Cruise Lines Return to Mazatlan After Series of Cancellations

February 3, 2011
Mazatlan-Mexico-Cruise-Port (Updated, February 3, 10:55 a.m. EST) -- A number of cruise lines, including Carnival and NCL, have resumed calls to Mazatlan this week, after canceling last week's scheduled stops due to reports of increased violence in the area. Both Carnival Spirit and Norwegian Star called in Mazatlan yesterday and Holland America's Oosterdam and Azamara Journey are calling there today.

"Over the weekend, members of our Security Services management team from our headquarters in Miami met with local law enforcement and government officials in Mazatlan to review their plan for increased security," Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz told Cruise Critic. "Mexican authorities agreed to place extra security personnel in all the main tourist areas, including all shore excursion sites."

According to spokeswoman, Christi Erwin Donnan, Disney Cruise Line does not plan to return to Mazatlan for the remainder of Disney Wonder's Mexican Riviera season, which runs through April after which it will sail Alaska itineraries through the summer. The line has replaced Disney Wonder's Mazatlan calls with an additional day in Cabo San Lucas during each sailing. Disney has not yet made a decision regarding the ship's return to the Mexican Riviera in the fall.

Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess' next Mazatlan call is scheduled for February 16, and according to spokeswoman Karen Candy, the line is continually monitoring the situation. As of now, no cancellations or itinerary changes are being made.

We'll keep you posted on any further developments.

--by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Web Content Producer