Crystal Cruises has made changes to its itineraries to avoid the Mexican port town of MazatlÃ¡n after increased reports of violence there.
Its ship, Crystal Symphony, was due to call in at the port on April 4 on its roundtrip Los Angeles â€˜Treasures of Mexicoâ€™ voyage.
The new schedule means guests will now have an overnight call in Cabo San Lucas.
Subsequent days will provide travellers with a full day in Loreto and a half day in La Paz.
Full days in Puerto Vallarta and San Diego are still on the schedule.
â€œThe safety and security of our guests and staff is always our top priority,â€ says Crystal international vice president of sales and marketing Philip Ordever.
â€œAfter monitoring the situation in MazatlÃ¡n for weeks, we simply feel far more comfortable with other ports of call in Mexico.â€
By Bev Fearis
Wednesday, March 16, 2011