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 Yucatan (Progreso), 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 - Yucatan (Progreso), 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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5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise

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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
Yucatan (Progreso), Mexico
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4
Cozumel, Mexico
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 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 holiday. This is adventure in a bold new light – on the fleet-favourite Explorer of the Seas®. Soak up the sunshine and chill-out 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 Theatre, or dance the night away at Club Twenty. On this ship, there’s no wrong way to do your holiday.

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.

FLAVOURFUL FAVES

Say 'konnichiwa' to freshly 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 Theatre, followed by a round of your favourite 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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Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall
PLAY HOWEVER YOU LIKE
Boy Ice Skating with his Family
Family's First Time Ice Skating

Ice Skating

Whether you're a beginner or you've got moves like the Great One, you'll have a great time every time at the ice-skating rink.
Scuba Certification Padi Diving a Class On Board
Padi Scuba Certification Diving Class

Scuba Diving Certification

Gear up and get certified at sea during an underwater adventure lead by certified PADI® instructors.
Adventure Ocean - Play
Adventure Ocean - Play - Deck 14 Forward Center Harmony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

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.
Spa Couples Massage
Couples Getting 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: Yucatan, Mexico

Day 3
Yucatan
Progreso, Mexico
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Yucatan, Mexico Mayan Ruins
Steps leading up to Mayan Ruins in Yucatan, Mexico
Things to do in
Yucatan
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
With its laid-back beach-town vibe and one of the world’s longest piers, Progreso is the gateway to adventure on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Malecón Beach is a hub for sun seekers looking to lounge (or party) on long stretches of sand. And the fishing villages of Chelem and Chuburna are both prime spots for kayaking through mangrove estuaries. Explore shipwrecks at Alacranes Reef and swim with sea turtles in the clear waters off Perez Island. Or travel inland to stroll around Merida’s bustling old world squares. Yucatan cruises offer access to a treasure trove of Mayan archaeological sites digging deep into Mexico’s fascinating ancient past.
Yucatan, Mexico Merida Spanish Architecture
Merida, known as the White City, has beautiful spanish architecture

The White City

The town of Merida is known for its colonial charm, boutiques, bazaars, luxury inns and lively café scene. Nicknamed “The White City” for its pearl-white Spanish architecture, this is where you can explore Plaza Grande, peek in art galleries, admire Paseo de Montejo’s sculptures, and peruse the region’s best museums during your Yucatan cruise.
Insider tip
Be sure to double check your restaurant bill, as some include gratuity and tax. If not, a 10-15% tip is typical for waiters, depending on service satisfaction.
Yucatan, Mexico Preserved Mayan Ruins Chicne Itza
View of ancient mayan ruins called Chicne Itza in Yucatan, Mexico

Preserved With Perfection

Unlock ancient Mayan mysteries while combing the crumbling ruins of Chichén Itzá. Admire Puuc-style palaces, grand temples, the Great Ball Court, and sky-high El Castillo pyramid on a tour of one of the most stunning and well-preserved Mayan sites on the planet.
Insider tip
Tap water in Mexico is generally not potable — it’s safest to drink purified bottled water.q
Yucatan, Mexico Deep Cenote Underground Sinkholes
Underground sinkholes caves called cenotes that you can swim in in Yucatan, Mexico

Deep Discovery

Jump feet-first into the sparkling turquoise waters of a cenote. These magical underground sinkholes nestled in the Yucatecan jungle were once considered sacred by the Maya. Today you can jump right in for a swim or cave diving, with some even offering restaurants and spa amenities.
Yucatan, Mexico Local Cuisine Pork Tacos
Pork tacos is a classic cuisine in Yucatan, Mexico

Local Cuisine

Many Mexican dishes feature chile peppers, which can be pickled, smoked, stuffed or stewed. Restaurants lining Calle 19 serve fresh seafood dishes and Yucatecan tamales, which are typically filled with chicken and cooked in underground ovens. Cochinita pibil (pork in savory achiote sauce) is a local signature, as is xtabentúm, a honey-anisette liqueur and sacred Mayan ceremonial drink.
Yucatan, Mexico Shopping Handcrafted Artifacts Carvings
Local artisans sell handmade jewelry, woven blankets, onyx carvings and replicas of Mayan artifacts in Yucatan, Mexico

Shopping

A collection of souvenir shops are located right at the cruise terminal. At the Progreso Crafts Market local artisans sell handmade jewelry, woven blankets, onyx carvings and replicas of Mayan artifacts. Hit the farmer’s market for fresh tropical fruit — or head to Merida’s market district for locally made goods.

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 9:00 AM - 6:00 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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Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
LET THE FLAVOUR FEST BEGIN
Lobster and Crab Dish at Chef's Table
Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Main Dining Room Mother and Daughter Soup

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.
Oasis of the Seas Windjammer Olives Cheese and Salads
Windjammer Olives Cheese and Salads

Windjammer

Forget everything you think you know about cruise buffets. The Windjammer is your go-to restaurant for tantalizing global flavors served complimentary at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like just-pressed paninis packed with all your favorite meats and cheeses. Flaky pastries fresh from the oven and omelets any way you like them. And hearty mains that run the gamut from crispy buttermilk fried chicken to Vietnamese braised Ho Chi Minh pork.
Room Service Breakfast
Room Service Bottle Glass in Bed

Room Service

Want to savor a meal in the comfort of your stateroom? Order delicious in-room dining any time — day or night. Tuck into breakfast in bed with a fresh omelet or a steaming stack of pancakes. Or enjoy an intimate date night in after a long day of adventure onboard and ashore. Room service makes it easy to treat your taste buds without having to set foot outside your door.

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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