The Mexican Riviera, once a ho-hum cruise itinerary pretty much left to three-day cruise-to-anywhere-style journeys on older, smaller vessels, is getting hotter and hotter. First it was Princess’ announcement that Star Princess -- its newest, biggest ship -- would homeport there for the “season” (winter). The region gets another boost today when Carnival announces it will send Carnival Pride -- one of its newest biggest ships -- there to operate seven day roundtrips out of Los Angeles. Service begins in the fall of next year and ports of call include Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and a full-day in Cabo San Lucas.
As a result, Carnival’s Elation, which has been handling the seven day Mexican Riviera responsibility, will be repositioned to Galveston -- which has undeniably been, even in its first few years, a successful regional port -- beginning September 28, 2003. Elation will sail Western Caribbean itineraries (Belize, Cozumel, Progreso/Merida).