Three ships to feature 22 seven- and 11-day cruises
Seattle, Wash., Sept. 20, 2018 — From mariachi to margaritas, the
vibrant spirit of Mexico comes alive aboard three Holland America Line ships
during the 2019 Mexico cruise season. From January through December 2019, Eurodam,
Nieuw Amsterdam and Oosterdam will sail a series of seven-
and 11-day cruises roundtrip from San Diego, California, that include calls at
Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Boasting sun-kissed skies, golden beaches and azure seas, the Mexican Riviera
is an ideal getaway for travelers looking to visit a tropical destination
that's rich in culture, color and cuisine. On board, Explorations Central (EXC)
programming brings the country to life through local entertainment, regional
dishes, destination presentations and more.
"Mexico cruises are among our most popular because they are perfect for a
traveler who wants both a sun and beach filled itinerary along with a
culturally rich destination wrapped into one vacation," said Orlando Ashford,
president of Holland America Line. "By featuring up to three Mexican ports of
call on one itinerary, our cruises offer a deeply comprehensive and immersive
opportunity to become connected to the people and traditions of Mexico."
Mexican Riviera Sailings Roundtrip from San Diego
All Mexican Riviera cruises will call at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto
Vallarta, giving guests a great feel for the country and all that it offers.
Three sea days provide time to relax and explore the abundance of amenities on
Guests can expand their cruise to include more of the West Coast aboard Eurodam
sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Oct. 15, on a unique 11-day
itinerary down to San Diego that also calls at Santa Barbara, California. For
those with less time, this cruise can be taken as a seven-day itinerary
departing San Diego Oct. 19. Eurodam offers eight additional
seven-day cruises through 2019, and its sister ship, Nieuw
Amsterdam, will also explore the region on six sailings starting
March 17. Oosterdam will sail into the region Oct. 6 on its first of
eight seven-day sailing, including two festive Mexican Riviera Holiday voyages
departing Dec. 21 and Dec 28.
Popular Ports Highlight the Itineraries
During the sail into San Diego, guests are treated to scenic cruising past
Coronado Island, Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma. The ship
conveniently docks near downtown, so guests can walk on Coronado Island's sandy
beach, take in the Old Town or have a wild time at the famous San Diego Zoo,
At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is one of Mexico's most
recognizable ports of call thanks to its unique rock arch formation. Whether
lounging on a powdery beach, exploring on a four-wheel-drive adventure or
taking to the sea in search of a gray whale, guests will find Cabo offers
something for every type of traveler.
Mazatlán, known as the "Pearl of the Pacific," is where the Sea of Cortez and
the Pacific Ocean meet, creating an incredible sportfishing environment. It's
also a haven for watersports, historic sites and nature. Locals treat visitors
like amigos, making it a coastal city with plenty of allure.
Puerto Vallarta has it all — from gorgeous beaches and activities galore to
chic shops and stylish restaurants. The quaint Old Town greets visitors with an
enticing mix of red-tiled buildings, cobbled streets and bustling open markets,
while eco-adventures show off Mexico's flora and fauna in this paradise on
Explorations Central Brings Mexican Culture on Board
Throughout the voyages, EXC programming brings Mexico's local traditions,
culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life onboard. Through EXC
Encounters, a mariachi band in traditional attire will perform onboard, while a
barbecue on Lido Deck features authentic Mexican dishes. Guests who want to
learn more about the country can attend an EXC Talk by an EXC Guide or head to
America's Test Kitchen for a cooking demonstration, cooking class or themed
mixology class featuring local fare.
The Dining Room and Lido Market also will showcase the flavors of Mexico, while
bars will offer a variety of Mexican liquors and ingredients. The ship's
ambiance will be enhanced by Mexican floral varieties, and guests will be
welcomed in their staterooms with Mexican towel creations.
The EXC Team will provide further customized guidance for the Mexican calls,
and the in-stateroom EXC Channel will feature a selection of curated films,
documentaries and TV shows exploring destinations on the ship's itinerary.
Holland America Line's Explorations Central recently received top honors for
outstanding Overall Cruise Education Program from a leading travel industry
For more information, contact a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival
Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers more
than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or
dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries,
the company's cruises visit all seven continents, with highlights including
Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations, Cuba cruises and
exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and
popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and New England,
Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed Koningsdam in
2016 and has a second Pinnacle-class ship, Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in
December 2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship will be delivered in 2021.
The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its
position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature
innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on
destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their
knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during
an America's Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café presented by The New York
Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding
entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage,
Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. The dining experience can be savored
at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from Holland
America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous chefs who
design dishes exclusively for our guests.