MEXICAN RIVIERA CRUISE
February 10 - 17, 2018
Sailing on the Carnival Splendor
Relax and enjoy being pampered on board the Carnival Splendor for a week while you have the fun of exploring the Mexican Riviera with day-long stops for sightseeing, shopping, and shore excursions at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Shows, food, and activities abound on the ship and on the shore as well.
The Carnival Splendor is one of Carnival's newest and most luxurious ships. It has 14 decks, fine dining, buffets, 24-hour foods, room service, stage performances, sports centers, spa and personal care facilities, sports and recreation areas, pools, hot tubs, and more. There are also comfortable public areas, art, shopping, photography, video theatres, and facilities especially designed for youth. If relaxing in the sun is your specialty, plenty of deck space is devoted to you. All-in-all, whatever you like to do is conveniently at hand.
Itinerary: Arrive: Depart:
Sat. Feb. 10 Depart Los Angeles (Long Beach), CA 4:30 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 11 At Sea
Mon. Feb 12 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Tues. Feb 13 Mazatlan, Mexico 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Wed. Feb 14 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.
Thurs. Feb 15 At Sea
Fri. Feb 16 At Sea
Sat. Feb 17 Arrive Los Angeles (Long Beach), CA at 9:00 a.m.
Ports of Call
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas is located at the southern tip of Baja, California and is a major tourism center on the Mexican Riviera. Archeology suggests the area has been the site of human occupation for at least 10,000 years. The ideal coastal climate is a definite draw to visitors as are beaches, nearby desert areas, the fascinating old town, and delectable food.
Pods of whales pass nearby during their 6,000 mile winter migration from Alaska and Siberia to have their calves in the warm water of the Gulf of California. This is an ideal place to enjoy water activities such as snorkeling, paddle boards, swimming with sharks, dolphins, or simply swimming in the ocean while relaxing on beautiful beaches. Animal adventures extend beyond the ones in the seas -- birds and reptiles await your interaction, while camel safaris are available in the desert.
If you want more power and speed, ATV safari trips are also nearby. Ziplines and arial swings challenge those with strong hearts. Cruising on sailboats is a wonderful way to see the coastline and harbors. Even golf is here for those who want to swing a club. A world-class marlin fishing tournament calls Cabo home.
Transportation in the city is available by taxi; although an efficient bus system gives both locals and visitors an efficient and economical way to get around. Obviously, there is much more to see and do here than will fit into one day, but you can have a richly rewarding experience at this special place.
Mazatlan is the principal city on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The name means "land of deer." It has a very long history as a political, arts, and shipping center. The Historic Center of Mazatlán, includes inhabitants descended from French, German, Chinese, Italian, Spanish and American immigrants. Many buildings of historical value are located here. and have been restored to remain a cutural link to the past. Mazatlán was a favorite place of film stars such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, John Huston, and others as a sportfishing mecca. The hotels along Olas Altas flourished during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, supporting this vibrant trade. For a time, tourism declined in the old town section of Mazatlan and shifted to newer properties; however, as the 21st century began, the Centro Histórico was rediscovered, and restoration progressed. Fine homes were restored to their former glory as family homes and boutique businesses.
Mazatlán's lighthouse (El Faro) began operating in mid-1879. The equipment was manufactured in Paris, France, containing a large oil lamp with mirrors, and a Fresnel lens to focus the light. By 1905, this lamp was converted to a revolving lamp. The Mazatlán lighthouse is considered to be one of the highest in the world. Today, the light from its 1000 watt bulb can be seen for 30 nautical miles (60 km). Hikers can climb to the lighthouse for stunning views of the city and harbor. Near the lighthouse, famous "divers" perform daring jumps off high rocks into the Pacific Ocean, for tips from onlooking tourists.
Tourism and fishing are still the main industries in Mazatlán. The city has many resorts along more than 20 miles of beach, and operates the second largest fishing fleet in Mexico. The main seafood products are shrimp and tuna. In 1864, there were three hotels and three restaurants in Mazatlán. Today, more than twenty miles of beaches are the main attraction, and the city contains a large number of hotels, restaurants, and shops.
Mazatlán offers a great variety of fresh seafood, including ceviches, cocktails, zarandeado fish, and aguachile. Here you find smoked marlin and tuna, as well as chilorio and chicken. Other popular dishes include bearded tamales (made with shrimp), the Governor tacos, and fish crackers. With the infusion of other nationalities, it is possible to find foods for all tastes. It's easy to enjoy international cuisine such as Japanese, Chinese, fast food, vegetarian, snacks, meats, and a variety of taquerias.
Drinks in the city are as varied as tastes. You can find fresh drinks such as horchata, barley, coconut, coconut horchata, and Tejuino; good wines, and of course, an excellent range of beers, of which the best known is the local beer called Pacífico, which has its factory in the harbor. Another well-known drink in the region is a vanilla-flavored beverage called "tonicol."
Typical sweets include coconut candies, jamoncillos, and other candy made with coconut marshmallows.
Opening in 1980, Mazatlán Aquarium is one of the most complete in Latin America and the largest in Mexico. According to the institution, "The objective is to learn respect for the ecosystem on which we depend and foster this through knowledge of marine species." It is divided into two main areas, the Aquarium and Botanical Garden; together, they contain the following facilities:
Aquarium: Section 1: Marine Fish and Jellyfish. Section 2: Marine Fish and Dive Exhibition. Section 3: Freshwater Fish and Central Fishbowl: Fishbowl Sharks
- Diving -Exhibition Activity: Swimming with Sharks. 2 Shark Species, 2 Turtle Species, 50 different fish species, 2 Striped Rays, 1 Sparrowhawk.
- Museum of the Sea: Temporary exhibitions and permanent displays that include shells, snails, and materials relating to the marine ecosystem.
Botanical Garden: 1 hectare which consists of 75 tree species from around the world, and regional species.
- Pond Sea Lions: Sea Lions.
- Frog Pond: 21 aquaterrariums in which about 13 species and a total of approximately 120 organisms reside, including grass frogs, toads, green tree frogs, eagle rays, and giant Mazatleco toads.
- Oceanic Fishbowl: A total of 50 species among which are lemon sharks, giant grouper fish, olive ridley, hawksbill, rays, snappers, butterfly fish, mackerel, and others.
- Aviary: about 13 species of birds that inhabit the State of Sinaloa are displayed: peacocks, mallards, white pelicans, brown pelicans, quails, pichichin ducks, white wing doves, and others.
- Cactus section
Mazatlan Carnival is one of the most important carnivals in Mexico. The first parade on Sunday brings together more than 600,000 people for over three hours. An element of this carnival includes great "Monigotes" that are placed in important areas of the city as decorations. These are giant figures made of paper mache and are supported by large structures. The Mazatlán Carnival is distinguished from other carnivals for its distinctive Banda Sinaloa music that has become popular around the world. Other events includes cultural activities (poetry contests, literature prizes, and shows of enormous artistic quality). The party extends to all sectors of local and tourist tastes.
In addition to all the cultural events to learn about, historic places to see, music to hear, and foods to enjoy in Mazatlan, there are all sorts of additional activities in which you can indulge. You will wish you had more time to spend here in this marvelous city of Latin charm.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta is the final stop in Mexico for this cruise and is commonly called "The Friendliest City in the World." It is a Mexican beach resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas. It is known for its beaches, water sports and nightlife scene. Its cobblestone center is home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops and a range of restaurants and bars. El Malecón is a beachside promenade with contemporary sculptures, as well as bars, lounges and nightclubs. The 2010 census reported Puerto Vallarta's population as 255,725 making it the fifth largest city in the state of Jalisco. The City of Puerto Vallarta is the government seat of the municipality. Puerto Vallarta is named after Ignacio Vallarta, a former governor of Jalisco. In Spanish, Puerto Vallarta is frequently shortened to "Vallarta", while English speakers call the city P.V. for short. In internet shorthand the city is often referred to as PVR, the code for its airport.
Puerto Vallarta was a thriving Mexican village long before it became an international tourist destination. Tourism was a major economic activity because of the climate, scenery, tropical beaches, and rich cultural history. Few details are known of the area prior to the 19th century. Evidence suggests continuous human habitation from 580 BC. In 1524, a large battle between Hernán Cortés and an army of 10,000 to 20,000 Indians resulted in Cortés taking control of much of the Ameca valley. The valley was then named Banderas (flags) after the colorful standards carried by the natives. The area also appears on maps and in sailing logs as a bay of refuge. The beaches along the Bay of Banderas served as supply points for ships seeking refuge in the bay and served as a point where smuggled goods could be sent on to the Sierra towns, evading the customs operations at San Blas.
By the 1950's, Puerto Vallarta had started to attract Americans, mostly writers and artists in search of a retreat from the USA in the McCarthy era. Gringo Gulch began to develop as an expatriate neighborhood on the hill above the Centro. The city also attracted Mexican artists and writers who were willing to trade the comforts of life in the larger cities. John Huston filmed the 1964 movie The Night of the Iguana in a small town just south of Puerto Vallarta. The subsequent publicity helped put Puerto Vallarta on the map for US tourists.
Local food specialties:
- Huachinango Sarandeado - red snapper marinated in a birria paste (roast peppers, garlic and spices) and grilled.
- Grilled Mahi-mahi - served on the beaches and at some taco stands - the meat is skewered and cooked over coals then served with hot sauce and lime.
- Ceviche - raw fish, scallops, or shrimp, with onions, chiles such as serranos or jalepenos, and lime juice. The lime juice cures the fish, turning the flesh opaque and giving it a chewy texture. The ceviche is usually served with tortilla chips or on a whole tostada, and quite frequently accompanied by guacamole.
Landmarks in Puerto Vallarta
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Col. Centro
- Púlpito and Pilitas (Pulpit and Baptismal Font) - Col. Emilio Zapata - two rock formations at the South end of Los Muertos Beach.
- Playa Conchas Chinas (Curly Shells Beach) - Fracc. Amapas - the city's most secluded beach, located to the south of the headland which forms the boundary of Los Muertos beach.
- The Malecón - paved walkway along the seashore in Col. Centro - especially popular during the Sunday evening paseo. It features a collection of contemporary sculptures by Sergio Bustamante, Alejandro Colunga, Ramiz Barquet and others.
- Mercado Isle Cuale and Mercado Municipal Cuale - there are two large public markets in the Centro along the banks of the Cuale selling a variety of artisanal and souvenir goods, and the Isla Cuale has a number of souvenir vendor shops as well. The Isla Cuale was also famous for its cat population.
- Cuale Archaeological Museum - on the West side of the Isla Cuale, the museum presents a significant collection of local and regional pre-Hispanic art in a number of informative displays. The museum also houses a small gallery for showing contemporary art.
- John Huston statue on Isla Cuale - dedicated on the 25th anniversary of the film's release and honoring Huston's contributions to the city.
- Plaza de Armas (Ignacio Vallarta) / Aquiles Serdan Amphitheater (Los Arcos) - the city's main plaza - site of public concerts both at the bandstand in the Plaza de Armas and on the stage in front of the arches across the street.
- City Hall - a modern city hall laid out using a traditional courtyard plan. There is a tourist office in the SW corner, and on the landing of the main (West off the courtyard) stairwell there is a modest naive style mural by local artist Manuel Lepe.
- Saucedo Theatre Building (Juarez at Iturbide) - Built in 1922 in a Belle Epoque style reminiscent of architecture of the Porfirato. The theater presented live shows and films on its first floor, and the second floor housed a ballroom. The building has been converted to retail use.
On the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta boasts some of the finest beaches and best resorts in the country. Here you find everything from bull-fighting and delicious taco restaurants to spectacular sportfishing and all-inclusive resorts. Couples, families and friends have been coming here for decades to let loose and relax. In addition, Puerto Vallarta has plenty of fun activities. Whether you want something extreme like zip-lining or bungee jumping or maybe a family outing like sight-seeing or swimming with the dolphins, Puerto Vallarta is a great option for parties of all budgets and travel styles. Another reason Puerto Vallarta is such a great destination is it combines beautiful beaches with fun activities all at a reasonable price.
With so much to see and do in Puerto Vallarta, a single day is simply not enough time to do it all. You will be wanting to return and spend more time this fascinating and friendly city.
Long Beach, Califonia, USA
HOME PORT: This is the beginning and the end of the Mexican Riviera Cruise; however, it does not mean the end of adventure or of things to see. Especially if you drive to Southern California, you may want to spend some time here before or after your cruise. Carnival operates a permanent facility to service three cruise ships year 'round in the domed structure which once housed the famous "Spruce Goose." Long Beach is a premier seaport city and one of busiest shipping ports in the USA. It is also the home of industry, art, education, music, and culture.
Long Beach is a coastal city and port in Southern California. Moored in its Queensway Bay, RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner and museum ship. The waterfront Aquarium of the Pacific features touch tanks and a shark lagoon. Modern and contemporary works are on display at the Museum of Latin American Art. Rancho Los Cerritos is a 19th-century adobe home and museum set in expansive gardens.
With so much to see close at hand, hopefully you will be able to take time to add to your store of travel experiene.
The Carnival Splendor
Your Home on the Sea
Interior Cabin (May be made up as one bed with night stands at sides)
All staterooms are deluxe accommodations with full amenities and attentive staff. Yes, towel animals do appear in your room even though they are not shown on these illustrations.
Prices include Cruise Fare, Government Taxes & Fees, and Port Expenses.
- Airfare & and Transfers are not included in these prices. -
Prices are Per Person, Double Occupancy
Interior Starting at $588.00
Oceanview Starting at $678.00
Balcony Starting at $858.00
At these prices, the best staterooms won't last long. Make your reservation NOW for this fabulous cruise. Of course, if you prefer to drive to the pier at Long Beach, California, that is definitely an option.
Deposit $250.00 per person
Final Payment Due Nov. 27, 2017
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