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El Cid Vacations Club Mexico is excited to welcome back three new cruise ship routes and more than 18,000 visitors over the course of the 2013 to 2014 cruise ship season.

On November 12, 2013, more than 1,300 patrons aboard Holland America’s msVeendam came ashore to Mazatlán as part of a Mexican Riviera seven-day cruise. Traditional dancers, music and even Sinaloa’s Governor Mario Lopez greeted visitors as they stepped onto shore.

Though Holland America was the first cruise line to return, two others including Norwegian Cruise Line and Azmara Club Cruises have followed suit after a brief hiatus, wherein the Secretary of Tourism for Sinaloa State has made a concerted effort to improve and restore the city’s historic architecture.

Visitors spent the day walking down the cobbled lanes of Mazatlan’s latest project, a $3 million “Tourism Corridor,” and admiring Mazatlan’s historic past at sites like the restored 19th-century opera house and Plaza Machado.

Mazatlán remains one of Mexico’s most popular tourism destinations for Europeans, Americans and Canadians offering world-renowned cuisine as well as surfing, golfing, cliff diving and dozens of attractions including Mazatlan’s aquarium and the highest natural lighthouse in the world, which stands at 515 feet above sea level.

Holland America’s Executive Vice President Richard Meadows said he’s happy to share the experience of Mazatlan with cruise patrons.

“We’re looking forward to sharing the beauty of Mazatlan with our guests as a part of their Mexico cruise vacation.”

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