The West Coast of the United States and Mexico are incredible cruise locales, and Holland America Line is featuring some fantastic itineraries on five ships in 2016. These sailings are perfect for vacationers looking for “close to home” cruising beyond the Caribbean that visit some unique and exciting destinations. The ports are full of history, culture, cuisine and activities … not to mention sun and fun!
Holland America Line is offering itineraries from one to 11 days that explore this part of the world later this year, so there are plenty of opportunities to come aboard for a quick trip along the coast or head down south for a longer adventure.
Explore the Pacific Coast of the U.S.
Guests looking for a shorter cruise or even a one-night sampler for a quick getaway have amazing fall choices. In September, Amsterdam, Noordam and Maasdam are sailing four-day cruises, as well as fun one-day voyages along the Pacific coast. Amsterdam cruises overnight from Seattle, Washington, to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, departing Sept. 25, while Maasdam makes the same one-night route departing Sept. 26. Once Amsterdam gets to Vancouver, the ship turns around and sails on a four-day cruise to San Diego, California. Noordam also cruises from Vancouver to San Diego on a four-day itinerary departing Sept. 25.
In October, Nieuw Amsterdam and Westerdam make one- and three-day explorations of this region from Vancouver and Seattle.
Viva Mexico! Cruise South of the Boarder on Westerdam
For the 2016-17 season, Holland America Line is increasing the number of departures and returning a larger Vista-class ship in Mexico. From October 2016 through February 2017, Westerdam will sail a series of 13 seven-day cruises roundtrip from San Diego, including two special holiday departures in December. Boasting sun-kissed skies, golden beaches and azure seas, the Mexican Riviera is an ideal getaway for travelers looking to visit a destination that’s rich in culture, color and cuisine.
An 11-Day Mexican Riviera Cruise Opens the Season
Departing Oct. 18, Westerdam sails from Vancouver to San Diego on an 11-day Mexican Riviera itinerary. The ship visits Santa Barbara, California, before calling at San Diego the first time, then continues on to make calls at the Mexican ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta before returning to San Diego at the end of the voyage. Guests who want to take a seven-day portion can embark Oct. 22 in San Diego following the call at Santa Barbara.
Seven-Day Mexican Riviera Itinerary Sails Roundtrip from San Diego
For the remainder of the season, Westerdam sails a series of 13 seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises where guests will get a great feel for the country and all that it has to offer. Sailing roundtrip from San Diego through Feb. 7, 2017, the itinerary calls at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
Popular Ports Highlight the Itinerary
During the sail into San Diego, guests are treated to scenic cruising past Coronado Island, Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma. Westerdam 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, time permitting.
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 (as it is affectionately called) 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 earth.
Have you thought about a cruise to Mexico or along the Pacific Coast? If you’re interested in cruising to these beautiful regions, there’s never been a better time to book. Our Anniversary Sale is on from now until June 1, 2016, offering savings up to $1,000 and reduced deposits. In addition, guests who book with our Anniversary Sale will receive “3 Free” per stateroom: a free $100 beverage card, free gratuities, and free or reduced fares for third and fourth guests. Guests who book a suite will receive 200 internet minutes and up to $500 in onboard spending money in conjunction with base offers.