Returning to the Mexican Riviera aboard Carnival Miracle
For years, one of my absolute favorite runs was the Mexican Riviera. Living on the West Coast, they were convenient, affordable, and yet still provided a warm-weather, weeklong getaway that was reasonably exotic. It was the itinerary, along with voyages to Alaska and the odd Pacific Coastal voyage, that I cut my proverbial cruising teeth on.
But cruises to the Mexican Riviera died out a few years ago after a very brief (and very overblown in the media) spate of gang violence in the region. Passengers left, and cruise lines pulled out. Add a few hurricanes into the mix, and Baja Mexico has not been doing well for the past few years.
One cruise line, however, is firmly committed to restarting year-round cruising to the Mexican Rivera from the Los Angeles area. Carnival Cruise Line is deploying their 963-foot long, 2,124 guest Carnival Miracle from Long Beach, California, where she’ll sail a handful of different itineraries to the Mexican Riviera throughout the year.
Best of all, we’re hopping onboard her May 30, 2015 sailing to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta to check out the fun onboard the Carnival Miracle, and to see how things are shaping up down on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
Our full itinerary:
I’m excited about this journey on two fronts. Firstly, this is the first time since 2010 – back when I was making ponies talk as an Offline film Editor – that I’ve been to the Mexican Riviera.
I’m super-excited to go back to Mazatlan and take a ride on an open-air pulmonia (think souped-up golf cart) through the city to the Zona Dorada (Golden Zone) for a cerveza on the beach, followed by a trip back through the Centro Historico, or Historic District. Ever since I first started coming here in 2006, I’ve loved these open-air vehicles that drive like mad through the city center – and that everyone else seems to be terrified of. They get their name from the word “pneumonia” – which local cabbies warned passengers they would get when these vehicles were first introduced in the 1960s.
Carnival Miracle will also call on the picturesque resort town of Cabo San Lucas. In the Mexican Riviera, think of this as your beach day: ships anchor out in the bay and tender passengers ashore, where plenty of duty-free shopping exists on the short 15-minute walk around the harbour to the public beach. You can also take a water taxi over to Lovers Beach, with its famous Los Arcos (The Arches) rock formation.
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