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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:
    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)
    • 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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    • Day 8
      San Diego
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    Oosterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

    Cons

    Lacks attractions for active cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

    Reviews

    Oosterdam Reviews

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

    First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "oo...

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    ElEl
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A few minuses, but overall lots and lots of pluses
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    seawife2
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Not our cup of tea
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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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      Cruising
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      Los Angeles
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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.

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    Norwegian Joy Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    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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    lindykaye
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Overall, had a great time!
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    tortuga777
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great staff and food, but this boat is just too big!
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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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
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Mazatlan
    • Day 5
      Puerto Vallarta
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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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

    Reviews

    Royal Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    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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    hernantk
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great Cruise, Beautiful Ship, and Awesome Cruise Director!
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    wdmor
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We expected more
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
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    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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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
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Mazatlan
    • Day 5
      Puerto Vallarta
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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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

    Reviews

    Carnival Panorama Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    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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    CruiseReferee
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    The New Crown Jewel of the Carnival Line!
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    blue_wahine
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Just got back - Good Cruise on Carnival Panorama 1-18-20
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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

    ** 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.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mazatlan

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Mazatlan Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Mazatlan
    • Day 5
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      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
    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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    When and How
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Konigsdam is new and shiny but it isn’t for Everyone
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    So Disappointing
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • 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.

  • 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
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      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
    Overall
    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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    Lunan
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Too Many People For the Facilities On The Ship
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    New Year on the Bliss
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • 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.

  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Mazatlan

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Cartagena, Colon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    18 Night Cruise to Mazatlan Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Caribbean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 5
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 6
      Panama Canal
    • Day 7
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 9
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 10
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 11
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Acapulco
    • Day 13
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 14
      Mazatlan
    • Day 15
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 16
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 17
      San Diego
    • Day 18
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 19
      San Francisco
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    Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

    Cons

    Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

    Bottom Line

    Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

    Reviews

    Seven Seas Mariner Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    In an era when mass-market cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger, Seven Seas Mariner is a ...

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    geebee2546
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Standards slipping.
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Poor cuisine and lack of variety
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits