Savor the Sights of Mexico and Pacific Coast Cruises

Aerial view of ocean from downtown Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

There are many reasons to experience Mexico and the Pacific Coast on a Holland America Line cruise. Flexible itineraries from a one-day getaway in the Pacific Northwest to 12 days along the Mexican Riviera. Award-winning personalized service. Fresh-made cuisine and local favorites helping you taste the flavors of the region. Up Close presentations that explore the history, art, and culture of the places you’re visiting. Then there are the breathtaking destinations that inspired you to cruise. Here’s a preview with fun facts about some of the sights you could savor on unforgettable journeys along Mexico and the Pacific Coast.

Make the Most of a Pacific Coast Journey

A cruise along the Pacific Coast will introduce you to breathtaking sights and incredible landmarks. From the Seattle Space Needle to the California Redwoods to the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll enjoy the views of the world-famous California coastline while uncovering the best of the Pacific Northwest.

View of Seattle Space Needle and city landscape with Mt. Rainier in background.

Seattle’s Space Needle

  • The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair celebrating the theme of “The Age of Space.”
  • It towers at 605 feet and represents humanity’s aspirations during the Space Age.
  • The top of the Space Needle, shaped like a saucer, enables visitors to soak up a 360-degree panoramic view of the area. That includes breathtaking sights of Mount Rainier, and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.
  • It also includes the Loupe Lounge and Loupe rotating glass floor, which is the world’s first and only rotating glass floor to date.
View of large redwood trees near road in California.

California Redwoods

  • The Redwoods stretch 450 miles from southern Oregon to 150 miles south of San Francisco.
  • California’s coast is home to Rockefeller Forest, which covers 10,000 acres and is recognized as the largest contiguous old-growth redwood forest on the planet.
  • Redwoods can live more than 2,000 years and grow over 360 feet high.
  • Star Wars fans, you may be interested in this fun fact: Scenes from Return of the Jedi were filmed in Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.
View of Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco during sunset.

Golden Gate Bridge

  • The Golden Gate Bridge took more than four years to build and cost $35 million in the 1930s. That would cost well over $1 billion today.
  • It set the world record for having the longest bridge span and tallest towers when initially built.
  • The top of the tower is 746 feet above the water and 500 feet above the road.
  • Its name stems from the Golden Gate Strait, which is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the ocean.

Bask in the Sunshine in Mexico

If you love sunshine, you’ll love a cruise to Mexico. The ports you’ll visit boasts more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Whether you want to kick back on the beach, stroll the local mercado while eating incredible local cuisine, or enjoy the view while parasailing, you can soak up the sights of Mexico’s warm sun-kissed coasts. One of its famous landmarks is El Arco (The Arch) of Cabo San Lucas.

View of towering rock formations in blue waters near shore in Mexico.

The Arch of Cabo San Lucas

Here are some interesting facts about this site:

  • Located where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean at the top of the Baja Peninsula, this natural rock formation is known as Land’s End – a cherished symbol of Los Cabos.
  • It’s millions of years old and was shaped through erosion.
  • In the waters around El Arco, you may see sea lions soaking up the sun and birds resting on rocks nearby. Beneath the surface is home to pufferfish, parrotfish and sea turtles.
  • You may see humpback whales breaching ocean waters near El Arco during whale-watching season. One way to experience the beauty of the landscape and marine life, particularly if you want to go whale watching, is on The Arch & Whale Watching By Inflatable Boat shore excursion.

Highlights of 2025-2026 Pacific Coast Cruises:

  • Cruises are on Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, and Zaandam.
  • Itineraries are roundtrip from Vancouver or San Diego, and between Seattle or San Diego and Vancouver.
  • A new seven-day Great Bear Rainforest itinerary – a rarely cruised route that reveals the beauty of British Columbia, Canada – departs Oct. 5, 2025, and April 19, 2026, aboard Noordam. Immerse yourself in the culture, nature and rare wildlife of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Prince Rupert, Nanaimo and Victoria in British Columbia.
  • There are also several one-day “Pacific Northwest” getaways between Vancouver and Seattle, offering a quick taste of the Holland America Line cruise experience.
  • “Pacific Coastal” itineraries are four, five and six days and sail between San Diego and Vancouver. The four-day cruise features a call at Avalon or Santa Barbara, and the five-day cruise visits San Francisco. The six-day itinerary includes an overnight in San Francisco.
  • A four-day “California Retreat” sails roundtrip from San Diego, departing Oct. 21, 2025, and calls at Ensenada, Avalon and Santa Barbara.
  • A four-day Pacific Coast itinerary sails roundtrip from Vancouver, departing April 29, 2026, and calls at Astoria and Victoria.
  • The “Wine Country and Pacific Northwest” cruise is from San Diego to Vancouver. The six-day cruise includes Victoria and San Francisco (overnight) while the seven-day itinerary adds Avalon and Astoria, extending the call in Victoria to a late-night departure.
  • The “Classic California Coast” cruise is seven days roundtrip from San Diego and calls at Avalon, San Francisco (overnight) and Ensenada.
View of shoreline and lush green landscape in Mexico.

Highlights of the 2025-2026 Mexico Cruises:

  • Two ships offer Mexico itineraries: Nieuw Amsterdam and Zaandam.
  • Cruises are roundtrip from San Diego or between San Diego and Vancouver.
  • Seven-day “Mexican Riviera” cruises feature Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.
  • The seven-day “Baja Peninsula” itinerary visits La Paz, Loreto and Cabo San Lucas.
  • The 10-day “Mexican Riviera and Sea of Cortez” itinerary includes all five of the ports on the seven-day itineraries and features a late-night call in Loreto. The 11-day cruise adds Manzanillo, Mexico while the 12-day cruise adds scenic cruising in Bahia Magdalena.
  • The 11-day “Mexican Riviera and Pacific Coast” cruise departs from San Diego, visiting Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán before heading north, calling at Avalon and ending at Vancouver.
  • The 12-day “Historic Baja Peninsula” itinerary includes eight ports: Santa Rosalia, Guaymas, Loreto (late-night call), Topolobampo (late-night call), La Paz, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

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Are you ready to savor the sights on Mexico and Pacific Coast cruises with Holland America Line? Check out our YouTube video highlighting the 2025-2026 Mexico and Pacific Coast cruises. Then contact one of our Personal Cruise Consultants to begin planning your unforgettable journey. Come see the world with us and embark on new adventures.


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