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The Truth About The Cruise Line Question Emerges

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The Truth About The Cruise Line Question Emerges

For some time many locals in Mazatlan were questioning what the cancellation of some cruise line stops was really about. While the original story was about safety, the follow up meetings and "requrements" for retuning to port made no sense. For example a cruise line demanded better street lighting for "safety"....but their passengers are back on board and sailing out for the next port before dark, so the lights would have zero impact on them.

Personally I heard from several local sources the reason for cancellations was really about lowered passenger numbers. Bookings were down and this led to cost cutting such as spending more time as sea to avoid port fees. More time at sea means slower speeds are necessary which saves fuel, and guests spending more time on board leads to more money spent on board.

In the end the safety claim seems to have been a convenient way for the cruise lines to point the finger elsewhere while explaining to returning passengers why some of their favorite stops were going to skipped this time. You can't blame any business for protecting their bottom line, but the "safety" excuse led to unfair negative publicity for Mexican ports like Mazatlan. Remember at least some times Puerto Vallarta was also affected.

The truth is now starting to come out. From the linked interview published in Travel Agent Central.

"Rodolfo Lopez Negrete, chief operating officer of the Mexico Tourism Board, and learned that several cruise lines that canceled calls to some popular Mexico destinations later told Mexico representatives the decision was purely business and had nothing to do with whether the areas in question were safe or not.

“A lot of cruise lines canceled because they said these destinations were unsafe. But that wasn’t exactly the case,” Negrete says, not mentioning any specific cruise lines.

“They have all recently admitted to us that this was a business decision and not a matter of safety.”

travelagentcentral.com/mexico/coo-mexico-tou…

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Good information. It is just so unfortunate for the wonderful people of Mazatlan. I've always had a "feeling" there were other reasons for their decision. If you compare some other ports to Mazatlan, you'd just shake your head as to why the cruise ships still go to some of those locations.

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When all of the cruise situation started in January this year there was an article in a San Diego newspaper where the cruise lines stated there was decling interest in Mexican Riviera cruises. They told the San Diego port officials they could make more money in other destinations.

Whatever excuses they offer local officials the bottom line is money.

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It's always about money, and my guess is the ports were not willing to negotiate lower fees as well, or they would still be there. That is if safety had absolutely nothing to do with it. So maybe somebody else to blame?

I also find this source to be quite questionable and biased.

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In the comments section on the link TravelJudy posted was one that shows how mis-informed people often are;

"The cruise lines knew this and the only reason the ships stopped there was because of a favorable port relationship and incentives to stop there."

Of course that is completely the OPPOSITE of what is true. But it is on the internet and will often be quoted as PROOF of what Mexico detractors want everyone to believe. The fact is that Mazatlan was the most expensive port of call, for the cruise lines! And the first to be dropped. The next most expensive was .....Puerto Vallarta, It was the SECOND port to be dropped. The cheapest was Cabo. It is the one they kept. What a surprise!

Cruise line love the Caribbean. You know, the place where they have their own 'private islands'. When you are on their 'private island' who makes all them money? They do.

Now if you are on a cruise to eat, drink, snorkel, para-sail, etc. you will love these 'private Islands'. But don't expect ANY culture because there is none. It all depends on what you want from a cruise I suppose.

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I read all the comments and it's pretty obvious that things have changed regarding Mexico. Those opinions posted are what people believe and once people have a negative belief about a place....it's usually impossible to sway them.

Of course, the people that have never been and post negative things are stupid but the people that HAVE visited and won't return, must have a good reason.

Things change all over the world all the time.

Great places become mediocre and bad places become top tourist spots.

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Travel Judy The securiety warning for PV on TA has been removed. PV has never been named in a US securiety warning as Mazatlan has. No new update since April.

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