Princess, Holland America Drop Cruises to Mazatlan

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Princess Cruises and Holland America are the latest cruise lines to drop Mazatlan, Mexico on itineraries to the region.

The popular port has had a yo-yo season, with cruise lines canceling and rescheduling visits. Several lines canceled port calls in January after three reported robberies involving passengers or crew and the shooting of a Canadian tourist. Some cruise lines returned in early February after the city increased security, but then the shooting of two men in a hotel parking lot of a hotel frequented by tourists in February renewed fears.

"Due to continuing security concerns in Mazatlan that include incidents in the city's tourist areas, Princess Cruises has removed Mazatlan calls from all Mexico itineraries through the remainder of the spring cruise season," the cruise line said in a statement.

Itineraries for the six remaining sailings of the Sapphire Princess in March and April were modified to include an extra day in Cabo San Lucas. The cruise line says it will continue to monitor the situation.

"At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests and crew is our top priority," the line says in a statement released early today, reports USA Today.

Holland America says seven-day cruises scheduled for the Oosterdam departing in March and April will have an extra day in Puerto Vallarta instead of visiting Mazatlan. The exception is the April 2 departure, which will replace Mazatlan with an extra day and overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas.

Ten-day sailings on the Zaandam and a two-week sailing on the Oosterdam will call twice in Cabo San Lucas instead of just once.

Carnival Cruise Lines dropped the port a week ago and Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line also earlier said they had decided to skip the port for the rest of the season.

With spring break approaching, the Texas Department of Public safety issued a warning earlier this month urging students to remain on the U.S. side of the border and to stay away from popular resort destinations in Mexico.

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