Cancun, Mexico

If you’re a fellow cruiser, like me, then you know Mexico is generally on the list of pit stops when you’re traveling to the Caribbean. If you’re traveling from the East Coast with ports of call from Miami, Tampa, Port Canaveral and even Charleston, SC, then Cozumel, Mexico, is a must–see. However, if you’re on the West Coast, any stops to Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta or Cabo San Lucas might have to wait.

Due to the increase in violence in Mexico, popular cruise lines are scheduled to discontinue service to Mexico’s West Coast. The website for Royal Caribbean has already removed the option to choose West Coast departures with ports of call to Mexico. Norwegian Cruise Lines’ West Coast liner, Norwegian Star, will discontinue its service to Mexico starting in May. Carnival Corp has made the decision to move one of its West Coast liners to Australia in 2012.

The escalated violence in Mexico – decapitated bodies have been showing up in tourist areas including the popular beaches of Acapulco – has many tourists on high alert and for good reason. If you’ve already planned a cruise to Western Mexico or you’re thinking about it, check with the cruise liner at your earliest convenience.

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Popular Cruise Lines Information

Norwegian Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean




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