Mexican Riviera Luxury
14 Day - Sea of Cortez - Holland America
14 Days | April 14 - 27, 2020
Starting At $2075.00
Sail along the coast of the Mexican Riviera in style while you delve into ancient civilizations aboard Holland America’s Maasdam. Appreciate the raw beauty, active adventure, and authentic culture that the Sea of Cortés has to offer on this 14 day journey along Mexico’s West Coast.
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Per Person Prices:
Interior: $2075 PP Double….$3279 Single
Oceanview: $2375 PP Double….$3809 Single
Balcony: $3989 PP Double….$7439 Single
April 14 – San Diego
Today arrive into San Diego and check into your hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of the day is on your own.
April 15 – San Diego/Board the Maasdam
This morning enjoy breakfast at your hotel. This afternoon, board the Maasdam. The fifth Holland America Line ship in our more than 140-year history to be named for the Netherland’s Maas River, Maasdam pays homage to the past, while embracing modern amenities. Guests can hone their skills with onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops from America’s Test Kitchen. Explore our world with BBC Earth Experiences. Relax with a refreshing spa treatment at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. And dine at their choice of specialty restaurants. Enjoy an unforgettable cruise vacation aboard Maasdam.
April 16 – Day at Sea
Today is a full day spent at sea.
April 17 – Cruising Bahia Magdalena
The lagoon complex Bahia Magdalena is one of the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystems in the state of Baja California Sur, making it an attractive location for ecotourism and fishing. High productivity prevails most of the year as a result of the diversity of marine and coastal habitats: mangroves, dunes, sand bars, islands, deep water areas, seagrass beds and a network of canals This diversity of habitats attracts protected species such as gray whales and sea turtles, and it’s also an important breeding and feeding site for birds. On any given day, one can spot 10 different species of whales.
April 18 – Cabo San Lucas, MX
Los Cabos—or the Capes—sits at the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula. Did you ever think you’d ride a camel in Mexico? You can do that here, or enjoy more predictable pursuits including fishing, golfing and whale-watching. Want something still more laid-back? Visit picture-perfect El Arco, an arch that may look familiar thanks to its cameo on postcards and tourism advertisements. Take a walk on Lovers Beach or a walk on its opposite side, Divorce Beach. North of the capes, you can drop by the famed Hotel California. And if you’ve worked up an appetite, you won’t be disappointed: Los Cabos offers plenty to enjoy at the table as well, with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and, of course, seafood being the mainstays here.
April 19 – La Paz, MX
The name La Paz translates as “peace,” but it is possible that the Spaniards chose that with some sense of irony. The first Spanish conquistadores landed here in 1535, yet it took them nearly 200 years to build the first settlement due to resistance from the indigenous people in the area. Modern La Paz, however, certainly lives up to its name. The capital of Baja California Sur is a friendly, vibrant city nestled into a calm bay along the Sea of Cortez. The palm-lined malecón stretches along the waterfront, perfect for a stroll or bike ride, and the bustling city center boasts broad boulevards where you can shop the wares of artisans at local markets. Whale-watching and fishing expeditions depart from the harbor, or you can choose to go sea kayaking around nearby islands.
April 20 – Loreto, MX
Peaceful seaside Loreto dates to 1697, when it became the first colonial settlement on the Baja Peninsula and the capital of the Spanish colony of the Californias. These days, the town has spread beyond its colonial origins, but it retains beautiful relics from the past, especially of the Dominican, Franciscan and Jesuit orders, all of which were active here. These include the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto, which stands at the beginning of the famous Camino Real connecting the Spanish missions in both Baja and Alta California. Loreto, tucked between the rugged Sierra de la Giganta range and the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez, is also blessed with spectacular natural scenery. Just offshore, a string of islands beckon divers, snorkelers and sea kayakers with secluded coves, dramatic rock formations and crystal-clear waters that are protected within Loreto Bay National Marine Park. And a day trip into the mountains offers the opportunity to see cave paintings from pre-colonial indigenous groups, some of which are now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a paddling adventure offshore or a trek into the mountains, take a stroll along the malecón, Loreto’s waterfront boardwalk, where you can have a drink or a plate of fish tacos overlooking the water.
April 21 – Guaymas, MX
Guaymas, along with its international tourist center, San Carlos, is located in Sonora in the Sea of Cortes. Boasting magnificent sea, desert and mountain views, Guaymas has tropical vegetation and protected by rocky formations that have created an ecosystem with very particular flora and fauna for visitors to admire. It is an ideal setting for hiking and resting while admiring the most dazzling ocean view from sunrise to sunset. With a bit of luck you will see whales, dolphins and birds while you are in port.
April 22 – Topolobampo, MX
This alluring village on Mexico’s Pacific Coast offers a balmy, tropical climate, deep harbor and fresh seafood that bring countless visitors to its shores every year. But Topolobampo and its environs offer countless diversions. Originally proclaimed as a Mexican Eden, it began life as a Utopian colony in the late 19th century only to be replaced as a prosperous sugar cane producer. As the gateway to spectacular Copper Canyon, the birthplace of Zorro, and home to cultural delights and new experiences, Topolobampo will create memories that will last a lifetime.
April 23 – Mazatlan, MX
Mazatlán is a pleasant port city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, where the best of traditional Mexican architecture, food and culture is found alongside contemporary conveniences, amenities and attractions. There’s a reason why Americans and Canadians flock here, particularly in winter: It’s a warm and welcoming place with plenty to keep visitors entertained for a vacation getaway. There really is something for everyone here, from golfing, fishing and zip lining to sampling agave-based spirits on a distillery tour or learning more about local history at the archaeological museum. There are plenty of cultural opportunities, too, from performances at the Teatro Ángela Peralta to witnessing death-defying cliff dives that will make you hold your breath until divers resurface from the churning surf. Mazatlán also keeps visitors’ appetites sated; thanks to the city’s coastal location, seafood is freshly caught, and shrimp-based dishes are a particular specialty in local restaurants.
April 24 – Puerto Vallarta, MX
Unique compared to other coastal resort towns in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta (“PV” to locals), on the Pacific Ocean, retains quite a bit of its colonial-era charm. Its town square, Plaza de Armas, and the gorgeous parish church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, topped with an ornate crown and overlooking the port, serve as the loveliest representations of bygone ages. Alongside these echoes of the past are more modern attractions, including an ambitious public art project along the seaside walkway (the malecón) and trendy restaurants. Round these out with plenty of fun-in-the-sun outdoor activities on and along Banderas Bay (whale-watching! snorkeling! jet-skiing!), excursions that reveal the best of Puerto Vallarta’s flora and fauna, and a side trip to one of Mexico’s pueblos mágicos (magical towns, a designation conferred by the government to recognize smaller towns that possess historical and cultural value), and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more pleasant place to spend part of your cruising vacation.
April 25 – Day at Sea
Today would be a great time to crack open that booked you packed. Find a relaxing chair along the promenade and enjoy the of the Pacific as you spend a day at sea.
April 26 – Day at Sea
Today is another full day at sea.
April 27 – San Diego
This morning arrive back into San Diego and begin your journey home.