Attacks in Mexico Cause Cruise Lines to Drop Port

Posted Jan 26th 2011 12:43 PMUpdated Jan 27th 2011 07:24 AM

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Attacks on passengers and crew in Mazatlan, Mexico have caused Disney Cruise Line, Princess and Holland America to drop the city as a port of call on Mexican Rivera cruises.

There have been three reported robberies involving passengers or crew in Mazatlan in recent weeks.

A Canadian tourist, not from a ship, was also shot in the leg last week when he was caught in gang crossfire in the city.

Disney, which was to call at Mazatlan with the Disney Wonder for the first time this week, says as a result of safety concerns it has canceled all visits to the city "until further notice."

The Wonder will replace Mazatlan on its itineraries from Los Angeles with additional time in Cabo San Lucas, Disney says.

Princess Cruises says it has dropped a call to Mazatlan this week by the Sapphire Princess, the ship instead spending a full day in Cabo and Ensenada, Mexico.

"We are aware of the recent incidents of violence near Mazatlan and our security department continues to closely monitor the situation," says spokeswoman Karen Candy. "Based on the information available, Princess Cruises, along with a few other cruise lines made the decision to cancel our call to Mazatlan this week."

Holland America is also skipping this week's call by the Oosterdam, replacing Mazatlan with Mazanillo, the line says in a statement.

"The revision to the itinerary was made in response to recent incidents of violence in Mazatlan. Discussions will be occurring with local authorities to determine what steps are being taken to address this issue. Decisions regarding future Mexican Rivera cruises will be made on the basis of those discussions and on developments in Mazatlan," Holland America says.

Among the incidents, Azamara Club Cruises confirms two of its guests were robbed on Jan. 11.

"No one was injured in the robbery, and the guests returned to the ship unharmed," the line says in a statement. Azamara is scheduled to visit Mazatlan again on Feb. 2.

Mazatlan Port General Director Alfonso Gil Diaz tells Seatrade Insider that port officials will meet next week with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association to discuss security.

"Mazatlan is very, very safe. We haven't had any problems before and the cruise lines know that," he tells the industry newsletter.

"Mazatlan is widely regarded as one of the safest destinations in Mexico, legendary for its history, culture and the warm hospitality of its people," says the city's official tourism agency, the Mazaltan Tourism Trust, in a statement. "Reports of visitors being accosted or injured in the destination are extremely rare."



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marlyn

1991 That was 20 years ago! Geeze you can hold a grudge ;-)

Possibly it was like that then, but not now. Today people in Mazatlan are at least as friendly, respectful and welcoming as any American city its size. They even have a baseball team that draws a huge crowd at home games.

March 11 2011 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marlyn

Just returned from Carnival at Mazatlan, March 5-9. I'm from Houston. Houston is much more dangerous for someone unfamiliar with Houston. There is violence in Mazatlan, but it has been confined to gang on gang violence, not random violence against people on the street, such as we seen Houston. Think about it.. would you feel safer in Houston? I know both places, and I feel safer in Mazatlan.

We did have gang on gang violence while I was there, just outside my apartment, but the Federales and Marines put a stop to the whole business in about 10 minutes. Security was very serious and heavy during Carnival. With over 100k people visiting, they expected rival gangs to bump into one another. Unlike Houston, I did not fear nor hear of any random violence or robberies on the street,nothing.

The News descriptions of violence seem serious and scary mainly because the gangsters are armed with heavy weapons (not just handguns), ready to take on the Marines and Federales. I couldn't resist giving a thumbs up to those soldiers for having the courage to stand up to the cartels. Intended and unintended criticism of Mexico simplifies the difficult challenges faced by that country. I hope the U.S. and Mexico and continue to work together to keep a lid on organized crime in both countries.

The bottom line is that we shouldn't characterize the violence in Mexico with the violence we see in our bigger cities. The situations are completely different.

I will go back to Mazatlan for vacation as soon as I can afford another trip.

March 11 2011 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mistermac

It's disheartening to read the posts on mexico, most by people conmmenting by hearsay I believe. I have vacationed in Mexico at least 25 times since 1978 on both coasts at most of the vacation areas,and can count on 1 hand any slight problems I have had,all which were resolved positivly.If you are attentive,pleasant,and polite ,you won't have any problems. If you act like a drunken, loudmouth, ugly American, you could get smacked in the mouth just the same as if you were at home.
Mexico is a wonderful, beautiful country with culture and history,and I feel sorry for those of you that say "I was there on a cruise but they didn't have anything I was interested in". What a shame to miss even a little exposure to a different culture.

January 27 2011 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
indiana

mexico thats where the terrorists are stay away,, unless u want to be a victom

January 27 2011 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Li\'l Leo

Grew up and still live on the mean streets of The Bronx, NY..
Visiting Mexico next week..
Bring it on!!

January 27 2011 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pat

The only one allowed to rob you are the cruise lines themselves. When will them dumb Mexicans learn not to mess with the big boys.

January 27 2011 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
laura templin

Back in 1991 we went to the Mexico on a cruise the worst port of call was Mazatlan. I would never do another cruise to Mexico. When you get off the ship in Mazatlan you in an area where there are people selling junk, cabs or buses to take you on your side trip. The people there are rude, the call you vile names in Spanish with smiles on their faces. If you are a gringo they assume you do not speak Spanish, I replied to one person in Spanish after one of the name callings and he replied back he was sorry he did not know I spoke Spanish, the rest just turned or walked away. Never again will I go to Mexico.

January 27 2011 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jules

I CAN GIVE YOU A CHEAP WAY TO ENTERTAIN YOURSELF AND STAY SAFE AND GET YOU IN CONTACT WITH ALL OF THE BEAUTY OF THIS COUNTRY IN ONE SENTENCE: "GO CAMPING, ENJOY NATURE AND GET YOUR EXERCISE" WHAT BETTER VACATION IS THERE THAN THAT? CAN'T SLEEP ON THE GROUND? GET A BLOW UP BED FOR YOUR TENT. YOU WILL SAVE IMMENSLY BY NOT STAYING IN A MOTEL AND YOU WILL HAVE CAMPING GEAR FOR YOUR NEXT ENDEAVOR. AND WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT BUY A TIMESHARE. BEEN THERE, DONE THAT, WHAT A MISTAKE THAT WAS. THEY WILL 'SUCK YOU DRY' IN $$$

January 27 2011 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jules

OH, PEOPLE, WHEN WILL YOU LEARN? DON'T GO TO MEXICO. NOT FOR THE SAKE OF VACATIONING, AND NOT FOR THE SAKE OF SPREADING THE WORD OF WHATEVER RELIGION YOU ARE. ANYTIME YOU LEAVE THE US, YOU ARE AT THE MERCY OF THAT COUNTRY. IF WE AMERICANS DO NOT START STANDING UP FOR PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY FROM THE INSIDE OUT, THEN WE WILL BE A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY BEFORE TOO LONG. WHY DO YOU THINK EVERYONE SOUTH OF US IS COMING ACROSS THE BORDER? TO GET OUT OF MEXICO FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY HAVE, THEY FEEL IT IS WORTH THE PRICE OF TRYING. PEOPLE HAD BETTER WAKE UP AND LISTEN TO THE NEWS FROM THEIR FAVORITE SOURCES AND REALIZE WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS WORLD.

January 27 2011 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
daver

Spellcheck is your friend. It is the Mexican Riviera, not Rivera.

January 27 2011 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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