Royal Caribbean announced today that it is deploying its 137,308-ton, 3,114-passenger Mariner of the Seas to Los Angeles for weeklong cruises to the Mexican Riviera in 2009 and 2010. Mariner will be the largest ship ever homeported on the West Coast -- and the newest, biggest option for cruisers headed to the region. The line has also said its 90,090-ton, 2,100-passenger Radiance of the Seas will offer four- and five-night Mexican Riviera itineraries from Los Angeles in the fall of 2009, becoming the newest and largest ship to sail short cruises from the West Coast.
In recent years, cruise lines have assigned their slightly older, slightly smaller ships to the region, particularly on shorter cruises (some as brief as three nights), as newer, larger ships generally handle longer sailings. For comparison, the largest ships currently serving the Mexican Rivera include the 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit and Holland America's 82,000-ton Oosterdam.
Mariner of the Seas' seven-night Mexican Riviera itinerary sails roundtrip from Los Angeles with calls at Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. Radiance of the Seas will feature a four-night itinerary visiting Cabo San Lucas, and a five-night itinerary which also stops at Ensenada.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor