New Puerto Peñasco Mexico Cruise Port Opens Dec 2019

Puerto Peñasco New Cruise Mexico Cruise Port
Puerto Peñasco New Cruise Mexico Cruise Port

Cruise & Maritime Voyages Cruise Ship AstoriaNew Puerto Peñasco Mexico Cruise Port Opens Dec 2019 – Cruises by Cruise & Maritime Voyages will be the first to set sail from Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point. The Treasures of the Sea of Cortez itinerary will sail the length of the Sea of Cortez, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Puerto Peñasco. (see video below).

Puerto Peñasco is a resort town located in Puerto Peñasco Municipality in the northwest of the Mexican state of Sonora, 62 miles from the Arizona border. According to the 2015 census, Puerto Peñasco has a population of 62,177 inhabitants.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages plans to offer six cruises aboard their cruise ship Astoria. Each cruise will be 11 days each, beginning on December 7, 2019 through February 11, 2020.

For the Treasures of the Sea of Cortez 11 nights, embarking on Saturday, December 7. 2019, a  De Luxe Double Ocean View cabin is $3270pp right now and a Junior suite is $3560pp. There is already a wait list for some cabin categories.

Planned port calls are Topolobampo, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto and Santa Rosalia, before returning to Puerto Peñasco.

For ease of travel, passengers can fly into Yuma International Airport. Yuma International Airport is a joint use airport with civilian and military flight activity operated in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps via the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority Buses
Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority

From the airport, take a taxi to a bus from Yuma to San Luis. The bus takes about an hour and 45 Minutes at a cost of $4.00 and can be purchased from Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority. The Yellow Route travels from Highway 95 South – Downtown Yuma Transit Center to San Luis.

Portuguese registered Astoria is a classic beautifully restored ocean going cruise ship carrying just 550 guests and offers a wide selection of very well appointed and comfortable public lounges and cabin accommodation spanning eight passenger decks serviced by two lifts.

MV Astoria is a former ocean liner now operated as a cruise ship by Cruise & Maritime Voyages. She was ordered in 1944, and launched September 9, 1946, as Stockholm by Götaverken in Gothenburg for the Swedish America Line (SAL).

Expected Astoria Cruise Features:

  • Delicious full board cuisine.
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks.
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more).
  • Self service tea & coffee (6am to 10pm).
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes.
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities.
  • Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more).
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin.
  • Port Taxes.

Astoria’s enhanced facilities include the impressive two sectioned Olissipo Restaurant with an alternative buffet dining option in the Lotus lounge, a choice of five comfortable lounges and bars including the Calypso main show lounge, plus a nightclub, cinema, casino, shopping boutique, photo shop, library, card and bridge room, fitness and health centre with sauna and massage facilities, an unheated outdoor swimming pool and a beautiful marbled reception area.Cruise & Maritime Voyages Astoria Mexico Cruises

A majority of cabins enjoy an ocean view and all the private en-suite cabins have a bath with shower, a hairdryer and personal safe, a TV for movies and news and information channels and a fridge with a mini bar facility. There is a wide selection of twin bedded and double bedded cabin categories and designated singles, the majority of which enjoy an ocean view. Plus, there are also more luxurious de luxe cabins, junior suites and spacious balcony suites and a splendid owner’s presidential suite.

Exclusively for adults 

For the enjoyment of our adult passengers, Astoria cruises operate as ‘child free’. This means that even during school holiday times you can enjoy the pleasures of cruising in the company of adult passengers only. We will however accept teenagers who are 16 years old or above at the time of sailing but they must be accompanied by adult passengers.

Mexico has been working on building a temporary cruise-ship port at Puerto Peñasco, with plans for a full port expected to be completed in 2021.

Puerto Peñasco will be  the first cruise port targeted to Arizona residents, with the relative ease of the border crossing at Lukeville, Arizona – Sonoyta, Sonora and  San Luis, Arizona- San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora. The San Luis crossing would be major point of entry for those embarking on a cruise at Puerto Peñasco. Though, the crossing at Lukeville would almost guarantee a less congested, relatively fast border crossing.

Of course, if you cross the border at either end of a holiday weekend, as in the video below, expect delays. That said, the border crossings at any Mexico crossing other than Tecate, California, is heavier than Lukeville on any day of the year.

Arizona Border Crossing Statistics

Arizona Border Crossing September 2018

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Video: Crossing The Border From The USA into Mexico At Lukeville AZ to Puerto Peñasco