Puerto Vallarta Prepares for Princess Return

by Craig Zabransky on October 20, 2011

Princess Cruise line prepares to return to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan in its 2012 and 2013 schedule.

After an hiatus based upon US Government warnings and security concerns, the cruise line recently added the Mexican Pacific Riviera ports back to its schedule.  Although many other major lines have yet to follow suite, the positive news continues to show confidence in Puerto Vallarta as a destination.

Cruise Ships off the coast of Mexico

Puerto Vallarta Offers Cruise Passengers Day Excursions

With a full day in port, visitors can take one of the numerous day excursion to explore this part of Mexico. From snorkeling off a secluded beach on the Banderas Bay to one of the many adventure tours available in Puerto Vallarta, enjoying a day here is easy.

On a trip last November, my excursion to horseback ride to waterfalls included a few passengers from a cruise ship. When we spoke, they  shared about how the cruise really helped them discover a taste of Mexico. I agreed.

A Cruise Can Introduce You To Puerto Vallarta

It's me under the Vallarta Arches...

Actually a cruise was my introduction to Mexico too, and I am not talking about the TV show “The Love Boat.” As a child my parents took me South of the Border for the first time abroad on cruise vacation down the Mexican Pacific Riviera. The trip started my discovery of Mexico. I can recall walking the cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta and experiencing colonial Mexico. A memory I still cherish today.

When I reviewed my childhood photos, I see a young kid smiling, happy. I might not often cruise to Mexico now,  but when I am in Puerto Vallarta, I still show the same happiness and smiles I did when a kid. I trust the return of Princess and other cruises can offer the same for many  families today.

Photos by Craig Zabransky


Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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