On Saturday, December 7 of this year, the ship Astoria will sail from Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, to inaugurate the first cruise route that will cross the Sea of Cortez, in northwestern Mexico. The company Cruise & Maritime Voyages expanded its offer to the region of Mexico with a journey that will last 11 days. The itinerary includes arrivals to Topolobampo, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Santa Rosalía and Guaymas.
The trip takes place on the ship Astoria, with a capacity for only 550 guests, which gives an intimate experience that includes the impressive Olissipo restaurant, lounge rooms, bats, a nightclub, cinema, auditorium, casino, boutique, bookshop, and a marble reception room. On the official site 50% offers are currently offered, so the cost per person, in a cabin of two adults, is USD 1,545.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages reported that it was decided to start the route in Puerto Peñasco due to the number of tourists that arrive there. It is aimed primarily at tourists from the US and promotes that Puerto Peñasco is a few hours on the road from Phoenix, Arizona. However, it is also expected to promote local tourism, mainly of Mexicans from the northern states of the country.
It is the first time that a ship of that capacity, with 277 cabins, of 16,144 tons, 160 meters long, makes tourist trips in the area. The secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa, Oscar Pérez Barros, said that for the first time a cruise explores the Sea of Cortes touring all the ports mentioned. He recalled that small boats of up to 60 passengers had previously done it, but did not cover such a wide route.
The Sea of Cortez has been described as "the aquarium of the world" by the explorer of researcher Jacques Cousteau; the islands that are there have been called world heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).