Astoria: A new era of great cruises now begins with “The Treasures of The Sea of Cortez”
Puerto Peñasco and Sonora made history in 2020 with the departure of the Astoria cruise ship to the Sea of Cortez in early January, an event widely celebrated by authorities of the three levels of government, businessmen, tourism service providers and the general population.
When the first cruise advertisement appeared in the Shetland Journal in 1835 to visit Scotland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, no one foreshadowed such a success for cruises in the centuries to come. Cruises have provided many passengers with years of experience, with its own identity as a symbol of relaxation, exclusivity, entertainment and quality, which is now available to many more people. On January 9, the Astoria cruise ship, was the first one that leaves for the Sea of Cortez with a round trip to Puerto Peñasco.
Tour the “Aquarium of the world
Its sailing will take a tour through which visitors will know different wonders of the so-called aquarium of the world, which makes it the first ship of this type that has its origin and destination on the Sonoran coast. Governor Claudia Pavlovich; John Dennis, vice president of the British firm Cruise and Maritime Voyages and Ernesto Roger Munro López, municipal president of Puerto Peñasco, shared in the momentous event.
On that first trip, the 500 passengers who boarded the Astoria, shared in their 11-day tour the ports of Topolobampo, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Santa Rosalia and Guaymas ending the voyage on January 20 back in Puerto Peñasco.
Larger ships coming
The vice president of Cruise and Maritime Voyages recognized the potential that Sonora has for cruises such as on the Astoria and already contemplates bringing in larger ships for the summer season. The Astoria cruise ship can accommodate 500 passengers with 250 cabins and a wide variety of services such as: bars and lounges, casino, cinema, spa, gym, restaurants, shopping boutique, elevators, library, theater, disco, games room, internet access, and automatic laundry.
After the successful experience of this first cruise ship in its route through the ports of the Sea of Cortez, the possibilities of scheduling new itineraries during the year grow exponentially for the benefit of the region and Puerto Peñasco. For now, the return of Astoria is already guaranteed.
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Thank you for reading Astoria: A new era of great cruises now begins with “The Treasures of The Sea of Cortez,” written by Greg Hixon of REMEX-IMAGE. Be sure to check out other posts here in the Anchor Storage blog. You’ll uncover the many wonderful aspects of Rocky Point, Mexico, from blog posts like this.