BAJA CRUISE SHIPS
If you haven't been on a cruise ship (and 85% of Americans haven't!) you gotta try it! And taking a cruise to Baja is the perfect combination of convenience, culture and fun. For those who like the idea of enjoying the many aspects of Mexico, but still want to have that comfortable travel format, a cruise in Mexico is the perfect combination! Take a tip from Carlos Fiesta who loved his Carnival Cruise to Mexico...it's the most fun he ever had with his clothes on.
There are over 180 cruise ships worldwide, entertaining over 8 million passengers from North America alone. As an industry cruising has been seeing passenger growth averaging 8.4 % annually over the last 10 years, with revenues exceeding 13.8 billion worldwide. As big as the cruising industry is, it only captures 3% of the total vacation business in the U.S. But it is still big...and growing. Even with this growth the industry has become very competitive because of an oversupply of vessels. Because of this the cruise industry is changing. Advance booking dates are dropping from 90 days to something closer to 45 days, and the length of the trips is becoming shorter. While approximately one half of today's cruises are 6 to 8 days long, fully one third of today's cruises are only 2 to 5 days long. And these shorter cruises seem to be growing in popularity as travelers looking for a brief escape from the workplace take a stronger look at saying "Bon Voyage" to the boss for a few days. With Mexico as a premier cruise location in North America is it any wonder that Mexico cruising has seen and increase in bookings of 170% during the last 10 years!
In addition to the income that cruise companies make by selling tickets, non-included items such as alcohol and gambling can add up to 40% more to the cruise company's income. Since these sins are optional they can be avoided. Tipping, the cruise industries fun little secret, is harder to avoid and can cost several hundred dollars per cabin on the average cruise.
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BAJA CRUISE SHIPS
The 3 and 4 night cruises that slip south of the border from the United States usually depart from Los Angeles and head south to the port of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Some of these getaways drop the hook at Catalina Island and San Diego on the way down, before settling in at Ensenada.
Ensenada is a great port town for cruise ships for several good reasons. The main tourist area is just a couple of hundred yards from the port, so taking an excursion into town for shopping eating or drinking is a very easy process. There are dozens and dozens of shops on Ensenada's main street, Avenida Lopez Mateos. Restaurants and sidewalk cafes are a wonderful place to grab a bite to eat and people watch. One could spend hours just exploring all of these options and still not put a dent in the shops available. For further information check out the ENSENADA section of Mexico Expo.
Baja also offers special "Eco" cruises in it's unique Sea of Cortez. These cruise ships tend to be smaller and more intimate, and are the perfect way to enjoy the natural wonders of Baja without roughing it.
For further information on the cities in the Sea of Cortez drop by our BAJA web site!