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About Mazatlan

Long a favorite of cruisers (the port was one of the original Princess stops made famous by "The Love Boat"), Mazatlan hopes to reclaim its position as the Mexican Riviera's "pearl of the Pacific." And with its renovated historic center, a vibrant artist community, plenty of beaches and an aggressive focus on improving cruise passenger service and safety, the city seems poised for success.

While Mazatlan has had times when crime has kept cruise ships away, the city has rebounded since. Attractions have been added and city officials have made it easier for tourists to find their way around -- follow the blue line.

With a sprawling beach promenade (at 13 kilometers, Mazatlan's malecon is one of the largest in the world), the city has a bit of a split personality. At one end is the very touristy Golden Zone (Zona Dorado), where Senor Frogs, and souvenir shops, bars and eateries abound on white sand beaches. At the other (and closer to the cruise port), Old Mazatlan delights with colonial-style plazas, bistros, cafes and art galleries.

Located in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, Mazatlan means "land of deer" in the ancient Nahuatl language. It has a rich ethnic diversity because of its prime spot along the Pacific Coast shipping route, attracting pirates, Spanish explorers, Filipino merchants and German immigrants who put the place on the map in the 1800s as they developed the city as a port for shipping cargo. Mazatlan continues to be one of Mexico's major cargo ports; exports include some 40 million pounds of shrimp per year.

Mazatlan's tourism industry was born in the 1960s, when celebrities such as John Wayne arrived in search of trophy fish. The beaches were also a central draw, first for cruisers and spring breakers and later a more diverse vacation crowd. Now, you'll find a growing number of American and Canadian expats, particularly artists who are drawn to the city's cheaper real estate, cost of living and cafe camaraderie.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mazatlan

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Mazatlan Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Mazatlan
    • Day 5
      Puerto Vallarta
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      Los Angeles
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    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

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

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    edsbiggbuck
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Off Bliss on 3/8 Not Good!
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    bigkahuna642
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mazatlan

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Mazatlan Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
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      Los Angeles
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      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Mazatlan
    • Day 5
      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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    Oren
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Service, Difficult Crowd and Casino Smoking Issues
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    preciousharley
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Beautiful ship. awful room - very noisy in the morning
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mazatlan

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Mazatlan Route (Princess Cruises)
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      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Mazatlan
    • Day 5
      Puerto Vallarta
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      Los Angeles
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    Royal Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Lots of dining options, many game shows and busy daily schedule

    Cons

    No aft pool

    Bottom Line

    Modern ship with a traditional take on cruising

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

    Like other Princess Cruises ships, Royal Princess embraces many traditional components cruisers lo...

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    Truprincess
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Treated like a princess!
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    lynnrhart
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Worst Food at Sea
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    • Basic Drinks
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mazatlan

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Mazatlan Route (Holland America Line)
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      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Mazatlan
    • Day 6
      Cabo San Lucas
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      Cruising
    • Day 8
      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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    Nelliegal
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Lacking Excitement
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Canadians Cruising During COVID-19 Crisis
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    • 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 Mazatlan

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Mazatlan Route (Princess Cruises)
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      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 6
      Manzanillo
    • Day 7
      Mazatlan
    • Day 8
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 9
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 11
      San Francisco
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    Ruby Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Great kids club, good food options and a laid-back vibe.

    Cons

    Shows its age in places.

    Bottom Line

    Great for families and anyone looking for a variety of activities.

    Reviews

    Ruby Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Ruby Princess has a laid-back, family vibe that despite carrying 3,000 passengers never felt crowd...

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    chrisgill54
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    NZ was ace but not fan of Princess
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Saw some nice things, BUT!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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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

    ** 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.

  • 24 Night
    Cruise to Mazatlan

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    24 Night Cruise to Mazatlan 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
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      San Diego
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 15
      Hilo
    • Day 16
      Maui
    • Day 17
      Honolulu
    • Day 18
      Honolulu
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Ensenada
    • Day 25
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    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
    Overall
    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
    NOTHING can compensate a Guest for an Excessively Noisy Room
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • 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.