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Puerto Vallarta (Photo:Diego Grandi/Shutterstock)

About Puerto Vallarta

Once a small fishing community, Puerto Vallarta has emerged as one of Mexico's most popular destinations. With cobblestoned streets that climb straight up to the jungle, the town was largely unknown to the rest of the world until Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor embarked on a love affair while filming "Night of the Iguana" in 1963.

Now, the colonial "old town" is a favorite of history buffs, photographers and bargain hunters, while areas such as Marina Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta attract beachgoers, boaters and those looking for all-inclusive resorts. The southern coastal areas of Mismaloya, Yelapa and Las Animas Quimixto are scenic wonders of coves and gullies, ideal for snorkeling; the latter two are reachable only by boat.

Because of its warm waters, the Bay of Banderas is a breeding ground for hundreds of humpback whales during the winter months (as well as expat Americans and Canadians). Pacific dolphins can be seen year-round, jumping alongside the bow wake of the many cruise ships that call in Puerto Vallarta. Many tour operators offer eco-tours and photo safaris to take advantage of the abundance of marine life in the region; jungle tours, horseback treks and visits to tequila factories are some of the other excursions offered.

But for those who choose to just wander around the city during a day in port, Puerto Vallarta offers a rich, rewarding experience. The downtown area is crowded with shops, restaurants and lots of traffic. The main street along the water, the malecon, has a seawall walkway that is flat and easily negotiable by wheelchair-bound visitors and those with difficulty walking and is notable for the many sculptures that line the path. The streets a few blocks off of the main throughway, though, are steep and cobblestoned; wear comfortable shoes.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
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      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Mazatlan
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      Puerto Vallarta
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      Los Angeles
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    Carnival Panorama - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    West Coast-based ship; plenty of free activities and dining options

    Cons

    Noisy; service can be hit or miss

    Bottom Line

    A fantastic value for families and groups

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    Carnival Panorama Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    If you're looking for a cruise ship that's big and diverse enough to keep even the most active per...

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    dmw3wx
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Very Nice Ship, Quarantine and all
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Some good/some not so good
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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Curacao, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    17 Night Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Route (Holland America Line)
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      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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      Curacao
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      Aruba
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      Panama Canal
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      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
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      Corinto
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      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
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      Puerto Chiapas
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      Huatulco
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      Puerto Vallarta
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      San Diego
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    Zaandam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Easy-to-navigate ship with a spacious feel and grown-up vibe.

    Cons

    Few balconies, little variety in cabin categories, mediocre evening entertainment.

    Bottom Line

    Perfect-sized ship for port-intensive itineraries.

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Zaandam is a classy ship that proves you don't need gadgets and gimmicks to have a good time. It's...

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    Herbs Mom
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Top Notch small ship! Great Itinerary!!!
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great itinerary and good ship
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  • 128 Night
    Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Scarborough, Devil's Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    128 Night Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Route (Holland America Line)
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      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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      Puerto Vallarta
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    Amsterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Fabulous entertainment, despite ship's small size

    Cons

    Not much variety of dining

    Bottom Line

    Great value for bucket-list itineraries

    Reviews

    Amsterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    As Amsterdam pulled away to begin my seven-night cruise to Alaska, there was no better place to...

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    Cold Mama
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Quality and service
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      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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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Acapulco
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Panama Canal
    • Day 13
      Cartagena (Colombia)
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Miami
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    Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

    Cons

    Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

    Bottom Line

    A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Joy Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has ...

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    travelbug10
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    We were in a safe bubble
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    No joy on the Joy
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      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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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Mazatlan
    • Day 6
      Cabo San Lucas
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      Cruising
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      San Diego
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    Koningsdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Outstanding service, exceptional cuisine, great entertainment options

    Cons

    Music Walk does not have a clear identity and needs individual rooms

    Bottom Line

    Most luxurious HAL ship will appeal to many types of cruisers

    Reviews

    Koningsdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    5.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Koningsdam is the first new Holland America Line ship in eight years. "Koning" means "king" in ...

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    1234567seas
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disappointing Ten Day Southern Caribbean
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Entertainment was sorely lacking
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    • 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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