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Oosterdam joins Westerdam to boost Holland America ‘s 2017-18 Mexico cruise season

Holland America Line is boosting its 2017-18 Mexico cruise season by partnering Oosterdam with Westerdam on roundtrip itineraries from San Diego, California, from late September through to February, 2018.

The 1,964-guest ships are sailing 11 seven-day cruises calling at Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

cruise ship Oosterdam
Oosterdam kicks off the season on 30 September with two back-to-back seven-day sailings

“Holland America Line’s last season in Mexico was very popular so we are adding capacity for the next season so that more of our guests can enjoy these itineraries that truly showcase the allure of the destination,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.

“By calling at three ports, we’re able to fully immerse our guests in the culture, history, entertainment, recreation and cuisine of the country.”

During the Mexican Riviera cruises both ships will call at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, giving guests a great feel for the country and all it has to offer. Three days at sea provide plenty of time to relax and explore the abundance of amenities offered on board.

To kick off the season, Oosterdam departs on 30 September with two back-to-back seven-day sailings. Westerdam departs 24 November on the first of two seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises. The ship’s other cruise departs 1 December.

Oosterdam follows up with two similar Holiday sailings on 20 and 27 December and then departs on the same Mexican Riviera itinerary on 3 and 10 January and 4, 11 and 25 February.

During the sail into San Diego, guests are treated to scenic cruising past Coronado Island, Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma. The ships conveniently dock 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 recognisable ports of call thanks to its unique rock arch formation. Whether lounging on a golden beach, exploring on a four-wheel-drive adventure or taking to the sea in search of gray whales, guests will find Cabo offers something for every type of traveller.

Mazatlán, known as the Pearl of the Pacific, is where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet, making it an alluring coastal city. It’s a haven for water sports, historic sites and nature, as well as incredible sport-fishing.

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.

Bringing Mexican culture on board

Throughout the voyages, EXC programming brings Mexico’s local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life onboard. Through EXC Encounters, local cultural ambassadors teach local crafts, language and dance lessons throughout the voyage and a mariachi band performs for guests at one of the ports of call.

Guests who want to learn more about the country can attend an EXC Talk by an EXC Guide or head to America’s Test Kitchen for a cooking demonstration, cooking class or themed mixology class featuring local fare. The main dining room and Lido Market also will showcase the flavours of Mexico.

Posted on 17th September 2017 at 11:01 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Holland America Line |

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