Explore Mexico on $430, Part I: Cruise


Going on a cruise is a

great way to tour the

coastal cities of

Mexico and “explore”

without going out of

your comfort-zone.

A few months ago, my husband and I were both at our computers rather late at night…

We are always looking for deals, any kind of a deal. It could be coupons, specials, offers, or simply the latest deal on WOOT.

Well this particular night, while reading from one of the cruise deal sites, my husband said, “Can you believe an 8-day, Mexican Riviera cruise for $430?”

Now, you are probably more experienced than I am when it comes to cruises.  I have only been on a cruise ship 3 times in our life. Yet despite that, I knew in my bones that $430 for an 8-day cruise was a very good deal.

In fact, it seemed almost

too good to be true….

See, my dear husband tends to read quickly — scanning. ‘Comes from years and years of having to read everything that came across his desk quickly, decisively, efficiently.

So we read it again. Checked the fine print carefully and son-of-a-gun!  It really was an   honest, good deal!

We didn’t have anything coming up important, so why not go?

It was the Mexican Riviera cruise and the weather should be perfect for being on the ocean and well, we couldn’t think of any reason why not, so I bought tickets for two right away.

Incidentally, we weren’t the only ones who recognized this was a good deal. The next morning, my husband headed out to get some groceries, and on his way, he stopped at friends – told them about our plans and they said, “Hey, we’ll go with you!  Tell Barbie to get us tickets for that price too!” 

So that morning, I sat at the computer and believe it or not, booked the last room available on the whole ship for our friends –  at the same $430 rate.

Oh, I didn’t mention – this was not an inside room (I don’t think I could enjoy a room with absolutely no natural light) not a balcony either, but it showed the room as having quite a large window — which would be fine — it’s not like we hadn’t see Mexico… it’s just that cruising is a heck of a way to enjoy, explore, and sight-see — while being spoiled.

Well needless to say, we all had a wonderful time. The ship was beautiful, the food was delicious, sights were spectacular  – and I will tell you all about it in my next post.

For now however, I just want to emphasize that cruising  is actually a pretty good way to see several places in Mexico and sort of get the feeling for the different areas.

You aren’t


limited to the

cruise ship and

what you can see from your

cabin window…

Depending on the cruise you take, you will stop at many ports of call. There you can take off-ship city tours which gives you a great opportunity to ask pertinent questions of the tour guides, who are usually full of extra information.

When you’re done touring for that day, you return to your “home base” (the ship) relax, ponder, and enjoy all the comforts of home… and then some!

Best of all, the next day you can explore a completely new port, a new destination! It’s a very easy way to explore Mexico without giving up your creature comforts.

Just remember: I have always told would-be retirees to visit places as people, not tourists because you are seeking and searching for a new place to hang your hat in your retirement years.

Cruise To The Mexican RivieraWhile cruises certainly are “touristy”, they are however a pretty neat way to go and get your feet wet for the first time.

This way you can explore Mexico in a more-or-less controlled environment without leaving your comfort-zone.

I still want you to take your note pads and write down everything you learn and make sure you get your questions answered by people who are in the different locations.

Also you might be lucky and meet other potential retirees on board who are also thinking about retiring to Mexico. Get their email addresses so you can stay in touch. Who knows. You might meet your future neighbors!

A cruise an easy, safe way to explore Mexico. It’s a great way to take a wonderful vacation while loading up on useful info.

So keep an eye out for those specials. You might have to stay up late at night and surf the web for cruise deals.

Shop around. That’s what we do!

What do you think? Do you have a question? Need to know more about retiring in Mexico or Mexico cruises? I will try to help!

If I don’t know the answer, maybe someone else will. My site gets hundreds of hits daily and everybody is free to comment and ask questions — and answer questions, too!

 If you don’t see the comment area below, click on READ FULL ARTICLE and scroll down to the bottom and type your question.

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62 Responses to Explore Mexico on $430, Part I: Cruise

  1. scott burlin

    March 21, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I recently read (last week) that the Tampa, Fl to Progresso (Yucatan, Merida) ferry boat will start running again this summer. It will be about a 36 hour cruise, can carry a few hundred cars and a couple od thousand passengers. Don’t know about the cost.

  2. Barbie


    March 21, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Yeah! Let’s hope it happens!! If you hear any more, let us know. Thanks, Scott. Barbie

  3. nellie jenkins

    March 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    how would a person make a good choice of renting a small property to check out if retiring there is ultimate goal? just go look around? web search?

  4. Barbie


    March 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    The very best way? Go, look around – ask other expats there – check with the natives – make offers.
    I think I must again add here – don’t forget – the minimum wage in Mexico is: Set annually by law and determined by zone. The minimum wage rate are 57.46 Mexican pesos in Zona A (Baja California, Federal District, State of Mexico, and large cities), 55.84 pesos in Zone B (Sonora, Nuevo Le�n, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Jalisco), and 54.47 pesos in Zone C (all other states). Mexico’s minimum wage was last changed in 1-Jan-10 .
    Averaging out, the MINIMUM DAILY wage in Mexico is about, $4.20 USD. The AVERAGE DAILY wage in Mexico is about $20.00 USD
    So…my point is…Get real – the high prices in Mexico is aimed at foreigners. Make deals!!! Best to you. Barbie

    Good luck! Barbie

  5. Linda Balderas

    April 18, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Hola Barbie,
    I wrote earlier on a different post.I really get a lot of info here and truly appreciate it.My situation is a little different as my husband is a Mexican citizen and already in mexico.I plan on going in the fall.My question is(actually I have a gajillion!)can I work(I speak Spanish also) if I am married to a citizen and what kind of immigration do I need. any info you can provide will be much appreciated.He is in salamanca GTO but we are not sure we want to live there.We have talked about housesitting or awhile.What do you think?
    Thanks so much,
    Linda Balderas

  6. Barbie


    April 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    House sitting would be great, if you can find them. You can easily ask which visa you need to work in Mexico when you go to apply for one. Read this post – think it answers some questions for you :) Best to you. Keep asking those questions – I ALWAYS say you can’t have too much info!! Barbie

  7. Lizzz

    May 1, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Hello Barbie,
    Do you think this cruise is still available? And what cruise line did you use? I would like to take my daughter with me so she can help find that perfect spot for me to live. I am thinking that this would be a great way to “see” Mexico without driving around looking for a place to live. It would be nice to stay coastal as guest usuallly prefer to visit the beach. I am still thinking about San Augustine, but have not been able to get much info off the internet. I guess I will have to do my research when I come to Mexico. thanks, Lizzz

  8. Barbie


    May 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    We used Carnival – get on a couple of “last minute” sites – and “deal” sites –
    here are a couple: http://www.vacationstogo.com/?source=msnadc&npm=c
    There are many – just keep checking! Barbie

  9. Anne

    June 18, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Hi Barbie, My husband and I own a palapa on the beach in Paamul, MX. It is located about 15 miles south of Playa del Carmen. Although it is an RV park, many of the homes are more permanent. Paamul reminds me of a small town 50’s community with friendly neighbors stopping by often and where you know almost everyone. We have our own restaurant, dive shop, church, hotel, rental cabanas, & 24 hour security. I’d be glad to share more information with you if you are interested.

  10. Barbie


    June 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Sounds lovely. Thanks for the info! Readers, here’s a chance to get the info straight on about a place close to Playa del Carmen! Thanks, so much. Barbie

  11. teresa turrubiate

    March 23, 2013 at 3:39 am

    What about Allende, Merida and the entire Yucatan all together. I hear there are 25,000 retired persons in Allende. And would like to know one of the “los Gringos of the Yucatan”. I also hear that Costco, CVS and Wall Mart are found in Merida and that it is building an assistant living facility. I am a late baby boomer. Will become 68 on 4/21/2013. I am finally retired. I live in a town home in Santa Fe, CA. the Los Angeles southern state. It is 15 min. to the beach. I am a grad student on my way to a master’s in Forensic Psychology. I have found that I’m tired and need to retire and the Yucatan sounds like my place. I lost my IRA and stocks so I only have Social Security Retirement. Can you email me as much as you can about Merida and Allende. Especially the phone system, internet and or cell phones and also town homes, upstairs and down stairs. Also on the medical, I need dental care, RX and some medical care. Never had surgery until Oct. 2012 laser on both eyes. It is great. I am just a small 4’11 and 115 lb. lady. The cold can get to me sometimes with pains on my legs due to an accident in 2004 of the tail bone. That’s it so far. Just see what you can send me, really appreciate your articles great stuff. Teresa

  12. Barbie


    March 31, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Teresa – get a cup of coffee or tea, and start reading all the articles I have on http://www.moneymexico.wpengine.com
    You’ll find most of the info you are wondering about there. Barbie

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