Holland America Line will offer 20 cruises on three ships in the Mexican Riviera between October 2019 and April 2020.

A seven-day series of itineraries will be offered aboard Oosterdam and Eurodam, while Maasdam’s popular EXC In-Depth Voyages expand to Mexico in 2020. All of the regular season cruises sail roundtrip from San Diego and each itinerary features three Mexican ports of call, including an overnight at Puerto Vallarta. All cruises also include calls at Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.

Oosterdam kicks off the season Oct. 6, 2019, with one of 14 seven-day cruises offered through April 18, 2020, including two holiday departures Dec. 21 and Dec. 28.

Passengers will find an identical itinerary aboard Eurodam Oct. 19, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, 2019. Cruisers interested in a longer sailing can extend Eurodam’s Oct. 19 voyage by embarking four days earlier at Vancouver for an 11-day cruise that adds a call at Santa Barbara, California.

For an even deeper exploration of the Mexican Riviera, Maasdam’s 12-day EXC In-Depth Voyage departs April 3 and April 15, 2020, and includes seven Mexican ports that rim the Sea of Cortez. Along with Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, guests see La Paz, Loreto, Guaymas and Topolobampo.

Source: Travel Week


Grupo Vidanta plans to sail the Vidanta Elegant luxury cruise ship from its resort in Nuevo Vallarta starting in the fall of 2019.

Mexico resort developer Grupo Vidanta plans to sail a 298-passenger luxury cruise ship from its resort in Nuevo Vallarta, giving travelers the option for a cruise and resort vacation. The company plans its inaugural voyage in the fall of 2019 on the Vidanta Elegant. Vidanta Cruises will be Mexico's first luxury cruise line, the company said.

Grupo Vidanta acquired a 15,000-gross-ton ship built for 540 passengers as the Crown Monarch. Built in 1990, the ship most recently sailed for Voyages of Discovery. Grupo Vidanta refit the ship, reducing the number of cabins to 149. It has six public decks and dining areas, 11 bars and lounges, an entertainment venue, a full-service spa and fitness center, a top deck pool and several Jacuzzis, Vidanta said.

Information on itineraries, voyage length, destinations and cruising dates will be released at a later date.

Source: Travel Weekly

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Puerto Vallarta ended the second long weekend of the year with 90% hotel occupancy, according to the Municipal Tourism Direction.

According to the hotel industry report, the department noted the hotel occupancy averaged around 90% throughout the four days, with Sunday, March 17, being the highest at 93%.

On Friday -March 15-, the beginning of the long weekend, the report shows 74.87% occupancy which translates into 6,895 rented rooms in 3, 4 and 5-star hotels. On Saturday -March 16-, hotel occupancy reached 84%, or 7,870 rooms and Sunday -March 17-, occupancy hit its peak at 93.34%, with 8,713 rooms.

On Monday -March 18-, hotel occupancy went down some at 88.89% (or 8,193 rooms), and by Tuesday the hotel industry occupancy in Vallarta was at 73.91%, which translates into 7,091 rented rooms.

The department also pointed out the local hotel industry recorded a notable increase in revenue, with March projections as their point of comparison.

Source: NotiVallarta (Spanish)


After the success obtained in its first edition, the Vallarta-Banderas Bay Tourist Route returns  with a cycling tour that will take you from Marina Vallarta to La Manzanilla, along 100 km of route 200.

The appointment is March 30th at Marina Vallarta, there are three categories according to your level:

  • 21km (Green Route) for beginners; starts from Marina Vallarta - Stadium - Las Juntas and ends at Marina Vallarta;
  • 72km (Black Route) for intermediate cyclists, starts in Marina Vallarta - La Manzanilla - ends in Marina Vallarta;
  • 100km (Red Route) designed for tourists and national advanced; Starts in Marina Vallarta - Punta de Mita - La Manzanilla - ends in Marina Vallarta.

There will be points of hydration and mechanical assistance along the route. Mountain and route bikes can participate, in addition with your registration you will receive a commemorative kit and you will enter to a draw of a bicycle. Learn more at the event site:

You can check the route HERE.

Source: Turismo Puerto Vallarta



To close out Mexico's first-ever National Day of Tequila, Guadalajara will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest tequila tasting on Sunday, March 24 starting at 5:00 pm.

A week-long celebration in the State of Jalisco marked Mexico's first-ever National Day of Tequila on March 16th - but the party's not over! To close the of the National Tequila Day celebrations, Guadalajara will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest tequila tasting. Guadalajara is looking to entice 1,200 residents and visitors to join in the city's attempt to beat Canada's record of 864 tequila tasters, which earned the city of Toronto a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013. Previously, the title belonged to the Mexican state of Guanajuato, with 341 participants in 2010.

The head of the Ministry of Tourism of Jalisco, Germán Ralis Cumplido, said that, in honor of the iconic drink that has become the country's 'ambassador par excellence,' Tequila lovers and enthusiasts will gather together at Guadalajara's Plaza Liberación at 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 24, for the world's largest tequila tasting.

Breaking this record will result in the world-wide promotion of the State of Jalisco, as the Guinness Book of World Records is the second most popular book on the planet, (after the Bible), with more than 3 million books in 22 languages sold in 100 countries. The Secretary of Tourism specified that, if the participation of at least 1,200 tequila lovers is certified, Jalisco will break the aforementioned record, a recognition that will be endorsed by the Official Adjudicator of Guinness World Records, whose attendance at the event has been confirmed.

To participate in the tasting it is necessary to register through the event's official website. On the day of the event, 15 windows will be opened for the registration of attendees, who must present official identification (INE) and the email received after registering online.

Source: Banderas News