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Costa Maya Celebrates Return of Cruise Passengers

Since opening in 2001, Costa Maya, one of Mexico's largest cruise ports and an emerging destination, thrilled cruise ship guests from every major cruise line with an endless array of unique cultural experiences and adventure tours. In August of 2007, the fastest growing port was shut down due to extensive damages caused by Category 5 Hurricane Dean, which made landfall on Costa Maya's town of Mahahual. Since then, locals and Port officials worked around the clock restoring Port facilities, rebuilding the fishing village of Mahahual and repairing the region's infrastructure.

The Port reopened 100% operational with several improvements including a new berthing station that will not only allow Costa Maya to accommodate three ships at once, but it will also make it one 5 ports in the Western Caribbean with the capability to accommodate the next generation of larger cruise ships such as the Epic and Genesis class vessels. In fact, Norwegian Cruise Line announced recently that their newest ship, Epic, the largest Freestyle Cruising ship to-date, will begin regularly scheduled calls to Costa Maya starting summer 2010.

What's new in Costa Maya?

Closing for repairs gave Costa Maya the opportunity to up-the-ante by creating new experiences that would draw returning cruise passengers and delight new guests. One such addition is BioMaya Bacalar, a unique zip-lining adventure through the Mayan jungle. Offered as a three-part excursion, BioMaya Bacalar greets guests with a symbolic soul-cleansing ritual performed by local Mayans, sending guests off on their zip-lining journey. After soaring through the Mayan jungle alongside red-winged Macaws, the last platform leaves guests at the edge of the beautiful Bacalar Lagoon, known by locals as the birthplace of the rainbow. Guests cool off as they float across the calm waters, where the colors vary from light green to turquoise and electric blue. On the other side of the Bacalar Lagoon, native fruit juices and other Mexican delicacies await guests before they embark on a picturesque trek through the lush local jungle.

BioMaya Bacalar's four platforms are built on iron towers ranging from 656 feet to 2,559 feet, allowing for some of the tallest jumping platforms available and making this zip line experience one of the most thrilling of its kind. This zip-line tour is the only one in the world that allows for tandem side-by-side gliding.

Costa Maya Classics

Costa Maya will continue to offer some of the same excursions that made it Mexico's 2nd most popular port-of-call. Returning passengers and first-time visitors will enjoy the area's rich history and culture, lush tropical jungles, unspoiled beaches, and award-winning dive sites.

Costa Maya is home to the largest indigenous Mayan population in Mexico. The Port will continue to offer the Mayan Culture Experience, a popular excursion amongst passengers that provides an inside look on modern Mayan life. Guests learn about herbal medicines and the area's history, and are invited to taste local Mayan dishes that include traditional buried earth-cooked chicken pibil, handmade tortillas and local exotic fruits and vegetables.

The Chacchoben ruins situated near the Belize border is an ideal site for passengers interested in an educational experience. The ruins remain virtually un-excavated to this day and guests are invited to climb the tallest pyramid and explore the lush Mayan jungle that surrounds the area. Costa Maya also offers Uvero Beach Club for passengers looking to enjoy the amenities of a private beach. Many other excursions and local sites are available.

To learn more about Costa Maya and its unmatched beauty, please visit costamaya-mexico.com or call 011 52 (998) 267-7700.