The decision affects itineraries for Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit. Word first surfaced on the Cruise Critic boards that Carnival had adjusted its fall itineraries for the two ships; in recent months, Carnival, Holland America, Disney Cruise Line and others have canceled visits to the troubled port following a spate of violence tied to the escalating drug war. Several weeks ago, Princess Cruises took it a step further and canceled calls to Puerto Vallarta.
Both Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor, however, will continue to call in Puerto Vallarta.
Spirit's nine-day itineraries from San Diego and Los Angeles will also include two days in Cabo San Lucas and stops in Manzanillo and Ensenada; the season runs September 2011 to March 2012. (Note: A previously slotted stop in La Paz has been replaced with a sea day, but not because of safety concerns. Instead, it was scrapped because the addition of Manzanillo made it geographically difficult to keep.)
Meanwhile, Splendor -- operating seven-day voyages year-round out of Long Beach, California -- will spend two days in Cabo, in addition to the call in Puerto Vallarta.
There's no word on when -- or if -- Carnival will return to Mazatlan. According to the statement, the line "will continue to work with the Mexican government and local officials to review their security plans for Mazatlan."
--by John Deiner, Managing Editor