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About La Paz

La Paz, meaning peace, is a tranquil Mexican town where the cactus-studded desert abruptly meets the sea in eye-popping fashion. Located on a large bay on the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California), La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur, an arid peninsula extending some 800 miles south of the U.S. border. It's famous for its pastel neocolonial homes, beautifully updated waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, fiery sunsets and abundant marine life.

Once a simple spot for sport fishing (John Wayne and Bing Crosby were frequent visitors), La Paz has evolved into something of a hot spot for ecotourism. Its proximity to the gray whale winter breeding grounds in Magdalena Bay, pristine islands of the Sea of Cortez and Sierra de la Laguna mountains attracts whale watchers, kayakers, hikers, birders and scuba divers.

Still, exploration and adventure are nothing new to La Paz. Nearly five centuries ago, Hernan Cortes arrived there, followed by Jesuit missionaries. English and Dutch pirates raided treasure-filled Spanish galleons trapped in the La Paz Bay. In the early 19th-century, La Paz became the capital of Baja after a hurricane wiped out Loreto. The city prospered as a pearl center until the 1930s, when local oyster beds were destroyed by disease.

While nearby Cabo San Lucas attracts hordes of tourists, La Paz still offers an authentic provincial experience, although in recent years beachfront condos have been springing up at the north end of town. Of all Baja's cities, La Paz draws most heavily from the traditions of mainland Mexico. Many pacenos (locals) are descended from mainlanders who came in the 19th and 20th centuries to escape political upheaval.

Today, this university town has a large cultural center that features a theater for dance and music performances, plus whale and anthropology museums. The biggest annual holiday is the pre-Lent Carnaval, a six-day party with parades, costumes, music, dancing and fireworks. In early May, Cortes' 1535 landing is reenacted during the Fiesta de la Paz. In mid-November, the Baja 1000 off-road racers roar into town at the end of their dusty, 1,000-mile race.


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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to La Paz

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, La Paz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to La Paz Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 5
      La Paz
    • Day 6
      Loreto
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Los Angeles
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    Star Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Activities and cuisine are themed around the ship's itinerary.

    Cons

    Nightlife and evening entertainment can be lacking, especially the main stage shows.

    Bottom Line

    Enrichment, food and drink are strong suits, but you need port days to keep from getting bored.

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    Star Princess Reviews

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    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Star Princess is an elegant midsize ship. It's perfect for older couples or groups of friends w...

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    DonnieBenicia
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great Cruise
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    soyMario
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    2019 Hawaii Christmas Holiday
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to La Paz

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, La Paz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to La Paz Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 5
      La Paz
    • Day 6
      Loreto
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Los Angeles
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    Emerald Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Friendly crew, well-crafted shore tours, improved specialty dining

    Cons

    Long queues to enter main dining rooms and upselling in the spa

    Bottom Line

    Relaxed atmosphere with dining and entertainment options for all ages

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    Emerald Princess Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    Emerald Princess entered service in 2007 as one of the largest ships in Princess Cruises' fleet...

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    hverne
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Xmas/NewYears Panama Canal, 2019 - Great Deal but worst cruise ever on Princess
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Do they know it’s Christmas
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to La Paz

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, La Paz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    12 Night Cruise to La Paz Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 5
      La Paz
    • Day 6
      Loreto
    • Day 7
      Guayamas
    • Day 8
      Topolobampo
    • Day 9
      Mazatlan
    • Day 10
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    JanDay
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    In-Depth EXC cruise is unique
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    EXC Circumnavigation Does Not Disappoint
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to La Paz

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Santa Barbara, San Diego ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    16 Night Cruise to La Paz Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Santa Barbara
    • Day 5
      San Diego
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 9
      La Paz
    • Day 10
      Loreto
    • Day 11
      Guayamas
    • Day 12
      Topolobampo
    • Day 13
      Mazatlan
    • Day 14
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    gomontavista
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    An old ship in need of renovation
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    txmrs
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    MS Maasdam Cabin 379
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    • Spa Services
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to La Paz

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, La Paz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    12 Night Cruise to La Paz Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 5
      La Paz
    • Day 6
      Loreto
    • Day 7
      Guayamas
    • Day 8
      Topolobampo
    • Day 9
      Mazatlan
    • Day 10
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    arosetti
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Disaster
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    kira5
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Immigration snafus impacted very good cruise
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Service Gratuities
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to La Paz

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, La Paz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night Cruise to La Paz Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      La Paz
    • Day 5
      Loreto
    • Day 6
      Topolobampo
    • Day 7
      Mazatlan
    • Day 8
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      San Diego
    • Day 12
      Santa Barbara
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    inekee
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    A great little ship
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    EXC Program really worked well
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to La Paz

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, La Paz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    10 Night Cruise to La Paz Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      La Paz
    • Day 5
      Loreto
    • Day 6
      Topolobampo
    • Day 7
      Mazatlan
    • Day 8
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    dbh3
    Sail Date May 2019
    Good itinerary, great ship
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    Sail Date Jun 2019
    The Maasdam has deteriorated since 2007 cruise
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 19 Night
    Cruise to La Paz

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, La Paz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    19 Night Cruise to La Paz Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 5
      La Paz
    • Day 6
      Loreto
    • Day 7
      Guayamas
    • Day 8
      Topolobampo
    • Day 9
      Mazatlan
    • Day 10
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      San Diego
    • Day 14
      Santa Barbara
    • Day 15
      Monterey
    • Day 16
      San Francisco
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Victoria
    • Day 19
      Seattle
    • Day 20
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    JMAXMV
    Sail Date May 2019
    A Glorious EXC In-Depth cruise
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    Shadow Cat
    Sail Date May 2019
    Small ports - Big impact
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