Victory Cruise Lines launches world's first all-inclusive cruise and land experience in Mexico
Staff Writer |
Victory Cruise Lines has created a nine-night all-inclusive cruise between Miami and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula that features three of the country's most celebrated Mayan archeological sites as well as the cultural and historical highlights of the Mexican states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, and Campeche.
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During the inaugural season — January to May 2019 — the package has an all-inclusive three-day two-night pre or post cruise stay at Campeche, Mexico, creating an 11-night all-inclusive cruise and land experience for the cost of the cruise alone.
Guests who book a winter 2019 cruise by May 31, 2018, receive a $1,000 per person discount for a total savings of $2,000 per cabin.
The inaugural Grand Mayan Experience cruise departs The Port of Miami Jan. 4, 2019 on the newly remodeled, 202-passenger Victory II, the sister ship of the popular Victory I.
During the first season, Victory Cruise Lines will operate The Grand Mayan Experience cruises to the Yucatan Peninsula from January through early May 2019. The second season begins in November 2019 and ends in May 2020.
Exclusive features of the cruise include a private sunrise experience at Chichen Itza, an exclusive light and sound show at Campeche and a rare visit to a traditional Mayan healing ceremony.
The Quintana Roo portion of the cruise includes a full-day exploration from the quaint town of Puerto Morelos in the heart of the Riviera Maya — a favorite of U.S visitors. In addition to visiting the Tulum archeological site, one of two evenings in Puerto Morelos will feature the stunning "Xcaret Mexico Espectacular" a journey through Mexico ́s history from the pre-Conquistador era.
After Puerto Morelos, guests travel inland to the state of Yucatan, visiting Chichen Itza and the "Magic Towns" of Valladolid and Izamal. Near Chichen Itza, guests will see one of the best of 6,000 cenotes — beautiful rock formations that have formed water pools with underground rivers of amazing natural beauty.
After touring Valladolid, guests will overnight at one of the most unique hotels in Mexico. The Mayaland Hotel was built to create the feeling one is staying in a traditional Mayan village.
The hotel is located within the archeological zone of Chichen Itza, the most famous Mayan site on the Yucatan Peninsula, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
Following a gourmet dinner at the hotel, Victory guests will experience the Chichen Itza Sound & Light Show, considered the best of its kind in the Americas. The next morning begins with an exclusive visit to Chichen Itza before it opens to the general public for a "Sunrise with the Mayans Experience."
The itinerary continues with a stroll through Izamal, a colonial town built over Mayan ruins that were visited by Pope John Paul II in 1993. In preparation for the pope's visit, the entire city was painted Vatican yellow and has maintained that color ever since. It is now widely known as "The Yellow City."
The Victory II enters the Yucatan State at the port of Progreso where guests will spend two days exploring Merida, a colonial masterpiece founded in 1542.
In addition to exploring the cultural center of Yucatan, guests will visit one of the last working Haciendas in the region, Sotuta de Peon, and Mayapan, a lost Mayan city and one of the best archeological sites in Mexico, before participating in an ancient Mayan cleansing ceremony.
Next is the state of Campeche, where guests will be welcomed into the colonial wonderland of the Walled City of Campeche.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Campeche is an enclave of perfectly restored pastel buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, fortified ramparts and well-preserved mansions.
Either before or after the nine-night cruise on Victory II, guests will stay at the Hotel Plaza Campeche within the walled city for three days and two nights.
The stayover provides an all-inclusive immersion into Mexican history and culture, including an exclusive folkloric ballet show for Victory guests at the beautiful Toro Theatre. ■