Photos: Marvelous Mexico

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  1. Tempting Tulum

    The Mayan City of Tulum, Mexico is located on the Caribbean Sea coast of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. (Ml Sinibaldi / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. View from Palenque

    Tourists sit atop a pyramid in Palenque, set in the foothills of the Tumbal mountains of Chiapas Mexico. (Marco Ugarte / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Blessings in Chiapas

    A tzotzil child walks in front of the church of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas. (Matias Recart / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Luxury in Puerto Vallarta

    The terrace on the Celestial Suite is seen at Hacienda San Angel in Puerto Vallarta. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Ancient stories

    This photo shows details of a Maya stone, relating the coming to power of governor Sir Jupiter Humenate and dated 613 AC, found in Tonina, Ocosingo, Chiapas. (Janet Schwartz / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Mexico magic

    Mexico City, the capital city of the nation of Mexico. (Diego Goldberg / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Musical Mexico

    A mariachi band play on a punt at the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco in Mexico City. (Danny Lehman / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Cool Cancun

    Cancun, Mexico is ranked as one of the top international vacation destinations. The beaches of Cancun have been completely restored following damage caused by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Travelers will find its newly renovated resorts, restaurants, beaches and attractions better and even more accessible than ever. (Business Wire) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Isla bonita

    The ferry landing on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Isla Mujeres is a tiny island mere miles from the Yucatan coast, and feels a world away from Cancun's hustle and bustle. Isla Mujeres, thriving in its own tourism, manages to maintain the feeling of a small fishing village. (Anja Schlein / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Soccer and bullfights

    Estadio Azul (left), a soccer stadium; and Plaza Mexico, the world's largest bullring, in Mexico City. (Danny Lehman / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Azure Cortez

    People kayak in the Bahia de Loreto National Park, in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. (Terry Prichard / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 6/23/2008 11:31:54 AM ET 2008-06-23T15:31:54

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Various through winter 2009

The Deal
Sailings along the Mexican Riviera are absolutely stunning but usually priced pretty high due to the area’s eternal sunshine and pleasant climate. But with the threesome of stellar deals we scoured, you can save some serious dollars. Discounts run as high as 73 percent and prices drop to as low as $499.

Mexican Riviera sail with HL
In September, Holland America’s upscale Ryndam sets sails from San Diego for a circuit along the Mexican Riviera. This seven-night voyage is now on sale by CruisesOnly for just $499; this reflects a discount of 36 percent. Indeed, inside cabins are regularly priced at $779 but with this special, even oceanview units — at only $599 — are affordable. En route, the ship visits Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, giving cruisers an entire day to explore each destination. Three days at sea are also included in the itinerary.

Winter cruise on Carnival Spirit
For an eight-night Mexican Riviera sailing that departs next winter roundtrip from San Diego, book the early-bird special we found on Orbitz. This weeklong odyssey aboard Carnival Spirit is now discounted by a whopping 73 percent! Inside cabins are selling for just $519, as opposed to the brochure price of $1,919. The ship departs in January 2009 at this price, en route visiting Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, and Manzanillo. Four days at sea are also part of the itinerary. Outside staterooms are on sale, too, for $609.

Discounted Disney summer voyage
If you want to depart sooner, CruisesOnly has a stellar offer for a seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise with Disney. You can save quite a chunk of change off the advertised price if you book an inside cabin on this journey, departing roundtrip from Los Angeles. These units now sell for $1,505, as opposed to $2,055. Ports of call include Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Three days at sea are part of the circuit, too. The ship has several scheduled departures at this price through mid-August.

The dollars
The rates above are listed per person, based on double occupancy. The cost covers onboard accommodations, meals and entertainment, as well as port charges. You’ll just have to dish out extra for government taxes and fees, as well as any shore excursions you may decide to take.

The catch
Tequila shots not included.

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