Our Fun Ship Voyage to the Mexican Riviera Begins
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
Saturday, May 30, 2015
The smog was so thick when my Air Canada Rouge flight touched down at Los Angeles International Airport this morning that you could have scooped it up and served it as pudding. With the horizon disappearing into a grey-brown haze, it’s the kind of thing that could really get a guy (or gal) down. Unless, that is, you’re headed to Long Beach to embark Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle for a weeklong voyage to the Mexican Riviera!
The Mexican Riviera is one of my favorite destinations, and I’m glad to see Carnival has committed Carnival Miracle to a full year-round schedule out of Long Beach down to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta for the near future. Five years ago, this fantastic run nearly died out completely in the wake of some high-profile shootings in the region, and Carnival is one of the first lines to come back.
I first sailed to the Mexican Riviera back in February of 2006, onboard Holland America’s Oosterdam. At that time, nearly half a dozen cruise lines offered a full slate of seasonal sailings to Mexico’s Pacific coast, from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego.
I loved the region for what it was: a uniquely Mexican experience that seemed, to me, to be slightly less commercialized than Mexico’s Caribbean coast. It’s also more diverse, with arid desert landscapes in Cabo and the imposing lushness of the Sierra Madre mountains near Puerto Vallarta.