There are many Cancun Cruises to enjoy on your Caribbean vacation. Cancun Cruises include the favorite Jungle Cruise, as well as romantic dinner and the rowdy booze cruises. Cancun with its endless, shallow beaches has no dock to support the giant cruise ships (Cozumel does).
Cancun cruises treat you to some of the most beautiful, natural scenery in the world and acquaint you with the Western Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, where Maya culture still exerts a fascinating presence in the lives the inhabitants.
The Riviera Maya is the ultimate destination for scuba divers and Eco-tours. Travel and Leisure Magazine consistently rates Cancun among the world’s top destinations, and the #1 Caribbean vacation spot.
For those who may choose to visit Cancun from a cruise ship, here are some FAQs.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, a passport is required. No, you may not use military ids, voter registration cards, or a library card.
Non-US Citizens must show proof of temporary or permanent residency in the US. This includes a valid green card, passport from their country with multiple reentry visas, picture id’s and in some cases visas from the countries they are visiting. Non-US Citizens should contact these consulates or embassies with regards to documentation prior to making your final payments.
Make sure you have your documentation well in advance before you make your final payment.
What should I pack?
Pack like you would for any resort. Cruises are casual by day, whether you’re on the ship or ashore. In the evening, ships vary as to dress. As onshore, attire is dictated by occasion. At the Captain’s Gala, for example, you’ll probably want to wear something more formal, such as a dark suit, or cocktail dress; perhaps even a dinner jacket or gown.
Will I need a tuxedo?
Many Cancun cruises now feature a more relaxed and casual approach to dress throughout the cruise – while on others, formal dinners or parties are part of the fun. But don’t buy a tuxedo just for the trip. Even on the most formal of ships, a dark suit and tie are fine for the dressiest occasions. If you do want to dress to the nines, many ships offer tuxedo rental services.
Are there safes and safety deposit boxes onboard a ship?
Yes, there are. Most Cancun cruises have safes right in the cabin with instructions on how to use them. If you would like a safety deposit box, the purser’s desk will get one for you.
Do they take cash onboard?
Today’s Cancun cruises have made the transition to a “cashless society.” All passengers are given an onboard charge card that typically doubles as their boarding pass. You would use this card for all purchases including drinks, souvenirs, shore excursions, boutique services, spa services, and etc. Cash is accepted in the casino, for gratuities to the staff that served you, and at the purser’s desk to settle your onboard account.
Can I use my hairdryer or shaver?
Most Cancun cruises have 110-volt outlets in the staterooms. But do check with your booking agent to be sure. Most ships even feature hair-dryers in your cabin.
Can we stay in touch with the outside world?
Quite easily. Most Cancun cruises have a daily newsletter with news, headlines, selected stock quotes, and sports scores. Many staterooms are equipped with televisions and satellite telephones. You can also call someone onshore through the ship’s radio officer while at sea. And, you can make phone calls from most ports. In addition, most ships have fax capabilities and many are adding computer cafés with Internet access for e-mail communication.
Are there medical services onboard?
Yes. There are 2 crew members a cruise ship cannot sail without – the Captain and the Doctor.
Do I need to bring my own wheelchair?
Wheelchairs are available for passengers who are injured after they get on board. Most cruise lines suggest that you bring your own collapsible one if you will need it throughout the cruise. Holland America Line has in the past provided a wheelchair throughout the cruise if it is requested in writing 30 days prior to departure.
Is there Baby Sitting on board?
Most Cancun cruises encourage families with children and almost always offer sitting services; however, availability can vary on the destination and time of year. Cruise lines with limited facilities for children may not provide a children’s program or sitting services unless a certain number of children are on board. Then there are those cruise lines who do not cater to children at all and may not offer any babysitting services.