Want to visit the Costa Maya? Most of the cruise lines include this port on their itineraries. Go to Cruise Bug Vacations to find an itinerary that includes this port.
We happened to be cruising when Hurricane Dean was brewing, so changed our itinerary to skirt around the storm. We left New Orleans on the Carnival Fantasy not really knowing where we would be going.
First stop would be Key West, which would put us behind the storm. The captain would see how Dean tracked and then make port decisions from that information.
The Costa Maya was on this itinerary and was a port that we desperately wanted to visit. We had wonderful shore excursion plans and were excited about visiting a spot in the Yucatan that we had not previously visited. We have explored many of the Maya archaeological sites throughout the peninsula and looked forward to becoming acquainted with some new sites. Alas, Dean destroyed the Costa Maya port, which would be closed for an extended period of time.
Now, it seems that Costa Maya will be ready for cruise ships in July, less than a year after it was devastated by Dean. Not only will the port be re-opened, but Mahahual will also have some improvements including a new malecon. This new walkway will be a pleasant option for independently enjoying the beach and the village.
It always amazes me how quickly Mexico seems to recover from hurricanes. Cancun was up and running in record time. Why is New Orleans still lagging behind? How sad that things in New Orleans haven’t progressed as quickly as they seem to do in Mexico.
This good news about the reopening of the port means that I need to look for a cruise that visits the Costa Maya so I can finally explore the area. Cancun and Cozumel took a beating from previous hurricanes and then the Costa Maya joined them; let’s hope that the hurricanes leave this area alone for awhile.