Cozumel

The “island of the swallows”
Dense forests and windswept beaches
Xcaret: a Yucatán theme park

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Cozumel

The land of the swallows

A forty-kilometre-long island directly off the coast from Playa del Carmen, Isla Cozumel is a renowned cruise-ship call: nearly every day, up to ten cruise ships dock at one of the island’s three dedicated piers, all just south of the only town, San Miguel.

A holiday to Mexico with MSC Cruises will present you with restaurants, souvenir shops and jewellery stores, all along the malecón (Av Rafael Melgar) in downtown San Miguel


If you fancy a museum, the attractive Museo de la Isla de Cozumel has small displays of the flora, fauna and marine life of the island, as well as a good collection of Maya artefacts and old photos.


If you’re not a diver, there’s a certain appeal in wandering the relaxed inland blocks of San Miguel, away from the piers, spotting Maya ruins and birds (the Maya called the island cuzamil – “land of the swallows”) in the dense forests and being the only person on the windswept eastern beaches. 


Midway across the island, San Gervasio is the only excavated Maya site on Cozumel. With several small temples connected by sacbeob, or long white roads, it was one of the many independent city-states that survived the fall of Chichén Itzá, flourishing between 1200 AD and 1650 AD. As part of a larger nature reserve the site is worth a visit for the numerous birds and butterflies you can spot early in the morning or late in the day. 


Another place to visit is Xcaret, a surprisingly pleasant theme park: it offers all the Yucatán’s attractions in one handy place, with a museum, a tropical aquarium, a “Maya village”, a beach, some small authentic ruins, pools and more than a kilometre of subterranean rivers down which you can swim, snorkel or float. On the other hand, neighbouring Xplor is dedicated to ziplines and other outdoor adventure.

Must see places in Cozumel

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Limited number of guides in languages different from English. Should your language be not available the tour will be performed in English.
  • ATVS & BEACH ADVENTURE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    COZ42

    After leaving the ship, the trip kicks off with a drive to the old Mayan town of El Cedral, the place from which your all-terrain vehicle tour will begin. You can then enjoy the beautiful views of the lush green forest before exploring a Mayan cave system, a sinkhole and a small Mayan ruin. All told, your off-road experience will take about 2 hours before you reach one of the island’s exclusive beaches. Feel free to stay at the beach for some rest and recuperation, or – weather permitting – take part in an optional 45-minute snorkelling trip that will let you meet and greet the fascinating underwater wildlife. Your exhilarating ATV tour comes to a close with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: guests must be at least 18 years of age to drive the ATV’s, weigh no more than 320 lbs. and must present a valid driver’s licence to take part in the tour. The tour is not suitable for pregnant women and guests suffering from pre-existing back/neck problems, heart conditions or epilepsy. Open-toed shoes must not be worn. You are recommended to wear swimwear and clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and/or dirty. Guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5 h

    • AdultsR1109Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • BEACH BUGGY & SNORKEL

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    COZ26

    Rev up your engines and get ready for a beautiful adventure as you drive a Dune Buggy along a paved road, through the pristine tropical environment along the Caribbean coastline of Cozumel! Drive your buggy (4 guests per car) to the southern tip of Cozumel Island past the breathtaking blues of the Caribbean and the mysterious greens of a tropical jungle. We will snorkel inside Cozumel’s underwater national park in an offshore beach snorkel geared for the whole family. You will receive safety briefing and the friendly guides will teach the ins and outs so you too can enjoy this wonderful activity. After this we will continue on to the eastern side of the island for a wonderful beach break. Here you will swim have fun in the sun and enjoy a Mexican Buffet Lunch. You will then hop back into your Buggy and head to a Mayan village, to see how they used to live and to learn some of their traditions, visit a tequila taste testing venue and taste different varieties of this Mexican tradition. Another day, another adventure you won’t soon forget! When it’s all over you’ll drive back into town where you may either return with the tour to your ship or be let off in downtown Cozumel to do some shopping on your own. (Return taxi fare not included. Option available as time allows, depending on tour return time and the ship’s departure time). Please note: Minimum age to snorkel is 8 years old. Guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid driving license. All cars have shift gears. Four (4) guests per car. This is an Alcohol Free Tour: a designated driver from each jeep will need to be selected and will not be able to participate in the tequila tasting. Guests who do not want to snorkel can remain on the beach and enjoy free time. Only biodegradable sunscreen is allowed to be used due to reef damage caused by normal sunscreen. Due to the active nature and rough terrain of the tour, it is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with cardiac and respiratory problems, such as asthma, or with back/neck injuries, diabetes or epilepsy or those under medications such as anti-depressants, lithium, beta blockers and base vein constrictors, or guests with limited mobility or wheelchair bound. Guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      5 h

    • AdultsR1249Price per person

    • ChildrenR869Price per person

  • CAVERNS & UNDERGROUND SNORKEL WITH SHOPPING IN PLAYA DEL
    CARMEN

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    COZ48

    Take part in an amazing experience, snorkeling in the cool waters of a cavern cenote and exploring the mysterious interior of an ancient Mayan cave! Then explore colourful downtown Playa del Carmen with free time to lie on the beach, go shopping or have lunch (not included). Take a short ferry ride from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen where you’ll meet your friendly guide and the adventure begins! Go back in time as you explore the Cavern of Chac Tun and discover its striking stalactite and stalagmite formations. Follow your guide through vast caverns and small niches, as you delve deep into the earth to uncover secrets of ages past and hear fascinating stories of the Mayans who first ventured here. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to snorkel in the stunningly clear waters of the cavern’s cenote where you’ll be surrounded by the cave’s underwater formations. Head back into vibrant downtown Playa del Carmen where you’ll have free time to explore this fun filled tourist destination. Discover a long stretch of fabulous white sand beaches alongside streets with excellent shopping and dining. You’ll find everything from Mexican blankets to diamond bracelets as well as restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. Go at your own pace – just meet back up with your guide at the designated time and you will be taken back to your ship by ferry. Please note: Transfer by ferry to Playa del Carmen lasts approximately 45 minutes and could possibly be rough depending on the sea conditions. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. Due to the active nature of the tour, women who are pregnant are not allowed to participate nor are guests in wheelchairs or with physical disabilities, with cardiac or respiratory conditions such as asthma or with back/neck injuries, diabetes or epilepsy or those under medications such as anti-depressants, lithium, beta blockers and base vein constrictors. After the tour guests might have some time to spend at leisure in Playa del Carmen until the scheduled ferry time to return to Cozumel. Guests will meet the guide on arrival in Playa del Carmen. Guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6:30 h

    • AdultsR829Price per person

    • ChildrenR589Price per person

  • EXPLORING COZUMEL BY JEEP & SNORKEL

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    COZ27

    The best way to discover Cozumel - EXPLORE EVERYTHING! Take a journey all the way around the island in a Jeep Wrangler (4 guests per car) and discover the most beautiful, interesting and exciting aspects of Mexico’s largest island in this one of a kind Jeep Tour with Mayan Town Visit, Beach Break, Lunch and Snorkel Excursion. Drive your Jeep (4 guests per car) through the town of San Miguel and into the jungle interior where you’ll explore the island’s first Mayan settlement, the village of El Cedral, take a short tour of a Tequila Hacienda, learn about history and culture surrounding this most famous and traditional Mexican product and have a tequila tasting. Unearth the fascinating history of Cozumel’s first Mayan inhabitants and the Spanish conquistadors who followed, as you visit the site of its first catholic church, built next to a 2,000 year old Mayan ruin. Feel the freedom of adventure as you journey along the eastern, undeveloped coast of the island, between the breathtaking blues of the Caribbean and the mysterious greens of the tropical jungle. Now get in gear for a glimpse beneath the surface of the sea. Your tour includes an off shore beginner’s snorkel experience and an opportunity to discover the colourful tropical fish and delightful array of sea-life Cozumel has to offer. PADI certified guides will provide snorkeling gear, safety tips and instruction before leading you out to explore the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. Take a break and enjoy a Mexican lunch and free time for fun and games on the white sands of our private beach. When time’s up, hop back into your Jeep and head back to your ship. When your tour is complete, you may choose to return to the pier or be let off in the downtown shopping area and return to the ship by taxi at your own expense. (This option is available as time allows, depending on tour return time and your ship’s departure time.). Please note: Minimum age to snorkel is 8 years old. Guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid driving license. All cars have shift gears. Four (4) guests per car. This is an Alcohol Free Tour: a designated driver from each jeep will need to be selected and will not be able to participate in the tequila tasting. Only biodegradable sunscreen is allowed to be used due to reef damage caused by normal sunscreen. Due to the active nature and rough terrain of the tour, it is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with cardiac and respiratory problems, such as asthma, or with back/neck injuries, diabetes or epilepsy or those under medications such as anti-depressants, lithium, beta blockers and base vein constrictors, or guests with limited mobility or wheelchair bound. Guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5:30 h

    • AdultsR1332Price per person

    • ChildrenR969Price per person

  • FURY CATAMARAN

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    COZ09

    A sun-kissed slice of paradise on the island of Cozumel in the Mexican Caribbean is just what the doctor ordered to let go of the stress that everyday life tends to breed. A catamaran featuring stair-access to the sea, freshwater showers, a spacious shaded lounge area, a capacious sun deck, a bar and two toilets will take you to the first of your tour activities: snorkelling in the warm water of the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea. You’ll then set sail along the beautiful Cozumel coastline to reach a private beach – one of the finest on the Yucatán Peninsula – to enjoy the many attractions of Fury’s Aquapark, including paddle surf boards, kayaks, a water trampoline, water mats and the amazing Platinum Aqua Glide slide (weather permitting). But the beach is equally ideal for simply relaxing in a beach chair or lounging in a hammock under a shady coconut tree. The classic party tunes played during your return sail are sure to put you in a dancing mood before get back to your ship at the end of your outing. Please note: children must be accompanied by a paying adult throughout the tour and under their constant supervision at all times. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with asthma, cardiac disease or any other medical condition. Guests are recommended to wear swimwear under their clothes as well as to bring a towel and high-factor sunscreen.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • AdultsR869Price per person

    • ChildrenR632Price per person

  • PALANCAR SNORKEL & BEACH COMBO

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    COZ40

    Navigate through the crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea and enjoy the adventure of snorkeling at Cozumel’s National Marine Park, one of the best snorkel sites in the world, Palancar and Colombia reefs! You will drift snorkel and discover its exotic variety of fish, the magnificent coral formations and colorful marine life this spectacular reef has to offer. PADI certified dive masters will provide you with professional equipment and advice you on how to fully enjoy your experience in this natural wonder. After snorkeling and while you enjoy a scenic boat ride, complimentary beverages will be gladly served for your refreshment as you will be taken to the finest Beach Club in Cozumel: Playa Mia Grand Beach Park®!! At the park you will have included national open bar, snack lunch, hammocks, swimming pool, lounge chairs, volleyball co& soccer court, ping-pong tables, trampoline, huge board games, kids club & playground, restrooms & dressing rooms, kayaks, paddle boats, sailboats, water trampoline, water bicycles, floating mats, iceberg Water Mountain, shopping center, underwater Mayan City & much more! Let loose in the amazing new Water Park. Explore Buccaneer’s Bay Kids Area; a lagoon pool full of fun activities such as water-canons, pirate ship, water sprays & animal slides; relax with your favorite cocktail at the Oasis Island Pool & make a splash on the 200- foot long twin twister waterslide. Please note: Minimum/maximum age to participate is 10 and 70 years old. Due to the active nature of the tour, women who are pregnant are not allowed to participate nor are guests in wheelchairs or with physical disabilities who would have difficulty climbing a ladder in and out of the water, or with cardiac or respiratory conditions such as asthma or with back/neck injuries, diabetes or epilepsy or those under medications such as anti-depressants, lithium, beta blockers and base vein constrictors. All children 12 years of age and younger or non-swimmers must be accompanied and supervised one-on-one by a parent or legal guardian. Any visitor having a skin disease, lesions or infections, open sore or inflamed eyes, cold, nasal or ear discharge, communicable disease, even a mild case of diarrhea or who has any considerable area of exposed sub-skin tissues, open blisters, cuts, or/and is wearing any kind of bandage or band-aid are not permitted in the pool. The water park and attractions are offered in the modality of first-come-first-serve basis. The kids using the Buccaneer’s Bay Water Toys must have a Maximum Height of 1.20m or 3 feet 11 inches of height. In addition kids may have a Maximum weight of 60 kg, 132 pounds. Shoes of any kind are not allowed. Guests must have a minimum height of 1 m or 3 feet 3 inches to participate in the Twin Twister Waterslide. Guest’s maximum weight is 114 kg. or 251 pounds to participate in the slides. Expectant mothers, small children under 42”, non-swimmers, persons under the influence of alcohol or while impaired by medications, persons with limiting physical conditions, or with previous or current neck, back, joint or heart problems are not allowed to enter the ride. Guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
    • Snack included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5 h

    • AdultsR829Price per person

    • ChildrenR589Price per person

  • SPECTACULAR SHORE SNORKEL AND CHANKANAAB BEACH PARK

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    COZ57

    Spend a few relaxing hours off the ship in one of Cozumel’s most beautiful locations, the Chankanaab National Park, an enchanting beachfront area and protected marine reserve. With only a short drive from the cruise terminal to begin your tour, you can then enjoy the all-inclusive facilities and attractions of the park, among which snorkelling in the shallow beachside waters is one of the most popular. Gear up and indulge in an adventurous swim through the shoals of multi-coloured fish that call the reef their home, but also look out for various underwater statues that form part of the marine reserve. Further attractions in the park include free sea lion shows, the Blue Lagoon inland coral reef, a Crocodile Pond and a lush botanical garden with replicas of Mayan archaeological finds, a reproduction Mayan village and the Hacienda Antigua, the perfect spot to sample different kinds of tequila. While at the park, you’ll be free to use the beachfront Palapas (a kind of thatched gazebo), showers, changing rooms, beach chairs and hammocks. Best of all, the time you return to the ship is decided entirely by you, leaving only one thing for you to do: enjoy yourself to the fullest. Please note: guest must be at least 8 years of age to snorkel, but no age restrictions apply to visiting the park or participating in the tour as such. Guests are recommended to bring swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and a hat as well as cash or a credit card to purchase food/drink. While a minimum stay of 4 hours is recommended to get the most out of the park, you are free to head back to your ship whenever you choose by taking advantage of the return taxi service included in the price of the tour.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR772Price per person

    • ChildrenR549Price per person

  • THREE REEF SNORKELING BY BOAT

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    COZ21

    Come on board for a Caribbean sightseeing & snorkel adventure and enjoy a leisurely day at sea. Sit back relax and enjoy getting to know this Caribbean island paradise. From your ship’s pier, you’ll cruise out into the turquoise waters en route to three distinct reef locations where you’ll have three varied shipside snorkel adventures. You’ll receive snorkel gear, life vests, and full instructions so even beginners can join in. Gear up and follow your PADI certified guide through the crystal clear waters and over colorful coral reef formations as you explore exotic fish and marine life and experience the mysterious underwater world. Tour includes one bottle of water. Snacks, soda and beer (after snorkeling) are available for purchase on the boat. Please note: Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. Minimum age to drink alcohol is 18 years old. Only biodegradable sunscreen is allowed to be used due to reef damage caused by normal sunscreen. Due to the active nature of the tour, women who are pregnant are not allowed to participate nor are guests in wheelchairs or with physical disabilities who would have difficulty climbing a ladder in and out of the water, or with cardiac or respiratory conditions such as asthma or with back/neck injuries, diabetes or epilepsy or those under medications such as anti-depressants, lithium, beta blockers and base vein constrictors. Sightings of marine wildlife are common, but cannot be guaranteed. Guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • AdultsR772Price per person

    • ChildrenR549Price per person

  • LIVING HISTORY - MAYAN TRADITIONS AND FOLKLORIC SHOW

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    COZ51

    Discover the history and culture of the Mayan people during a visit to a traditional Mayan Village, then see the natural beauty of Cozumel as you circle the island aboard your comfortable air-conditioned motor coach. You’ll be travelling across the island in an easterly direction to savour stunning views of the island’s untouched coastline. Cozumel has long been home to the Mayan people, dating back over 1,000 years when it was an important stop in the ancient trade routes as well as the center of worship for the Goddess of Fertility, Ixchel. Descendants of these first inhabitants have populated the island since then, and many of their ancient traditions remain strong even today. During your visit to the Mayan Village you will see traditional, thatched-roof Mayan houses, medicinal gardens, cooking techniques, and ceremonies as well as learn about the myths, histories and beliefs of the Mayan World. After your tour of the village, you will travel across the island to town for the folkloric show. The performance showcases Mexico's regional diversity and history – from tribal drumming to mariachi bands, indigenous rituals and romantic ballads. After the exciting show, you’ll also have time to shop for Mexican arts and crafts, perfume, leather goods, jewellery, cigars and alcoholic beverages. The tour then wraps up either with your direct return transfer to the pier or with you remaining in town for some more retail therapy. Please note: guests remaining in town are responsible for their own return to the pier. Guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
    • Drink included

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • AdultsR829Price per person

    • ChildrenR589Price per person

  • SAN GERVASIO MAYAN RUINS & BEACH COMBO

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    COZ37

    Discover Cozumel Island, explore Mayan ruins and enjoy a wonderful beach, a perfect combination for your outing. You will be greeted at the pier by your guide and then board your air-conditioned motor coach for a short drive to the ruins of San Gervasio, the sanctuary of the goddess Ixchel the main Mayan entity in the island. Your guide will walk you through and explain all details about the millenary Mayan culture and the vestiges left here for you to admire. Then get back onboard for a scenic ride around the island, past stretches of empty white sand beaches, limestone formations and beautiful Caribbean water on your way to the beach club. Walk on the white sandy beach, relax in a lounge chair or hammock, join in a game of volleyball or swim in the beautiful Caribbean water. Please note: There is a government tax of US$5-8 on the use of video cameras in the ruins. No tripods and/or professional video cameras are allowed. Guests are recommended to bring some cash to cover any additional purchases.
    • Drink included

    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR969Price per person

    • ChildrenR689Price per person

  • TULUM MAYAN RUINS

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    COZ23

    Come experience the world famous, magnificent ruins of the walled city of Tulum…the only Mayan city built right on the crystal blue Caribbean Sea! After a short ferry ride to Playa Del Carmen, your guide will take you to an air-conditioned motor coach for a scenic and informative drive to Tulum. Once there, your guide will escort you through the ruins giving a complete narration along the way. See restored temples and some of the mysterious hieroglyphic writings still visible today. Visit the temple of the frescos famous for the detailed carved figures and original paints. And, perched on the edge of the Caribbean and rising high above all of the other ruins is “el Castillo” with its breathtaking view of the blue water below. A light box lunch is included. Guests will have the option to continue the exploration of the ruins or take a swim at the beach.?Please note: Transfer by ferry to Playa del Carmen lasts approximately 45 minutes and could possibly be rough depending on the sea conditions. Transfer by bus to Tulum is approximately 1 hour each way. Optional transfer by tram to the ruins from the parking lot at Tulum is at guests’ expense and risk. There is a government tax of US$5-8 on the use of video cameras in the ruins. No tripods and/or professional video cameras are allowed. Tour is not recommended for guests with mobility problems or wheelchair bound. A small beach is located at Tulum. Guests must be able to ascend and descend stairs to enter ?and exit the water. The swimming at the beach is optional and will depend of the sea weather conditions. Swim at your own risk. No lifeguard is available. The time at the beach is limited during guests’ free time. Guests will meet the guide on arrival in Playa del Carmen. To avoid damaging the fragile ruins, climbing them is prohibited.
    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • Snack included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      7 h

    • AdultsR1332Price per person

    • ChildrenR969Price per person

  • XCARET ECO PARK

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    COZ16

    Experience Xcaret – the most exciting and largest Eco Park in Latin America! This eco-archaeological park offers many exhilarating activities in a tropical jungle setting on the Caribbean Sea. It is pure fun and enjoyment in a natural setting. As you get off the ferry in Playa Del Carmen, your guide will take you to your transportation for a short ride to Xcaret. At the park, your guide will assist you on where to go, what there is to do, answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Then, you are on your own to explore and experience the park. Choose from the museum, a bird sanctuary, stables, botanical gardens, aquarium, restored Mayan ruins, a replicated Mayan village, beautiful beaches and natural pools. Even take a swim in an underground river with life vest included. Please note: transfer by ferry to Playa del Carmen lasts approximately 45 minutes and could possibly be rough depending on the sea conditions. The price of the tour includes use of a life vest for swimming in the river; if required, snorkel equipment can be hired at additional expense. Optional activities are available at additional costs. Swimwear, biodegradable sunscreen, a hat and change of clothes are recommended. Guests will meet the guide on arrival in Playa del Carmen.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      8 h

    • AdultsR1612Price per person

    • ChildrenR1149Price per person

  • DOLPHIN PREMIUM ENCOUNTER WITH ALL-INCLUSIVE FOOD &
    BEVERAGE

    NATURAL WONDERS

    COZ45

    Start your 'once in a life time experience' in the world's most beautiful dolphinarium! Located in the heart of Cozumel's shopping area, it is the only place in all the Caribbean where you can interact with bottlenose dolphins in the safety of calm ocean coves. Dig in to unlimited food and drinks, snorkel with tropical fish in our natural aquarium, and venture onto the ocean for kayaking and paddle boarding, all at no additional cost. Your adventure begins with a short taxi ride to Dolphinaris. Before entering the ocean cove, each participant is briefed by a knowledgeable professional trainers about the dolphin's behaviour as well as the basic guidelines of the program. Following, you'll view a brief dolphin presentation where you will be introduced to some of the extraordinary dolphins' behaviour. The program is conducted on a submerged platform and is a very hands on program, allowing you, in a controlled and safe setting, to get an up-close and personal anatomy lesson on dolphins as well as learning about dolphin behaviour and adaptations they have made to the environment. You'll receive a kiss and a pectoral fin shake. To relax after an action-packed dolphin swim, take full advantage of everything Dolphinaris Cozumel has to offer. Stop by the palapa restaurant for lunch with the family and cool off with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Kids and adults alike will love Serenity Cove, a safe inlet with snorkel equipment where you can swim through an underwater aquarium filled with tropical fish, rays and starfish! Looking for something more adventurous? Head out to the ocean for fun-filled activities like kayaking and paddle boarding on the Caribbean Sea so you can view the dazzling water from a great vantage point. Please note: Guests less than 4 feet tall must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We recommend wearing your swimwear and to bring a towel. Guests are recommended to bring swimwear and a change of clothing, but must refrain from wearing either jewellery or sunscreen as these may damage the dolphins’ sensitive skin. Only biodegradable sunscreen is allowed. Camera and videos are not allowed in the dolphin area, but guests can take pictures from the restaurant and bar area. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair bound guests, or guests with back/neck injuries. Pregnant women are not permitted to participate to this tour for safety reasons. The Dolphin Premium Encounter program, food, beverages, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and round trip transportation are all available under the all-inclusive plan, while photos, video, souvenirs and lockers have an extra cost. Minimum age to participate to the encounter is 5 years. Minimum age to snorkel is 8 years old. Minimum age for kayaking 10 years old, minimum age for Paddleboard is 10 years old. Minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years old. All water activities are available on a first-come-first-served basis. All participating guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • AdultsR1332Price per person

    • ChildrenR969Price per person

  • DOLPHIN SWIM & RIDE WITH ALL-INCLUSIVE FOOD &
    BEVERAGE

    NATURAL WONDERS

    COZ22

    Start your “Once in a life time experience” in the most beautiful dolphinarium in the World! Located in the heart of Cozumel’s shopping area, it is the only place in all the Caribbean where you can swim with dolphins in the safety of still ocean coves. Experience the excitement of riding on a dolphin belly in our unique “Dolphin Swim & Ride” program. Dig in to unlimited food and drinks, snorkel with tropical fish in our natural aquarium, and venture onto the ocean for kayaking and paddle boarding, all at no additional cost. Your adventure begins with a short taxi ride to Dolphinaris. Before entering the water you will enjoy a Dolphin behavioural presentation where you will be introduced to some of the extraordinary dolphins’ behaviour. The first part of the program is conducted on a waist deep water submerged platform. You will then proceed into the deeper water of our natural ocean coves to swim and touch the dolphin in its own environment where then, you will come face to face with a dolphin as you grasp the dolphin’s fins and the dolphin pulls you across the surface of the water on a Belly Ride. You will also have the opportunity to get a kiss, pectoral fin shake and caress the dolphins. Following this, you will be able to use your mask to see how this beautiful animal swims and glides through the crystal waters of Dolphinaris. To relax after an action-packed dolphin swim, take full advantage of everything Dolphinaris Cozumel has to offer. Stop by the palapa restaurant for lunch with the family and cool off with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Kids and adults alike will love Serenity Cove, a safe inlet with snorkel equipment where you can swim through an underwater aquarium filled with tropical fish, rays and starfish! Looking for something more adventurous? Head out to the ocean for fun-filled activities like kayaking and paddle boarding on the Caribbean Sea so you can view the dazzling water from a great vantage point. Please note: All children must be accompanied by an adult and must be 4ft tall. All participants must know how to swim. Guests are recommended to bring towel, swimwear and a change of clothing, but must refrain from wearing either jewellery or sunscreen as these may damage the dolphins’ sensitive skin. Only biodegradable sunscreen is allowed. Camera and videos are not allowed in the dolphin area, but guests can take pictures from the restaurant and bar area. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair bound guests, or guests with back/neck injuries and is not permitted for pregnant women, for safety reasons. The Dolphin Swim & Ride program, food, beverages, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and round trip transportation are all available under the all-inclusive plan, while photos, video, souvenirs and lockers have an extra cost. Minimum age to participate to the swim interaction is 10 years. Minimum age to snorkel is 8 years old. Minimum age for kayaking 10 years old, minimum age for Paddleboard is 10 years old. Minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years old. All water activities are available on a first-come-first-served basis. All participating guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • AdultsR1809Price per person

    • ChildrenR1289Price per person

  • COZUMEL HIGHLIGHTS & SHOPPING

    SCENIC ROUTE

    COZ10

    Situated just off Mexico’s south-eastern coast, the island of Cozumel presents a winning blend of culture, history, scenery, fabulous beaches and great shopping opportunities. In short, it’s got the lot – and you can explore some of its most attractive features on this half-day tour. Your outing begins with an air-conditioned coach ride to your first stop: the Discover Mexico Park, a complex that represents some of Mexico’s most iconic landmarks in perfect scale models. After visiting the park’s museum, complete with a special video experience room. Continue your journey to a unique place for a sensory experience at The Mayan Cacao Company where you will learn about the history of the Chocolate, its manufacturing process and you'll also participate in a demonstration with a delicious tasting at the end. Then you’ll move on to Cozumel’s oldest settlement at El Cedral, a former hub of Mayan civilisation and the site of Mexico’s first Catholic church service. With views of untamed beaches to enjoy as you round the island’s southern tip, you’ll then head for your fourth destination, the natural limestone bridge of El Mirador. View, photograph and even walk over the unusual rock before moving on to a wonderful “tequileria” to see how tequila, Mexico’s national drink, is made. The traditional process starts with the indispensable agave plants and ends with the finished product, of which you can then savour a sample. You’ll be free to decide whether to return to the ship using the transport provided at the appointed time or remain in town for longer and return at your own expense. Please note: The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. Guests are recommended to bring high-factor sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and some cash to cover the cost of any additional purchases as well as to wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • AdultsR829Price per person

      • ChildrenR589Price per person

    • BEACH BREAK

      SEA & SUN

      COZ36

      Are you ready for Cozumel’s most fun-filled beach club? Enjoy the turquoise crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, spend an amazing and relaxing worry free day on the beach and have a memorable experience at one of the finest fun-filled beach clubs of Cozumel, Playa Mia Grand Beach Park®! Delight yourself with over 20 services and attractions, including access to the underwater Mayan city, shopping center, swimming pool, lounge chairs, volleyball & soccer court, bungee trampoline, ping-pong tables, kids club & playground, restrooms & dressing rooms, beach umbrella, kayaks, paddle boats, sailboats, water trampoline, water bicycles and floating mats. Let loose in the amazing new Water Park. Explore Buccaneer’s Bay Kids Area; a lagoon pool full of fun activities such as water-canons, pirate ship, water sprays & animal slides; relax with your favourite cocktail at the Oasis Island Pool & make a splash on the 200- foot long twin twister waterslide. Please notes: The venue is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with beach wheelchairs; they are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Gests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be madeat least 48 hours prior.All children 12 years of age and younger or non-swimmers must be accompanied and supervised one-on-one by a parent or legal guardian. Any visitor having a skin disease, lesions or infections, open sore or inflamed eyes, cold, nasal or ear discharge, communicable disease, even a mild case of diarrhea or who has any considerable area of exposed sub-skin tissues, open blisters, cuts, or/and is wearing any kind of bandage or band-aid are not permitted in the pool. The water park and attractions are available in the modality of first-come-first-serve basis. The kids using the Buccaneer’s Bay Water Toys must have a Maximum Height of 1.20m or 3 feet 11 inches of height. In addition kids may have a Maximum weight of 60 kg, 132 pounds. Shoes of any kind not allowed. Guests must have a minimum height of 1 m or 3 feet 3 inches to participate in the Twin Twister Waterslide. Guest’s maximum weight is 114 kg. or 251 pounds to participate in the slides.Expectant mothers, small children under 42”, non-swimmers, persons under the influence of alcohol or while impaired by medications, persons with limiting physical conditions, or with previous or current neck, back, joint or heart problems are not allowed to enter the ride. This tour is only available to book on board.All participating guests will be required to sign a waiver which may only be available in English. This tour is not available on 01.01.2017.
      • Drink included

      • Possibility of swimming

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        00 m

      • AdultsR632Price per person

      • ChildrenR449Price per person

    • DELUXE BEACH BREAK

      SEA & SUN

      COZ33

      Are you looking for a memorable experience while sunbathing on the white sandy beaches and swimming in the turquoise crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea?! At Playa Mia Grand Beach Park® you can find it all!! This excursion will take you to the ideal place for a fun and a relaxing worry free day at the finest beach club of Cozumel!! Enjoy a comfortable air-conditioned bus ride transportation to and from Playa Mia®, unlimited national open bar, exquisite self-service international buffet and over 20 attractions and services will be available to you such as: access to the underwater Mayan city, shopping center, beach umbrella, swimming pool, hammocks, lounge chairs, volleyball & soccer court, bungee trampoline, ping-pong tables, kids club & playground, kayaks, paddle boats, sailboats, water trampoline, water bicycles, floating mats, and the amazing iceberg water mountain. Let loose in the amazing new Water Park. Explore Buccaneer’s Bay Kids Area; a lagoon pool full of fun activities such as water-canons, pirate ship, water sprays & animal slides; relax with your favorite cocktail at the Oasis Island Pool & make a splash on the 200- foot long twin twister waterslide. Please note: The venue is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with beach wheelchairs. Beach wheelchairs are offered on a first come first served basis. Wheelchair bound guests who wish to participate should inform the Excursion Office at least 48 hours prior. All children 12 years of age and younger or non-swimmers must be accompanied and supervised one-on-one by a parent or legal guardian. Any visitor having a skin disease, lesions or infections, open sore or inflamed eyes, cold, nasal or ear discharge, communicable disease, even a mild case of diarrhea or who has any considerable area of exposed sub-skin tissues, open blisters, cuts, or/and is wearing any kind of bandage or band-aid are not permitted in the pool. The water park and attractions are offered in the modality of first-come-first-serve basis. The kids using the Buccaneer’s Bay Water Toys must have a Maximum Height of 1.20m or 3 feet 11 inches of height. In addition kids may have a Maximum weight of 60 kg, 132 pounds. Shoes of any kind are not allowed. Guests must have a minimum height of 1 m or 3 feet 3 inches to participate in the Twin Twister Waterslide. Guest’s maximum weight is 114 kg. or 251 pounds to participate in the slides. Expectant mothers, small children under 42”, non-swimmers, persons under the influence of alcohol or while impaired by medications, persons with limiting physical conditions, or with previous or current neck, back, joint or heart problems are not allowed to enter the ride.
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • No guide available

      • Possibility of swimming

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        5 h

      • AdultsR829Price per person

      • ChildrenR589Price per person

    The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
    Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
     
    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Mexico

    Under the shade of a sombrero
    Under the shade of a sombrero

    One of the world’s great civilizations, Mexico is a great cruise destination with its melange of Mesoamerican cultures, modern indigenous tribes and Spanish traditions; it’s a vibrant modern economy too, the biggest in Latin America after Brazil.

    Mexico’s landscapes are just as diverse, from the shimmering blue coastline of Baja California and the iconic cactus-strewn deserts of the north, to the Mayan villages and gorgeous palm-smothered beaches of the Caribbean Sea. You can climb volcanoes, watch whales, swim underground and tour tequila farms during your holiday to Mexico.

    And sprinkled throughout you’ll find richly adorned colonial churches, giant ancient pyramids and a sophisticated cuisine that has little in common with the world of nachos and burritos. Despite the inevitable influence of the US and close links with the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, the country remains resolutely individual. The music that fills the plazas in the evenings, the buildings that circle around them, even the smells emanating from a row of taco carts: they all leave you without any doubt about where you are.

     Many first-time visitors are surprised to find that Mexico is far from being a “developing” nation: the country has a robust economy, the world’s fourteenth largest, a remarkably thorough and efficient internal transport system and a vibrant contemporary arts and music scene.