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Setting sail from San Diego
Laid-back, friendly and blessed with near-perfect weather all year round, San Diego is one of America's most likeable cities. Enjoy a stroll through Balboa Park, dotted with beautiful Spanish Renaissance-style architecture, take a whale watching trip along the coast, or sample the nightlife of the trendy Gaslamp Quarter. The swells of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach attract a surfer crowd, while the Old Town has a strong Hispanic influence thanks to the city's proximity to the Mexican border. There are also plenty of family-friendly attractions, including Legoland, SeaWorld and the famous San Diego Zoo.
Plan ahead – there are great cultural opportunities in San Diego, so you might want to pre-book concert tickets or a show.
Mexico: Cabo San Lucas
The sister towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo sit at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The towns themselves are mostly given over to luxury hotels and boisterous nightlife, but the surrounding landscape is characterised by arid arroyos, bristly cacti and rocky coastal outcrops.
Mexico: La Paz
La Paz feels more authentically Mexican than most of the other large cities in Baja California, though at the same time it’s a cosmopolitan and sophisticated place. It’s also a gateway to the fantastic marine life of the Sea of Cortez, famously described by Jacques Cousteau as ‘the world’s aquarium’.
Mazatlán is one of the most popular beach resorts on the Pacific coast of Mexico, and tourists tend to congregate in the Zona Dorada, where the majority of the hotels are concentrated. The old town is much more interesting, however, with elegantly faded colonial architecture and a vibrant cultural scene.
Mexico: Puerto Vallarta
The resort town of Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, has bags of charm in spite of its popularity. Spend some time exploring the pretty old town, with its cobbled streets and quirky boutiques, or relax on the beach. Humpback whales breed out in the bay during the winter months, and dolphins can be spotted year round.
Arriving in San Diego
Spend time in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, and stop off at one of the rooftop bars for excellent views. Then to Balboa Park – one of the best in the world.
Your home from home
A Holland America Signature-class ship, Eurodam carries just over 2,000 passengers – still mid-sized by today’s standards, and reflecting a contemporary take on the company’s lengthy heritage.
What we love
Some excellent dining choices on this gracious ship give guests a chance to ring the changes in the evenings - entertainment too is varied and stimulating. In keeping with a long Holland America Line tradition, the ship features an extraordinary art collection - in this instance themed around the Dutch Golden Age, ranging from 17th Century watercolour maps to a contemporary reinterpretation of Rembrandt's famous painting The Night Watch.
|Crew||929 International Staff|
Holland America guests are sociable and relaxed, with enquiring minds and a participatory spirit - there are lots of classes and workshops to enjoy on board, with new skills to learn while at sea, and new places to explore ashore.
|Cruising Speed||24 knots|
Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite San Diego hotel
It’s about 20 miles north of central San Diego, but we have to recommend the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
If you are here in the summer or autumn, take the opportunity to go and find a blue whale leaving from San Diego’s Big Bay.