In a huge boost for West Coast cruising, Royal Caribbean will deploy Mariner of the Seas in the Pacific beginning February 2009. The ship will be based in Los Angeles and sail seven-night Mexican Riviera itineraries. Ports of call include the region's mainstays: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.
This is the first time Royal Caribbean has stationed a ship as big as the 137,308-ton, 3,114-passenger, Voyager-class vessel on the West Coast.
Prior to beginning its season in the Mexican Riviera, Mariner of the Seas will cruise from the East Coast around South America though details about specifics -- dates, itineraries -- have not been released. As well, plans for Mariner of the Seas after it winds up its cruises to Mexico's west coast have not been announced.