An enormous sailfish sculpture dominates the waterfront of Manzanillo, known as the “Sailfish Capital of the World” thanks to the excellent sport fishing here. Manzanillo’s verdant tropical environment lies along two crescent-shaped bays separated by the scenic outcrop of the Santiago Peninsula. Whether you prefer tranquil coves or crashing surf, you’ll find the perfect beach for swimming, water skiing, windsurfing or simply relaxing. Or take in the fabulous vistas as you play a round of golf on one of the lush courses.

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  • Karmina Palace Resort Escape

    Escape to one of the area’s most beautiful resorts, the all-inclusive Karmina Palace is just a 30 minute drive from the pier. Upon arrival at the resort, your guide will give you a tour of the amenities and

    you’ll be free to select a spot to settle in, either poolside or on the beach. The resort boasts 4 pools and plenty of lounge chairs for everyone.

    Beverage service is offered in all areas of the property and when you´re feeling hungry, there are two restaurants to choose from. One with full buffet meal service and another for American style snacks and treats.

    Your guide will be on hand at all times to assist with anything that you may require. After 4 hours of fun and relaxation, your guide will meet you in the lobby for your return to the ship.

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  • Manzanillo City and Shopping

    Enjoy a wonderfully informative introduction to Manzanillo by driving past its landmarks, browsing the shops and exploring the energetic downtown.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive through the bustling port, which is Mexico’s leading Pacific port and Latin America’s first shipping yard, as it opened in 1531. Before long, you will reach the Peninsula de Santiago, which separates Manzanillo’s twin bays. A photo stop on the peninsula offers the chance to view the city from a unique perspective and see Las Hadas, the setting for much of the film “10,” starring Bo Derek.

    Next, you will visit a bazaar with seemingly endless booths and tables displaying casual wear, traditional arts and crafts, handmade pottery, religious icons and silver jewelry. If you have a sweet tooth, try the tamarind-flavored candies or cajeta, a caramel made with goat’s milk.

    Continuing on, you will pass a luxurious beach club, beautiful homes overlooking the sea, and lush banana plantations. A stop will be made at a local restaurant to enjoy a cold beverage before returning to Manzanillo. Back in the heart of the city, you will enjoy free time in Old Town. While strolling through the typically vibrant streets, you may hear live mariachi music, shop for traditional clothing in the open-air markets, and perhaps even see a massive stuffed fish hanging on the wall of a shop. Manzanillo is the self-proclaimed “Sailfish Capital of the World,” and the waters just offshore are teeming with these large, muscular members of the billfish family.

    Following free time, you can return to the ship or continue to explore and return later on your own.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion during the stops and free time. There will be some steps and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with walking difficulties are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Catamaran Snorkel Adventure

    Board an 80 foot, double decker catamaran and sail across Manzanillo Bay, passing the popular hotel zone as you enjoy soft drinks, fresh fruit and light pastries. Upon arrival at the snorkel site, your crew will issue you with equipment, as well as provide instruction for beginners.

    You'll break into smaller groups and with your guide, enter the warm waters in search of exotic marine life and secluded coves. You´ll have a full 90 minutes of swim and snorkel time. The upper deck of the catamaran is perfect for sunbathing and shaded areas are available on the main deck. Enjoy full domestic bar service, as you sail back to the pier.

    Note: Participants must be at least 2 years of age to participate and at least 8 years of age to snorkel.

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  • Manzanillo Beach and Shopping

    Delight in Manzanillo’s main attractions, concentrating on its beautiful beaches, vibrant shops and spectacular seaside views.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in the heart of Manzanillo. It’s a lively downtown full of markets, restaurants and shops, which you may explore during free time. Merchandise ranges from religious icons to casual Mexican clothing to hand-carved crafts.

    Continuing on into a different section of the port, you can expect to see dozens of container ships from all over the world, as Manzanillo is Mexico’s leading Pacific port. From here, you will be treated to a sweeping view of Las Brisas beach and the twin bays of Manzanillo with the Peninsula de Santiago jutting out between them.

    A photo stop on the peninsula offers the chance to view the city from a different perspective. The main oceanfront resort is Las Hadas, the setting for much of the film “10,” starring Bo Derek.

    Another chance to shop awaits you in a nearby flea market that is always abuzz with activity. The seemingly endless booths and tables offer casual wear, traditional arts and crafts, handmade pottery and beautiful silver jewelry. If you have a sweet tooth, try the tamarind-flavored candies or cajeta, a caramel made with goat’s milk.

    In time, you will relax at one of Manzanillo’s urban beaches. Upon arrival, enjoy a cold drink at a local hotel before setting off on your own. Feel free to spend the next couple of hours sunbathing, swimming in the ocean and enjoying lunch on your own. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion during the stops and free time. There will be some steps and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with walking difficulties are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; a swim suit worn under your clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water and towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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  • Discover Historic Colima and Comala

    Delve into the regional history of the Colima state by browsing an inland museum and the ruins of ancient pyramids before shopping in charming Comala.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely drive inland, stopping briefly along the way at a roadside coconut stand. It will be a chance to stretch your legs and get a glimpse into the local lifestyle. Coconuts aren’t indigenous to Mexico, but they are widely used in drinks and desserts and their fibers are often woven into hats and mats.

    After approximately ninety minutes, you will arrive in the main square of Colima, the “City of Palms” and capital of the state of Colima. The focal point is the cathedral, a centuries-old building that has repeatedly been reconstructed due to earthquake damage. The Regional History Museum is another highlight, especially its archaeological exhibit rooms.

    Regional history also comes to life at your next stop: the excavated pyramids of La Campana, which date to 1500 B.C. The fascinating ruins indicate the ancient society’s sophistication, as there are complex structures built to withstand earthquakes and a storm drainage system.

    More architectural wonders await you in Comala, the “White Village,” named for the abundance of white buildings with red-tiled roofs. Following a traditional Mexican lunch here, you will enjoy free time for shopping. Folk art and ceramics are favorites, especially ceramic reproductions of “round dogs,” a type of artifact found in ancient tombs. After shopping, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. There will be some steps and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. The tour is not considered suitable for those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing (shorts are not allowed in the cathedral); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There is no flash photography permitted within the museum.

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  • Cuyutlan Turtle Experience

    Interact with endangered sea turtles and other reptiles at a coastal ecological center and browse a museum with intriguing exhibits that detail the production of sea salt.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive south along the picturesque Pacific coastline, passing a number of large plantations growing coconuts, bananas and lemons. You may also see vast drying beds where coarse sea salt is produced. There is even a Salt Museum in Cuyutlan with a 19th-century salt warehouse, where you will discover how this essential natural mineral was used historically as a seasoning, preservative and even in silver mining.

    Still, the town’s most captivating destination is El Tortugario, an ecological center where sea turtles are cared for, along with crocodiles and iguanas. Three of the world’s eight species of sea turtles live along this section of Mexico’s Pacific coast—the Kemp’s ridley, leatherback and the Pacific black. Unfortunately, due to fishing, environmental changes and the illegal plundering of their eggs, these species of sea turtles have become endangered.

    You will have the opportunity to interact with the turtles and observe the center’s green iguanas and crocodiles. Although adult crocodiles have no natural predators, they are critically endangered in this area because of the destruction of their habitat. The center studies these fearsome-looking creatures at its appropriately named Crocodile River.

    After visiting El Tortugario, you will continue to nearby Cuyutlan beach for lunch and a bit of free time for shopping. Then, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. There will be some steps and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. The tour is not considered suitable for those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water and towel from the ship (you will get wet at El Tortugario when interacting with the turtles); and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Some of the tour sequence may vary.

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  • Magical Pueblos

    Discover some of the towns that Mexico has officially designated “magical” for their rich cultural, historical and natural treasures.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive inland to the tiny town of Nogueras in a region known for pottery during pre-Hispanic times and later for sugar cane. Much of the crop was grown around Hacienda de Nogueras, which has since become an esteemed museum. It was a natural conversion because Mexican artist Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo once lived there. While browsing the exhibits, you will see a collection of some of his most creative works of art.

    You will then continue into the so-called Magic Zone, a naturally beautiful area known for two volcanoes: one dormant and the other usually spewing smoke. Later, you will pause for a cup of fresh-brewed coffee while watching how the locals roast and process the coffee beans, which thrive in the volcanic soil on the surrounding plantations.

    A traditional Mexican “botana” or light lunch will follow in the gorgeous village of Comala. It too has been designated “magical,” in part because of its characteristic white buildings, a feature so prominent that Comala is nicknamed the “White Village.”

    After lunch, you’ll have some free time to explore a bit on your own. You might stop at a bakery near the main plaza or shop for handicrafts. Handmade wooden animal masks are particularly popular, as folkloric dancers often wear them during holiday performances. Following free time, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. There will be some steps and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with walking difficulties are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please check with your guide regarding photography within the museum.

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  • Open-Air Exploration and Beach

    Enjoy a variety of experiences in and around Manzanillo that include shopping, visiting a farming community and relaxing on a beautiful beach in the shadow of the harbor.

    After departing from the pier in an open-air All-Terrain Vehicle, you will soon arrive in the heart of Manzanillo, the self-proclaimed “Sailfish Capital of the World.” It’s a lively downtown full of markets, restaurants and shops, which you may explore during free time. Merchandise ranges from religious icons to casual Mexican clothing to hand-carved crafts.

    Continuing on, you will soon arrive in the small farming community of El Colomo. Papaya and bananas flourish in the surrounding plantations and support much of the local economy. In fact, papayas may have originated in southern Mexico long before the Spaniards arrived and then introduced papayas to other tropical areas of the world.

    Manzanillo is also revered for its beaches, including the one Bo Derek famously ran along that was captured in slow-motion in the movie “10.” Las Brisas is certainly among the best beaches, as this four-mile stretch of sand is relatively private, even though it ends at the jetty that marks the channel leading into the busy harbor. Upon arrival, enjoy a cold drink at a local hotel before setting off on your own.

    During your free time at Las Brisas, you might bask in the sun, relax in the shade under an umbrella, take a swim in the ocean or pool, or simply stroll the shoreline while admiring the spectacular scenery. If you decide to have lunch on your own, seafood is recommended. Following your free time, you’ll re-board your bus and transfer back to the cruise ship pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some steps and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate and guests must be able to enter and exit the open-air bus with limited assistance. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; a swim suit worn under your clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water and towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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