Vidanta Elegant underway off the coast of Baja Califormia
Vidanta Elegant underway off the coast of Baja Califormia

Cruise Industry News published an article today that described the increase in sailing traffic from California to the Mexican Riviera. In it Grupo Vidanta's Vidanta Cruises was mentioned as a future contributor to increased traffic. In fact, the article states the West Coast will be back to near record levels in 2019 and will post its best year since 2009 in terms of passenger capacity, which is up 12.5 percent year over year. That is a very healthy increase.

Following is the article:

West Coast Cruise Market Prepares for Surge

April 30, 2019

The West Coast cruise market, primarily composed of sailings from California to the Mexican Riviera, is seeing traffic spike thanks to new ships, new interest and new operators, according to the 2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.

While security issues and economic doldrums sent traffic spiraling downward a decade ago, the West Coast is making its way back, supported not only by its own attractions but a booming Alaska cruise market that generates seasonal and winter traffic.

Accounting for 3.5 percent of the global cruise market pie, the West Coast will be back to near record levels, and will post its best year since 2009 in terms of passenger capacity, which is up 12.5 percent year-over-year.

It’s still off 2008 levels, but the promise continues in 2020 and 2021, when more deployments include the new Carnival Panorama, and a number of planned startups that plan to feature exclusively Mexican Rivieria ports, including Cruise and Maritime Voyages and Grupo Vidanta.

With an expanded terminal in Long Beach, Carnival Cruise Line remains the biggest player in the market by far, with an estimated 57.1 percent of the capacity sailing mainly shorter, three- and four-night cruises.

Other big players on the West Coast include Princess Cruises, with capacity coming mainly in the shoulder seasons due to its Alaska program, as well as Norwegian, Holland America Line and Disney.

Norwegian will make its own moves this coming winter season as the Norwegian Joy will sail from Los Angeles following her Alaska program. The Los Angeles-based program will offer mainly week-long cruises, calling at Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, with three sea days.

Traffic is also moving up in San Diego, where Disney operates a seasonal program with the Wonder, and Holland America Line remains a major homeport customer. In addition, the Southern California port will welcome the Carnival Miracle on a seasonal deployment for the 2020-2021 cruise season.

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More industry attention is being paid to the new cruise lines that will sail the West and East Coasts of Mexico. Also, it is interesting to note that Carnival Cruise Line is the biggest player in the market focusses mainly on three and four night cruises that start and end in Long Beach. Vidanta Cruises has been quoted it plans to offer short cruises too on the Vidanta Elegant, which may be home ported in Puerto Vallarta.
There is increasing interest in cruises along the coasts of Mexico on small ships. We are looking forward to learning more....Stay tuned....
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