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Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cruise ships cancel Puerto Vallarta port calls



Citing an upsurge in violence, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises cancelled port calls this week at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity gave the port a miss on Sunday while today's scheduled call by Royal Caribbean's 2,501-passenger Jewel of the Seas has been scrapped.

"Jewel of the Seas and Celebrity Infinity's calls to Puerto Vallarta were canceled due to the recently experienced episodes of violent civil unrest, stemming from criminal gangs that have engaged in armed conflict with local authorities," said Royal Caribbean Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez.

Both ships will have an extra day at sea.

Violence has escalated in recent days in the resort city as security forces step up operations against drugs gangs in the city and across Jalisco state.

A scheduled stop today by the Carnival Miracle will take place as planned but some shore excursions have been cancelled "in an abundance of caution" Carnival Cruise Line said.

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  • Temporary

    They each cancelled 1 cruise, 1 week only. As many countries in Labor Day, there are issues. The cartell threw a few homemade grenades into a bank, and a couple gas stations to send the police a message. No injuries, they actually told bystanders to get out of the way. The police force did a very good job. Business was as usual that evening. Tourists were out and about, eating at restaurants, hanging on the malec on.

    By joan koltak, Tuesday, May 12, 2015

  • Why is Carnival risking lives....

    It's inconceivable that Carnival has decided to make a stop in Puerto Vallarta after reading your article here, literally risking everyone's life. For what, tourist dollars? Doesn't common sense tell you to stay away like Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are doing? As the old saying goes, "isn't it better to safe than sorry?"

    By Ron Oster, Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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