Photo: Mexico Tourism Board Shocked Princess Cruises Cancels Trips to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan
Tourism officials in Mexico are reeling after Princess Cruises announced the cancellation of their calls in Puerto Vallarta for the rest of the year. This announcement follows a similar one three months ago stating that calls to Mazatlan would also be canceled citing safety concerns.
Princess spokeswoman Karen Candy told USA TODAY, “As the safety and security of our passengers and crew is our highest priority, and based on the continued violence in these areas, we’ve made the decision to cancel our calls to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.”
Puerto Vallarta is one of three major ports in the Mexican Riviera, along with Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.
Though Princess Cruises is the first to cancel calls to Puerto Vallarta, money are now wondering if other cruise lines like Carnival and Holland America will make similar decisions.
Rodolfo Lopez Negrete, chief operating officer of the Mexico Tourism Board, insists that “Puerto Vallarta is a perfectly safe destination. We are very surprised and clearly concerned about the announcement of Princess Cruises pulling out.”
“Mexico is a very large country,” he added. “If there are some episodes of violence up in the hills of the state of Jalisco that doesn’t mean that Puerto Vallarta is an unsafe place for tourists.”