PHOTO: A side view of Holland America Line's ms Westerdam (photo by Jason Leppert)
The Carnival Corporation’s Holland America Line has revised eight scheduled cruise itineraries, skipping stops in the Mexican city of Acapulco due to recent security concerns.
According to The Sun, the impacted Holland America Line sailings include October voyages on the Zaandam and Nieuw Amsterdam, a November cruise on the Oosterdam, a December sailing on Amsterdam and four additional journeys in 2018.
Officials from Holland America have also announced that the cruise line will be replacing the scheduled calls at Acapulco with stops at other Mexican ports during the impacted 2017 and 2018 itineraries.
“Itineraries include seven Panama Canal [sailings] and one South America cruise,” a Holland America spokesperson said in a statement. “Guests on affected cruises have been notified of the change. At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests is our top priority.”
In another report from Cruise Critic, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Inc. and its three brands have not changed any of the scheduled itineraries with ports of call in Acapulco. In addition, Silversea Cruises is still planning on visiting Acapulco during a New Year's Eve cruise later during 2017.
In December 2016, the United States Department of State issued a travel warning for Mexico that named the state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located, as the most dangerous area in the country for three years in a row.
As a result of the violence in Guerrero, the U.S. government has banned its personnel from traveling to the state without approval. The travel warning also states that self-defense groups, “frequently maintain roadblocks and, although not considered hostile to foreigners or tourists, are suspicious of outsiders and should be considered volatile and unpredictable.”