Mexican Riviera cruising in Mexico 2010 - "There was a glut of cruise ships during the late '90s and early this century. It used to be that cruise lines would bring ships over here for the summer for Alaska trips and then take them back to the Caribbean," Hilton said. The Mexican Riviera gained ground as a place for repositioning cruises, then ships started cruising half the year and hopping along the Mexican Riviera the other half.
A better choice of ports helped fuel recent years' expansion. Carnival developed its new Long Beach terminal near the Queen Mary, and an increasing number of ships are leaving from San Diego's spiffy downtown port, which saves time and is more appealing than Long Beach or the Port of Los Angeles at San Pedro. Norwegian and Princess also run longer cruises out of San Francisco.
Cruise lines have started putting its bigger, newer ships on the Mexico's Pacific Coast. Carnival moved its newest and biggest ship, the 2,794-passenger Carnival Splendor, to Long Beach for weekly seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises throughout the winter season. Royal Caribbean deployed the 3,114-passenger Marriner of the Seas, the largest regularly cruising the West Coast, to Los Angeles for a similar schedule.