For the 2017-2018 cruising season to Mexico, Holland America Line has announced that ms Oosterdam will be joining ms Westerdam on roundtrip itineraries from San Diego, California. From September to February, the ships will operate eleven 7-day cruises calling in Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas, and Puero Vallarta, Mexico.
During the Mexican Riviera cruises, both ships calling in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta will give guests a good feel for the country and what it has to offer. Three days at sea provide plenty of time to relax and explore what the ship has to offer. To kick off the season, Oosterdam departs on September 30, 2017 with two back to back seven-day sailings. Westerdam departs November 24 on the first of two seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises.
During the sail into San Diego, guests are treated to scenic cruising past Coronado Island, Cabrillo National Monument, and Point Loma. The ships dock near downtown, so it’ll be easy to walk on Coronado Island’s sandy beach, take in Old Town, or have a fun time at the San Diego Zoo.
At the tip of the Baja Peninsula rests Cabo San Lucas, which is one of Mexico’s most recognized ports of call thanks to its unique rock arch formation. Guests can enjoy lounging on the beach, four wheeling, taking to the sea in search of gray whales, and more in the sunny port.
Mazatlán is known as the “pearl of the Pacific” and is where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet. It’s a haven for historical sites, nature, water sports, and fishing.
Puerto Vallarta has it all, including gorgeous beaches, tons of activities, chic shops, and hip restaurants. The quaint Old Town greets travelers with a mix of red-tiled buildings, cobbled streets, and busy open markets, while nature adventures show off Mexico’s beautiful flora and fauna.
Throughout the voyages, Explorations Central (EXC) brings Mexico’s culture to life onboard the ship. Local cultural ambassadors teach local crafts, language, and dance lessons, and a mariachi band performs for guests at one of the ports of call. Those who want to learn more can attend an EXC Talk or head to America’s Test Kitchen for a themed cooking demo, class, or mixology class featuring local fare.
The main dining room and lido buffet will also showcase the flavors of the destinations, and bars will offer a variety of Mexican liquors and ingredients. The ship will be decorated with Mexican flowers, and guests will find themed towel animals in their staterooms. For further information, there will be exclusive handbooks for each destination from AFAR Media, and online guests can find printable maps, as well as curated films, TV shows, and documentaries on their stateroom television.