5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Explorer of the Seas from Galveston, Texas Cozumel, Mexico, Beach Tulum God of Wind Temple Ruins
The 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston, Texas visits Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; Galveston, Texas. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Explorer of the Seas
Day 1 - Galveston, Texas
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
Day 4 - Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Galveston, Texas
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Cozumel, Mexico, Beach Tulum God of Wind Temple Ruins
God of Wind temple ruins at the beach in Tulum, Cozumel, Mexico
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Leaving from
Galveston, Texas
Onboard
Explorer of the Seas
Day Port
1
Galveston, Texas
Departs at 3:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
4
Cozumel, Mexico
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Galveston, Texas
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Explorer of the Seas

Your ship
Explorer of the Seas
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Explorer of the Seas, Aerial
An aerial view of Explorer of the Seas
Get to know
Explorer of the Seas
This is not your average vacation. This is adventure in a bold new light — on the fleet-favorite Explorer of the Seas®. Soak up the sunshine and chill vibes at the adults-only Solarium. Indulge in authentic Tuscan cuisine at Giovanni’s Table. Then catch a jaw-dropping original production in the Main Theater, or dance the night away at Club Twenty. On this ship, there’s no wrong way to vacay.

ADVENTURE ON EVERY DECK

When you're not exploring unforgettable ports, you'll find plenty of thrills on deck. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall, and try not to wipe out on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Or engage in a little friendly competition on the mini-golf course, before taking your adventure onto the ice skating rink.

FLAVORFUL FAVES

Say "Konnichiwa" to fresh-rolled sushi at Izumi, or "Buongiorno" to authentic Italian eats at Giovanni's Table. If it's prime meat you're craving, head to Chops Grille℠ for steakhouse offerings that are a cut above the rest. And for the ultimate sweet treat, order up a classic milkshake at Johnny Rockets®.

FLASHBACK FUN & DARING DANCE MOVES

Cap off each date night with an incredible show at the Main Theater, followed by a round of your favorite ice-cold brews, moonlight and island vibes poolside, and late-night dancing.

Day 1: Galveston, Texas

Day 1
Galveston
Texas
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Galveston, Texas, Pleasure Pier Sunrise
Sunrise at low tide on Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas
Things to do in
Galveston
Departs at 3:00 PM
A quaint seaside city toting a Texas-sized personality, Galveston offers both action-packed adventure and an easygoing beach vibe. Dangling on a barrier island fringing the Gulf of Mexico, the sea meets the South here in spectacular fashion. Over 60 National Register of Historic Places play backdrop to the Pleasure Pier’s waterfront amusements. Jump onboard a Galveston cruise to experience the lively seawall scene on two wheels, or relive the port’s glory days at the Texas Seaport Museum. Head to the island’s west end for kayaking and fishing— or brave the world’s tallest water coaster at Schlitterbahn Water Park.
Galveston, Texas, Gulf Beach
An aerial view of the a beach in Galveston, Texas

SALTWATER STALWARTS

Unwind along Galveston’s 50 kilometres of sun-drenched shoreline at one of the many county beach parks lining the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston Island State Park offers quiet seclusion and Stewart Beach is a great family-friendly option, while East Beach is a popular gathering space for livelier beach crowds.
Galveston, Texas, Pleasure Pier
The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas

HEAD TO THE PIER

Say hello to the thrills and excitement of the massive amusement park at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Galveston cruises give the opportunity to experience all that the pier has to offer. Enjoy the rides before playing all of the classic carnival games — there's even a roller coaster on Pleasure Pier!
Galveston, Texas, Old Strand District
Architecture in Old Strand District in Galveston, Texas

BUILDING BLOCKS

Stroll past well-preserved Victorian-era buildings in the old Strand District during your Galveston cruise. Once called the “Wall Street of the South”, this charming commercial hub, along with the neighboring East End Historic District, is home to mansions-turned-museums, the Grand 1894 Opera House, plus loads of unique shops and cozy cafés.
Galveston, Texas, Gulf Shrimp Plate
Plate of shrimp and lime at gulf in Galveston, Texas

LOCAL CUISINE

Seafood is king on Galveston Island – Gulf shrimp, blue crabs, snapper and grouper come fresh off the boat. But the signature Tex-Mex cuisine equally impresses with sizzling fajitas and tequila-laced margaritas. Old Strand Emporium scoops out ice-cream parlour charm, while La King’s Confectionary is where local sweet-makers craft saltwater toffee in-house. Don’t miss a drive-through daiquiri stand for a frozen cocktail on-the-go.
Galveston, Texas, Antique Storefront Model Ship
Window display of storefront with a model ship and other antiques in Galveston, Texas

SHOPPING

The Strand Historical District is the town’s prime shopping spot, where 19th-century storefronts now house a quirky collection of locally owned gift shops and antique shops. Here you can pick up beachwear, whimsical gifts, model ships, second-hand books, Southwestern turquoise jewellery, and Texas-inspired home décor.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Girls Diving in the Pool
Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Scuba Certification Padi Diving Underwater Around a School of Fish
Scuba Certification Padi Diving Underwater with a School of Fish

Scuba Diving Certification

Gear up and get certified at sea during an underwater adventure lead by certified PADI® instructors.
Navigator of the Seas Adventure Ocean
Girl Playing with Dolls at Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean®

'Are we there yet?' is a thing of the past. We keep every child entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning Youth Program.
Man Receiving Massage
Man Receiving Massage at Vitality Spa

Spa & Fitness Centre

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.

Day 3: Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico

Day 3
Puerto Costa Maya
Mexico
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Costa Maya, Mexico, Great Mayan Reef Corals
Corals and marine life of the Great Mayan Reef
Things to do in
Puerto Costa Maya
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Past meets present in Costa Maya. Cruise to Costa Maya and find ancient Maya ruins and mysterious jungles just begging to be explored, as well as private beach clubs and trendy restaurants – all in one place. It’s 250 square miles of paradise packed with entertainment and history, all just 30 miles south of Cancun. The Great Maya Reef just off the coast is the second largest in the world – it’s a must-snorkel spot. Or you can kick back at the port village of Mahahual with an ice-cold michelada – a spicy beer cocktail – in hand. For a culture fix, head to the Kohunlick ruins to see the famous Temple of the Masks.
Costa Maya, Mexico Cenote Azul Scuba Diver
Scuba diver deep in Costa Maya's Cenote Azul

Cenote Scouting

Take a dip in the sparkling blue waters of Cenote Azul, an open freshwater cenote known for prime snorkelling and swimming.
Insider tip
Don’t be afraid to drink the water in Costa Maya – it’s completely purified.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Steps
Man atop the steps of Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico

Rockin' Ruins

Venture into the jungle for a taste of ancient Maya history at the Kohunlich and Chacchoben ruins – each well over a thousand years old.
Insider tip
If you’re planning on taking a snorkelling excursion, make sure to bring organic sunscreen – it’s a federal regulation.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Chinchorro Shipwreck Marine Life
remains of the 19th century Ginger soul shipwreck at Chinchorro bank on the Caribben sea, Mexico

Coral Conquest

Grab some snorkelling gear and explore the colourful underwater world of Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Cochinita Pibil Tortilla Dish
Traditional Mexican dish, Cochinita Pibil.

Local Cuisine

For casual fare, stick to Mahahual. For upmarket options, like fresh seafood and Maya-inspired dishes, opt for Costa Maya’s resorts and boutique hotels. Definitely try cochinita pibil, a traditional dish of slow-roasted pork and Agua de Jamaica – a sweetened hibiscus flower iced tea that’s a Mexican favourite.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Shop Ceramic Artifacts
Giftshop merchandise located in Costa Maya, Mexico.

Shopping

Within the port village, you’ll find shops and stalls selling everything from silver, leather and fragrances, to pottery, spirits and crafts.

Day 4: Cozumel, Mexico

Day 4
Cozumel
Mexico
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Cozumel, Mexico, Punta Sur National Park
Clear Water of Punta Sur National Park, Cozumel, Mexico
Things to do in
Cozumel
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
With its lively tropical reefs, crystal-clear waters and ancient ruins, Cozumel is ripe for one-of-a-kind adventures. Cruise to Cozumel and head to Chankanaab National Park, where you can snorkel amongst the colourful reefs and schools of tropical fish that give this island its premier diving status. Or travel back in time on an adventure through the towering Maya ruins of Tulum. When you’ve finished exploring, unwind with a beachside massage at Playa Mia. From culture-savouring to soaking up sunshine, you’ll find a world of adventure waiting for you in Cozumel.
Cozumel, Mexico, San Gervasio Ruins
San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel

Temple Trekking

Get up close and personal with Mayan history at San Gervasio, the largest ancient Mayan site on Cozumel, which dates back to as early as AD 300.
Insider tip
Remember to tip between 10% and 15%.
Cozumel, Mexico, Dolphin Swim
Swim with dolphins at Chankanaab National Park, Cozumel

Dive into Adventure

At Chankanaab National Park, you’ll find everything from snorkelling and scuba diving to swimming with dolphins.
Insider tip
If you’re planning on taking a snorkelling excursion, make sure to bring organic sunscreen – it’s a federal regulation.
Cozumel, Mexico, Punta Sur National Ecological Park Aerial Beach
Aerial View of Punta Sur National Ecological Park, and its adjacent beach.

Natural Thrills

Reconnect with nature while wandering the endless mangroves, beaches and reefs in Punta Sur National Park during your Cozumel cruise.
Insider tip
Most of the vendors only barter with cash, so be sure to bring some.
Cozumel, Mexico, Michelada Mexican Drink
Michelada, Mexican drink made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.

Local Cuisine

Cozumel’s cuisine is dominated by Mexican, American and international cuisine. Fresh seafood is always a good choice, and so is the cochinita pibil – a slow-roasted, highly seasoned pork dish. Cool off with a michelada, made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Or keep it traditional with Mexico’s signature spirit, tequila.
Mexico Cozumel Local Shopping Luchador Wrestling Mask
Local Shopping Luchador Wrestling Mask

Shopping

For great deals and guaranteed shops, walk along the waterfront on Avenue Rafael E. Melgar, a mile-long strip in San Miguel. And be sure to check out the Chile Tequila Factory for a sampling of Mexico’s favourite spirit.

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Explorer of the Seas Johnny Rockets Food Feast
Friends Enjoying Hamburgers, Melts and French Fries
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Chef's Table Appetizer
An appetizer at Chef's Table on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chef's Table

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course menu and wine tasting.
Main Dining Room Sliced Steak Topped With Sea Salt
Two slices of steak topped with sea salt served with a side of vegetables at the Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

Sweeping, multi-level ambience, world-class cuisine and extraordinary personal service from a dedicated waiting staff. Our main dining room serves exceptional, multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Windjammer Carving Station
A turkey carving station at the Windjammer

Windjammer

A culinary destination loaded with a global array of delicious food for every meal and snack time – all with spectacular views and a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Browse multiple serving stations offering pastas, made-to-order omelettes, international cuisine, salads, soups, sandwiches, freshly-carved meats and tantalising desserts.
Room Service Breakfast
Room Service Bottle Glass in Bed

Room Service

Morning, noon, night, whenever you like – order up room service 24/7. Enjoy breakfast in bed or a delicious dinner right in the comfort of your stateroom. Fees may apply, but continental breakfast, when served, is always complimentary.

Day 6: Galveston, Texas

Day 6
Galveston
Texas
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Galveston, Texas, Victorian Homes
Victorian houses in wealthy neighborhood in Galveston, Texas
Things to do in
Galveston
Arrives at 7:00 AM
A quaint seaside city toting a Texas-sized personality, Galveston offers both action-packed adventure and an easygoing beach vibe. Dangling on a barrier island fringing the Gulf of Mexico, the sea meets the South here in spectacular fashion. Over 60 National Register of Historic Places play backdrop to the Pleasure Pier’s waterfront amusements. Jump onboard a Galveston cruise to experience the lively seawall scene on two wheels, or relive the port’s glory days at the Texas Seaport Museum. Head to the island’s west end for kayaking and fishing— or brave the world’s tallest water coaster at Schlitterbahn Water Park.
Galveston, Texas, Gulf Beach
An aerial view of the a beach in Galveston, Texas

SALTWATER STALWARTS

Unwind along Galveston’s 50 kilometres of sun-drenched shoreline at one of the many county beach parks lining the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston Island State Park offers quiet seclusion and Stewart Beach is a great family-friendly option, while East Beach is a popular gathering space for livelier beach crowds.
Galveston, Texas, Pleasure Pier
The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas

HEAD TO THE PIER

Say hello to the thrills and excitement of the massive amusement park at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Galveston cruises give the opportunity to experience all that the pier has to offer. Enjoy the rides before playing all of the classic carnival games — there's even a roller coaster on Pleasure Pier!
Galveston, Texas, Old Strand District
Architecture in Old Strand District in Galveston, Texas

BUILDING BLOCKS

Stroll past well-preserved Victorian-era buildings in the old Strand District during your Galveston cruise. Once called the “Wall Street of the South”, this charming commercial hub, along with the neighboring East End Historic District, is home to mansions-turned-museums, the Grand 1894 Opera House, plus loads of unique shops and cozy cafés.
Galveston, Texas, Gulf Shrimp Plate
Plate of shrimp and lime at gulf in Galveston, Texas

LOCAL CUISINE

Seafood is king on Galveston Island – Gulf shrimp, blue crabs, snapper and grouper come fresh off the boat. But the signature Tex-Mex cuisine equally impresses with sizzling fajitas and tequila-laced margaritas. Old Strand Emporium scoops out ice-cream parlour charm, while La King’s Confectionary is where local sweet-makers craft saltwater toffee in-house. Don’t miss a drive-through daiquiri stand for a frozen cocktail on-the-go.
Galveston, Texas, Antique Storefront Model Ship
Window display of storefront with a model ship and other antiques in Galveston, Texas

SHOPPING

The Strand Historical District is the town’s prime shopping spot, where 19th-century storefronts now house a quirky collection of locally owned gift shops and antique shops. Here you can pick up beachwear, whimsical gifts, model ships, second-hand books, Southwestern turquoise jewellery, and Texas-inspired home décor.

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