Coming and Going
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SOS in Mexico. Last week, three cruise lines — Disney, Holland America and Princess — pulled Mazatlan from their West Coast itineraries because of increased violence directed at tourists.
For its seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise, Disney Wonder swapped out Cabo San Lucas for the port. Sapphire Princess replaced the stop with a longer stay in Cabo and a day in Ensenada. And Holland America’s MS Oosterdam diverted to Manzanillo.
Disney will continue to avoid the port until further notice. Holland America will continue to monitor the situation, saying in a statement, “Discussions will be occurring with local authorities to determine what steps are being taken to address this issue. Decisions regarding future Mexican Riviera cruises” will depend on those discussions and on further developments. Princess is also watching events.
Over the past few weeks, passengers and crew members have been mugged in Mazatlan, and a visitor from British Columbia was wounded in the leg during a gang-related shootout.