Holland America Line’s Mexican Riviera gets bigger

Holland America Mexican Riviera cruises just got bigger in the 2016-17 season with the ms Westerdam offering 7-day round trip cruises from San Diego.

The line will boost its presence with the 1.916 guest ms Westerdam from October 2016 through February 2017 including two special holiday departures in December. The line tells us that the golden beaches and azure seas of the Mexican Riviera will be an ideal getaway for travellers who want to visit a destination rich in culture and cuisine.

The ms Westerdam

The ms Westerdam is the third in Holland America Line’s series of Vista-class ships and uses the latest Azipod propulsion system. Most of her staterooms have ocean views and many have private verandahs. The ms Westerdam also boasts an enviable art collection including an original Andy Warhol portrait.

Repositioning from Vancouver

To kick off the Holland America Mexican Riviera season, the ship will depart from Vancouver, British Columbia, on 18 October for an 11-day itinerary taking in the Mexican ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta before finishing the voyage in San Diego.

Holland America Mexican Riviera voyages

For the remainder of the season, ms Westerdam sails a series of 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, the itinerary calls at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. Three days at sea allow plenty of time to relax and explore the abundance of amenities offered on board.


  • 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 sport fishing environment. It’s also a haven for water sports, 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.

More information about the Holland America Mexican Riviera season can be found at hollandamerica.com

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