Princess, Holland America Drop Cruises to Mazatlan

Posted Mar 14th 2011 11:30 AMUpdated Mar 14th 2011 01:56 PM


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Princess Cruises and Holland America are the latest cruise lines to drop Mazatlan, Mexico on itineraries to the region.

The popular port has had a yo-yo season, with cruise lines canceling and rescheduling visits. Several lines canceled port calls in January after three reported robberies involving passengers or crew and the shooting of a Canadian tourist. Some cruise lines returned in early February after the city increased security, but then the shooting of two men in a hotel parking lot of a hotel frequented by tourists in February renewed fears.

"Due to continuing security concerns in Mazatlan that include incidents in the city's tourist areas, Princess Cruises has removed Mazatlan calls from all Mexico itineraries through the remainder of the spring cruise season," the cruise line said in a statement.

Itineraries for the six remaining sailings of the Sapphire Princess in March and April were modified to include an extra day in Cabo San Lucas. The cruise line says it will continue to monitor the situation.

"At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests and crew is our top priority," the line says in a statement released early today, reports USA Today.

Holland America says seven-day cruises scheduled for the Oosterdam departing in March and April will have an extra day in Puerto Vallarta instead of visiting Mazatlan. The exception is the April 2 departure, which will replace Mazatlan with an extra day and overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas.

Ten-day sailings on the Zaandam and a two-week sailing on the Oosterdam will call twice in Cabo San Lucas instead of just once.

Carnival Cruise Lines dropped the port a week ago and Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line also earlier said they had decided to skip the port for the rest of the season.

With spring break approaching, the Texas Department of Public safety issued a warning earlier this month urging students to remain on the U.S. side of the border and to stay away from popular resort destinations in Mexico.

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I have been going to Mexico for 20 years and Mazatlan for 7 years. We started going to Maz in 2003 and stopped in 2009. We know the ropes and traveled the same routes from Colorado to Maz with no problems. On our last trip we felt very uncomfortable and drove in a caravan with two other RVers. On that last trip we came around a corner on the toll road in Mexico just past Culican (a known problem spot but not usually if you are on the toll road) and we spotted 3 crashed cars and dead bodies (about 3-4) laying outside the cars that had been riddled with bullets. We knew then and there that this would be our last trip. The cops in Mazatlan that year (2009) were stopping Canadians and Americans left and right for bogus reasons looking for money and those that would be scared enough to give it to them. A pulmonia driver who we came to know well, told us not to go out on week-ends at night as that is when the cops look to the tourists for their week-end money. It's really sad, we had a good run in Mexico and we met some great people. But I guess all good things must come to an end.

March 23 2011 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill Gast

Attention Lu-Lu
Have I got a deal for you!! Staying at the beautiful Emerald bay--right? How would you like to buy my remaining 18 years on a timeshare there--suite--Red series for just $150 USD?
Tell you what--make that $50.00USD...25?---- Tell Gina no more propina from Senior &Seniora Montenegro.

March 15 2011 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While the violence is definitely getting worse here in Mazatlan, the U.S. media makes in seem far worse than it is. Even in this article, it mentions, "...the shooting of a Canadian tourist." Makes you think someone aimed a gun at, shot and killed a Canadian tourist, doesn't it? The Canadian tourist caught a stray bullet in the leg, is fine now, and plans to return to Mazatlan again! While this is bad enough, it isn't nearly as bad as the article would lead you to believe. No American or Canadian tourists have been killed in Mazatlan in over 10 years! Can you say the same for your own city? We love Mazatlan and feel as safe here as we would any U.S. city of the same size. It is a beautiful place with wonderful people, and we are greatly saddened to lose these valuable tourists! The government is doing everything they can to make it safer, but this drug cartel issue is complicated.

March 15 2011 at 3:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Viki's comment

Or is it Peggy? Well whatever I don't need the travel points or miles. I can't help it you were a bad shot and only hit him in the ankle. I know this must be hurting the business (mugging) but that nice clean attractive city is fine when you stay just in the hotel. A walk down the street even in daylight will lighten your wallet. I am sure enough tourists will take the bait and keep you in pesos. Not me.

March 15 2011 at 3:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I prefer the mexican cities for my trips. They are clean safe and fun to visit. Especially the big ones like LA and Phoenix. They do own us you know!!

March 15 2011 at 3:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Fred's comment

Couldn't have said it better, but we'll just have to wait another couple of years to go to the beach in Phoenix.

March 15 2011 at 3:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am currently in Mazatlan on the last night of a two week vacation here at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay. I have read all the news and am cautious, but I feel as safe here as I do in many US cities. The Mexican people are wonderful. I attended the carnaval parade attended by tens of thousands of people with their families. This is a very large city, and unfortnately the economy here will suffer from the drop in tourism due to fear. I cannot say what risk others should take, I only live my own life and try to do it to the fullest. Pray for Mexico and the world.

March 15 2011 at 1:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's just GREAT!! Now all the people of Mazatlan will become destitute and poor as all thos American tourist dollars dissapear and the population of Mazatlan becomes impoverished resulting in many of them making a run for OUR boders...meaning....MORE illegals. That's just TERRIFIC!!

March 15 2011 at 1:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My wife and I were in Mazatlan for the first time in February and we felt very safe. Many Canadians and US citizens who have been going there for 20+ years said it was very safe (although the wrong place at the wrong time shooting of the Canadian was a recent exception). Some said the cruise line actions was as much shake-down of the local vendors as it was security concerns. That said, this sounds more serious. My wife and daughter are on a cruise right now and they were not planning to get off in Mazatlan regardless of whether the ship was stopping there or not.

March 14 2011 at 11:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My wife and I were mugged (attacked from behind) at mid-day in downtown Mazatlan several years ago. The two men then ran off and nobody lifted a finger to help us (we're a retired couple). We ended up with only scratches and bruises but she lost her purse with cash, credit cards and passports. We should have been wearing money belts. When we went to the American consulate and signed in, the book was full of American names who had reported cars stolen, robberies, attacks. We had traveled many times to Mexico but, as safety became more of a concern and since we were mugged, we've never been back.

March 14 2011 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bill Gast

I believe that Bucky. When asked about the cruise ships departing and no longer going to stop--the Mexican government offi cial said it was "overreacting" He staed that "Only one case of thieft of a Ldies purse has been reported in the past year." .....sure. and Pigs fly. What is sad is that there are so many really ice Mexican families that depend on this tourist trade. There may come a time when the people of Mexico--the working citizens take to the streets as they did in Egypt---to change their government.

March 14 2011 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If they are only counting one theft it's probably HOW they count. They don't count any of the ones reported to the American Consulate. Only ones where someone is willing, after being told they are wasting thier time, to sit and try and fill out forms in Spanish with no help of translation...... after waiting for several hours to obtain said paperwork, are going to be counted.
If you make it hard enough, and make sure that it's well known to be a waste of time of course people will not report crimes

March 15 2011 at 4:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Zoe, you are an ignorant racist with the spelling equivalent of a middle school child. Granted, there are deplorable acts of crime in Mexico, but the drug cartel violence does not mean the entire race is that way. Maybe you should pause to take a look at your own sorry self before basically labeling an entire nation 'lowlife' and 'criminal'. You are pathetic.

March 14 2011 at 11:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The U.S. needs to cut their drug habit. Someone has to stand up and say this to the country. Everything that comes out of South America is covered in blood. Anyone who sniffs, smokes or shoots is a participant.

March 14 2011 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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