Imagine a voyage where your days are filled with exploration and relaxation, your nights with exquisite dining and world-class entertainment, and where every moment is a celebration of life at sea. That’s precisely what I experienced on the Riviera Maya voyage with Virgin Voyages. From hassle-free embarkation to exclusive beach club access, this journey was a dream come true. Join me as I share the highlights of this unforgettable cruise.
Embarkation at Terminal V, Port Miami
The adventure began with a seamless and hassle-free embarkation at Terminal V, Port Miami. Virgin Voyages’ commitment to guest convenience was evident as we pre-uploaded our travel documents to the Virgin Voyages app. “Ready to Sail” before leaving home, we made boarding a (sea)breeze in just a few minutes.
Day 1: Miami, USA
Our voyage started in the vibrant city of Miami, USA. Departing at 06:00 PM, local time, we waved goodbye to the city’s iconic skyline and embarked on our journey.
Day 2: Sailing
The second day was dedicated to the open sea. It was a day of relaxation, exploration of the ship’s amenities, and anticipation of the adventures that lay ahead.
On days at sea, my favorite place to is in the ultimate space for unwinding – The Dock at Mezze Lounge & Bar. This place, my favorite spot every time.
At The Dock, it’s all about alfresco-chic lounge-side service, and the menu perfectly complements this setting. You can sip on light and refreshing drinks while indulging in enticing bites meant for sharing. The Mediterranean flair is in the air, and it’s not just in the view – it’s in the craft cocktails as well. Imagine savoring cocktails made with orange blossom, rose water, or pomegranate as you take in the sweeping ocean views. The fiery sunsets and starry nights only add to the enchantment, especially when you’re lounging on one of The Dock’s daybeds.
Now, when it comes to The Dock House, it’s the place to be if you’re looking for a slightly different vibe. It’s effortlessly elegant yet casual, offering a lovely contrast to the view-focused scene just outside its doors. The menu here is all about healthy indulgence and sparkly delights. You’ll find a fine selection of spritzers, detox mocktails, and Mediterranean-inspired drinks that burst with bright, refreshing flavors. The live acoustic sounds only enhance the cozy atmosphere, creating the perfect backdrop for your time at The Dock House.
Whether you’re looking for a laid-back escape or a lively evening out, The Dock and The Dock House have it all, and they’ve certainly earned a special place in my heart.
Day 3: Cozumel – Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Our first port of call was the beautiful island of Cozumel, where we had the entire day to explore. With a stay in port from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM, we ventured to Playa del Carmen, embracing the opportunity to explore the town, immerse ourselves in the local culture, and sample delicious street food. Cozumel’s hidden sights were a treasure waiting to be discovered.
We decided to make a visit to Buccanos, a charming beach club just a short 15-minute cab ride from the port. And let me tell you, it was an absolute gem. The pristine waters, delectable food, and welcoming staff made our day truly special.
Buccanos Beach Club in Cozumel is like a paradise that caters to every kind of traveler. Whether you’re seeking a fast-paced adventure or a lazy day by the sea, this place has it all. The Mexican experience here is second to none, with the sea, sun, and gentle breeze as your constant companions.
For those who love the water, there’s swimming in the crystal-clear ocean and snorkeling to explore the underwater wonders. Buccanos Beach Club strikes the perfect balance between bustling and easy-going. It’s a comfortable place for an unforgettable day in Cozumel.
Now, let’s talk about the food. Buccanos is not your ordinary beach club when it comes to cuisine. It offers simple and modern Mexican dishes infused with local seafood and street-food favorites. The secret to their culinary success? Fresh and authentic ingredients. Whether you’re in the mood for a gourmet breakfast or a leisurely afternoon filled with delicious food and drinks, Buccanos Beach Club’s menu is designed to bring you an energetic and festive dining experience.
This beach club has it all – a private beach on San Juan Beach just a short distance from town. There’s a refreshing freshwater pool, opportunities for beach shore snorkeling (and snorkel equipment is included in the $20 entrance fee), beachside massages, and activities like parasailing, jet skiing, and diving.
In essence, Buccanos Beach Club is more than just a restaurant; it’s a complete experience. Whether you’re a beach lover, a foodie, or an adventure seeker, this little slice of paradise in Cozumel has something to offer everyone.
Day 4: Sailing
Following our Cozumel adventure, we spent a day sailing the open waters, enjoying the ship’s amenities, and savoring the anticipation of our next destination. I of course spent my time at The Dock on this day.
Day 5: Beach Club at Bimini, Bahamas
Arriving at the Caribbean paradise of Bimini during your Virgin Voyages cruise opens the door to a day filled with endless possibilities. Bimini, a charming island, offers a range of activities, from exhilarating ocean-based water sports to the chance for historic shipwreck diving. But it’s also a place where relaxation reigns supreme.
When you step into The Beach Club, you’re greeted with an ocean-view entryway that hints at the entire experience. The heart of the club is an expansive pool that sets the stage for water and sand sports, from kayaking to beach volleyball. For those yearning for quiet contemplation, a dedicated area for meditation and relaxation awaits. The Beach Club isn’t just a beachfront escape; it’s a space for self-discovery and well-being.
The Beach Club at Bimini, nestled within the Resorts World Bimini complex and exclusively used by Virgin Voyages, ensures all guests have complimentary access to this tropical paradise. From the moment you arrive, you’re met with ocean vistas, and a sprawling lagoon-like pool takes center stage, surrounded by options for water rentals and sand sports. The club offers the perfect blend of activity and serenity, making it a versatile space for all Sailors.
Back on Board – Terrace Hammock Views and All-Inclusive Amenities
Our sea terrace room was a cozy haven with a terrace hammock that overlooked the waves. It was the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening. As part of the voyage’s all-inclusive nature, we relished the culinary delights at the ship’s 20+ eateries, featuring menus curated by Michelin-star chefs.
Virgin Voyages truly spoils its guests with an array of all-inclusive perks. From essential drinks that kept us hydrated throughout the journey to free Wi-Fi that allowed us to stay connected, the voyage was designed for our comfort and convenience.
The Riviera Maya voyage with Virgin Voyages was a journey of exploration, luxury, and total freedom. From hassle-free embarkation to late stays at enchanting destinations and exclusive access to a beach club like no other, this voyage redefined what it means to cruise in style. The all-inclusive amenities, delectable dining, and world-class entertainment ensured that every moment was a celebration of life at sea. Virgin Voyages exceeded all expectations and provided an unforgettable escape from the ordinary. If you’re seeking a cruise experience that’s nothing short of extraordinary, consider setting sail with Virgin Voyages. Your dream voyage awaits. ⚓🌴 #VirginVoyages #RivieraMaya #LuxuryCruising #TravelDiaries