In what sounds like partly an effort to get more people to book long shore excursions and somewhat altruistic to give visitors to Cozumel, Mexico extra time to experience the tropical destination, Carnival is increasing the time the ships stay in port to 10 hours or more. The bonus stop-over will take place on 17 ships and more than 750 voyages On “Cozumel Plus” itineraries. Passengers can use the extra hours for a variety of new excursions–many taking place on Mexico’s mainland – that include swimming with whale sharks, visiting centuries-old ruins and swimming in hidden caverns, just to name a few, complementing nearly 50 existing tours already available. Or they can just kick-back and go off on their own to one of the many beaches, restaurants and shopping areas, or even rent a scooter and drive around the area where they can find wonderful beachfront eateries that seemingly pop out of nowhere.
Carnival is kicking off its new Cozumel Plus itineraries with a special promotion offering a $25 per person shipboard credit that can be used toward shore excursions. The shipboard credit offer is available through April 22, 2016, when booking in combination with Carnival’s Early Saver rates. The extra hours in port has enabled Carnival’s shore excursion experts to partner with local tour operators to create one-of-a-kind excursion offerings that last up to eight hours in duration and that allow guests to fully immerse themselves in Mexican culture and participate in truly unique landside experiences. One recommended trip is to the fascinating ruins of Chichen tza, another is to Mexico’s famed “secret river,” subterranean caverns connected by underground waterways with stunning natural rock formations that are millions of years old. There are also seasonal excursions of swimming in open waters with whale sharks – gentle sea creatures measuring up to 40 feet in length and weighing up to 47,000 pounds.
“With magnificent beaches and interesting landmarks and historical sites, Cozumel is the Caribbean’s premier cruising region and our ‘Cozumel Plus’ itineraries provide our guests with a seemingly endless variety of new ways to explore this fascinating destination,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “These new itineraries provide our guests with the opportunity to create wonderful vacation memories and our travel agent partners an exciting cruise option to market to their clients.”
For additional information and reservations for Carnival Cruise Line, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL