Carnival Splendor’s 7-day itinerary from Long Beach, California will now feature two days in Cabo San Lucas and a 12-hour stay in Puerto Vallarta.
Carnival Spirit will also continue her nine-day itineraries from San Diego and Los Angeles from September 2011 to March 2012. The amended voyage includes two-days in Cabo San Lucas along with visits to Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and Ensenada.
The move comes almost 3 weeks after Princess Cruises announced the cancellation of visits to Puerto Vallarta for the remainder of the year based on ongoing security concerns in the region.
When questioned about the move to continue visiting Puerto Vallarta, the line stated that they only visit ports of call believed to provide a safe environment for passengers and crew.
“We have been calling at Puerto Vallarta on a weekly basis for many years and at this time have no plans to discontinue our visits there,” a representative from Carnival said in a statement to e-Travel Blackboard.
Stating that the safety of their guests and crew is the line’s main priority, Carnival has committed to work with the Mexican government and local officials to review their security plans for Mazatlan.
After incorporating Mazatlan in itineraries weekly for many years, the line is hopeful to return to the port in the future.
My question is this…why have Princess Cruises cancelled Puerto Vallarta but Carnival haven’t? I posed this question to the line and they didn’t actually answer it, instead, provided me with the statement above.
Why does one cruise line deem a port safe and another not? As a passenger…should I be concerned? Or should I do what many others did when we sailed to Falmouth in April and make the call themselves by not getting off the ship?