Holland America Line has announced that it is upping its Mexico capacity by repositioning the larger, Vista-class Westerdam in the country from October 2016 through February 2017.
The ship will sail 13 seven-day cruises roundtrip from San Diego, California, including two special holiday departures in December.
To kick off the season, the ship will depart from Vancouver, British Columbia, October 18, 2016, on an 11-day 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 October 22 in San Diego following the call at Santa Barbara.
For the remainder of the season, Westerdam sails a series of 13 seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises. Sailing roundtrip from San Diego through February 7, 2017, the itinerary calls at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. The sailings also offer three days at sea.
Throughout the voyage, “On Location” programming brings Mexico’s local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life on board. A mariachi band will perform throughout the voyage, while a barbecue on Lido Deck features authentic Mexican dishes. Guests who want to learn more about the country can attend a destination presentation or head to the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food and Wine magazine, for a cooking demonstration, cooking class or themed mixology class featuring local fare. The main dining room and Lido Market also will showcase the flavors of Mexico.