Acapulco, Guerrero – A major cruise line has cancelled several of their ports of call to Acapulco due to the city’s insecurity problems.
Major cruise line, Holland America, has canceled eight of their scheduled port arrivals to the sunny seaside city of Acapulco due to the elevated levels of violence they say the popular tourist destination continues to experience.
At the beginning of the year, the city saw six local vendors gunned down along with several other acts of elevated violence, none of which involved tourists. However, the city continues to see significant rates of violence, raising concerns for the safety of tourists.
The cruise line will be skipping ports of call to Acapulco for their 2017-2018 cruise season and will, instead, include other ports in Mexico.
“Due to recent security concerns, Holland America Line has replaced arrivals to Acapulco, Mexico, with alternative Mexican ports on eight scheduled cruises for 2017/2018, including seven cruises on the Panama Canal and one in South America.
“The safety of our guests is our top priority,” the cruise line said in a statement. The change in itinerary also affects seven Panama Canal cruise voyages. All passengers on the agenda have been notified.
The news was released just days before the city began hosting the 42nd edition of Tainguis Touristico Mexico 2017, the largest tourism fair in the country.
The US State Department has pointed out that Guerrero has been the most violent entity in Mexico during the last four years, with executions in different parts of Acapulco.