The spicy culture, bright colors, dramatic coastline and spirit of fiesta throughout the Mexican Riviera have long made it a preferred getaway for the rich and famous … and Princess Cruises passengers.
 
In 2011-12 Princess will once again sail “South of the Border,” taking travelers to sun-drenched beaches and charming towns. Passenger will enjoy the relaxed comfort of Sapphire Princess on these voyages, offering passengers a rejuvenating retreat as they explore these favorite destinations.
 
The Mexican Riviera season includes 11 departures between November 19, 2011 and May 5, 2012, on an itinerary calling at three picturesque ports: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.
 
“Princess history is steeped in the Mexican Riviera as this was our very first cruise destination, and our passengers have enjoyed cruising there for 45 years,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president.  “This is the perfect cruise for a relaxing, warm weather vacation where passengers can truly get away from it all.”
 
Once a sleepy fishing village, Puerto Vallarta was transformed into an international resort when it became a movie setting in the 1960s.  Travelers are drawn by the beauty of Banderas Bay, mild climate and the coastline’s turquoise and emerald waters.
 
Mazatlan features the flavor of old Mexico in its historic city center plus a dramatic coastline with broad white-sand beaches and world-class sport fishing.
 
Situated at the very tip of the world's longest peninsula, Cabo San Lucas sits where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez merge.  This popular resort offers crystal-clear waters, wonderful whale watching opportunities, and the distinctively stunning rock formations of “Los Arcos.”
 
Sapphire Princess offers a seven-day itinerary that cruises roundtrip from the Port of Los Angeles, featuring calls at the festive ports of Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.  Sapphire Princess departs on November 19, December 10, December 31, 2011, January 28, February 18, 25, March 3, 24, 31, April 7 and May 5, 2012.