Cruise Lines Pulling Out of Mexico Due to Escalating Violence

The Savvy Seafarer has always been a fan of Mexico. But with the country riddled with drug wars, violence and crime, it is no longer an appealing destination. Realizing this, many cruise lines are pulling their ships out of the ports due to passenger safety concerns and of course the ensuing liability that entails.

Mexican Riviera cruises have been hit the hardest. But dangerous times isn’t the only reason, cruise vacationers have been there and done that, especially those from Southern California who could easily hop on a Mexico-bound ship from San Pedro or San Diego.

So companies are calling it quits. The last straw was the recent attacks of passengers and tourists in Mazatlan, a normally peaceful port turned hazardous to visitor’s health.

I wrote about this on my LA Travel Diva Examiner page:–diva-in-los-angeles/patti-pietschmann
Robberies and violence cause cruise lines to drop Mazatlan  from itinerary
Three passengers were robbed, one tourist shot, in the usually peaceful port of Mazatlan, Mexico, causing cruise lines to eliminate the stop from Mexican Riviera itineraries.
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.

Disney announced that the Disney Wonder,  which was scheduled to pull into Mazatlan this week, will be re-routed and spend more time in Cabo San Lucas.

Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess has been diverted and will spend a day in Los Cabos and Ensenada instead of Mazatlan.

Mexican Riviera cruises are popular with Angelenos  especially since they can embark and disembark from  San Pedro. “

Holland America’s Oosterdam will  now stop in Manzanillo in stead of  Mazatlan according to the company. The Travel Diva personally prefers the more pristine Manzanillo to Mazatlan.

Relative new comer to the Mexican Riviera, Azamara Club Cruises confirmed two of their passengers  were robbed  while in port, but returned to the ship unharmed. 

In the meantime, stay safe amigos and travel prudently.

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