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- Historically, a Caribbean cruise to Mexico may have included a stop at Playa del Carmen, a beachfront town on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, known for its idyllic beaches, proximity to majestic Maya ruins, and upscale version of the raucous party scene in nearby Cancun. However, Playa, as it’s known, and the Riviera Maya are quickly gaining ground as one of the world’s up-and-coming culinary hotspots. An exploding gastronomic scene buzzes with the glitz of famed chefs such as Enrique Olvera, whose newest restaurant, Maiz de Mar, is set to open on Playa’s bustling La Quinta Avenida, or 5th Avenue, in April. Beloved neighborhood joints, a new food and wine initiative at local hotels, and a growing interest in Mexican wines also have helped boost the area’s culinary status to unprecedented heights.
Disney Cruise Line invites families to explore the culturally rich and exotic locales of Europe. One-of-a-kind Port Adventures featuring exclusive Disney touches during its 2013 Mediterranean sailings are a hightlight. In preparation for the three-month season of European cruises, Disney Cruise Line worked with local tour operators to create excursions on the various Mediterranean sailings that offer families authentic cultural experiences with distinctly Disney storytelling.
In Caribbean cruise news, sailing the sea’s southern region, an area least known to the cruising public, may prove the most interesting. The islands of the Southern Caribbean, those lying east and south of St. Maarten/St. Martin, have always been slightly more exotic than counterparts in the Western and Eastern Caribbean. Part of that is due to the very strong colonial influence that pervades many of these islands, a great percentage of which are still related to France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
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