My husband and I have cruised both the Mexican Riviera & the Caribbean. The biggest difference of course is the warmth of the waters, if that is important to you. We had a more enjoyable time scuba diving and snorkeling in the warmer waters since you do not have to wear as much equipment.
Just remember, any cruise is a good cruise!
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Hi Irish7thson.... We are going on the NCL Star on 11/5/04 doing the eight day
Mexico cruise out of LA... Its a long time away but maybe you are interested in
checking out that cruise????????????? Any cruise is a good cruise! I agree!!
We've done both. They are both wonderful cruises.I would pick the itinerary carefully by what you do like and don't like. For instance we don't like Jamaica so we would choose a cruise without Jamaica as one of the ports if at all possible. Likewise we are not fond of Mazatlan on the western side of Mexico. Mazatlan is harder to skip on Mexican Riviera cruises, but we would skip it wherever possible. Eight day or longer cruises can help you skip Mazatlan.
Similarly Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful place with too much to see and do. You may want to return their for a longer stay once you get a taste of this lovely city. We also have favorites in the Caribbean that would draw us to particular cruises as well.
If you do the Mexican Riviera, I would not go July, August, or September because it can be very hot and humid with thunderstorms in the evenings. That is unless you are like me and find that kind of weather fascinating. Really Fall and Spring will give you the very best weather here.
I guess my advice would be to get some books and learn about the different ports of call and the different ships. Then let itinerary, cruise line, price, and timing be your guide. If you're a good shopper you can afford to do one now and the other at a later date.
Hi, We have done both, and above posters have touched on very valid points. Another thing is that on a Mexican Riveria cruise all of your stops are in the same country so if you would like to really see 3 distinct cultures a caribbean cruise may be better. Visit a "Dutch " island then a "French " one , it is fun. We took our Mexican cruise in Jan. and hit some slightly cooler weather( this assumes that you want to swim or snorkle) in Cabo San Lucas( which is the most "northern" port we went to)
Another thing to check if your a beach person is when jelly fish season is, our freinds that lived in Mexico said they can come anytime , but tend to come more often at certain times of the year(and I can't remember when that was).
As other posters have said you really have to know what you want and then find it!
We personally love the Caribbean water and beauty better( even though we live on the west coast of Canada and have to fly out the day before!
Happy Cruising, what ever you choose!!