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The Mexican Riviera is one of the world's best cruise destinations, boasting tropical climates, crystal-clear waters, and immaculate sandy beaches. It's a treasure trove of experiences, ranging from sun-dappled beach resorts to vibrant seaport cities. Whether you're planning a romantic escapade, an adrenaline-fueled expedition with friends, or a family holiday brimming with fun, a Mexican Riviera cruise caters to them all.

Do you fantasize about parasailing over pristine waters, horseback riding on the beach, or zip-lining over expansive canyons? Are you ready to chart your course? Unravel the Mexican Riviera's magic on a cruise with Norwegian. Discover all the excitement that awaits you on our 2024 Mexican Riviera cruises.

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Norwegian Bliss near Cabo San Lucas
Norwegian Bliss near Cabo San Lucas

Set Sail from Los Angeles

If you've ever wished to wander along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, peruse the boutiques of Beverly Hills, or embark on a behind-the-scenes movie studio tour, Los Angeles, California, is the perfect embarkation point for cruising to Mexico in 2024. Consider spending a day at one of Southern California's famous theme parks before commencing your cruise vacation. There's so much to see and do in the greater Los Angeles area.

Ports You Can Visit on a Cruise to Mexico

Once your cruise sets sail, a collection of magnificent Mexican ports, such as Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, and Ensenada, will greet you. Enjoy sunning on the beach, snorkeling in transparent waters, hiking through verdant forests, tasting local flavors, and so much more. Venture independently or join one of Norwegian's meticulously planned shore excursions at each port.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta

When cruising to Puerto Vallarta, you've got 26 miles of exceptional beaches along Banderas Bay to explore. Puerto Vallarta is home to Hacienda Doña Engracia, an esteemed tequila factory. Book an excursion to learn more about the process of tequila production. You'll also have some leisure time to roam the grounds. Engage in a Jeep tour across the picturesque countryside or take a walking tour through the untouched beauty of EDENVA to experience a different side of Puerto Vallarta.

If it's a day of tranquility on the beach you're after, consider an excursion to Sabal Playa Beach Club. This exclusive resort is on an ideal stretch of beach. Swim in the calm waters, relax on a sun lounger, and float in the beautiful infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


In the city of Mazatlán, hike to the world's highest natural lighthouse for impressive panoramic views. Learn to dance the salsa while indulging in an array of freshly prepared salsas and margaritas. Take a tranquil cycling tour through the old city's quaint streets. Or embark on an off-road adventure and canopy tour through the Sierra Madre mountain range.

If you can't decide what to do, The Best of Mazatlán excursion takes you on a comprehensive six-hour tour of the area, including a stop to see the famous cliff divers.

Santa Maria Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Santa Maria Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas

The crown jewel of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is famous for its exceptional sport fishing and luxury resorts. Must-do experiences at this port include snorkeling tours of Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove and a boat trip to the majestic Los Arcos rock formation. A whale-watching tour in the Sea of Cortez also offers unforgettable memories.

If you haven't been to Cabo San Lucas before, consider a day trip to Todos Santos. Marvel at the arid desert and white sand coves contrasting against the deep blue sea and swaying palm trees.


In warm and friendly Ensenada, participate in a wine-tasting session and gourmet lunch in the Guadalupe Valley. Enjoy a serene drive to Punta Banda, stopping at the La Bufadora viewpoint and exploring an outdoor market. Pay a visit to the Kumiai Indian Reserve to gain insight into the traditional arts and culture of Baja California's indigenous people.

Another fun option is the Craft Beer & Tequila Esperience excursion. You'll see firsthand what the production methods are for Mexican beer and tequila. Meet the master brewer from Olympo Microbrewery and then tour Tequilera Doña Engracia. Of course, the tour includes tastings at both spots.

Norwegian Bliss.
Norwegian Bliss.

Discover Mexico on Norwegian Bliss

For 2024 Mexican Riviera cruises, you'll be on Norwegian Bliss. This beautiful ship was built in 2018 and fully refurbished in 2021. Enjoy stunning views from the revolutionary observation lounge, put the pedal to the metal on our thrilling racetrack at sea, play a round of mini golf, and more.

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