SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Chacchoben Mayan Ruins & All Inclusive Blue Lagoon

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 6 1/2 hrs

    Experience Mayan history and a jungle retreat with an open bar & buffet lunch. Your tour begins when your bilingual guide meets you at the end of the pier and escorts you to your air conditioned transfer vehicle waiting on site. Listen to your guide and learn about the interesting local area and culture from onboard commentary as you pass through the fishing village. Continue this tour inland to visit “The Place of the Red Corn”, Chacchoben, learn about the fascinating Mayan culture during the journey from our knowledgeable guides.


    Enjoy a guided tour of this unique archaeological site set in beautiful surroundings still partially covered by the rain forest. Climb to the top of the “Gran Basamento” taking you above the tree line and visit two sacred temples. Before leaving, you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs from shops on site. Your journey continues to a buffet lunch waiting for you at our Blue Lagoon Restaurant, the most beautiful lagoon with fresh water, located 20 minutes away from Chacchoben Mayan ruins. After your meal, sunbathe on a sun lounger, take a swim and enjoy all complimentary drinks including your favorite cocktails. Feeling fully relaxed, well fed and in good spirits your transfer awaits to return you to the ship.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Guests must be at least 21 years old to consume alcohol. Alcohol will be distributed under a watchful tolerance to everyone. An adult must accompany children under 18 years old.


    Medical restrictions apply to guests wishing to swim at the lagoon. Guests with sight or hearing conditions must be accompanied by an interpreter/friend or family member and they will not be permitted to swim. There is a $5.00 USD (approx). Government imposed fee for the use of video cameras on the Archeological site. Guest may purchase additional soft drinks, chips & cookies at the archeological site. This excursion features a fair amount of walking over uneven surfaces and climbing. Guests will have between 10 to 15 minutes for purchases at the local market inside the Archeological site. Wheelchair guests – please note that the area is uneven and bumpy. Guests must be able to be transferred to a seat on the bus and climb steps.


    • Adult from: $175.00 USD
    • Child from: $135.00 USD
    DURATION 6 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
    • Meal
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    Kohunlich & Dzibanche Ruins Combo

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 8 hrs

    Explore two excavated Maya ruins in the dense jungle near the border of Belize, both of them archaeologically significant for their ingeniously designed temples.


    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing and spectacularly scenic drive through the tropical jungle and on a former Maya city. British physician and amateur archaeologist Thomas Gann discovered the city in the 1920s and named it Dzibanche (Mayan for “writing on wood”) for the wooden lintels in one of the temples. Those still-functioning lintels over the doorways only touch on the site’s architectural highlights.


    While browsing the ruins, you may see ancient plazas, public buildings, stairways adorned with hieroglyphics and the magnificent Temple of the Owls, which features an internal burial chamber with owl-shaped pottery. You might also climb the soaring Temple of the Cormorants to enjoy a sweeping view of Dzibanche. The city is believed to have been the seat of the Kan or “snake” dynasty that ruled this area beginning in the 6th century.


    You will also explore the nearby Maya city of Kohunlich, which was built around the same time. Its most dominant feature is the Temple of the Masks, a structure that honors the sun god with huge stone masks on the stairways. According to archaeologists, the buildings in Kohunlich would have been stuccoed, painted red and decorated with geometric designs.


    Before departing for Costa Maya, you may also have time for a leisurely walk through the jungle, where you may spot toucans and monkeys.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour involves considerable walking. Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and insect repellent are recommended. Wear lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring cash for extra purchases. Transfer time to the ruins is approximately two hours. There is a government tax of $5-8 US for the use of video cameras at the site. No tripods and/or professional video cameras are allowed. A boxed lunch and a complimentary bottle of water is included.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Snack
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    Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 4 hrs

    You’ll journey to the ancient place of Mayan pilgrimage known today as Chacchoben, also known as "The Place of Red Corn". At the pier, you’ll be greeted by a bilingual guide who will direct you to an air-conditioned bus. Onboard the bus your guide will brief you on the interesting history and unique attributes of this sacred Mayan site. Upon arrival at Chacchoben you’ll be surrounded by jungle. Your guide will escort you through the ruins, giving you a complete explanation of the sacred temples and other structures seen there.


    See original red paint on the stucco walls of one of the pyramids and the temple where a mural was found showing the astronomical positions of the planet Venus. You’ll have time to climb the Gran Basamento taking you above tree level. Here archaeologists found ceremonial offerings dating to around 1000 B.C. Your guide will also explain about the wildlife and medicinal plants that are used by the modern-day descendants of the ancient Mayan people.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Transfer time to the ruins is approximately one hour. Tour includes complimentary beverages. There is a government tax of $5-8 US for the use of video cameras at the site. No tripods and/or professional video cameras are allowed. Guests with recent surgeries, heart or respiratory conditions, pregnant women and those with walking difficulties are not allowed to participate. We recommend that you bring insect repellent.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Deluxe

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Experience, explore and learn about the Mayan civilization in style and in a small group on this exclusive tour to the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. Departing from the dock, you will meet your certified guide and driver and board your 12 passenger mini-van.


    Once at the archeological site your tour guide will take you on a two hour tour exploring the secrets of the ancient Mayan civilization, explaining the historical significance of the important monuments including the Gran Basamento. Enjoy the sights, take pictures or take a little time out to enjoy nature. Beer, soft drinks and water are provided to and from Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. At the end of your adventure, you’ll be taken back to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Transfer time to the ruins is approximately one hour. Participants must be at least 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    • Adult from: $145.00 USD
    • Child from: $125.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • U Tour
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    Maya Lost Mayan Kingdom

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 5 hrs

    Maya Lost Mayan Kingdom is an adventure park offering exciting, fun and refreshing activities. There’s something for everyone - waterslides, ziplines, a zip coaster, swimming pool, natural pool, Mayan jungle, a teen-park and more.


    Perhaps you'll want to slide straight down on the Kamikaze slide or spin into the hydro-whip slide, you have nine water slides to choose from. Try the inner-tube slide or hop on a mat and speed down the 60 foot slide. Do all nine or one, it’s up to you!


    Take flight on one or both zipline courses. You can zip over 3,000 feet for a birds-eye view of the park, surrounding jungle and the Caribbean Sea. Work your way through the rope course and across the suspension bridge. Top it off with the thrill of a lifetime - the Kukulcan Zip Coaster, an 800 foot flight with twists and turns.


    Ready for a swim or just want to relax? Head over to the swimming pool or the natural Cenote pool. Grab an inner-tube and take the River Expedition, a lazy river that flows through the Mayan jungle. Let the kids discover the Teen Park, which offers smaller slides.


    You’ll be welcomed at the pier for your short bus ride to the park. The park features changing rooms, showers, restrooms and lockers for an additional fee. You can purchase snacks and refreshments at the snack bar and even shop for souvenirs.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Most rides and activities have a minimum height requirement of 48 inches tall. Children 5 years of age and younger are admitted in the park but due to height requirement will not be able to participate in all of the park’s activities. The ziplines have a maximum weight restriction of 260 lbs.


    Guests should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Guests with cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions, neck or back injuries should take particular caution when selecting this tour.


    Bring sunglasses, hat, swimwear, towel, camera, insect repellent, sunblock and cash for purchases. Waterslides water is chlorinated. The lazy river is saltwater, approximately 3 ft. deep and 1300 ft. long. The natural pool is 10 ft. deep.

    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
    • Height
    • Weight
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    Kohunlich Mayan Ruins

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 6 1/2 hrs

    At the ruins, your guide takes you through this breathtaking site named after the majestic cahoon palm tree that grows fronds up to 40 feet tall. Kohunlich Ruins include a sunken palace, acropolis, ball court, courtyards and the main attraction - the masks. Climb the pyramid-like temple for a view of the unique 10-foot high sculpted masks of the sun god 'Kinich Ahau.' Built before 500 A.D., these marvelous masks still retain some of their original colored stucco.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Transfer time to the ruins is approximately two hours. There is a government tax of $5-8 US for the use of video cameras at the site. No tripods and/or professional video cameras are allowed. A boxed lunch and a complimentary bottle of water is included.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $85.00 USD
    DURATION 6 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Mayan Reality Tour

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 4 hrs

    Experience the Mayan Reality on a cultural adventure that will both educate and delight you. Many visitors think of the Mayans as an ancient civilization that disappeared long ago, but the fact is that while many other indigenous groups have vanished or been absorbed into the general population, the Mayan culture, customs, language and beliefs remain strong on the Yucatan Peninsula, even today. On this tour you’ll witness the reality that faces these remarkable people as their ancient culture collides with and blends into the modern world. Begin your adventure in a small, contemporary Mayan community built up around the remains of an ancient Mayan settlement and visit one of the fascinating ruins located right in the middle of town.


    Follow your guide into an authentic Mayan house where you’ll learn about the local food and the ancient medicines. You’ll hear about the sacred Mayan tree and its role in the cosmos as well as legends, lore and prophesies written in the Mayan calendar. If you’ve visited any Mayan ruin or are remotely interested in the first people that populated the Americas, then you’ll be surprised, fascinated and left with a new-found respect for this long-lived culture and the legacy they leave here in Costa Maya.

    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Snack
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    Mayan Wellness Retreat

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 2 hrs

    Spoil yourself with this Mayan holistic experience, releasing energies and opening up for a spiritual cleanse. Your host will meet you at the end of the pier and walk you through the port to start your relaxing day. Different timings will be provided.


    Our Xaman will lead you through the process in a unique ceremony with 6 steps:


    • Feel released and purified with the copal cleansing, an ancient technique the Xaman use to practice to ask for permission to the Mayan Gods to start the ceremony.
      Feel completely relaxed and purified with the second element, water, and enjoy while the therapist massages your shoulders, up to your neck and head. Feel the aromatic scents, the warm water and heal with this ancient therapy.
      The third step will take you into the center of the earth; The Temazcal will turn you into a better version of yourself, followed by a clay ritual, then the coconut bath where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea while you pamper yourself.
      The last step will become your favorite, a mystical hammock massage that can only be experienced in Costa Maya.

  • The Mayan ritual lasts for 80 minutes, after this mystical experience, you will have time to enjoy the port facilities, lounge chairs upon availability and take a dip in the pool while sipping a tropical drink. The Mayan Spa is located within the port area. Great shopping is available after your spiritual tour. Return to the ship at your own leisure and share this magnificent experience with others.


    Tour Includes: Mayan Ritual (80 minutes) Pool Facilities (first come first serve basis), sun chairs and beds upon availability. Food and drinks are an extra cost.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must at least be 16 years old and not exceed 260 lbs. Not recommended for pregnant women or guests with limited mobility, recent surgery, claustrophobia, allergies, and/or asthma. The VIP port area is a sandy area but not a beach, even though it´s very close to the ocean. Bring a swim suit, comfortable clothing, hat and towel. Scooters and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Age
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    Dolphin Swim Adventure

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    Fun, convenient and an experience of a lifetime! You’ll be greeted by your smiling dolphin guide at the end of the dock who will brief you on the day`s events. It is only a five-minute walk to the Dolphin Park located within the dock facility. You’ll be given a locker and lifejacket. A member of the training team will provide an educational briefing that details what to expect during your dolphin interaction and key points of interest. Cameras and valuables are to be placed in the lockers for safe keeping as cameras are not allowed in the water.


    Set in a natural ocean pool with a sandy bottom, adventure awaits you for your chance to swim, kiss, caress and even be pulled by a bottlenose dolphin’s pectoral fin. Standing on a submerged platform, you’ll be introduced to your dolphin friend. Enjoy this rare opportunity to touch the sleek and playful animal and pose for the world famous dolphin kiss. You'll be led into deeper waters where you’ll be pulled by their pectoral fin and swim with your dolphin. Be amazed by your dolphin's speed, grace and agility as they perform fast swims, high jumps and other breathtaking behaviors. Guests spend approximately 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 6 years of age and 42 inches tall and accompanied by an adult. It is not possible for passengers with neck or back injuries or pregnant women to participate in this program. Guests must be able to fit in a XXL life jacket.
    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
    • Child from: $129.00 USD
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Height
    • Age
    • Family Recommended
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    Dolphin Encounter

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    Fun, convenient and the experience of a lifetime! You’ll be greeted by your smiling dolphin guide at the end of the dock who will brief you on the day`s events. It is only a five-minute walk to the Dolphin Park located within the dock facility! You’ll be given a locker and lifejacket. A member of the training team will provide an educational briefing that details what to expect during your dolphin interaction and key points of interest. Cameras and valuables are to be placed in the lockers for safe keeping as cameras are not allowed in the water.


    The Dolphin Encounter is the classic dolphin program which provides an exhilarating dolphin experience for couples, families and guests of all ages. This excursion allows guests to kiss, pet and interact with the dolphin on a submerged platform and learn about this amazing creature and their habitat. You’ll be surprised by the great intelligence and friendliness of these wonderful marine mammals. Enjoy 30 minutes in the water with the dolphin. This a great dolphin program for non-swimmers!


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 2 years of age. Pregnant women (less than 5 months) may participate in the program with a signed waiver form.
    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
    • Child from: $119.00 USD
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
    • Family Recommended
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    Scenic Rafting Experience, Lunch & Swim

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 5 hrs

    A must for nature lovers, this adventure presents the natural wonders within Uchben Kah, a spectacularly picturesque eco-park full of wildlife. Your exploration will begin aboard a four-person raft that the guide will navigate through the freshwater Bacalar Lagoon. Protected on all sides by thick mangrove forest, the waters of the pristine lagoon are typically as smooth as glass and every imaginable shade of blue and green. The ever-changing hues are so captivating that the waterway is known as the Lagoon of Seven Colors. The setting is also extraordinarily serene, as no motorized boats are permitted on the lagoon. As you glide along, you can expect to see all sorts of wildlife, especially water birds. In time, you will stop for a traditional lunch of grilled dishes and enjoy free time to wander about on your own. The water doesn't just look inviting, it is wonderfully refreshing and ideal for swimming.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Cruise around the glass-smooth Bacalar Lagoon in a four-person raft.
    • Take in the gorgeous scenery, as the guide points out the flora and fauna.
    • Stop for lunch and a refreshing swim during free time.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Bring a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

    Need to Know:

    NOTE:

    Each raft holds 4 guests with a maximum combined weight of 850 lbs. Life vest and binoculars are provided. Release form must be signed in order to participate. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Guests with heart problems, asthma, diabetes or limited mobility are not able to participate. Bring swimsuit, hat, sun protection, towel, change of clothes and comfortable shoes. There is no shade on the raft. Beach chairs, umbrellas, restroom and changing facilities are available. Drinks available for purchase.

    • Adult from: $139.00 USD
    • Child from: $139.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    River Tubing at 7 Color Lagoon

    Costa Maya, Mexico

    Duration 5 1/2 hrs

    Ease down a gently flowing river that empties into a glass-smooth lagoon, a wonderfully scenic setting that will leave you immensely relaxed. The spring-fed Bacalar Lagoon is always crystal-clear and its hues are ever-changing, the reason the pristine waterway is nicknamed the Lagoon of Seven Colors. You will glide down the river in an inflatable tube that will take you past one spectacular natural sight after another, including mangrove forests full of wildlife. Besides the outstanding scenery and abundant water birds, you will see sheet-like rocks called stromatolites. Some of the world's first forms of life were found in ancient stromatolites and these unusual rocks continue to grow today. Although the river current is light, it will be just enough to carry you downstream without having to paddle or do much more than enjoy the experience. After a while, lunch will be served along the shore, a most satisfying end to a day of adventure.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Tube down a gently flowing river that empties into the Lagoon of Seven Colors.
    • Take in the gorgeous scenery, wildlife and unusual stromatolite rock formations.
    • Stop for lunch along the shore.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Bring a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

    Need to Know:

    HELPFUL NOTES:

    Paddles and life vests will be provided. Box lunch is included (ham & cheese sandwich, salad, candy bar). Maximum weight to participate is 240 lbs. Release form must be signed in order to participate. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Guests with heart problems, asthma, diabetes or limited mobility are not able to participate. Bring swimsuit, hat, sun protection, towel, change of clothes and comfortable shoes.

    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 5 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Meal

Please note: The information in this document was current at time of printing. Tour descriptions and prices vary by ship and sailing date and are subject to change without notice. Log into My NCL for the applicable information specific to your cruise.

Printed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 10:15pm