Photo: Cruise Ship Adrift in Italy Just Days After Carnival Cruise Passengers are Robbed in Mexico
Carnival Cruise LInes Inc. has announced it is suspending all on-shore nature excursions in Puerto Vallarta, MX after 22 passengers were robbed while heading back to their ship from a jungle tour in El Nogalito.
Also, the Costa Allegra, which was adrift off the coast of Italy after a fire took out the engines, is currently being towed to the Seychelles Islands by Seychelles Port Authority. The ship is expected to reach Mahe, a group of islands off the northeast coast of Madagascar, sometime in the morning of March 1.
A group of Carnival Cruise passengers are understandably shaken after armed men robbed them while they were heading back to the ship from a nature hike in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Hooded gunmen reportedly boarded the guests’ bus and stole money and belongings of 22 passengers of the Carnival Splendor cruise ship.
As the bus returned from a jungle trail tour in El Nogalito around 5 p.m., the assailants commandeered the bus, stole the passengers’ belongings and ran off the bus, heading towards the countryside.
Puerto Vallarta Mayor Salvador Gonzalez Resendiz and other local officials say the proper protocol was not followed. He said the tours are only to be given in the morning and guests are to be escorted by a security guard or a police officer.
Carnival Cruises says it is working with the passengers to reimburse them for their stolen items and to assist them with passport issues.
Though the ongoing drug war in Mexico has caused for cruise lines to cancel stops at some locations, only one had chosen to pull out of Puerto Vallarta and that was Princess Cruises, which is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Princess was set to return to Puerto Vallarta later this month.
Monday morning, a ship from Carnival’s Italian subsidiary Costa Cruises, the Costa Allegra, has now gone adrift near the Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean, the Italian coast guard said.
A fire reportedly broke out on the Costa Allegra, though all passengers and crew members are said to be “in good health and were informed promptly of the situation.”
Costa Cruises is also responsible for the ill-fated cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground on Italy’s western coast. In the end, 32 people were killed. An investigation into that incident is ongoing.