With all the mishaps happening on cruise ships these days–from the Costa Concorida capsizing off an island in Italy to the recent Costa Allegra fire–you’d think the media would get their facts straight.
One of the latest disasters was the marauding of a group of passengers on a shore excursion off the Carnival Splendor in the port of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Various reports had the tour bus commandeered by banditos, but the truth is that about 22 people on a Carnival Cruise line organized jungle trail tour were stopped and robbed by armed bandidos.
Here’s the real scoop:
Setting the record straight about the banditos and Carnival Splendor
Various accounts of an attack by banditos on passengers of from the Carnival Splendor on tour in Puerto Vallarta Mexico had major contradictions. A report on a Los Angeles TV news program last night said the tour group was attacked while on the bus. Other Internet and newspaper articles had the group of 22 passengers robbed while on a guided nature trail tour.
So to set the record straight Examiner.com went straight to the Miami-based headquarters of the company and ask for a statement.
Here’s what Carnival replied:
On Thursday, February 23, 22 guests from the Carnival Splendor were robbed during a guided nature trail excursion in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. There were no injuries and all guests returned safely to the ship.
Numerous authorities were notified and responded to investigate, as well as assist the affected guests. The tour in question has been suspended until further notice.
Carnival is working with guests to reimburse them for lost valuables and assist with lost passports or other forms of identification.
Carnival sincerely apologizes to its guests for this very unfortunate and disturbing event and is providing its full support and assistance.
Carnival Splendor operates year-round seven-day cruises from Long Beach, Calif.
The ship has since returned to its home port in Long Beach, California. None of the passengers involved in the robbery were harmed. The event however has shaken up the industry and reflects poorly on Mexico’s tourism industry which already is suffering from major setbacks due to increased violence among drug traffickers. The State Department has issued a warning to American traveling to Mexico to be diligent and use care.