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Cruises to the Sea of Cortez

Get an even deeper look into mexico's colorful culture.

Dive even deeper into adventure with our 10-day cruises to the Sea of Cortez. Our most comprehensive itinerary gives you a complete look at Mexico’s diverse and festive culture. Enjoy convenient roundtrip departures from Los Angeles as well as an overnight stay in Cabo included in every itinerary. From the colonial town of Loreto to the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, experience Mexico’s best on a Sea of Cortez cruise with Princess®.

Featured Ports on a Sea of Cortez Cruise

Learn more about the ports on your Mexico cruise to the Sea of Cortez.

  • Cabo San Lucas
  • Puerto Vallarta

Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo is surrounded by clear waters and sun-kissed beaches. As one of the world’s premier resort destinations, it’s the perfect place to relax, recharge and reawaken your passion for adventure. On a Mexico cruise, tour Todos Santos and enjoy lunch at the Hotel California. Or sail on a catamaran to Lover’s Beach, and snap a photo in front of El Arco on your way.

When it was founded in 1535, La Paz was a quiet bay with roaringly beautiful landscapes. Today the city is still home to sun-drenched beaches and mountains, but it’s also teeming with lively locals and endless activities. During your Sea of Cortez cruise, lounge on the golden shores. Or spend the day downtown shopping for artisan goods — like woven textiles and pottery — at the street side stalls.

While Loreto is known for its cliff-top vistas and sparkling beaches, there’s more to the city than just its scenery. On a Sea of Cortez cruise, visit the missions that give the city its rich history — like Mission San Javier and Mission of Our Lady of Loreto. Or snorkel through the 100-mile Loreto National Marine Park for a chance to see some of the 800 species of fish that swim through the waters.

Between its beaches, aquatic parks and vibrant art scene, Puerto Vallarta’s varied landscapes offer adventures for all. On a Mexico cruise, wander through the city’s galleries, and sample tequila alongside handmade tortillas and salsa. Or stroll along the seafront Malecon boardwalk – the city’s premier shopping destination — where mementos, margaritas and Mexican buffets await.

What to Do on a Baja California Cruise

On a Sea of Cortez cruise with Princess, discover culture around every corner.

  • Natural Wonderlands

Inspired by 19th-century California mission-style architecture, Mexico’s cathedrals tell a unique story of times past. On a Sea of Cortez cruise to La Paz, visit the Cathedral de Nuestra Senora de la Paz. Admire the preserved stained-glass windows that decorate its exterior. Then step inside to see a collection of paintings and statues dedicated to Virgin Mary, the city’s patron saint.

Taste, see and meet true Mexican heritage on a Baja California cruise with Princess. In Loreto, stroll down the cobbled streets decorated with multi-colored homes, shops and museums. Sample Mexican seafood — like “chocolate” clams cooked over rocks — while sipping on spicy margaritas. Or meet the locals on a visit to the Main Plaza or during a traditional Mexican fiesta.

Natural wonderlands

From beaches to jungles, Mexico’s landscapes are untamed. During your Sea of Cortez cruise, see these terrains like never before. In Puerto Vallarta, take a boat to Las Caletas, a secluded oasis surrounded by sandy shores and forests. Hike through the island’s interior alongside a local guide, or zipline through the woods at the Kids Adventure Park. Then take a dip in the sea before your boat ride back to the city.

History is an important part of Mexico’s story. On a Baja California cruise, discover tales from ancient civilizations when you visit San Jose Del Cabo, just a short drive from Cabo San Lucas. Between the 18th-century architecture and the Spanish colonial character, let the preserved charm of this rural town transport you to Mexico’s past. Hear stories from locals, and learn city secrets from expert guides.

Sea of Cortez excursions

Our Sea of Cortez cruise excursions introduce you to the people and places that call Mexico home. Embark on an off-road adventure through the jungles of Puerto Vallarta, then enjoy lunch by a hidden lagoon. Kayak along Loreto’s coastline with your loved ones, and horseback ride along Cabo’s sandy shores. Or visit the El Serpentario Reptile Center and Cactus Nursey in La Paz and get up close to enclosed snakes, lizards and crocodiles.

More ashore

Enjoy every second in Cabo with More Ashore overnight stays. On any of our 10-day Baja California cruises, enjoy two days in Mexico’s resort city. Sip on a cocktail while watching the sun set over the ocean. Dance the night away in one of the bustling bars. Or taste Mexican street-food — including smoked fish, tacos and chicken tamales — alongside locals at any of the city’s restaurants.

Ships on this itinerary

Our Princess fleet includes ships that offer a multitude of amenities and feature the innovative MedallionClass® experience. From a balcony stateroom, take in the sights and sounds of the colorful cultures ashore before enjoying the “sabor” of local cuisine in one of our many eateries during your Sea of Cortez cruise.

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Mariachi and margaritas

Sip, savor and sway to the music with onboard activities that give you a taste of Mexican tradition. Sample tequila while learning about the drink’s history from a local expert, and indulge your taste buds with tacos and fajitas. Or let loose with your loved ones during a mariachi performance, and dance to the lively tune of violins and guitars. On a cruise to Mexico with Princess, activities lie around every corner.

Every reason to celebrate

On select sailings in October and November, discover the region’s heritage with our Mexican Fiesta. Celebrate the Day of the Dead, a holiday to commemorate loved ones who have passed. From face-painting to Aztec flower-making, there are activities for the whole family on a cruise to Mexico. Learn a traditional dance, decorate marzipan skulls and make a skeleton out of pasta. Or watch dancers perform ‘The Procession of the Dead.’

Mexican and Spanish Cuisine

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Recognized by UNESCO for its cultural heritage and preservation of culinary technique, Mexican and Spanish cuisine is a big part of the region’s culture. Sample the bold flavors and creative combinations for yourself on a cruise to Mexico with Princess. In many of our dining rooms, enjoy Mexican-themed dishes — like ceviche, fajitas and coconut cocadas — for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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7 or 10 Night Baja Vacation Cruise | Jan - Dec 2024 - 2025 | Two Adventures to Choose From. Sea Lions, Snorkeling, and Sun.

Steinbeck, Cousteau… now it’s your turn to explore the “world’s aquarium” on a Mexico cruise in the Sea of Cortes. Greet sea lions from the boat or skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an even closer encounter. Getting your sea legs is easy too—relax with toes in the sand, on a hike, or atop a mule through the canyons of Baja. Land and sea are a step, or kayak, away. Whale watch from the boat, and visit grey whales and their babies during calving season or gentle whale sharks on your sailing. There are plenty of opportunities to spot your favorite whale throughout the season going farther north than other cruise lines or being captivated by the marine and sealife throughout the adventure through remote islands.

Complete with a mule ride and plenty of snorkeling with colorful marine life, experience the bounty that is Baja. Get into the wild with a mule ride accompanied by a local ranchero or a snorkel with the sea lions in a quiet cove.

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7 NIGHTS | BAJA CALIFORNIA'S WHALES & SEALIFE

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Roundtrip from San Jose del Cabo, embarkation in La Paz on the Safari Voyager for 7 nights. Jan 20th to April 27th, 2024.

Visiting Sea of Cortes UNESCO World Heritage Site (whale sharks) or Bahía Magdalena (grey whales), Agua Verde, Isla Espiritu, and more.

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10 NIGHTS | NORTHERN GULF OF CALIFORNIA; WHALES, BIRDS & SEALIFE - NEW for 2024 & 2025

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Roundtrip from San Jose del Cabo, embarkation in La Paz on the Safari Voyager for 10 nights. Nov. 28th to Dec 18th, 2024 & April 5th to Dec 17th, 2025.

Visiting Loreto Bay National Park, Islas Danzante, Carmen, Salsipuedes, San Esteban, the towns of Mulege, and Santa Rosalia, along with mammal and marine life searches, and burro riding with traditional vaqueros of Agua Verde.

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7 NIGHTS | BAJA CALIFORNIA ECLIPSE CRUISE

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Roundtrip from San Jose del Cabo, embarkation in La Paz on the Safari Voyager for 7 nights. Speciality sailing, April 6th, 2024.

Visiting Sea of Cortes UNESCO World Heritage Site (whale sharks), viewing 100% total eclipse of the sun from sea off Mazatlan, swimming with sea lions and whale sharks, ridge hikes, and more.

What To Expect In Mexico's Sea of Cortes

Stocked with supplies and a bountiful sense of adventure, follow Steinbeck’s path into the protected waters of Cousteau’s “world’s aquarium.” Active exploration and a menagerie of wildlife, whales and wonder await you!

The places you visit play a starring role throughout every journey. While this list isn’t exhaustive of every nook-and-cranny you’ll explore along the way, we’ve included descriptions of key ports and places to help you get to know the wilderness areas, landmark locations, notable regions, and coastal towns relevant to this itinerary.

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EXPLORE THE WORLD'S AQUARIUM

"Each activity was led by highly experienced, ship board guides who were extremely knowledgeable and conversant in the native habitat. The enthusiastic passion they exhibited on each and every tour was highly infectious and made for very informative and enjoyable outings."  

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"We had a wonderful time. Everything that was pictured in your brochure we either saw or did. The food was fabulous. The tours were great. We experienced it all! We will definitely sail with you again."  

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"It is such an amazing experience! To have the gray whales bring their calves right up to the boat.. . We put our hands out and the whale reached up and skimmed the side of the boat and allowed us to touch her. Where else can you have such experiences?"  

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With famous diving spots and UNESCO world heritage sites , the Gulf of California reveals all the beauty and richness of its crystal-clear waters in the Baja California peninsula. An opportunity to explore landscapes where the red stone contrasts with stunning blues, where the whales play among schools of dazzling fish. Welcome to this region, which Jacques Cousteau called ”the aquarium of the world.”

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Must-Sees - Sea of Cortez

From diving to exploring UNESCO natural sites, from busy towns to seaside resorts, a cruise in the Gulf of California will suit ocean lovers and nature lovers alike, as well as both adventurers and travellers looking for a relaxing time.

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The Essentials - Sea of Cortez

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Dive into a natural aquarium — Gulf of California, Mexico

“The largest aquarium in the world”, according to Jacques Cousteau, has exceptional fauna. The best way to see it is by scuba diving (for experienced divers) in numerous places , which are full of surprises and have names that will make you dream: Isla Monserrate, Isla Coronado, Punta Colorada and Bahia Amortajada on the Isla San José, Isla Espíritu Santo, Isla Cerralvo... 39% of marine mammal species known on the planet, 900 species of fish and 33 cetaceans can be found here. Common bottlenose dolphins, grey and blue whales, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, seals and turtles have been recorded in the region.

Swim with sea lions — Los Islotes, Mexico

Swim with sea lions — Los Islotes, Mexico

Steep cliff faces, jagged rocks and imposing boulders form Los Islotes , located in the southeast of Baja California. And it is here where a large colony of California sea lions can be found. Rarely fierce and quite playful, they are easily approached. It is even possible to swim next to them, which is a moving experience. Under the water, moray eels, grouper fish, clown fish and star fish bring a surprising touch of colour to the rocky depths.

Cabo San Lucas — Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas — Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

At the far south of the Baja California Peninsula, you can recognise Cabo San Lucas by its rock formations emerging from the water, creating an arc above the waves. Between the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean, the Cabo San Lucas Bay is also well-known for its fabulous fine sandy beaches and its busy nightlife.

Explore Huatulco Bay by catamaran — Oaxaca State, Mexico

Explore Huatulco Bay by catamaran — Oaxaca State, Mexico

An unmissable destination in southern Mexico, Huatulco Bay has 36 beaches that are each as idyllic as the other, as well as the Parque Nacional Huatulco , guaranteeing the preservation of the precious biodiversity. The best way to discover its splendour is to climb on board a catamaran and sail along the coastline. It is thus easy to admire the Sierra Madre mountains, the lush vegetation and the cliffs at the edge of these magnificent beaches. Birds, dolphins and manta rays will add to the magic of this excursion. A stop on a deserted beach in La India Bay , with an opportunity for swimming and hiking among the palms, will complete your trip into paradise.

Experience Californian life in San Diego — USA

Experience Californian life in San Diego — USA

At the end of the 19th century, the first Europeans coming all the way to California settled here, in San Diego. The historical centre of the city is full of traditional buildings from this time, colourfully restored, reminding you of this past era. But San Diego is also known for its exciting artistic centre. More extensive than New York’s Central Park, Balboa Park is the largest cultural park in the US. Seventeen museums, a botanical garden and pavilions with international architectural influences are spread across the particularly abundant vegetation.

Visit Antigua de Guatemala — Guatemala

Visit Antigua de Guatemala — Guatemala

The former capital and the seat of the Spanish colonial government of Guatemala for centuries, Antigua was founded in 1543 by the conquistadors. Despite the earthquakes that it has withstood, the town has UNESCO world heritage status and is one of the best preserved colonial towns in Latin America . This can be seen in its paved streets, the Merced Baroque church, the Plaza Mayor surrounded by historical buildings and the Metropolitana cathedral, built when the Spanish arrived.

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Things to do. The Mexicans are very warm and proud of their country. Don't hesitate to engage them in conversation! Don'ts. It is seen as inappropriate if you get angry or cause a scene. Whatever the reason for your dissatisfaction, keep calm while explaining what the problem is.

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Essential phrases

Hello / Good evening: Buenos dias / buenas tardes Goodbye: Adios Welcome: Bienvenido Excuse-me/please: Disculpa/ Por favor Thank you: Gracias Yes / no: Si / no How are you?: Como esta? Very well, thanks, and you?: Muy bien, gracias, y usted? My name is: Me llamo...

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In the village of Santa Rosalia, on the edge of the Gulf of California, the Santa Barbara church can be found. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1884 and presented in the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris next to the Eiffel Tower. The architect had a concept in mind: buildings that could be disassembled and reassembled at will. Acquired in 1894 by the French copper mining company El Boleo, the church arrived in Mexico in separate sections. Its reconstruction was completed in 1897.

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Baja California cuisine is strongly influenced by seafood produce . On the Pacific side, you will relish the different lobsters, tuna, swordfish and grouper fish, while on the Gulf of California side, squid and prawns are in abundance. Whether grilled, cooked in sauce or served in tacos, the fresh produce is always well seasoned with condiments and spices.

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Myths & legends

Present in Baja California, the ribbonfish or giant oarfish is considered to be the longest bony fish in the world. It can reach up to 17 metres long! It usually lives in deep water (around 900 metres) and only very rarely comes up to the surface of the water. Understandably coming close to such a creature elicits strong emotions! Popular legends about this “sea serpent” believe it can forecast earthquakes and tsunamis. Several specimens have been found stranded in Taiwan and Japan several days before earthquakes. Some believe that these fish are sensitive to the movement of tectonic plates. This theory has not yet been scientifically proven.

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In the spotlight

We already know the decorative and therapeutic characteristics of cacti . A Mexican scientist has perhaps found a new use for them. Sandra Pascoe has developed a process using juice extracted from the Barbary fig to create a new material to make non-polluting disposable packaging. This would be an alternative to plastic packaging, which the researcher hopes to be able to bring to market by 2020—the date that a law prohibiting all plastic bags, balloons and single use plastic objects will come into effect in several Mexican states.

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Books. French and English versions: In 1940, John Steinbeck decided to go to Baja California for an in-depth journey that would have a lasting effect on him. Begun in a car, this road trip then became a marine adventure on the Gulf of California. On board the Western Flyer , a boat belonging to his friend and biologist Ed Ricketts, the writer undertook painstaking work to catalogue the species present in the region. He thus began an avant-garde reflection of mankind's impact on his environment. He noted his thoughts in his log book, simply called The Log from the Sea of Cortez .

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With its arid climate, Baja California is ideal for cactus growth. There are around 100 species in the region, 80 of which are native. Among them is the Mexican giant cardon , the largest cactus in the world. It can reach 19 metres high and its trunk can measure up to a metre in diameter.

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Our flagship dining experience is a welcoming and sophisticated setting for an exquisite breakfast, lunch or superb multicourse dinner.

For an elegant breakfast, leisurely lunch or unforgettable multi-course dinner, The Dining Room is your destination. Behind the scenes, our Culinary Council,® an elite team of seven world-renowned chefs,  and our talented onboard executive chefs have worked to bring each dish to perfection. For dinner, choose from classics such as Boneless Lamb Loin en Croute, Rosemary Roasted Chicken, as well as regionally inspired cuisine and artfully prepared vegetarian dishes. Enrich your journey with an extensive selection of wines, carefully selected by our Wine Curator, world-renowned wine critic James Suckling. 

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Pinnacle Grill is the ultimate steakhouse at sea, where an exceptional menu and impeccable service make for one of finest meals you’ll ever have. The refined menu features a selection of 28-day wet-aged USDA Prime steaks — meticulously chosen to guarantee the finest quality — as well as classic steakhouse dishes and innovative recipes from James Beard Award-winning chef and Culinary Council® member, David Burke. Every dish is exquisitely prepared, beautifully plated and complemented by a vast collection of award-winning wines. Here, your meal is an event unto itself, a celebration of fine dining and a triumph of flavor.

*Meals at Pinnacle Grill are half price for kids 12 years old or under, or free when they order from the kids’ menu.

Canaletto is a relaxed setting with authentic Italian cuisine that is best enjoyed when shared.

In Italy, there’s nothing more important than coming together to celebrate the joy of great food. This is the inspiration for our onboard Italian restaurant, Canaletto. Enjoy amazing Italian classics like braised chicken cacciatore al forno, branzino ai ferri or garlic shrimp ravioli. And for dessert: tiramisù, cannoli alla Siciliana, gelato, and more. Including pasta made fresh daily. Buon Appetito!

Meals at Canaletto are half price for kids 12 years old or under, or free when they order from the kids’ menu.

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Praised by  Condé Nast Traveler  for cuisine “that rivals the top restaurants on land,” Tamarind is the perfect place to explore the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan. The menu, which honors the elements of water, wood, fire and earth, features such exotic fare as wok-seared lobster, barramundi (Asian sea bass) in banana leaf and sushi, accompanied by chilled or heated sake. 

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Rudi's Sel De Mer

Master Chef Rudi Sodamin’s award-winning, lively brasserie offers a modern twist on classic French dishes and seafood.

Named for Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Rudi’s Sel de Mer is an intimate brasserie featuring classic French dishes reimagined with contemporary flair. Menu selections include whole Dover sole meunière with shaved pink Himalayan sea salt, oysters on the half shell, fruits de mer, and salt-crust baked branzino, as well as favorites such as steak frites, duck cassoulet and coq au vin. Conclude your dinner with a classic dessert and fine French cheeses.  

Meals at Sel de Mer are half price for kids 12 years old or under, or free when they order from the kids’ menu.

Rudi’s Sel de Mer restaurant is available on  Rotterdam ,  Koningsdam  and  Nieuw Statendam , but on other ships, the Rudi’s Sel de Mer menu is available on select evenings in Pinnacle Grill.

Grand Dutch Cafe

Enjoy a savory snack, a pint of lager or a traditional Dutch coffee in a space that exudes Dutch heritage from the moment you walk in.

Looking for a refreshing pick-me-up on an adventure-filled day? The Grand Dutch Cafe is for you. Located just off the atrium area, it’s the perfect spot to connect with friends over a cold beer, coffee or other Dutch specialty beverages, such as Genever and Advoccaat, and a snack. Choose from among 16 Belgian and Dutch beers (four on tap) and a variety of spirits or enjoy your favorite coffee beverage with complimentary Dutch snacks. For heartier appetites, there are made-to-order Dutch specialties from open-faced herring sandwiches to apple and bacon pancakes. Just place your order at the counter; anything we prepare will be brought to your table.

Lido Market

A casual, modern marketplace, Lido Market offers the widest range of food options on board for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late-night snack.

Explore a world of intriguing culinary possibilities in the Lido Market. Steps from the Lido pool, this modern marketplace includes a curated selection of delicious options that you can grab on the go or have made to order: Breadboard, with freshly baked breads and pastries; Wild Harvest, offering a bountiful selection of hearty salads; Homestead, serving up comfort classics; Distant Lands, featuring global cuisine; Sweet Spot, for ice cream creations and desserts; Roasting Pan, hand-carved meats, fish and other hearty entrees; Perk, freshly brewed beverages and chilled juices; Quench, premium coffee, beer, wine, and soda available for purchase; Rise, savory quiches, croissants and sandwiches, and more.

This casual poolside grill serves up the best burgers at sea, Nathan’s Famous gourmet hot dogs, golden French fries and more.

Dive-In offers a variety of casual culinary classics, using the highest quality ingredients. Enjoy a burger, grilled to perfection and served on a toasted brioche with our own trade-marked secret sauce. Savor a succulent Nathan’s Famous gourmet hot dog with golden French fries. Or choose a grilled chicken breast sandwich or juicy portabella mushroom stack. Dive-In is the perfect spot to dine poolside on the best burgers at sea.

New York Pizza

Our poolside pizzeria has fresh Italian salads and authentic thin-crust personal pizzas with savory toppings.

At New York Pizza, choose from a variety of scrumptious, 9-inch, thin-crust pies. Named for New York’s famed five boroughs, our signature pizzas are made to order and topped with only the finest ingredients. Enjoy your pizza by day while overlooking the Lido pool, and into the night. This venue is New York Deli & Pizza on  Koningsdam ,  Rotterdam  and  Nieuw Statendam , offering made-to-order deli sandwiches in addition to pizza.

24-Hour Room Service

Enjoy breakfast in bed or an early dinner on your verandah — entrées and more are available whenever you wish.

Sleep in and have breakfast delivered. Enjoy an early dinner on your verandah before an evening excursion. Order a salad, sandwich or entrée any time. Room Service is only a phone call away. All selections are included in your cruise fare unless otherwise noted on the in-room menu.

Explorations Cafe

Our relaxing café with panoramic views is your home for handcrafted espresso drinks during the day and refreshing cocktails in the evening.

At Explorations Café, sink into plush chairs and sofas in a comfortable environment. Sip elegantly prepared espresso drinks and nosh on fresh pastries from the coffee bar. You can also take in fantastic views, catch up on your favorite book or browse the web. 

Dine on delectable sushi and sip Asian-inspired spirits at Nami Sushi, a sushi bar within Tamarind offering stunning ocean views.

Nami Sushi offers a tempting array of the sushi rolls he’s created. Choose from such delectable selections as Tempura Lobster Roll with soft shell crab tempura; Dragon Roll with tempura shrimp, unagi sauce and avocado; Tsutsumi Roll with snapper, green olive, caper and avocado; Futomoki Roll with crab, yamagobo, avocado and cucumber; Volcano Roll with sesame-marinated salmon and Thai chilis; Nigiri sushi with tuna, salmon and ebi shrimp; and more. The word “nami,” Japanese in origin, means “wave” and is an homage to the ocean views you’ll enjoy as you dine on the freshest, tastiest and most inventive sushi at sea.

With many flavors to choose from and ingredients like Sicilian pistachios and amarena cherries, each frozen spoonful transports you to Italy.

At “G” Gelato, you can indulge your sweet tooth with a classic European gelato (ice cream), made fresh on board each day by chefs trained at the Carpigiani Gelato University. Choose from among 12 delightful flavors, two of which are rotated daily. Smooth, creamy and refreshing, this tasty treat is served in a variety of ways, including gelato popsicles and the flavors of G, composed shots with layers of caramel, nuts and gelato. Love pistachio?  Select ingredients like Sicilian pistachios make our pistachio gelato out of this world!

Club Orange Program Benefits

Club Orange offers an added level of luxury on Holland America with expanded dining menus, special events and priority access. Learn more about Club Orange.

See the  full Club Orange benefits  (PDF)

Join Club Orange to experience a new level of luxury, from priority check-in and disembarkation to premium dining amenities. Club Orange benefits include a complimentary stateroom upgrade, a special event chosen by the captain and priority check-in and disembarkation. Read on for a full list of Club Orange benefits.

Please  contact us  for Club Orange pricing and availability or to enroll.

Crow's Nest

BARS AND LOUNGES

Enjoy cocktails and sunsets in this lounge, featuring panoramic views.

Holland America Line offers you a wide selection of lounges onboard. The panoramic view takes center stage in The Crow's Nest at the top of the ship, where you can relax just about any time of day and enjoy your favorite drink.

Enjoy cocktails and ocean views while listening to live music.

Holland America Line offers you a wide selection of lounges. This popular bar is at the top of the atrium and is the perfect locale for cocktails and dancing.

Tamarind Bar

Partake in exotic cocktails and sakétinis amid wraparound ocean views.

Which is more delightful: the apple-pear saketini in your chilled glass or views of the sun going down in a crimson blaze? Enjoy both in this stylish hideaway – your destination for panoramic views and exotic cocktails, and just one of the wide selection of lounges and gathering places on board.

For aficionados, this is truly your whisk(e)y wonderland. At NOTES, a dedicated whisk(e)y bar guests can gaze in awe at the more than 120 labels on display.

For aficionados, this is truly your whisk(e)y wonderland. At NOTES, a dedicated whisk(e)y bar guests can gaze in awe at the more than 120 labels on display — and sample some of the rarest whisk(e)y selections in the world. An interactive menu board and multiple tasting options are designed to identify uniquely personalized flavor profiles for every guest.

Billboard Onboard

ENTERTAINMENT

Sing along, test your music trivia knowledge, or sit back and enjoy as chart-topping hits fill the room each night.

2 pianos - 60 Years of Chart Toppers - 100s Of Songs.  Sing along, test your music trivia skills or just sit back and enjoy as the hits fill the room each night.

World Stage

World Stage features innovative cruise ship shows and a two-story LED screen that creates a vivid wraparound display.

World Stage, the largest theater on board is home to a variety of performances day and night. Our exclusive EXC® Talk lecture series features captivating regional stories told by local experts and narrated by your Cruise & Travel Director. In the evenings, Step One Dance Company, vocal sensation Cantaré, BBC Earth in Concert and more take the stage.  Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam  and  Rotterdam  bring the World Stage experience to the next level by surrounding you in spectacular sight and sound with a two-story, panoramic LED screen.

Rolling Stone Lounge

Our 7-piece band brings you the best in rock, pop, country and more.

Dance to your favorite songs with one of the best bands at sea. From rock and pop to country and beyond, we provide the perfect playlist live, each and every cruise.

Onboard Shopping

Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping onboard.

Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping in such signature shops as The Vault, Diamonds and Gemstones by Merabella, which offers the best diamonds at sea, brought to you by Effy.

Fitness Center

Take a class in our professionally staffed Fitness Center.

Stop by the professionally staffed Fitness Center equipped with the latest cardio and weight machines. Try one of our classes on indoor cycling, Pilates and more or work out at your own pace. You can also head out for fresh air and exercise on deck, where you'll find basketball and volleyball courts, and two refreshing pools (available on select ships). Some classes may have a nominal fee.

Holland America Line Navigator

Personalize your cruise experience with our free mobile-friendly tool.

Personalize your cruise experience once you’re on the ship with our free mobile-friendly tool. Plan your daily activities, browse and purchase shore excursions, view restaurant menus, make dining reservations, check your account balance and more. 

Casino Action

The Casino offers games for all levels.

Your Holland America Line ship’s Casino offers a wide array of gaming options. Whether you prefer slot machines or want to try your hand at blackjack or poker, our dealers and staff are available to provide complimentary instruction — and we offer many engaging tournament options. The Casino is only open at sea.

Movies On Board

Enjoy recent-release films in the movie theater on select ships or in the comfort of your stateroom.

Screening nightly in the movie theatre (on select ships) are recent-release films and perennially popular classics. You can also watch movies any time in your stateroom or suite. And aboard  Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam  and  Rotterdam , watch your favorite stars light up the night on a giant outdoor LED movie screen by the Lido Pool.

Pickleball at Sea

Enjoy complimentary lessons, tournaments, and courts with amazing top-deck views.

Play the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. with Holland America Line, the exclusive cruise line partner of the Professional Pickleball Association. All our cruise ships feature pickleball courts with amazing top-deck views. The equipment and courts are available for a match anytime, so long as the weather allows. Frequent pickler? Join a pickleball tournament at sea and put your dink shot to the test. Hesitant amateur? Learn the basics at complimentary beginner’s lessons, starting in spring 2023. Commemorative starter kits will soon be available in our retail shops — purchase as gifts for avid players or as souvenirs, so that you can always look back on your pickleball cruise memories.

Kids ages 3 to 17 can enjoy an array of activities. Registration required for children under 13.

Holland America Line's youth activities program, Kids Club, offers an array of entertaining events for kids and teens ages 3-17, supervised by a full-time, professionally trained staff. They'll have an opportunity to join other kids their age for arts and crafts, sports, video game competitions, scavenger hunts, challenging team games and themed parties. Note: Kids Club is not offered on cruises of 25-days or longer, including all Legendary and Grand Voyages. We will offer a selection of children’s activities throughout these longer voyages for any children who may be onboard.

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Baja's Bounty: Wildlife Discovery in the Sea of Cortez

February 10 - 17, 2024

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Stocked with supplies and a bountiful sense of adventure, follow Steinbeck’s path into the protected waters of Cousteau’s “world’s aquarium” in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Crystal clear water abounds near the shorelines, fringed by red desert bluffs. Sail among the islands, once explored by the conquistadors searching for black pearls. Learn about the impressive geologic forces that created these picturesque islands. Explore by kayak and paddleboard, keeping your eyes peeled for sea life, or enjoy leisurely beachcombing with the sand between your toes. Islands of the Sea of Cortez are much like the Galapagos, a textbook for the study of speciation, which we see in lizards, plant life, and right from the start at Cabo, with some of Baja’s endemic birds including Belding’s Yellowthroat, Gray Thrasher, and Xantus’s Hummingbird. Active exploration, turquoise water and snorkeling, and a menagerie of seabirds and other wildlife await you on this exciting Sea of Cortez nature cruise! Talk to us about a possible pre-extension all-day birding trip to see the Baja endemics.

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Tour Highlights

  • Watch for whales, Mobula rays, dolphins, and birds
  • Witness courtship rituals of nesting Brown and Blue-footed Boobies
  • Hike, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff
  • Burro ride into arroyos with local rancheros
  • Search for Gray Whales at Baja Magdalena
  • Snorkel with Sea Lion pups and colorful reef fish; on land be dazzled by Xantus's Hummingbird
  • Enjoy the convenience of flying in and out of Los Cabos International Airport

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Trip Itinerary

Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary may occur to account for weather, road conditions, closures, etc. and to maximize your experience.

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Sat., Feb. 10 : San José del Cabo | La Paz—Embarkation

Welcome to Baja, Mexico! You are met today upon arrival at the Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo and transferred to our hospitality area. We are then joined by the cruise’s expedition team for an overland orientation transfer to La Paz, getting our group acquainted with the dramatically beautiful Baja landscape and the week of adventure that lies ahead. As we board our ship, the Safari Voyager, the captain and crew welcome you aboard with a cocktail before a kick-off dinner with your new mates.

Sun., Feb. 11 : Gulf of California Biosphere Reserve

Today is a perfect introduction to life at sea, settling into a tucked-away, remote beach like Bonanza or Ayla in the beautiful gulf. Our boat’s expedition team is at the ready with more adventurous options to choose from - kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, or beachcombing. Or, simply relax without worry of any other beachgoers from surrounding busy beaches. We keep watch for Brown and Blue-footed Booby, Magnificent Frigatebird, and the endemic Yellow-footed Gull. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that inhabit them.

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Mon., Feb. 12 : Bahía Agua Verde

At Bahía Agua Verde, stunningly clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Today we explore the coast by small skiff, keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife, the ever-present Osprey nesting on sea stacks, and different species of cormorants and terns. Mobula Rays may be taking that leap of faith as they rocket out of the water, landing belly first back into the sea. We then visit with a local ranchero and his family before we take to the canyons and mountains on a mule ride to experience the “real Baja.” Today’s scenic vistas, outstanding exploration by boat and by hoof, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie make for a perfect day.

Tues., Feb. 13 : Isla San Francisco

Today we begin our explorations in a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach. What a treat to kick off your adventure with a day of play?this is a vacation, after all. Don a snorkel and some flippers and get to know the colorful and bountiful sea life, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike along the red bluffs, grab a paddle and explore by kayak, or just relax on the beach with the sand between your toes…the choice is yours! The rugged beauty of Isla San Francisco makes it an ideal spot for escapades. Today, and throughout the duration of the cruise, we are on the lookout for the different whale species that call this sea home. Fin, Bryde’s, Pilot, Gray, and Sperm Whales are some of the larger whales we hope to see, while large numbers of different dolphin species make their presence known, riding the bow waves. If you choose to go ashore, we look for the Isla San Francisco Whiptail Lizard, found no other place in the world! Tonight, we enjoy a delicious dinner as we watch the sun set.

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Wed., Feb. 14 : Marine Life Search in Magdalena Bay

We defer to our on-board naturalists today, and depending on conditions and recent activity, we either visit Magdalena Bay for Gray Whales or Bahía de la Paz for Whale Sharks. The Gray Whales arrive each year on Baja’s west coast—migrating more than 12,000 miles—to calve in Bahía Magdalena. If Gray Whales are the day’s excursion, we dock in Puerto Escondido, then drive across the peninsula to ride in a panga and witness these remarkable mammals and their babies in the lagoon. Those going ashore watch for wintering warblers, vireos, and sparrows use these islands as winter retreats.

Thurs., Feb. 15 : Los Islotes | Isla Partida

At Los Islotes, a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea, we observe a Sea Lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young Sea Lion pups. After a lively morning, we heave anchor and set sail for Isla Partida for an afternoon of water play or island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos.

Fri., Feb. 16 : Isla Espíritu Santo

Today we quietly tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. We spend our last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under our feet on a beach walk, investigating nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or exploring a little further afield on a guided hike. We are accompanied by the ever-present frigatebirds patrolling the skies. Watching these pirates of the air sometimes gives us an alert to the presence of flying fish or maybe a feeding frenzy replete with dolphins, whales, and seabirds. The Sea of Cortez is one of the world’s best for marine mammals and we should have plenty of photographic opportunities. Sea Lions are abundant here and snorkeling with these agile swimmers gives you ample and up close views as they blast through their watery home. Tonight we celebrate our lovely week at this evening’s special farewell dinner with an entertaining slideshow by your expedition team.

Sat., Feb. 17 : La Paz | San José—Disembark

After breakfast, it’s “adios” La Paz, as you disembark the vessel and transfer back to San José del Cabo for flights home.

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Cost of the Journey

The cost of the cruise is $6500 (Navigator Cabin) – $7100 (Trailblazer Cabin) per person based on double occupancy, plus a $495 port tax/fee per person. Single occupancy is available at $11,400 (Navigator) – $12,500 (Trailblazer). Other cabins may be available. Please inquire. The tour cost includes 7 nights aboard the Safari Voyager, all meals onboard the voyage including alcoholic beverages, all excursions with professional guides, and miscellaneous program expenses, transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness amenities: fitness equipment and yoga mats. Not included is the round-trip flight to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The tour cost does not include items of a personal nature such as telephone charges or optional activities. We recommend a gratuity for local guides and the ship crew, which is left to the discretion of each participant; guidelines will be provided, usually around $250 per participant.

Please note:  Cruise payments are subject to the terms and conditions of the cruise company, UnCruise Adventures, we contract with and may be fully non-refundable. These terms and conditions are primary over those of Naturalist Journeys.

Naturalist Journeys’ Added Value: Why cruise with Naturalist Journeys? First and foremost, it doesn’t cost you more to cruise with us. You pay the same rate you would if you booked directly through the operator. That’s where the perks come in! When you book with Naturalist Journeys, you’re part of a group. We send a leader with you who adds excellent hosting and interpretation skills, and facilitates group interaction. We also send you a species list and trip report once the trip is over. So really, you get the benefit of a small-group guide without the added cost!

Please plan to make air travel plans only after the minimum group size has been met. We will send you a confirmation email as soon as the trip has been confirmed.

Arrival and Departure Airport: The airport for this cruise is Los Cabos International (SJD). 

Arrival Details: Please plan flights to arrive by 2:30 PM on February 10, 2024. 

Departure Details: Please plan flights to depart after 1:00 PM on February 17, 2024. We STRONGLY recommend you arrive the night before — you don’t want to miss the boat!

Browse below for trip reports and species lists from past versions of this and other tours from this destination.

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Kelly has worked with Naturalist Journeys since 2011. She assists our lead guides on trips to Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Death Valley, the Eastern Sierras, California’s Central Coast, Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, Utah’s National Parks, Belize and the Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago. Kelly enjoys the outdoors, travel, nature, wildlife, and working with people. Kelly is a licensed wildlife rehabber and educator for Pacific Wildlife Care in San Luis Obispo county, and is a founding member of the organization. She is also the Owner/Broker of Central Coast Property Sales. She and her husband Art own a ranch in Cayucos on California’s Central Coast, where they live with their large menagerie of birds and mammals, both wild and domestic. When not traveling, Art and Kelly welcome guests to find peace and quiet on their ranch in their B and B guest house.

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Essential Information +

This information is important for being prepared for your journey; we want you to have the best experience possible. If you only read one section, this one is key!

Ahead of Your Tour

  • Make sure your passport is in good condition and valid at time of entry into Mexico.  No Visas are required for U.S. citizens for the length of this stay in Mexico. If you are from another country, please contact the Embassy of Mexico website for guidelines.
  • Please check current CDC recommendations for travel to Mexico and consult with your doctor about general travel vaccinations you should have as precaution for travel. See the “Health and Inoculations” section below.
  • Travel insurance in case of serious medical emergency is strongly recommended. Full health coverage and repatriation is available through Allianz Travel Insurance .
  • Make your international flight reservations in and out of Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) in San Jos e del Cabo. Please provide Naturalist Journeys with your flight information.
  • Soft sided luggage/duffel bags are easiest for packing the vans. Pack essential medications in your carry-on luggage, as well as one day of clothing and optics in case of luggage delay.

Arriving into Los Cabos International (SJD)

In case of delay on embarkation day, please contact our operator’s Seattle office during these hours: 6:00-5:00 PST/Monday-Friday; 7:00-5:00 PST/ Saturday; 8:00-4:00 PST/ Sunday at 888-862-8881. In Mexico and/or after hours, call: 907-957-3501. You may also contact our office (the number will be on your emergency contact list).

Your arrival airport is Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) in San Jos e? del Cabo. After deplaning, you will pass through Immigration and Customs at the airport. Your international tourist permit will be stamped by immigration officials, you will pick up your luggage, and you will make a customs declarations (forms are usually provided in flight by the airlines.) Hang on to your tourist permit for the duration of the trip. Upon departure, immigration officials will ask to see it. A lost or stolen tourist permit should always be replaced before leaving México.

As you exit the customs/baggage claim area into the air terminal, you will be met by cruise representatives and transferred to the cruise hospitality area. The cruise’s expedition team will join you for an overland orientation transfer to La Paz, introducing you to the beautiful Baja landscape and preparing you for the week of adventure ahead. As you board our ship, crew members will transfer your luggage while the captain and crew welcome you aboard with a cocktail before dinner.

Please check the Travel Details section of this tour for additional information and updates.

Departures from Los Cabos International (SJD)

Plan to depart from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) on flights out after 1:30 PM. There will be group transfers to the airport based on departing flight times.

Passports, Visas & Documents

A valid passport book is required to enter Mexico. You must have a passport valid at the time on entry into Mexico. Please check your expiration date carefully! We advise having at least one blank passport page per entry stamp. U.S. citizens attempting to enter Mexico at an airport with a U.S. passport card only may be denied entry. If you are from another country, please contact the Mexican embassy website for guidelines.

It is always smart to check for changes 60-90 days before tour departs but at the time of writing, a tourist visa is not required for U.S. citizens for length of this stay. If you are from another country, please contact the Mexican embassy website for guidelines.Information for U.S. citizens can be found at:  travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Mexico.html .

As a precaution for lost or misplaced documents you carry on your person during travel, we highly recommend you keep hard and digital backup copies on your phone (either photo or PDF scan), as well as a hard copy left with your emergency contact at home. The recommended important documents to copy include, but are not limited to; your passport ID page, travel visa, the front and back of your credit card(s), the airline barcode on your luggage. This will greatly expedite getting new ones if necessary – we hope everyone will always keep travel documents close so that losing them will not be an issue.

General Health & Inoculations Information– Be Prepared!

We will share your health information with your guide. This information will be kept confidential but is very important as we want to be best prepared in case of medical emergency. 

Anti-malarial drugs are not required for any area that you visit. There are occasional reports of Dengue Fever in lower elevation areas, for which there is no vaccine. Dengue fever, Zika, and other diseases are contacted by mosquito bites so be sure to use mosquito repellant containing DEET or Picaridin. Travelers can reduce their risk of disease by protecting themselves from mosquito bites in lower elevation areas by using protective clothing.

Vaccinations: Bring your up-to-date vaccination records with you. At the time of writing there were no required vaccinations to enter Mexico, however, the CDC recommends that all travelers be up to date with routine vaccinations and basic travel vaccines (such as Hepatitis A and Typhoid) before traveling to any destination. Please check with your doctor for recommendations at least 4-6 weeks before departing on your trip. The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website is helpful or you may contact them by phone at (800) CDC-INFO or (800) 232-4636.

Prescriptions and Allergies: It is a good idea to pack any meds you take regularly in your carry-on luggage.   Bring an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses. Bring an adequate supply of any prescription medications you use, a copy of the prescription and a list of generic names of your medicines as “back-up” in case it is necessary to purchase drugs while abroad. You’ll want to keep medications in their original, labeled containers.   It is also recommended to carry with you an up-to-date record of known allergies, chronic medical problems and Medic Alerts so that, if necessary, emergency treatment can be carried out without endangering your health.

Common Ailments: We recommend that you bring a travel-sized first aid kit and a supply of standard over-the-counter medications for common ailments (such as upset stomach, headache, motion sickness, diahhrea, minor scrapes, bug bites, etc.).

Weather & Climate

The southern part of the Baja Peninsula has warm winters and hot summers with occasional refreshing breezes. The coast of the Sea of Cortez generally has warmer temperatures than the Pacific coast. Los Cabos receives an annual average rainfall of 10 inches, which falls mostly in September and October.

Cruising Philosophy

The vessel’s intimate size allows access to secluded passages, coves, and wilderness areas—allowing for spontaneity and the ability to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. A day's schedule may change to improve your experience when wildlife presents itself or there is a desire to explore an area beyond a certain period of time. Your Captain and Expedition Leader will keep you informed.

Throughout your voyage, activities such as guided hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, small skiff rides, and nature walks excursions are available. You should be able to comfortably walk distances of at least 1/2-mile at a time. It is always your choice whether to participate in the activities, relax on the beach, or kickback on board with a book and margarita.

A certain amount of agility is necessary when boarding your expedition vessel and kayaks, motorized skiffs, or hiking over exposed vegetation and rocks on trails. Some walks are on uneven terrain, which are sometimes slippery with rocks. Footwear with good traction and support is essential. We also keep hiking poles on board which you are welcome to use any time.

All activity equipment is provided. Kayaks, paddleboards, snorkeling gear (fins and masks), and wet suits are available on board for guest use. Sorry, scuba diving is not permitted from the vessel.

Food & Drinks

On the mainland ahead and after the voyage, you should drink bottled water. On the cruise, the vessel filters its own water on board so there should be no concerns about its safety. Complimentary refillable water bottles are provided in each cabin for your use ; this helps enormously to cut down on the use of plastics.

While on board, meals and all premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included at no additional charge. A good selection is available. Charges apply only for super premium wines and spirits. Specific meal times and daily entrée choices will be announced on board.

You can keep a shipboard account for additional drink charges, for gratuities to staff and crew, and for any gear our souvenirs purchased. They accept credit cards (all major varieties) for payment.

Packing, Clothing & Laundry

There are no guest laundry facilities on board. We suggest bringing a small line (or dental floss will work), some clothespins, and soap.

Please, pack light. We are serious about this – you just do not need much to cope with tropical life! Please do not bring anything more than you must. Lay out your hopeful things to take and then do a serious paring down!

TRAVEL TIP: Imagine NOT getting your suitcase. Wear your most important shoes for the field and have one day’s clothing change (including a change of underwear!). And please do not pack any essential medications, or your vital optics, in your checked luggage!

Spending Money

The official currency in Mexico is the Peso. US dollar is accepted but not everywhere. We advise you carry a mix of different types of payments, such as cash, an ATM card, and a credit card. For the current exchange rate, please refer to an online converter tool like www.xe.com , or your bank. U.S. dollars in good condition (no rips or tears) are taken as a form of payment but shopping for smaller handicrafts may necessitate using local currency. Bring large U.S. bills ($50 or $100) that will give you the better rate when exchanging to local currency.

When using the ATM to withdrawal cash, keep in mind it might only accept cards from local banks or not allow cash advances on credit cards. Many U.S. banks charge a fee of $1 - $5 each time you use a foreign ATM. Others may charge you a percentage of the amount you withdraw. Check with your bank before departure. You must become familiar with how to use your ATM card and PIN number ahead of the journey.

We suggest you have more than one card available, if possible. You may want to bring more than one brand of card (VISA and Mastercard are commonly accepted; American Express is less common). You can use credit cards at lodges to pay your bar and gift tabs. Not every shop will accept every card. Some smaller shops and restaurants, or taxis require cash, so it is always a good idea to ask before making a purchase. Also, we recommend that you advise your bank or credit card company that you will be traveling abroad to avoid questions, card freezes, or charges. If you have a choice of cards, bring one with no foreign exchange fees.

Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted. They can be difficult to exchange. We do not advise you use them.

Tipping is optional and completely at your discretion. If you would like to show our appreciation to your guides, the ship crew or anyone associated with this tour, it is entirely appropriate. Know that they appreciate anything you care to give and of course you can do more if you wish! We hope that you will be pleased with all professional services.

Here is a standard suggestion for tipping on birding trips:

  • Gratuities for group meals are included
  • Birding tour guide: US $10.00 - $15.00 per day per guest Note: If there is more than one guide, this can be split among them, so that is a total, per person, per day
  • Transfer (airport shuttle) driver: US $2.00 - $3.00 per person

Gratuities will be shared among your onboard crew and are paid at the end of your cruise. Our operator recommends $250 per week per guest ($35/day per guest). Gratuities can be added to your tab along with any onboard purchases. For travel in the U.S., gratuities may be paid by cash (USD), check, travelers’ check, or credit card.

Cell Phones & Internet Service

The ship is equipped with communication devices designed to conduct the ship's business and for emergency purposes but wifi is not available for passenger use. Cell phones sometimes work near more populated areas. A satellite phone is available on the bridge of each ship for emergency use at additional cost.

In an emergency, family and friends can call 888-862-8881 Monday-Friday 6:00 am-6:00 pm or Saturday 7:00 am-4:00 pm.

On the mainland, please check with your wireless provider to see if your phone and service will work in your destination country. If your phone can connect to Wi-Fi, you may be able to make voice and video calls free of charge. Please contact your cell phone provider for further details. Another option if you have access to Wi-Fi, is to use smartphone apps like Skype, WhatsApp, or Viber to send text messages, and make voice calls, or video calls. Many smartphones, tablets, or laptops come with one of these apps pre-installed or you can download for free. If bringing a laptop or tablet, get a good dustcover to protect it at all times.

Make sure if you do NOT want to use your cell phone that you turn off your cellular data. You could incur huge charges if you are not on Wi-Fi. Putting your phone in airplane mode if you mainly use it for photos will save the battery as well.

Electricity

Mexico plugs are 110 volts AV (60 cycles), as they are in the U.S. and Canada. You will not need a power plug adapter if you are using U.S. or Canadian plugs. Mexican socket types are type A and B. We recommend you bring a 3 to 2 prong adaptor just in case type B sockets are not available. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/us/mexico/ .

Baja California Sur, Mexico uses Mountain Standard time in the winter and Mountain Daylight Time in summer. A great website for local times is www.timeanddate.com .

Please contact Naturalist Journeys by email at [email protected] or telephone at our office: (520) 558-1146 or toll free: (866) 900-1146 if you have any questions. Many thanks for traveling with us and we hope you enjoy your journey!

Pace & Protocols +

Pace of the tour & what to expect.

You will receive a Schedule-at-a-Glance and list of hotels (our eContact List) a few weeks before your departure. This will serve as an outline for each day and alert you to any recent changes made in the schedule or to our hotels, if needed.

Our journeys are set up to follow the rhythm of nature. Our focus is on birding and nature; we offer full, well-planned field days and often get up early for that magical time around dawn. We generally follow the published itinerary, but we stay flexible to the weather, wildlife opportunities and the interests of the group. Your guide will keep you apprised of the next day’s schedule at each evening meal, noting what to bring and what to prepare for. Questions and/or concerns are welcome.

The pace of our Naturalist Journeys tours is moderate; to fully participate you should be able to get in and out of vehicles several times a day, and walk 1-3 miles over uneven terrain.  It is important to participate with a flexible attitude as adjustments may be made in our schedule to make the most of our time in the field or for other purposes at your guide's discretion. We are not a “listing” bird company that drills down on target species, but at times we do wait for those special species unique to the places we visit. During the day, we take time to stop for photos and for educational opportunities to learn about conservation projects, landscapes, and geology. We appreciate other taxa as well as birds, with mammals often the biggest draw but plants and butterflies are also very popular. Our clients often lend their own expertise to the mix.

We like to make meals a fun and memorable part of the experience, too. Breakfasts are often at hotels, and we carry snacks, fruit, and water in the vans each day. Lunches are a mix of picnics in the field (weather dependent) and a chance to dine with locals at small cafes and restaurants. For dinner, we pride ourselves in our homework to keep up with the best choices for dining, choosing restaurants with atmosphere that specialize in local foods. On occasion we keep dinner simple to go back out in the field for sunset wildlife viewing or night walks. In some remote locations, our choices are limited. If you are tired, room service for dinner may be an option you can choose.

Naturalist Journeys International Trips: Guide Role

Naturalist Journeys supports ecotourism and the development of excellent local guides. Once we know our international partners and guides well, we can send out small groups working directly with these trusted partners, adding a Naturalist Journeys guide to assist the local expert when we have a group of 6-7 or more. This helps us keep your costs down while retaining tour quality. The local guide is your main guide. You can expect your Naturalist Journeys guide to be well-researched and often they are experienced in the destination, but their role is not to be primary, it is to help to organize logistics, help you find birds, mammals, and interesting other species in the field, keep reports, help facilitate group interactions, and to keep the trip within Naturalist Journeys' style. Local guides live in the countries we travel to, know the destinations intimately, and are often the strongest force for conservation in their countries. They open many doors for us to have a rich experience.

Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle or in any situation where the group is participating in an activity together, such as a vehicle excursion or a guided walk. Please respect all designated smoking areas at hotels and restaurants.

Transportation

As a courtesy to each other, we ask that all travelers please rotate seating. On international trips we may all be in one small bus, on some trips we are in vans, particularly the roomy Sprinter Vans when available. Some areas require us to be in smaller 4-wheel drive or safari vehicles. Rotation allows you to sit with different drivers and alternate front and back seating.

Photo Release & Sharing

We take many group photos and will share photos with the group. And after your tour, we will organize a chance to share photos via Dropbox or Google Photos. Please note that this is our policy and if you prefer to be excluded, we need to know ahead of your tour.

By registering for this tour, you agree to grant to Naturalist Journeys and its authorized representatives’ permission to record on photography film and/or video, pictures of my participation in the tour. You further agree that any or all of the material photographed may be used, in any form, as part of any future publications, brochure, or other printed materials used to promote Naturalist Journeys, and further that such use shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation.

Travel Insurance

You are traveling in remote areas. Naturalist Journeys strongly recommends you have full medical and evacuation insurance from a company such as  Allianz , for all international travel. If you do not have medical coverage or evacuation coverage on your existing travel insurance policy or for some reason elected not to take that out, we advise getting an evacuation plan with Global Rescue ,  World Nomads , Medjet , Allianz (they can do evacuation only) or a similar company. These plans are typically $300-$400 for a year for multiple destinations. This coverage may be a part of a larger Travel Insurance policy but can also be purchased on its own.

Please contact Naturalist Journeys by email at [email protected] or telephone our office: (520) 558-1146 or toll free: (866) 900-1146 if you have any questions. Many thanks for traveling with us and we hope you enjoy your journey.

Packing List +

The following items will be provided.

  • Adventure gear including mask/snorkel/fins/wet suits & yoga mats
  • Two robes, hairdryer, towels, shampoo, conditioner & body wash per cabin
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Reef-safe sunscreen

Please pack light!

Soft luggage is much easier for us to pack than a more rigid hard sided piece, so if you have the choice, please use your soft luggage.   Be sure to have your name and address on the inside of the bag, as well as on the luggage tag on the handle.   It is our hope that you can pack in one checked suitcase that does not exceed 45 pounds.   Be sure to pack your personal medication, airline tickets, passport, binoculars, camera, and other essential items in your carry-on bag. You will want a day pack for field trips, so this makes an ideal carry-on. Please reconfirm your airline’s baggage weight and size restrictions about a week or so before departure.

Dress is comfortable and informal throughout the trip. Dressing in layers is the best way to be comfortable. Lightweight long sleeve shirts and long pants make ideal field clothing as they are more protective from sun and vegetation.   But if you like to wear them, by all means bring some shorts.   Also, choose clothing you don’t mind getting dirty or muddy and things that are comfortable and easy.

Note on clothing colors and insect repellent: We recommend muted colors of tan, brown, khaki, grey or green, as they are spotted less easily than white or bright colors, though camouflage clothing is not recommended. It is possible to purchase field clothing permeated with insect repellent, such as Craghoppers Insect Shield  collection. Another approach is to purchase Permethrin spray (online or from REI) to treat your field clothing and socks before your departure.

Clothing & Gear

  • Lightweight or convertible hiking pants, 1-2 pair
  • Shorts, shirts/dresses 2-3
  • Lightweight long-sleeved shirts, 2-3
  • T-shirts, sleeveless and short-sleeved or equivalent, 2-3
  • Comfortable clothes for evening (a cleaner version of your field clothes)
  • Personal underclothing (consider what dries quickly if you plan to do laundry)
  • Socks – lightweight, easy to wash and dry, and long enough to tuck your pants to help protect from chiggers
  • Comfortable walking shoes (such as tennis shoes), deck shoes
  • Sturdy walking shoes/day hikers
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Water socks or water shores for wet landings
  • Lightweight hooded rain/wind jacket
  • Fleece or hooded jacket or pullover/sweater for windy evenings on deck
  • Hat with broad brim
  • Bandana (optional, great for cooling off when hot and sweaty)
  • Long-sleeve rash guard/sun-shirt
  • Bathing suit and (optional) beach cover up

Equipment & Miscellaneous

  • Airline tickets or e-ticket verification
  • Passport, visa (if required), travel insurance info, money & credit cards.
  • A secure pouch to carry the items above on your person at all times (such as a secure, under-clothing document pouch)
  • As a backup: copies of all the above (phone and/or paper) packed in a separate location than on your person, plus a set given to your emergency contact at home as a backup. For passport, copy of the  ID and entry stamp pages.
  • Small daypack or fanny pack for carrying your field gear
  • Dry bag for camera, binoculars, snacks, etc. (optional but strongly recommended)
  • Small flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Sunscreen/Chapstick and waterproof sunblock
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Insect repellent (containing DEET)
  • Toiletry articles
  • Spotting scope and tripod (optional – guide will have them)
  • Camera and extra batteries/chargers, memory cards, lens cleaning supplies and your instruction    manual, safety lanyard.
  • Paddling gloves (optional – for kayaking)
  • Snorkel, mask and flippers (optional if you prefer to use your own)
  • Notebook and pen or journal (optional)
  • Field guides (optional)
  • Heavy-gauge gallon-size ziplock bags for keeping possessions dry

WE DO NOT RECOMMEND TRAVELING WITH PRECIOUS OR VALUABLE JEWELRY – don’t tempt anyone and don’t bring things you’d regret losing - your mind will be at ease!

Medical & First Aid Items

  • Heath insurance and vaccination information (kept in personal pouch with other travel documents)
  • Personal medications (and copy of vital prescriptions)
  • Motion sickness preventatives if likely to be needed on bus, van drives, etc.
  • Personal first aid kit and medications for general ailments
  • Copy of eyeglass prescription, medical prescriptions, vaccination records, and any medical alerts
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts
  • Band-aids, moleskin to protect against blisters
  • Hand sanitizer in small container

Suggested Reading List +

There are many titles of interest for Mexico the following are a few that we have enjoyed that can get you started.

Merlin App – Mexico Pack . A phone-based birding app from Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology. Before departing the U.S., download the app for free , then from within the app, download the “pack” for Mexico.

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America

Mexico - Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Field Guides

Birds of Mexico and Central America

Baja California Plant Field Guide  

Sea of Cortez Marine Invertebrates

Mexico Marine Guide Pacific Coast Sea of Cortez

Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast

Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama  

Mexico: Baja California Travel Reference Map

Roadside Geology and Biology of Baja California

Gray Whales: Wandering Giants

Field Guide to the Birds of North America

Natural History

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

The Forgotten Peninsula; A Naturalist in Baja California    

The Desert Islands of Mexico's Sea of Cortez

Telling our Way to the Sea; A Voyage of Discovery in the Sea of Cortez  

Eye of the Whale: Epic Passage from Baja to Siberia

History & Culture

Moon Handbook Baja

Into A Desert Place: A 3000 Mile Walk around the Coast of Baja California

Almost an Island: Travels in Baja California

Spanish Lingo for the Savvy Gringo  

Fiction  

King of the Moon: A Novel of Baja California

The Pearl. John Steinbeck

There is a good selection of books available for sale at visitors’ centers, and your guide will also have a selection of reference books and materials for participants to share. As an Amazon Associate, Naturalist Journeys earns from qualifying purchases, and may get commissions for purchases made through links on this page at no added cost to you.

Useful Links +

Mexican State of Baja California Sur

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baja_California_Sur

Baja and Sea of Cortez General Information

  • https://www.worldwildlife.org/ecoregions/na1301

San José del Cabo

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jos%C3%A9_del_Cabo

Isla San Francisco

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isla_San_Francisco

Wildlife, Nature & Biology

Sea of Cortez - A large natural biodiversity aquarium

  • https://entireocean.com/2020/05/17/a-large-natural-biodiversity-aquarium-the-sea-of-cortez/

“The Sea of Cortez” – A very interesting paper outlining “one of the world’s most biologically rich subtropical seas, the Gulf of California”

  • https://fire.biol.wwu.edu/trent/alles/Sea_of_Cortez.pdf

Sea of Cortez Fish Identification

  • https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/2422
  • https://www.mexfish.com/fish/fish.htm

Endemic Animals of Baja California

  • https://animalia.bio/endemic-lists/region/endemic-animals-of-baja-california

California Sea Lion

  • https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/california-sea-lion

Snorkeling with California Sea Lions in Baja (YouTube video)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvF3WZUfolI

Nat Geo Article – Get Up Close with Wildlife of Magdalena Bay

  • https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/find-see-gray-whales-magdalena-bay-baja-trip

Gray Whale – See other news articles on this website about the endangerment of the Gray Whale

  • https://www.marinemammalcenter.org/animal-care/learn-about-marine-mammals/cetaceans/gray-whale

Vaquita – the world’s smallest, and most endangered cetacean

  • https://www.marinemammalcenter.org/animal-care/learn-about-marine-mammals/cetaceans/vaquita

Birding Baja California Sur

  • https://fatbirder.com/world-birding/north-america/united-mexican-states/free-and-sovereign-state-of-baja-california-sur/

Baja California Sur Checklist – select your animal

  • https://www.inaturalist.org/check_lists/9190-Baja-California-Sur-Check-List

Amphibians and Reptiles of Mexico

  • https://www.inaturalist.org/lists/84594-Amphibians-and-Reptiles-of-Mexicos-Check-List?page=1

Conservation, Parks & Reserves

Islands and Protected Areas of the Sea of Cortez (UNESCO)

  • https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1182

Gulf of California Biosphere Reserve

  • https://en.unesco.org/biosphere/lac/islas-golfo-california

Conservation in Baja California – Wildcoast.org

  • https://wildcoast.org/what-we-do/wildlands/

Terra Peninsular Article – “18 Years of Conservation for Baja California

  • https://terrapeninsular.org/en/18-years-of-conservation-for-baja-california/

  “Protecting the Baja Peninsula” – Article by National Resources Defense Council

  • https://www.nrdc.org/resources/protecting-baja-peninsula

“Project – Baja California’s Pacific and the Sea of Cortez” – Article by PewTrusts.org

  • https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/pew-bertarelli-ocean-legacy-baja-californias-pacific-and-the-sea-of-cortez

Geology & Geography

Geology of Baja California Peninsula

  • https://math.ucr.edu/~ftm/bajaPages/Geology.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baja_California_peninsula#Geology

Geography of Baja California Peninsula

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baja_California_peninsula#Geography

Geography of Mexico

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Mexico

A Brief History of Baja California (History Channel)

  • https://www.history.com/topics/mexico/baja-california

Cultural Anthropology in Baja

  • https://www.sandiegoarchaeology.org/Laylander/Baja/cultural1.htm

Helpful Travel Websites

Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)

  • https://www.aeropuertosgap.com.mx/es/los-cabos.html

National Passport Information Center

  • https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html

Homeland Security Real ID Act

  • https://www.dhs.gov/real-id

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

  • https://www.tsa.gov

ATM Locator

  • https://www.visa.com/atmlocator/
  • https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/personal/get-support/find-nearest-atm.html

Foreign Exchange Rates

  • https://www.xe.com/

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • https://www.cbp.gov/travel

U.S. Department of State International Travel Information - Mexico

  • https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Mexico.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Mexico

  • https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/mexico?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001

Canada Travel Advice and Advisories - Mexico

  • https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/mexico

Travel Health Pro (UK) - Mexico

  • https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/147/mexico

Electricity and Plugs - Mexico

  • https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/mexico/

Date, Time, and Holidays - Mexico

  • https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/mexico/san-jose-del-cabo
  • https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/mexico/

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Planning Ahead: Must-Book 2024 Cruise Itineraries

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Ready to chart your course for 2024? You’ve come to the right place, and your timing is right on— just like your impeccable sense of adventure! Whether you’re dreaming of joining our new ship on her maiden voyage or planning a multi-day getaway that’ll use up those hard-earned vacation days, the cruise planning party has officially begun. Book early and start taking your pick of the best dates, most in-demand excursions, comfiest staterooms and dreamiest destinations.

What Carnival’s Ships Are Up To in 2024

Wondering what our incredible fun fleet is up to this year? Join us for a rundown of 2024 Carnival cruises and top highlights from our ships, coming your way this year!

First up we’ve got Carnival Firenze , bringing the fiesta to the Mexican Riviera beginning in spring 2024. Departing from the sunny shores of Long Beach, picture yourself sipping margaritas and soaking up sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and Pacific sunshine any time of year.

Next on deck is Carnival Legend , using the new year to make big waves in Europe. From the Mediterranean to the Greek Islands, Western Europe, the British Isles, and even Iceland— this ship will turn your summer Eurodreams into a reality. For even more European and global fun, check out our expanded Carnival Journeys for 2024 . This unique series of longer, 9+ day sailings takes passengers to less-traveled destinations like Australia, Hawaii, Greenland and Canada, with special shipboard activities to enrich every moment of your unique vacation experience. 

Feelin’ a bit frosty? Carnival Spirit’s got you covered with Alaskan adventures . Glacier-gazing, whale-watching, breathtaking hikes and maybe a friendly moose or two are just the beginning—Alaska’s the place to be, and this is your ticket.

But wait, there’s more! Much like the vikings, Carnival Pride is taking a detour to Greenland. Get ready to explore the land of icebergs, Norsemen and the Northern Lights in more epic ways than ever before. 

Last but not least, Carnival Radiance is heating things up with more sailings to the tropical paradise of Hawaii. Sun, sand and surf await you on this cruise through the Pacific Ocean to the Aloha State. If you’re up for a longer voyage, Carnival Panorama has itineraries for you with transpacific trips that’ll have you crossing the ocean like a true explorer. 

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Choose Even More Fun

Carnival continues to be known for delivering fun, and this year we’re taking it to the next level. Check out some of the new onboard activities and entertainment we have up our sleeves for 2024:

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Turn Up the Heat with Emeril

Bam! Emeril Lagasse, our Chief Culinary Officer , threw down in the Carnival Kitchen and came out with a tasty new lineup of southern specialties. Get ready for a taste bud revolution and book early to grab a spot in this new program led by one of our culinary pros. Check out our dining page for even more delicious onboard eats!

Treat Your Taste Buds at The Chef’s Table VIP Experience

Did someone order the culinary experience of a lifetime? Let us introduce you to The Chef’s Table VIP multi-course dinner, featuring the onboard Executive Chef. From delectable hors d’oeuvres to world-class wine pairings, decadent desserts, and a feast of delicious delights in between, this is a foodie’s dream come true!

Explore Behind the Fun

This is for all you super cruise enthusiasts out there. Starting in 2024, you’ll be able to prebook our popular Behind the Fun “back of the house” tours! Make sure to secure your spot early to get an exclusive peek at the inner-workings of running a ship— limited to just 16 lucky passengers per cruise, this experience is expected to book up fast!

Stay Connected at Sea

Introducing North America’s first onboard 5G mobile connectivity, coming to the Carnival Jubilee early this year! Now that’s what we call high speed on the high seas

Transpacific or Transatlantic in 2024 – It’s Bucket List Trip Time!

We’re declaring 2024 the year of tackling your bucket list. What better time to plan a year-defining getaway than right now? Just imagine: you’re experiencing all the destinations you’ve dreamed of in undeniable style. Sailing the wide-open seas, soaking up epic sunsets, dancing the night away and enjoying yumminess from all around the world. Bonus? You only ever have to unpack once.

As such, we highly recommend treating yourself to a transpacific or transatlantic cruise this year! These limited cruises are the stuff of legends. Dive into pure bliss as you explore the jewels of the Pacific for 22 to 31 days , from the vibrant landscapes of Australia to the cultural wonders of Japan, the vibrant cityscape of Singapore to the pristine wilderness of Alaska. Feeling more like a European adventure? Hop on a transatlantic cruise to discover the allure of romantic Italy, the rich history of Spain, the volcanic wonders of the Azores and so much more.

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Last Minute 2024 Cruises – Mexico and The Bahamas

Fun fact: Travel Weekly selected Carnival for several honors in 2023 , including Best Short Itinerary and Best Domestic Cruise Line for the eighth year in a row! That means you always have the chance to book a getaway cruise you’ll never forget.

Just south of the border, Mexico is a great destination choice for anyone looking to escape the daily grind. On your way, you’ll also get the chance to explore and experience Catalina Island — a breathtaking locale just 22 miles from the California mainland. Once you’re back on board and headed for Mexico, kick back, look out for humpback whales in the azure waters, take a dance class, bask by the pool and explore dreamy ports of call.

With multiple dates on quick getaway cruises, Carnival is also your ticket to Bahamian bliss . Stroll through local markets, sink into powder-soft white sand, or conquer the sandstone marvel of Queen’s Staircase in Nassau . A little secret for forward-thinkers: starting in 2025 we invite you to add Celebration Key to your Bahamas adventure, Carnival’s exclusive island for ultimate fun in the sun.

So, what do you say? Let’s make this the year of turning daydreams into decked-out reality. Ready, set, cruise— 2024, here we come!

There’s no time like the present to start planning – check out our destinations and itineraries .

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9 new around-the-world cruises have joined Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise at sea. See what they're like — from a sold-out 6-month luxury cruise to a cheaper $21,100 option.

  • Nine new around-the-world cruises  have already set sail in 2024.
  • These ships joined Royal Caribbean's nine-month Ultimate World Cruise at sea.
  • Oceania said its 2024 world cruise sold out in 30 minutes.

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The Seven Seas just got a bit more crowded: Nine new world cruises have recently set sail, joining Royal Caribbean's ongoing Ultimate World Cruise in a quest to travel around the world in 2024.

TikTok has developed an obsession with Royal Caribbean's nine-month vacation . But it's not the only one of its kind — nor was it the most in-demand.

In 2021 and 2022, other operators also announced their global cruises, with one selling out 30 minutes after it was offered. Since the start of the new year, nine of these have already embarked. Take a look at which ones.

Oceania Cruises — the premium $48,500 six-month option

Oceania's 2024 world cruise was so hot that it sold out 30 minutes after reservations opened in March 2022, the premium cruise line said at the time.

After almost two years of waiting, these travelers finally set sail from Los Angeles on January 14. For the next 180 days, the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings subsidiary says the Insignia is set to sail to 96 ports in 34 countries.

The vessel is now on its way to Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Canada, according to its world cruise itinerary . This includes 24 expected overnight stays in destinations like Yangon, Myanmar, and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Oceania's cabins started at $48,500 per person.

Regent Seven Seas Seas Cruises — NCLH's $73,500 ultra-luxury 4 ½-month cruise

On January 6, the Seven Seas Mariner departed Miami on a roundtrip 132-night global expedition . Through May 17, the ship is set to stop at 66 ports in 31 countries — sailing to expected destinations in Central America, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Bermuda.

Fares started at $73,500 per person for Regent Seven Seas' basic suite . Too cheap? The most luxurious 2,000-square-foot accommodation had a $200,000-per-person price tag.

Like Oceania, these fares didn't stop travelers from flocking to the luxury cruise . The ship was fully reserved in less than three hours when bookings opened in July 2021, Regent Seven Seas said at the time.

Azamara — a private equity-owned $39,000, five-month sailing

Azamara's sold-out 2024 world cruise departed on January 5 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Over the next 155 nights, the Azamara Onward plans to stop in 40 countries across Central and South America, the Pacific islands, New Zealand and Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe before concluding in Barcelona.

There are 22 overnights scheduled throughout this world tour .

The private equity-owned cruise line's 2024 global adventure started at $39,000 per person for the windowless interior cabin. Travelers who prefer to cruise in luxury would've paid $157,000 per person for the highest-end suite.

Silversea Cruises — Royal Caribbean Group's $66,000 4 ½-month world cruise

Ultra-luxury Silversea's 2024 global vacation set sail on January 15 from San Francisco. Through May 26, the Silver Shadow is scheduled to see 65 ports in 14 countries.

Unlike most world cruise itineraries, this one is scheduled to spend most of its 132 nights traversing the Pacific Ocean, sailing to the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia, Southeast and East Asia, Alaska, and Canada before returning to San Francisco.

Silversea's fares started at $66,000 per person for the least expensive vista suite, cheaper than Regent Seven Seas' cruise of the same length.

Princess Cruises — Carnival Corp's almost four-month $21,100 vacation

On January 4, the Island Princess embarked on its 111-day world cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with a second pickup scheduled in Los Angeles on Thursday. From there, travelers are expected to get to see 51 destinations in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, and the Americas, according to the Carnival Corp brand.

Fares started at almost $21,100 per person.

Regret not going on Princess' world cruise? There's another chance: The cruise line's second 2024 global itinerary is sailing in late April.

Seabourn Cruise Line — Carnival Corp's almost 5-month $74,300 itinerary

It seems like every major cruise giant has an ultra-luxury brand. Carnival Corp's is Seabourn — and on January 11, the Seabourn Sojourn departed Los Angeles on a 145-day, 72-port, 28-country cruise.

The sailing is set to conclude in Piraeus, Greece, near Athens, on June 5. Along the way, the itinerary shows the Seabourn Sojourn traveling east to destinations like Hawaii, Australia, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Egypt, and Jordan.

The Sojourn is scheduled for 20 overnights in destinations like Cairns, Australia, and Honolulu.

Fares started at $74,300 per person.

Cunard — A 3 ½- and four-month cruise from Carnival Corp's UK-based operator

Luxury operator Cunard has two 2024 "world voyage" itineraries: 123 nights on the Queen Mary 2 and 107 nights on the Queen Victoria.

Queen Mary 2's four-month roundtrip New York City voyage departed on January 3, sailing east to 32 ports in the UK, Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East, according to its itinerary.

Eight days later, the Queen Victoria also began its 3 ½-month roundtrip Southhampton, UK journey. According to the UK-based operator, the ocean liner is set to sail west to 29 ports in Bermuda, Aruba, Central and North America, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Cunard did not immediately respond to Business Insider's inquiry about its fares.

Holland America Line — the four-month roundtrip Florida cruise

On January 3, Holland America Line's world cruise guests would've moved onto the Zuiderdam to spend the next 127 nights circumnavigating the globe, according to the operator's itinerary.

This roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Florida cruise is scheduled for 46 ports in the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Pacific Islands, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Holland America did not immediately respond to Business Insider's inquiry about the itinerary's fares.

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You can spend two months living on Oceania's premium cruise ship for $15,700 per person as it sails to 2 continents

  • Premium cruise line Oceania Cruises announced three new one-to-two-month extended cruises.
  • The Riviera itineraries are set to sail to Africa and Asia, starting at $4,400 per person for the one-month option.
  • Extended sailings — like Royal Caribbean's nine-month Ultimate World Cruise — have captivated travelers.

Travelers who've dreamt of living on a cruise ship could soon try out the lifestyle with a two-month sailing aboard Oceania Cruises' upscale 1,250-guest Riviera.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' premium brand this week announced its 12-year-old ship is set to embark on three new 2024 and 2025 itineraries in Africa and Asia. They range from 27 to 59 days.

And because it's Oceania, travelers will get to spend these one to two months at sea luxuriating in complimentary Champagne and specialty foods.

Giant cruise ships like Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas have captivated mass-market cruisegoers.

But these mega vessels' most astounding feature, their size, could also be their biggest limitation: Many are too large to fit into some ports.

This is where smaller cruise ships like Oceania's 785-foot-long Riviera fit in — literally

Instead of sailing to common cruise destinations like those in the Caribbean and Mexico, Oceania's three new itineraries are set to sail to less frequented ports in Africa and Asia.

The longest of the three itineraries, the 59-day Grand Voyage, is set to start in Barcelona on November 14. From there, the vessel is set to sail down West and South Africa, back north through Southeast Africa and its neighboring islands, east to South and Southeast Asia, and conclude in Singapore on January 12, 2025.

This two-month itinerary, which starts at $15,700 per person, is also set to include overnight stays in destinations like Walvis Bay, Namibia; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; and Male, Maldives.

If two months at sea sounds too long, the itinerary can also be booked in two segments.

The shortest 27-day "West Africa Rhythms" would follow the first half of the Grand Voyage's itinerary from Barcelona to Cape Town, South Africa.

The 32-day "Colonial Crowns" cruise would then sail the final leg from Cape Town to Singapore.

The former starts at $4,400 per person, while the latter will set travelers back $4,900.

These are lofty prices compared to itineraries with its parent company's more popular Norwegian Cruise Line.

But unlike the average cruise, guests on this one-to-two-month journey have access to Oceania's high-end complimentary amenities: alcohol, seven specialty dining venues , Bulgari toiletries, and, most importantly, WiFi.

Oceania will even book travelers' roundtrip flights at an additional cost.

Extended cruises have been skyrocketing in popularity, both in bookings and internet lore

Demand for longer cruises has been so prominent, that even ultra-luxury Regent Seven Seas' pricey monthslong world cruises had sold out in "record time" for five years in a row, the operator said in 2022.

(There are still several cabins left on its most recently announced 154-night 2026 itinerary, starting at a cool $96,600 per person.)

One ongoing extended cruise has even become an internet sensation: Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise .

Since the sailing embarked on December 10, 2023, " TravelTok " has been alight with videos about the nine-month cruise — and all of the onboard drama that could ensue.

You can spend two months living on Oceania's premium cruise ship for $15,700 per person as it sails to 2 continents

The World's Largest Cruise Ship Has 20 Decks, 7 Pools and Would Cover Almost 4 City Blocks

The world’s largest cruise ship is set to begin its maiden voyage from the Port of Miami

The World's Largest Cruise Ship Has 20 Decks, 7 Pools and Would Cover Almost 4 City Blocks

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FILE - The Icon of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, sits docked after arriving to its home port in Miami, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas is leaving South Florida on Saturday, Jan. 27, for its first seven-day island-hopping voyage through the tropics. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

MIAMI (AP) — The world's largest cruise ship — the size of almost four city blocks — is set to begin its maiden voyage Saturday as it leaves from the Port of Miami.

Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas runs nearly 1,200 feet (365 meters) from bow to stern.

The ship, which is leaving South Florida for its first seven-day island-hopping voyage through the tropics, was officially christened Tuesday with help from soccer legend Lionel Messi and his Inter Miami teammates.

“Icon of the Seas is the culmination of more than 50 years of dreaming, innovating and living our mission – to deliver the world’s best vacation experiences responsibly," Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty said earlier this week. “She is the ultimate multigenerational family vacation, forever changing the status quo in family travel and fulfilling vacation dreams for all ages on board.”

The ship sets sail as Royal Caribbean’s cruises are having a moment online. Since December, the company’s 9-month “Ultimate World Cruise” has captivated — and confused — a following of avid watchers on social media.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Gallery staff pose for photographs as "Untitled (No Comment) (2020) by Barbara Kruger is displayed at the Serpentine South Gallery on January 31, 2024 in London, England. The first solo institutional show in London in over 20 years by the American conceptual artist and collagist is on display at the Serpentine. The exhibit features her distinctive, short, impactful slogans borrowed from advertising, graphic design, and magazines, blown up across installations, moving image works, and soundscapes throughout the gallery. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Millions are following the journey through the eyes of the passengers, as they live and post their lives aboard a vessel they’ll be on for nearly a year. If it sounds like a reality show, that’s exactly what some watchers have turned it into.

When the Icon of the Seas was first revealed in October 2022, the ship spurred the single largest booking day and the highest volume booking week in Royal Caribbean’s then 53-year history, according to the cruise line.

The Icon of the Seas is divided into eight neighborhoods across 20 decks. The ship includes six waterslides, seven swimming pools, an ice skating rink, a theater and more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges. The ship can carry up to 7,600 passengers at maximum capacity, along with 2,350 crew members.

It is powered by six dual-fuel engines, which can be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), a fuel alternative that the Cruise Lines International Association says reduces sulfur and greenhouse gas emissions. However, some environmentalists worry LNG-powered ships increase methane emissions . Other say that vacationers generate eight times more carbon on a cruise than they do on land.

Royal Caribbean says every kilowatt used on the Icon of the Seas “is scrutinized for energy efficiencies and emission reductions.”

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Melissa Barrera is once again under fire over a series of new social media posts involving the Israeli-Gaza conflict, prompting her representatives at WME and Sugar23 to explore dropping the actress as a client.

Barrera’s posts quickly made the rounds across the industry and within WME, which consulted with outside advisors on the best approach to fire her given that such a break could spark backlash. (A WME rep denied that outside advisors were enlisted.) Sources say the agency and her management company Sugar23 were poised to drop her as a client. But on Thursday, both decided to reverse course for now. WME and Sugar23 declined comment.

In November, Spyglass Media  fired Barrera from “Scream VII” over social media posts  about the conflict including one that accused Israel of “genocide and ethnic cleansing” and about distorting “the Holocaust to boost the Israeli arms industry.” Barrera led the fifth and sixth “Scream” entries over the past two years and was poised to star in the next “Scream” outing. 

At the time, a Spyglass spokesperson  explained the decision in a statement  to  Variety  that read: “Spyglass’ stance is unequivocally clear: We have zero tolerance for antisemitism or the incitement of hate in any form, including false references to genocide, ethnic cleansing, Holocaust distortion or anything that flagrantly crosses the line into hate speech.”

But one insider says the new posts from Barrera were deemed to be the “final straw” given the widespread shock over the organization’s ties to the Oct. 7 attacks. The list of countries that have followed the U.S. in freezing funds to the organization include Canada, Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Japan, Austria and Romania. However, some politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the Biden administration over its UNRWA decision, calling it “unacceptable.”

As the UNRWA scandal widened, Barrera doubled down and wrote on Instagram: “Guess it’s always up to the people. Made a fundraiser with @unrwa. donate what you can and share [heart emoji] may it be returned to you tenfold.” Another source familiar with the internal debate at WME expressed dismay over its failure to move quickly on the matter.

“Before, WME could hide in the fuzziness and ambiguity of ‘from the river, to the sea’ and the implications of the amateur-hour collegiate activist messaging. But this is blatant terror support,” the source says.

Barrera appeared to be aware of the uproar stirred by her posts. On Jan. 31, she wrote on Instagram, “Apparently some people are mad that I’m sharing this fundraiser.” She did not respond to a request for comment.

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  1. Cruises to the Sea of Cortez

    Cruises to the Sea of Cortez - 10-day Sea of Cortez Cruises Cruises to the Sea of Cortez Get an even deeper look into Mexico's colorful culture Dive even deeper into adventure with our 10-day cruises to the Sea of Cortez. Our most comprehensive itinerary gives you a complete look at Mexico's diverse and festive culture.

  2. Mexico Cruises and Baja Adventures- UnCruise Adventures

    Speciality sailing, April 6th, 2024. Visiting Sea of Cortes UNESCO World Heritage Site (whale sharks), viewing 100% total eclipse of the sun from sea off Mazatlan, swimming with sea lions and whale sharks, ridge hikes, and more. Compare All Boats | Additional port taxes and fees $495 per person VIEW ALL RATES & DATES

  3. 11-Day Mexican Riviera & Sea Of Cortez

    11-Day Mexican Riviera & Sea Of Cortez Zaandam DEC 7 - DEC 18, 2024 DEPARTS : San Diego, California, US ARRIVES : San Diego, California, US On this San Diego roundtrip explore the charming ports that rim the Sea of Cortez, including Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, La Paz and Loreto. READ MORE Suites & Staterooms

  4. Sea of Cortez Ultra-Luxury Cruises

    Offers Brochures Discover the Sea of Cortez, a unique stretch of water off Mexico's Baja Peninsula whilst on board Scenic Eclipse, The World's First Discovery Yachts™. Enjoy unrivalled exploration with your expert Discovery Team.

  5. Baja California & Sea of Cortez Cruise Tours

    Baja California & Sea of Cortez Cruise Tours | National Geographic Expeditions Sail the clear blue bay of Baja California and discover its unchecked natural beauty and vibrant wildlife on...

  6. Sea of Cortez Cruise : Luxury cruise to Sea of Cortez

    12/5/2024 to the 12/13/2024 Other available dates Starting from $6,610 30% Ponant Bonus Pearls of the Caribbean Fort-de-France - Fort-de-France LE CHAMPLAIN 8 nights on board

  7. 10 Night Baja Peninsula and Sea of Cortez Cruise

    10 Night Baja Peninsula and Sea of Cortez Cruise From Los Angeles, California, (United States) to Los Angeles, California, (United States)

  8. 11-Day Mexican Riviera & Sea Of Cortez

    Koningsdam. DEC 10 - DEC 21, 2024. DEPARTS : San Diego, California, US. ARRIVES : San Diego, California, US. On this San Diego roundtrip explore the charming ports that rim the Sea of Cortez, including Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, La Paz and Loreto. DATES.

  9. 7 Night Baja Peninsula and Sea of Cortez Cruise from San Diego

    7 Night Baja Peninsula and Sea of Cortez Cruise from San Diego Ship: Koningsdam Cruise Line: Holland America Line Sailed: Saturday, Jan 6, 2024 from San Diego, United States Ended: Saturday, Jan 13, 2024 The itinerary information below reflects the original day-by-day port of call schedule for the Saturday, Jan 6, 2024 departure of the Koningsdam.

  10. Mexico Sea of Cortez Birding Tour

    February 10 - 17, 2024 Overview Full Itinerary Photo Gallery Costing Travel Details Trip Reports Guide Map Know Before You Go Other Trips You May Like Stocked with supplies and a bountiful sense of adventure, follow Steinbeck's path into the protected waters of Cousteau's "world's aquarium" in Mexico's Sea of Cortez.

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    From the Mediterranean to the Greek Islands, Western Europe, the British Isles, and even Iceland— this ship will turn your summer Eurodreams into a reality. For even more European and global fun, check out our expanded Carnival Journeys for 2024. This unique series of longer, 9+ day sailings takes passengers to less-traveled destinations like ...

  12. Baja Mexico Cruises

    8 to 15-day Baja Mexico cruises experiencing the regions scenery and wildlife such as the gray whale birthing lagoons in the Sea of Cortez.

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    Pacific Coastal Cruise. 959 Reviews. Leaving: San Diego. Cruise Line: Holland America Line. No prices currently available for this sailing. Itinerary. Ship.

  14. Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez from Los Angeles, 20 March 2024

    Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez from Los Angeles, on 20th March 2024 (10 Nt) with Princess Cruises on Diamond Princess. Find the best cruise deals in the UK here. Cruise Deals; Cruise Lines; Destinations; ... Tokyo & Mt. Fuji, Sea of Japan & Miyajima's Spring Flowers. 24 Mar 2024.

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  16. 2024 7-Day Journey to the Sea of Cortez Adventure Cruise ...

    Rich in natural history, unspoiled in beauty, unrivaled in marine life, it is a world of a different time, place and rhythm. Experience Baja off the beaten path and Discover the World of PANTERRA. from. $3,395.00. per adult. Lowest price guarantee. Ages 15-80. Duration: 7 days. Start time: Check availability.

  17. Sea of Cortez Cruise Tips

    In addition to a number of short Mexican Riviera cruises, there is a longer Baja itinerary. Ruby Princess and Star Princess offer a handful of 10-day "Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez" sailings that ...

  18. Los Cabos Sea of Cortez Sightseeing Cruise and Snorkeling Tour 2024

    Cruise the Sea of Cortez on a full-day tour from Cabo San Lucas, and spend the day exploring a cluster of tiny islands, snorkeling at a sea lion colony, and visiting a secluded bay along the Baja coast. With free time to swim and snorkel at Los Islotes, you can spot some of the fish and wildlife that thrive just offshore. This boat tour includes snorkel equipment, breakfast, lunch, and an open ...

  19. Journey to the Sea of Cortez 2024

    Explore one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet with this multi-day adventure in the Sea of Cortez. After a convenient hotel or airport pickup, board the 110-foot (33-meter) MV Adventure for an all-inclusive excursion. Go snorkeling and kayaking, take desert nature hikes and get an up-close view of marine life, stargaze from the deck and learn about local cultures and wildlife ...

  20. 10 Night Baja Peninsula and Sea of Cortez Cruise

    See low rates on this 10 Night Princess Mexico departing Los Angeles 11/21/2024 on the Majestic Princess. Book online with iCruise.com or call 1-800-427-8473. Save up to $100 on your next cruise. ... > 10 Night Baja Peninsula and Sea of Cortez Cruise. x. Close. Virtual Tours < Previous. Next > Majestic Princess. Category SSF - Seven Seas Suite ...

  21. Mexico & Sea Of Cortez from San Diego, 30 November 2024

    Mexico & Sea Of Cortez from San Diego, on 30th November 2024 (10 Nt) with Holland America Line on Koningsdam. Find the best cruise deals in the UK here. ... Mexico & Sea Of Cortez from San Diego, 30 November 2024. Departure: 30 Nov 2024 10 nights Cruise Only Flight not included Itinerary Map. Day 1: San Diego. Day 3: Cabo San Lucas . Day 4: La ...

  22. Mexico & Sea Of Cortez from San Diego, 10 December 2024

    Mexico & Sea Of Cortez from San Diego, on 10th December 2024 (11 Nt) with Holland America Line on Koningsdam. Find the best cruise deals in the UK here. ... Mexico & Sea Of Cortez from San Diego, 10 December 2024 ... Departure: 10 Dec 2024 11 nights Cruise Only Flight not included Itinerary Map. Day 1: San Diego. Day 4: Manzanillo. Day 5 ...

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    Italy & Croatia Luxury Cruise. Jul 02 - Jul 10, 2025. A Taste of France: Burgundy & Provence Riverboat Cruise. Aug 27 - Sep 03, 2024. Often referred to as Mexico's Galápagos, Baja has one of the richest populations of sea life in the world. In true expedition style, experience the luxury of a flexible itinerary—but on a very beautiful ship!

  24. 2024 Sea of Cortez Adventure provided by Gray Line Los Cabos reviews

    Sea of Cortez Adventure. By Gray Line Los Cabos. 0 reviews. See all photos. ... On the cruise itself, you'll have the opportunity to witness exotic marine and sea life freely roaming the waters around you. Read more. ... Written January 29, 2024. P6231CGgeorgep. 0 contributions. Amazing.

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    Nine new around-the-world cruises have already set sail in 2024. These ships joined Royal Caribbean's nine-month Ultimate World Cruise at sea. Oceania said its 2024 world cruise sold out in 30 ...

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    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' premium brand this week announced its 12-year-old ship is set to embark on three new 2024 and 2025 itineraries in Africa and Asia. They range from 27 to 59 days ...

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    MIAMI (AP) — The world's largest cruise ship — the size of almost four city blocks — is set to begin its maiden voyage Saturday as it leaves from the Port of Miami. Royal Caribbean's Icon of ...

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    Cortez, Colorado Currently ... Thursday, Feb 1, 2024 9:13 PM Updated Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 9:13 PM. SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military says North Korea fired cruise missiles into sea in latest test. You might also like. India begins to flex its naval power as competition with China grows.