chacchoben site, where you can explore temples, gardens and the main pyramid. At Kohunlich, you can see the remains of public gathering centers, ball courts and temples that bear sculpted images of the city's long-gone rulers. Tulum overlooks the sparkling blue Caribbean and is dominated by the El Castillo structure, perched on a 40-foot cliff.
Experience an Off-Road Adventure
Navigate trails through Mexico's rugged landscape in an all-terrain vehicle, or practice racing an off-road Baja buggy with the guidance of an experienced instructor. Tourists looking for a less hands-on way to experience the adventure can let someone else take the wheel on an open-air jeep tour.
Ride a Horse
Horseback riding along a beautiful beach is a fun way to discover your surroundings. Delight in local flora and fauna on one of various possible riding trips. Horses are matched to each rider's ability and comfort level, so saddle up and enjoy the ride.
Mexico and the Caribbean are known worldwide as great sportsfishing venues. Aspiring or experienced anglers might catch a marlin or sailfish in some of the most abundant fishing grounds. Lunch and drinks on the fishing vessel are often included on these day trips.