8 Day Western Caribbean (Land Cruise)

8 day land cruise - June 23, 2012

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Jack S. Marshall
Jack S. Marshall
Special Guest Educator

Why do we all love to cruise:  You only unpack once – all of the meals are included – fun nightly entertainment – quiet places to relax and read a book – wonderful ports of call and so much more.  It’s time to step up to the next level – a fantastic “Land Cruise”.  When you take a 5 star resort, locate it on one of the best beaches in the world, add the ameniities cruises offer – you end up with a vacation that is better than a cruise.  We asked our staff which they would choose, a relaxing Caribbean Cruise or a relaxing Caribbean “Land Cruise” – 100% wanted the “Land Cruise”.  Below is a comparison between a Caribbean cruise and a Caribbean “Land Cruise”.

Apples to Apples

Comparing apples to apples spending approximately the same amount of money for each:

Caribbean Cruises:                                                   Our Caribbean “Land Cruise” Vacation:

Inside Cabin approx. 150 Square Feet                      5 Star Luxury Room approx. 300 Square feet

All drinks cost extra                                                    Unlimited drinks are free

All meals included                                                       All meals included

Nightly entertainment included                                    Nightly entertainment included

Only unpack once                                                        Only unpack once

Rough seas / sea sickness                                          No rough seas / no sea sickness

Ship’s pools – small                                                     Beach resort - gigantic pools

Beach available only on a shore excursion                 Fantastic beach just outside your door

Walking or jogging – deck only                                    Walking or jogging – beaches & landscape trails

Must hurry back to ship before it sails                         Your fantastic beach resort isn’t going to leave you

Limited sports activities and long lines                        Free: paddle boats, sail boats, tennis & a lot more

Small hallways to your small rooms                            Beautiful landscaped gardens – large balcony rooms

Shore excursions very expensive                                Excursions are very inexpensive compared to a ship!

A cruise is more & expensive offers less                     A “Land Cruise" is less expensive & delivers more

2 Optional Shore Excursion package includes the following

  • Tulum & Coba ruins
  • Ekbalam & Chichen Itza ruins

Package Price includes

  • 5 star beach resort large room with Balcony
  • All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner PLUS hamburgers, sandwiches and snacks at the beach & pool snack bars
  • All soft drinks are free all day long
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • All adult and children activities are included
  • All sporting equipment – including paddle boats, sail boats, snorkeling equipment, etc.
  • Fun For less Tour staff throughout your vaction
  • Free tennis courts
  • Optional “shore excursion package” at a fraction of what you would pay a ship

Pricing Information

Fun For Less Tours Member Discount Price $699*
($699 price above are cash/check discount rates.)
Call for our discounted Airfare.
*Prices above are per person cash discounts rates, based on double occupancy.
Does not include: airfare, transfers, taxes, fees, “shore excursions” or tips.
**Prices above does not include current fuel surcharges, taxes and fees.

Day to Day Itinerary

Note: (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
 
Day 1: June 23: Fly from US to Cancun
Upon arrival to Cancun we will depart for your “all inclusive“ beach hotel. You will have a free afternoon to relax and enjoy your beautiful beach resort. This resort has all the amenities you could hope for. All your food and beverages are included, unlike on a cruise ship where drinks are extra. Included with your hotel are Hobie Cat sailing lessons and free use of the sailing boat after your lessons, free introductory scuba lesson, free snorkeling gear, dance lessons, cooking classes, the list goes on. Large and beautiful swimming pools, stage shows at night, (an 18 hole championship golf course and motorized toys are extra). It has the most incredible private white sand beach and the second longest barrier reef in the world, excellent for snorkeling and scuba diving. These are your “Land Cruise Days at Sea”. Your hotel is located in the exclusive gated community of Playacar, just minutes to the seaside resort town of Playa Del Carmen.
 
Day 2: June 24: Optional tour to ruins of Tulum and Coba (B,L,D)
Today after breakfast we will offer our optional side tour to the ruins of Tulum and Coba. We will travel down the coast to the ancient Mayan City of Tulum. This beautiful walled city was built on cliffs overlooking the blue-green waters of the Yucatan Caribbean. Be sure to have the significance of the Descending God above the temple door explained to you and the special date evidenced by a solar event at this site. From here we will travel to ancient ruins deep in the Yucatan jungle at the Coba ruins. Only recently restored, these ruins will amaze and enthrall your senses. Our travels this day will end back at your beach hotel.
 
Day 3 & 4: June 25 & 26: Relax and enjoy Riu Resort or explore on your own (B,L,D)
Today is a free day to do whatever you want. You can shop next door in Playa del Carmen, or take the high speed ferry over to Cozumel (snorkeling, ruins, museum and shopping). You can visit Xcaret or Aukamul, or go cave diving in a nearby Cenote. Play golf or go horseback riding, deep sea fishing or parasailing. The list of activities is almost endless in this land of 1000 pyramids. Tomorrow you can do it all again, or simply loose yourself in a book on the beach under your favorite palm tree.
 
Day 5: June 27: Optional tour to ruins of Chichen Itza & Ek Balam (B,D)
Today after breakfast we will offer our optional side tour to the ruins of Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. We will drive to the park of Chichen Itza. The city of Chichen Itza is deep in the jungle and dates back to 100 BC.Chichen Itza which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza “, is the 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico today. TheKukulkan Pyramid in Chichen-Itza which known as “El Castillo” (the castle), is one of the new seven wonders of the world. You will also have a chance to visit the ruins of Ek Balam. The startling and amazingly well-preserved sculptures uncovered at Ek Balam are exciting to both newcomers and repeat visitors of Mayan sites. Dating from 100 BC to its height at 700-1,200 BC, it is unlike any other Mayan site. Ek Balam has a feel all its own.
 
Day 6: June 28: Relax and enjoy the Riu Resort or explore on your own (B,L,D)
Free day to enjoy the resort.
 
Day 7: June 29: Cancun (B)
Free day to enjoy the resort.
 
Day 8: June 30: Cancun (B)
After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and board our bus for the return trip to the Cancun Airport and our flight back to the US.

Resort Amenities

  • All Inclusive features
  • Sports and activities:
  • Table tennis, workout, gym, 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool, volleyball
  • 2 floodlit hard surface tennis courts
  • Sauna and jacuzzi
  • Windsurfing, catamaran, kayaking, body boarding and snorkelling equipment  (may have lesson/rental fees)
  • Entertainment:
  • Daytime entertainment program for children ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12 at RiuLand (daily)
  • Daytime entertainment program for adults (daily)
  • Live music, shows or Riu evening program (daily)
  • Sports and facilities nearby (additional charge):
  • Assorted water sports available
  • 18-hole golf course (additional charges)