Preparations and logistics for the December arrival of the Cruise & Maritime Voyages Astoria ship in Puerto Peñasco are well underway on behalf of the local administration, in coordination with the three levels of government and private initiatives, affirmed Mayor Kiko Munro.
The mayor detailed the local Harbormaster recently supervised arrival of the buoy-laying vessel, Virgo, which installed a landfall buoy. This follows safety agreements for launch of the Sea of Cortez cruise route on the Astoria, beginning December 7th.
Puerto Peñasco Harbormaster Luis Castro Galan explained the buoy was placed 1.8 miles from the entrance to the breakwaters, and that all major vessels will be obligated to arrive at the buoy to await instructions from maritime authorities in order to proceed with docking or anchoring.
Castro Galan explained: “Once protocols on maritime safety are met, we will follow up with logistics so the cruise’s arrival and departure in the Sea of Cortez is successful”.
The Astoria vessel provides 250 cabins and has the capacity for 500 passengers. Starting December 7th of this year, it will depart from Puerto Peñasco and visit ports in Guaymas, Topolobampo, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, and Santa Rosalia, before returning to Puerto Peñasco. Cruise y Maritime Voyages is the leading independent cruise line in Great Britain, with nine years operating cruises from 13 ports in the United Kingdom.