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Craig OuthierJanuary 23, 2020
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Anchors Away: Rocky Point made its long-awaited debut as a cruise hub in January when the Astoria, a vintage trans-Atlantic ocean liner operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), departed from the Sonoran town’s still-under-construction deep sea port. The 11-day sail of the Sea of Cortez that followed (including stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and other beach cities on the “Mexican Riviera”) was scheduled to be repeated twice in January before CMV put the cruise on hold until 2021, to “assess its performance,” per a spokesperson. Interested in last-minute steerage? There were still tickets available for the January 20 and 31 voyages as this issue went to press, with discount fares of $1,599-$2,379 per person.

’Bad to the Bone: San Diego fans have a new overnight option in the burgeoning North County area. The Cassandra Carlsbad, part of Hilton’s luxury Tapestry imprint, opened in December on 12 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean near LEGOLAND California. Conversation pieces include a marble-tiled lobby with ceiling-mounted swings, like something out of a Seurat painting.

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