Disney Cruise Line Pulls Mazatlan Calls for Reasons Vague

January 24, 2011

(5:10 p.m. EST) -- Disney Cruise Line has confirmed that Disney Wonder will stop calling on Mazatlan during its seven-night Mexican Riviera sailings until further notice. The ship will instead spend an additional day in Cabo San Lucas.

"The decision to modify our Mexican itineraries was made in part due to the changing environment in Mazatlan and our continued focus on making the safety of our guests a top priority," said Disney spokeswoman Christi Erwin Donnan.

The line, however, declined to explain what it means by "changing environment." (One note: The Cabo call is not an overnight. Like Carnival Spirit, which also calls for consecutive days in Cabo, Wonder will depart at night on the first day, head to sea, and return the next morning for the second day.)

Just last week, a 68-year-old man from British Columbia who was visiting Mazatlan was shot in the leg during an alleged gang shooting on January 17. And a string of other cruise lines -- including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival -- have announced departures from the region, citing decreased demand, possibly due to health and security concerns.

Upon discovering the itinerary change, a number of Cruise Critic members took to the boards with mixed feelings.

RVD noted that "my itinerary changed on my cruise (leaving in 2 days). Kind of weird ... I was sort of looking forward to going to Stone Island." And Sea Hag, booked on an upcoming cruise, noted that not only had she not received word from Disney, but "I logged in at Disney's Web site and my itinerary still shows Mazatlan."

Iceman93 was more positive about the change, "Personally I enjoy Cabo a whole lot more than Mazatlan, so this change wouldn't bother me in the least."

We'll keep you posted with any additional updates.

--by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Web Content Producer