mexico cruising

Destination Highlight: Mexican Riviera

Posted December 13th, 2017

Boasting culture, history and entertainment galore, Mexico’s western coastline has much to offer visitors of all ages. Below, we’ve shone a spotlight on four 2018 cruise itineraries that will explore the beautiful beaches, lagoons and cities of this popular stretch – otherwise known as the Mexican Riviera.


Set sail aboard the Carnival Splendor in a 7-day round-trip cruise from Long Beach, Los Angeles.

The first stop is at Cabo San Lucas, where guests can embark on a canopy canyon adventure in the Sierra Mountains, float the day away on a luxury sail boat, or discover the beauty of the Sea of Cortez’s waters at Santa Maria Bay and Chileno Bay.

After a fun day spent at sea, passengers will disembark at sunny Puerto Vallarta. Here, travellers can enjoy the thrill of ziplining, swim with Pacific bottlenose dolphins, be entertained by a Mariachi show, and more.

After more days at sea, the Carnival Splendor will return to Long Beach.

Princess Cruises

On a 7-day cruise on the Ruby Princess, passengers will depart from Los Angeles and voyage to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas before journeying back to Los Angeles.

Puerto Vallarta shore excursions include a day trip to Las Caletas, a private beach only accessible by boat, a jungle zipline expedition, and a kayaking, waterfall and snorkelling safari.

In Mazatlan, guests can jump on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour and explore the city sights, climb Vigia Hill for scenic views, see a cultural show, and more.

Finally, in Cabo San Lucas, travellers with Princess Cruises can head to the palm-tree-lined Santa Maria Cove on a catamaran for snorkelling, experience horseback riding on the beach, and head off on a 4x4 desert and camel adventure. 

Norwegian Cruise Line

Embark on a 9-day voyage aboard the Norwegian Star and get set for Mexican adventures. Departing from Los Angeles, this cruise transports passengers to Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas before returning to Los Angeles.

Known for its coral reefs, shipwrecks and dive sites, Manzanillo is the perfect place for coastal drives, watching the sun set, and picturesque strolls.

At Puerto Vallarta, passengers can sample local produce at a tequila factory, while in Cabo San Lucas, guests can take a boat ride and see truly dramatic rock formations.

Holland America Line

Holland America Line’s 7-day round-trip itinerary on the ms Oosterdam leaves from San Diego, California and journeys to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

When they’re not having fun in port, passengers can explore the ms Oosterdam and enjoy its many facilities, from the casino and screening room to the hydro pool and Greenhouse Spa and Salon.

For more information on cruises to this part of the world, get in touch with a Cruiseabout consultant by calling 1300 769 228



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