HOLLAND AMERICA LINE will move one of its newest
ships, the Oosterdam, into the Mexican Riviera market during 2005.
The Oosterdam will sail 25 seven-day itineraries, plus one five-day
cruise, from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and
Mazatlan. The ship will leave the Caribbean to begin its San Diego
engagement on Jan. 22 and will offer winter, spring and fall
departures. In addition, the Ryndam, which is slated to sail
seven-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera this fall, will begin
offering 10-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera and the Sea of
Cortez Jan. 3.
PLEASANT HOLIDAYS and two resorts in Ixtapa,
the Radisson Resort Ixtapa and NH Krystal Ixtapa, launched a free
nights promotion. At the Radisson Resort Ixtapa, a four-night,
land-only package (with the fourth night free) starts $177 per
person, double, reflecting a savings of $102 per couple. Travel
dates are through June 30 and from Sept. 1 to Nov. 15. In addition,
children 11 and younger stay free in their parents' room. At the NH
Krystal Ixtapa, a four-night, land-only package (with the fourth
night free) starts at $144 per person, double, representing a
savings of $80 per couple. The package is in effect through Dec.
17. To qualify, both packages must be booked by June 30. For
information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit the Web
RUNAWAY is promoting discounted summer rates at
several Los Cabos all-inclusive resorts. At the Melia Cabo Real,
for example, four-night packages start at $704; in addition, kids
12 and younger stay and eat for free. At the Presidente
Intercontinental Los Cabos, rates start at $612. All rates are per
person, double, and include roundtrip air fare and airport
transfers, all meals, beverages, some activities, and all
gratuities and taxes. For information or reservations, call (800)
• Responding to demand, ATA Airlines said it plans to add six
weekly flights between Chicago (Midway) and Guadalajara, effective
June 10. The new service will increase the number of weekly flights
between the two cities from seven to 13. ATA began service to
Guadalajara in 2001 with one daily flight from Chicago. Service to
Guadalajara from Chicago is provided aboard a 757-200 aircraft.
• America West launched one daily roundtrip flight between Los
Angeles and Puerto Vallarta. The nonstop flights depart Los Angeles
at 11:30 a.m. and arrive in Puerto Vallarta 4:30 p.m. On the
return, the flights depart Puerto Vallarta at 5 p.m. and arrive in
Los Angeles at 6 p.m.
• Frontier Airlines unveiled an $89 one-way promotion between
Denver and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. Fares must be purchased by midnight
EST on June 15 for travel through Oct. 9. A roundtrip purchase is
required. The flights operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.