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 6/18/2009 11:51:27 AM ET 2009-06-18T15:51:27

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: November 29–December 6, 2009

The deal
Now that it’s relatively safe to say the swine flu scare is behind us, (knock on wood) cruise lines have returned to their usual routes to Mexico.

Although these voyages have traditionally been more expensive than similar Caribbean sailings, now that Mexico’s tourism has taken a hit, we are seeing remarkably low rates in the Mexican Riviera. Rates are dropping on major cruise lines across the board, but our top pick is this fall sailing on the new Carnival Splendor from just $359, which translates to an impressive 78 percent off rack rates.

Up to 78 percent off 7-night Riviera Cruise

What makes this cruise unique is that while deeply discounted rates are often found on older ships, this rare voyage is aboard the newest ship in Carnival’s fleet. The Splendor boasts an outdoor theater with a jumbo-sized LED screen, a soothing Thalassotherapy Pool filled with vitamin-rich ocean water, mini golf, nightclubs, and more.

The cruise sets sail from Long Beach on November 29, and after spending a day at sea it makes its first stop in the colonial town of Puerto Vallarta. Next, it will anchor in Mazatlan, also known as the “Pearl of the Pacific” for its white-sand beaches and stunning blue lagoons.

The final port of call before heading back to Long Beach is the once sleepy village of Cabo San Lucas, which now offers visitors a wealth of activities like golf, water sports, boating, horseback riding, and more.  Interior cabins on this seven-night sailing start from as little as $52/night, plus up to $250 of onboard credits are available on select bookings.

The dollars
All quotes are per person and based on double occupancy. Rates cover accommodations, meals and entertainment on the ship. Fees and taxes, as well as shore excursions, personal expenses, alcoholic beverages, and tips are additional.

The catch
Salt and limes not included.

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