Royal Caribbean cancels calls to Puerto Vallarta

By ,   May 12, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

This week Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will welcome two less cruise calls, after Royal Caribbean canceled scheduled calls by Celebrity Infinity and Jewel of the Seas, due to armed violence in the region.

According to Cynthia Martinez, director, global corporate communications for RCCL, the today (May 12) call to Puerto Vallarta had been canceled due to the recent episodes of violent civil unrest, coming from criminal gangs that had engaged in armed conflict with the local authorities. The Celebrity Infinity's call on May 17 (Sunday) had also been canceled. 

Carnival Miracle, which was also scheduled to call to Puerto Vallarta today, will visit the city, but some tours requiring travel outside the region had been canceled "in an abundance of caution".

Jewel of the Seas passengers have been notified of the cancellation on May 8 (Friday) by the captain, who cited the violence on May 1. Several buses and cars have been burned during that incident, but not in the vicinity of the tourist zones.

The Jewel of the Seas captain also cited a travel warning released by U.S. State Department, advising against travel on secondary highways and rural roads in the Jalisco state, where Puerto Vallarta is located.

After a 3-decade flourishing as premier destination, Mexican ports encountered troubles in 2009 during the H1N1 flu breakout, and in 2011 when drug violence got more widespread. Cruise lines returned to Mexican ports in 2013 after a 2-year absence.

The next scheduled call to Puerto Vallarta for a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship is on September 23 by Celebrity Infinity.