Just in from Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico. Sonoran State Governor Claudia Pavlovich announced in a meeting with tourist and cruise line officials that Puerto Peñasco will see it’s first cruise ship depart on December 7th, 2019.
Vice President of the British based Cruise Maritime Voyages, John Dennis, confirmed that “From the beginning when we started discussions, the governor and the State have been incredibly supportive.”
The ship that will inaugurate service out of Rocky Point is named the Astoria (details about the ship are on this page ( https://www.cruiseandmaritime.com/our-ships/astoria ). The Astoria can accommodate 550 passengers.
Among those on hand for todays announcement were Oscar Palacio from Puerto Peñasco, representing the Office of Conventions and Visitors.
Initially, there will be 6 trips lasting 11 days each between December 7th and February 11th, 2020. The entire Sea of Cortez will be included in the cruise itinerary. After leaving Rocky Point, Ports of Call visited will include Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, and more.
Much coordination has been going on between the Governors of Sonora, as well as Arizona in order to attract a cruise in to Rocky Point. Within the last year, agreements were made to assist in the supply of cruise ships through the international border.