Thursday, 14 November 2013

Mazatlan welcomes back cruise ships

Mazatlan welcomes back cruise ships

By Gay Nagle Myers

Mexico's Pacific coast city of Mazatlan welcomed the arrival of 1,300 passengers aboard Holland America's Veendam on Nov. 12, signaling a return of cruise ships to the port city.

Cruise lines pulled out of Mazatlan in 2011 due to concerns about safety and security in the port area.

The Veendam sailed out of San Diego on Nov. 9 on a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise. Passenger disembarked at a new cruise terminal.

Next to arrive will be Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Star. That ship will make five calls in Mazatlan on seven-day cruises departing Los Angeles on Dec. 22 and 29 and March 2, 9 and 16.

Azamara Club Cruises' Quest will call in Mazatlan on Feb. 1 on a 12-day sailing out of Los Angeles on Dec. 29.

More than 18,000 cruise passengers will visit Mazatlan during the 2013-2014 cruise season, according to Frank Cordova, secretary of tourism for the state of Sinaloa.