My husband and I are going on Carnival cruise to the Riviera on July 21-28th on the Elation. I have read over 300 reviews and spent 30+ hours researching the shore excursions.
From what have read there are several beach things available either with the ship or on your own, most have said that you can save between 50% -25% by doing it on your own. But it is really what ever you prefer. The pro's of taking a ships tour is that your garenteed to make it back to the ship on time and it is conveinent. The pro's to doing it on your own is that it is cheaper and usually less crowded when you go it on your own and you can stay asl long as you like, but your responcible to watch the time and make it back to the ship.
with the ship:
Mayan( beach Party)
$15 for adults $7.50 child( under 12)
This is a visit to the Paradise Village resort with a huge pool and water slides and water activiites. Para sailing jet skiing and boogie boarding. you can look at pictures of the place if you check out the resort on the internet. just put in Paradise Village Resort Puerto Vallarta and it will take you there.
You can also not book a tour with the ship and just hire a taxi ( around $5 per person in a full taxi) to take you there and it is cheaper and you dont have to leave after 4 hours. you still get to use the resort.
Another place I saw was the Krystal resort which is close to the ship and has many of the same resort style things..pool and stuff. just hire a taxi to take you there.
Las caletas is suppose to be Awesome and relaxing, you just take the ships tour to a semi deserted beach. Big rock formations and clear blue water, white sandy beaches and no beggers.
I havent been able to find out what the price for this is through the ship but
Vallarta Adventures toll free( 1-866-256-2739) there Las Caletas is $70 and you get lunch. They also have a swim with Dolphins thing if you like that kind of thing.
shopping beaches and lunch
$39 per person 19.50 per child
cab ride to the Golden Zone for shopping
and see the Papantla fliers who spin to the groundon ropes after asscending a 75 ft pole
then a walk to Los Sabalos Hotel where you get free use of the facilities
Lunch and two free sodas, magaritias or beer
and then a return to the ship via taxi any time you want,
The best way to figure most of this ourt is to just go to the cities on the internet and they will tell you all the things you can do there or go to the Carnival Website and go to the ports of call once you put in the ship name and Mexican Riviera. It has a list of all the available tours and short discription of them no prices though, i had to search those out via all the other reviews and just asking around.
In Cabo we are taking the snorkiling tour so I didnt really look at anything else.
here are a few web sites that might help you
(This site has virtual tours of the whole ship) along with
sample menus and ports of call information too!
anyway I hope this helps