Centro Historico, Zona Dorada, and Cerveza in Mazatlan

Mazatlan’s Centro Historico has been substantially restored since I first visited in 2006, and today boasts a kind of colonial Spanish styling. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Miracle arrived in the port of Mazatlan, Mexico just after 7a.m. this morning, tying up next to the commercial pier on a day just dripping with humidity.
Mazatlan has been one of my favorite ports of call since I started coming here in 2006. I was dismayed to see the city of 430,000 removed from Mexican Riviera itineraries back in 2011 after a brief but well-publicised spate of violence. Apparently, CNN never bothered to do the math on how many people are murdered every year in the Miami-Dade area; half a dozen dead tourists in Mazatlan was enough to drive the nail through the coffin for the better part of the decade.

Guests disembark Carnival Miracle on a hot and humid day in Mazatlan, Mexico on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Guests disembark Carnival Miracle on a hot and humid day in Mazatlan, Mexico on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

But Mazatlan and the Mexican Riviera are back once more, and a lot of credit has to be given to Carnival: they’re basing Carnival Miracle here year-round this year. It’s a far cry from 2011, when the much-larger Carnival Splendor was sailing out of Long Beach on year-round Mexican Riviera trips, but in many ways, the smaller Carnival Miracle is better suited to this run.
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