Mazatlan, Sinaloa To San Diego, California AMERICAN WEST COAST expedition cruise Silver Explorer

It is said that when the Spaniards arrived in Baja California in 1539, they believed they had reached a mythical island of female warriors governed by Queen Calafia. Certainly this is paradise found – home to the legendary El Zorro, this is massive canyons, rugged coasts, rich jungles and UNESCO protected biospheres. Not for the average tourist, Baja California offers a very different Mexico
Voyage 7808

Book by 15 March and enjoy $1,000 onboard credit per suite and one-category suite upgrade on selected voyages

Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
Click here to see all photos and videos.

Founded in 1531 by an army of Spaniards and indigenous settlers, Mazatlán (which is a Nahuatl word meaning “place of deer") is a Mexican town along the Pacific shoreline in the state of Sinaloa. With lovely islands dotting the shoreline, a long seaside boardwalk, and miles of beautiful beaches and blue lagoons, it has earned the nickname “Pearl of the Pacific.” Mazatlán is the second largest city in Sinaloa, with a population of nearly 440,000.
Located off the east coast of Baja California, two islands, Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida, constitute an important biological reserve. Los Islotes is a small set of rocks just to the north of Isla Partida, and is home to a sea lion colony of more than 200 permanent members and several seabird species. Espirito Santo is separated from neighboring Isla Partida only by a narrow winding channel, and a sand bar is said to connect the two islands at low tide. Espiritu Santo was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1995.
Sometimes called Seal Island, San Pedro Nolasco Island is a small island with raw beauty, appearing as a steep rock coming almost straight out of the sea. The island is just 1km wide, 4.2km long, and is home to biodiversity on land and in the water. This island is A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the few in the Sea of Cortez to have a permanent group of seabirds as visitors, including Brown and Blue-footed Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, pelicans and cormorants and Magnificent Frigatebirds.
Just adjacent to Espiritu Santo is Isla Partida, Mexico, another of the Midriff Islands. Isla Partida is a fascinating, paradisical island, with deep turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, grass-covered cliffs, picturesque rock formations and beautiful secluded lagoons. The island is separated from neighboring Espiritu Santo only by a narrow winding channel, and a sand bar is said to connect the two islands at low tide. Isla Partida is a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve, worth visiting to search for desert birds and some of the endemic lizards following the dry riverbeds.
Isla San Esteban is a small island in the Gulf of California and located to the southwest of Tiburón Island. It is part of the Municipality of Hermosillo in Sonora, and is the 15th-largest island in Mexico. San Esteban Island features volcanic mountains and cliffs and is home to many types of fascinating species found on only a few of the surrounding islands, such as the San Esteban Chuckwalla, spiny chuckwalla and the spiny-tailed iguana. Visitors in search of beach time will appreciate the white sandy beaches and uniquely dynamic views of ocean, desert and mountains.
Santa Catalina is one of several islands in the Loreto Bay National Park (Parque Nacional Bahia Loreto). The sea surrounding Santa Catalina has manta rays and several large pods of bottlenose, spinner and long-beaked common dolphins that visitors might see from the water. On shore, the island offers many opportunities for hiking amongst the impressive cactus varieties that can be found, as well as Gila Woodpeckers and other bird species that use the cacti for food or as a resting place.
Isla San José lies just off the east coast of the Baja California peninsula. With an area of just under 71 square miles, it is the sixth largest island in Mexico. This steep sided, rocky island features a splendid white sandy beach and mangrove lined lagoon, and is home to a wide range of bird life and sea life. Its semi-arid climate provides the perfect climate for the more than 80 types of cactus that grow here, including the giant Cardon cacti, possibly the tallest cactus in the world.  
Isla San Francisco is a small island on the eastern coast of Baja California Sur. With an arc so perfect it appears manmade, Isla San Francisco has a stunningly beautiful desert beach on its south-western side. The view from the south-western shore is a protected bay with azure ocean to the front and painted mountains, stark cactus and desert all around. There are 10 species of reptile on Isla San Francisco, including the Isla San Francisco Whiptail.
Topolobampo is a port city in northwestern Sinaloa, Mexico. The city has just 6,300 residents but a very interesting history, as it was the site of a Radical Utopian colony centered around the economic philosophy of Henry George, with experimental urban planning ideas contributed by Ebenezer Howard. Topolobampo serves as a gateway to many inland attractions, including an area to the north that is one of the most important farming areas in Mexico and home to major crops such as sugarcane, cotton, rice, and flowers.
Cabo San Lucas is in—for its rowdy nightlife, its slew of trendy restaurants, and its lively beaches. The sportfishing fleet is headquartered here, cruise ships anchor off the marina, and there's a massive hotel on every available plot of waterfront turf. A pedestrian walkway lined with restaurants, bars, and shops anchored by the sleek Puerto Paraíso mall curves around Cabo San Lucas harbor, itself packed with yachts. A five-story hotel complex at the edge of the harbor blocks the water view and sea breezes from the town's side streets, which are filled with a jarring jumble of structures.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
San Diego is a vacationer's paradise, complete with idyllic year-round temperatures and 70 miles of pristine coastline. Recognized as one of the nation's leading family destinations, with SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, and the San Diego Zoo, San Diego is equally attractive to those in search of art, culture, world-class shopping, and culinary exploration.

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 19,400

Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 17,500

Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 15,600

Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 14,500

Veranda Suite

206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony

From US$ 10,800

Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 8,800

View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 8,300

Explorer Suite

175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

From US$ 7,700

Adventurer Suite

157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 6,400
Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board.  For those who expect the finest from a luxury cruise.

Fares from US$ 19,400 (Per guest)

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7808 - Mazatlan to San Diego
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Illy® espresso machine
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Owner's One Bedroom View deck US$ 19,400 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”.

Fares from US$ 17,500 (Per guest)

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7808 - Mazatlan to San Diego
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio fourniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Illy® espresso machine
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Grand 1 View deck US$ 17,500 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests.

Fares from US$ 15,600 (Per guest)

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7808 - Mazatlan to San Diego
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Silver View deck US$ 15,600 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony 

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

Fares from US$ 14,500 (Per guest)

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7808 - Mazatlan to San Diego
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Medallion View deck US$ 14,500 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony

A Silversea cruise signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony.

Fares from US$ 10,800 (Per guest)

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7808 - Mazatlan to San Diego
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Veranda View deck US$ 10,800 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

Fares from US$ 8,800 (Per guest)

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7808 - Mazatlan to San Diego
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Vista View deck US$ 8,800 request a quote
Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with view window

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.

Fares from US$ 8,300 (Per guest)

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7808 - Mazatlan to San Diego
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • View window
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
View View deck US$ 8,300 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Suites. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Explorer Suites accommodate up to two guests and exude cosy opulence, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

Fares from US$ 7,700 (Per guest)

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7808 - Mazatlan to San Diego
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • View window
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Explorer Class View deck US$ 7,700 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy suite. After spending the day on a dynamic shore excursion, unwind in the ample sitting area or rejuvenate the mind with a soak in the marbled bathroom’s tub. Here you can watch passing ocean scenes through two porthole windows. Reminisce the day’s travels by journaling at your writing desk. Watch a movie on the flat-screen television. Or fall sound asleep within the comfort of fine bed linens ­– with your choice of nine pillow types.

Fares from US$ 6,400 (Per guest)

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7808 - Mazatlan to San Diego
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Two portholes
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Adventurer Class View deck US$ 6,400 request a quote
Fares shown are per guest

Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure. 

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

2 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

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Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Day 1 — Mazatlán, Mexico
Embark Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting 11-day Silversea Expedition — Expedition Baja and Sea of Cortez. This evening, after settling in and participating in a mandatory safety drill, we will be setting sail and your Expedition Leader will introduce important members of the crew and the Expedition Team. Tonight we invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Day 2 — Los Islotes and Espiritu Santo, Mexico
Have a leisurely breakfast and attend a lecture about the Sea of Cortez before we arrive at our destination in the late morning.

Located off the east coast of Baja California, two islands, Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida, constitute an important biological reserve. Los Islotes is a small set of rocks just to the north of Isla Partida. Los Islotes is home to a sea lion colony of more than 200 permanent members and several seabird species. We will approach Los Islotes with our Zodiacs to get a closer look at the different animals and rock formations and will offer an opportunity to swim and snorkel with the sea lions.

Espiritu Santo was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1995, with Isla Partida separated from Espiritu Santo only by a narrow winding channel. A sand bar is said to connect the two islands at low tide. Many long bays seem to be dividing the island of Espiritu Santo. Steep cliffs, azure blue water and white sand make for some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. Apart from enjoying the water, walks ashore might also be offered.
 
Day 3 — Isla San Pedro, Mexico
During the night Silver Explorer will have entered further into the Gulf of California, heading north. This afternoon we will be off Isla San Pedro for Zodiac cruises around the guano-covered island. This steep rock coming almost straight out of the sea is one of the few islands in the Sea of Cortez to have a permanent group of seabirds – Brown and Blue-footed Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, pelicans and cormorants and Magnificent Frigatebirds as visitors. It was mainly because of the hundreds of thousands of Brown and Blue-footed Boobies and the resulting guano on the island that the difficult to reach island was mined. These days a landing is prohibited to protect the nesting sites of the birds and the island itself is protected by Mexican law and included in the UNESCO World Heritage list –together with 243 other islands in the Sea of Cortez. Bottlenose dolphins can be found around the island as well as one of the three great pods of sperm whale in the Gulf of California. Californian sea lions have made this island their home and form the third largest colony in the gulf –something that will not only be seen but heard as well.

Day 4 — Isla Partida and Isla San Esteban, Mexico
Today, Silver Explorer will be off two more of the Midriff Islands and we will go ashore to search for desert birds and some of the endemic lizards following the dry riverbeds. Remains of the local Seri natives can be found in several areas, indicating that they managed to cover major distances across the Gulf of California, looking for resources and establishing shelters and small settlements.

Day 5 — Isla Santa Catalina, Mexico
Santa Catalina is one of several islands in the Loreto Bay National Park (Parque Nacional Bahia Loreto).
The sea surrounding Santa Catalina has manta rays and several large pods of bottlenose, spinner and long-beaked common dolphins, as well as short-finned pilot whales and we hope to not only see them from the outer decks of Silver Explorer, but also from our Zodiacs.

In the afternoon we will go ashore at Isla Santa Catalina and will search for marine life and offer various hikes. We will hike into the Cardon cactus forest. Standing next to the various cacti –and especially the Santa Catalina barrel cactus- can be quite impressive. On the Cardon cactus we will look for Gila Woodpeckers and other birds that use the plant for food or as a resting place. There are several interesting animal species on the island, including the endemic Santa Catalina rattleless rattlesnake. The Santa Catalina whiptail lizard, the common desert spiny lizard, Santa Catalina desert iguana, and other reptiles make for interesting photography.

If the water is not too cold for you, snorkelling will be another option.

Day 6 — Isla San Jose and Isla San Francisco, Mexico
Exploration and discovery await us as we anchor off the coast of Isla San Jose with its 170 square kilometres. We intend to explore the mangroves on San Jose’s southern side and will take our Zodiacs into the lagoon and channel in search of shorebirds and waders. The Yellow-footed Gull is one of the resident seabirds.

At Isla San Francisco we will find a beautiful desert beach on its southwestern side with excellent snorkelling and a nearby sea lion colony. We will offer various shore hikes looking for fauna and flora for those wanting to stretch their legs.

Days 7-8 — Topolobampo, Mexico
Silver Explorer will arrive quite early to Topolobampo where you will have the choice to either visit the famous Copper Canyon by train on an overnight excursion seeing a series of massive canyons in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains, or to visit local indigenous groups and El Fuerte, the home of El Zorro.

In either case you will have to drive to El Fuerte, as the train ride to Copper Canyon will start from there.
At El Fuerte you will board the train on the Chihuahua Pacifico Railway. Enjoy a leisurely morning and a continental boxed breakfast on board the train while you traverse the magnificent Sierra Madre Mountain range, and eventually enter the Copper Canyon – four times larger than the Grand Canyon and only accessible by rail. Your approximately six-hour rail journey will wind through tunnels and bridges as you climb from sea level to 7,200 feet. Traveling along the rails sometimes over 1,475 feet above the ground, the journey covers a distance of 400 miles over 37 bridges and through 86 tunnels. You will stay at the Mirador Hotel overlooking Copper Canyon. The Mirador Hotel is located at the canyon’s edge, near the highest point of the canyon. The Mirador is the only hotel where each guest room has a spectacular view overlooking the canyon –claimed to be one of the ten best views in the world.  Located in the middle of the legendary Sierra Madre Mountains of the Mexico’s state of Chihuahua, this immense series of canyons and ridges covers 25,000 square miles of rugged territory.

While staying at the Mirador we will also witness a Tarahumara dance presentation. At present the Tarahumara -a reclusive tribe that has chosen to live apart from modern western culture, subsisting on corn, beans, and their livestock- constitute the largest indigenous group in the state of Chihuahua.

If you prefer to stay aboard Silver Explorer and still see part of the enchanting region of Mexico, join us for a scenic drive to the 450-year-old town of El Fuerte, once a flourishing trading post for silver and gold miners. First we will drive to Teheuco, home to the Mayo Indians. There you will be treated to a lively and colourful folkloric dance and an exhibition of handcrafted bowls, utensils, handicrafts and pottery.
From Teheuco it is a short drive to El Fuerte, renowned as the birthplace of Zorro, the fictional outlaw hero, made famous in Johnston McCulley's 1919 novel “The Curse of Capistrano” and several Hollywood movies. Have a leisurely walking tour along the colonial town’s narrow and orderly streets past architectural masterpieces. Another highlight is the lovely 18th century baroque-style cathedral on Plaza de Armas, a picturesque park complete with palm trees and wrought iron gazebo.We will then have a savoury lunch at the Posada del Hidalgo Hotel, believed to have been the original home of Don Diego de la Vega, Zorro's true identity. This majestic colonial mansion was the largest and most beautiful manor in El Fuerte when it was built in 1890.

Following lunch, enjoy the elaborate costumes, lively music and spirited dances of a folkloric group. Zorro himself just may make an appearance.

On the second day we will get to see the area north of Topolobampo -one of the most important farming areas in Mexico and home to major crops such as sugarcane, cotton, rice, and flowers. Not only will you get a taste of the region but you will also visit Los Mochis’ Regional Museum. Originally founded in 1893 by the American socialist Albert Owen, the city gained recognition in 1901 when businessman Benjamin F. Johnston built his first sugar mill here, which grew to become the largest sugarcane empire on the American continent. Continuing past lush farmland, we arrive at La Carambola Hacienda, home to a mango plantation. We will tour the plantation and learn how this sweet, juicy fruit was brought here in the 17th century and later cultivated. After the tour, you will be able to sample a variety of sweet treats such as mango ice cream, mango candy and mango marmalade and you can try your hand at cooking authentic Mexican staples such as corn tortillas, beans and cheese.                                                                                                                                                                         
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Day 9 — Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas is often referred to as Land’s End -as it is located on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula.
Use the afternoon to set sail on a spacious catamaran for a scenic cruise in the Sea of Cortez to beautiful Chileno Bay. Anchored in turquoise waters you can snorkel over a reef that is home to colourful marine life. As the sails are hoisted for the return, relax onboard with complimentary snacks and an open bar.
Another option will take you to a quaint sea-side ranch where horses will be waiting for you.  After brief instructions, you will begin a leisurely one-hour beach ride along a secluded beach.  A short ride to the beach -where you are met by the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean- will then take you atop a bluff.  The contrast between desert and sea is spectacular if experienced on horseback.

Looking for a different perspective of the cape region you can be driven north to San Jose del Cabo. The bus ride shows Baja California’s striking appearance, from its arid desert setting and white sand coves, to its swaying palm trees and the deep blue sea. At the picturesque San Jose del Cabo you will visit the local mission church and its shady tree-lined plaza; the town even has an old opera house, now converted to a popular local restaurant.

If you would like to kayak in the bay, you can opt to do so to take your sea-kayak past Los Arcos to reach renowned Lovers Beach –a strip of land connecting the Sea of Cortez with the Pacific Ocean.
Another way to explore the bay and sea would be aboard a comfortable motorized catamaran for a coastal cruise along the Sea of Cortéz and Pacific Coast. Refreshments and snacks are served on board the boat. En route, take in breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches, secluded coves and the famous arch at Land’s End, along with the spectacular golf resorts and residential developments.

Days 10-11 — At Sea                                                                                                                                                   
Silver Explorer will sail from Cabo San Lucas along the west coast of Baja California. Take the time to look for cetaceans and seabirds, attend lectures about Baja California and California, or edit the many photos you have taken during the exploration of the Sea of Cortez.
Relax on the outer decks and enjoy cooking demonstrations and wine tastings offered by our Executive Chef and Head Sommelier.

The onboard Videographer will present the voyage DVD and the Captain will invite you to the Farewell Cocktail Party and Farewell Dinner.

Day 12 — San Diego, USA
After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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