The first port on our NCL Breakaway 10-day Caribbean cruise out of New Orleans in December 2018 was Cozumel Mexico. This port offers loads of options for excursions. Last time we went to this port (in 2016 with the Norwegian Star) we rented a moped and drove around the island – it was awesome! This time, we decided to go to XCARET Eco Park, which costs $160 Canadian per person. It was TOTALLY worth it. We saved $50 per person since we chose shore excursion credits as our cruise promotion. This was the first cruise that we’ve taken that we chose to go with the cruise line for multiple excursions. All in all, we were happy with our choice.
XCARET is an eco theme park. As part of the tour, the cruise line provides transportation on a ferry to Playa Del Carmen. A word of warning, the ferry does cause motion sickness for a lot of people so bring non-drowsy gravol – I wish I had thought of that before leaving! After arriving back on land, a bus will drive you to XCARET. The most incredible thing XCARET offers is the underground river system. Unfortunately, since we don’t have a waterproof camera we didn’t get any footage of this attraction while we were doing it, but we got some from above. It is not to be missed. Other attractions included beaches, bars and restaurants, animal sanctuaries, Mayan ruins, and botanical gardens. We were very excited to see the turtles and the stingrays! We also loved that the dolphins have a very nice, large habitat. We were even lucky enough to see babies swimming with their mom’s! We also very much enjoyed the bird and butterfly pavilions. Check out some of our favourite moments from these attractions.
We only had a few ours to see as much of XCARET as we could – and we saw a lot – but we left wanting to return. We’d definitely recommend this excursion, or visiting XCARET as a resort tour or just visiting the resort itself. It’s an exciting, high-energy place with things to do for everyone. The XCARET tour with NCL lasts for 7.5 hours – so needless to say we were excited to get back to the boat when we were done!