Baja and Treasure of Cortes

from $6,300

DATES:  April 21, 2018

DURATION:  12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS

EMBARK:  Mazatlan, Mexico

DISEMBARK: San Diego, California

SHIP: Silver Explorer

All about the Baja and Treasure of Cortes.

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, massive canyons, rugged coasts, rich jungles and UNESCO protected biospheres. Not for the average tourist, Baja California offers a very different Mexico. Plus, visit the remarkable Copper canyon by train.

Dick and Leslie West will be hosting this special cruise – Join them and receive a $300 per suite ship board credit, to use in the spa, salon, or for premium beverages.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Truly all-inclusive – Open Bar; Free Internet; included shore excursions, including overnight train trip to the fabulous Copper Canyon, and a selection of activities in Cabo San Lucas; all Gratuities; Expert Expedition Leaders
  • Early Booking Bonus: Save 10% if you book and pay in full by 31 December
  • Alluring Single Fares: Single supplements starting at only 25%
  • Enjoy Expedition Free Air: Book by 31 January and Enjoy Free Economy Class Air Roundtrip, or a $1,000 per person air credit applied to cost of your cruise, or Business Class Air Flights starting from $499 each way.
  1. Day 1 Arrive Mazatlan, Mexico

    Embark Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting Silversea Expedition to Baja and the Sea of Cortez.
    DEPART 4:00 PM

  2. Day 2 Los Islotes – Espiritu Santo

    Have a leisurely breakfast and attend a lecture about the Sea of Cortez before we arrive at our first destination in the late morning.
    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. 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. Steep cliffs, azure blue water and white sand make for some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico.

  3. Day 3 Isla San Pedro

    This afternoon we will offer 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, brown pelicans, cormorants and Magnificent Frigate birds. 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. Sea lions have made this island their home and form the third largest colony in the gulf.

  4. Day 4 Isla Partida, Isla San Esteban

    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.

  5. Day 5 Isla Santa Catalina

    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 and 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 rattle-less rattlesnake. The Santa Catalina whiptail lizard, the common desert spiny lizard, Santa Catalina desert iguana, and other reptiles make for interesting photography.

  6. Day 6 Isla San Jose – Isla San Francisco

    Exploration and discovery await us as we anchor off the coast of Isla San Jose. 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 snorkeling and a nearby sea lion colony. We will offer various shore hikes looking for fauna and flora for those wanting to stretch their legs.

  7. Day 7-8 Topolobampo –Copper Canyon

    Silver Explorer will arrive quite early to Topolobampo where you will visit the famous Copper Canyon by train on an included overnight excursion seeing a series of massive canyons in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains.

    You will drive to El Fuerte, as the train ride to Copper Canyon will start from there. At El Fuerte you will board your privately chartered 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 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 400 miles over 37 bridges and through 86 tunnels. You will stay at the incredible 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. 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.

  8. Day 9 Cabo San Lucas

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  9. Day 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.

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

  10. Day 12 San Diego, California
    After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.
Silver Explorer

The purpose-built 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 Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows 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.

Fast Facts

  • Officers: International
  • Length: 354 ft
  • Beam: 52 ft
  • Tonnage: 6072 t
  • Cruise Speed: 14 knots
  • Total Staff: 117
  • Passenger Capacity: 132

 

PUBLIC AREAS:

Beauty Salon

A full range of salon services is available for both men and women including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures. Appointments for these chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.

Boutiques

Featuring designer collections and duty-free shopping, the onboard Boutiques offer a selection of jewellery, fashions, perfumes and Silversea logo items. Shops are closed while in port and on occasion due to local government regulations. Toiletries and convenience items are also available for purchase.

Connoisseur’s Corner

The Connoisseur’s Corner offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is open daily and offers a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and a weight machine.

Internet Café

Email friends and family back home or surf the web for a nominal fee. CD burners, headphones, digital camera media readers, and complimentary black and white laser printing are also available.

Launderette

Complimentary self-service laundry facilities are available onboard.

Library

The Library has an extensive selection of hardcover books, magazines, reference materials and newspapers, as well as audio listening stations. Movies are also available and can be viewed on your in-suite entertainment center.

Observation Lounge

Located on Deck 6 high atop the ship, the Observation Lounge offers panoramic views. Here you will find comfortable seats to enjoy a beverage and watch the ever-changing view.

Outdoor Grill and Whirl Pool

Alfresco dining in the soft ocean breeze. Menu options include healthy CruiseLite selections, fresh-from-the-oven pizza and lighter fare.

Panorama Lounge

The Panorama Lounge is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind, listen to the pianist and enjoy a nightcap with new friends.

Reception

This central lobby area welcomes guests to speak with a Guest Relations specialist should they have a question or require any service. Assistance is available 24 hours a day.

The Restaurant

Sparkling with silver, crystal and candlelight, The Restaurant encircles its guests with sophisticated elegance and impeccable service.

The Spa at Silversea

Relax your body and mind with a wide range of soothing therapies including facials, body wraps and massages. Sauna and steam rooms are perfect for relaxing before your spa treatment or after a long nature hike. Appointments for chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.

The Theater

Gather in The Theater to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Lectures and seminars are presented by knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields.

CABINS:

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Champagne upon request
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• European bath amenities
• Fine pratesi bed linens and down duvets
• Premium mattresses
• A choice of nine pillow types
• ipod docking station
• Plush robes and slippers
• Personalized stationery
• Umbrella
• Hair dryer
• Wifi internet access (fee applies)
• Daily suite service with nightly turndown

Owner’s Suite

Owner’s Suite can accommodate 3 guests

728 sq. ft./67 m2 including large veranda (158 sq. ft./15 m2)

Large teak veranda with patio furniture 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, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

GRAND SUITE

Grand Suite can accommodate 3 guests.

618 sq. ft./57 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)

Teak veranda with patio furniture 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, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

MEDALLION SUITE

400 sq. ft./37 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)

Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table

SILVER SUITE/EXPEDITION SUITE

Silver and Expedition suites can accommodate three guests.

SILVER SUITE 422 sq. ft./39 m2 including 2 French Balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors (30 sq. ft./3 m2)
EXPEDITION SUITE 388-397 sq. ft./36-37 m2 with 2 view windows or 2 large picture windows

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, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer (Silver Suite), Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service (Silver Suite), Afternoon canapés upon request
(Silver Suite), Dinner at officer’s table (Silver Suite)

VERANDA/VISTA/VIEW SUITE

VERANDA SUITE 206-216 sq. ft./19-20 m2 including French Balcony
(16 sq. ft./1.5 m2) with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
VISTA SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
VIEW SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with view window

Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed (Veranda suites 500, 501, 512 and 513 have a fixed queen-sized bed), Triple capacity that can accommodate young children on sofa bed (View suites 310, 311, 312, 313 and Vista suites 410, 412, 415, 417), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

EXPLORER SUITE/ADVENTURER SUITE

EXPLORER SUITE 175–190 sq. ft./16–18 m2 with view window
ADVENTURER SUITE 157–167 sq. ft./14 – 15 m2 with 2 portholes

Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/ shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone