Carnival, NCL Ships Return to Mazatlan After Security Summits
Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Spirit and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star both called on Mazatlan, Mexico, on Feb. 1, just days after other lines cancelled calls at the port due to reports of crime against passengers.
“Over the weekend, members of our Security Services management team from our headquarters in Miami met with local law enforcement and government officials in Mazatlan to review their plan for increased security,” Carnival said in a statement. “Mexican authorities agreed to place extra security personnel in all the main tourist areas, including all shore excursion sites.”
High-ranking Mexican state and local government officials, law enforcement officials, and tourism and port authority executives met with cruise industry leaders last week to outline the security measures that have been taken. Also, Mexico Tourism Minister Gloria Guevara Manzo and Gov. Mario Lopez Valdez met Jan. 31 with executives from the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association to further outline the destination’s commitment to ensuring the safety of cruise passengers.
NCL said it has “been closely monitoring the situation in Mazatlan. At this time, the U.S. Department of State has not deemed Mazatlan an at-risk area for traveling. We hope our guests enjoy their visit to Mazatlan, but do encourage them in any port to always be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution and good judgment.”
On Jan. 25, Disney Cruise Line announced it was cancelling the Disney Wonder’s calls at Mazatlan, Mexico, due to the “changing environment.” Holland America Line and Princess Cruises also to temporarily cancelled Mazatlan calls. For more information, visit www.gomazatlan.com.