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Old 06-13-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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Mexico is a real problem. Period. Why bother?
The cruise opportunities for the Mexican Riviera have been so restricted, curtailed that it almost makes no sense to book one. The people who do book seem to mostly be from the West Coast and seek inexpensive, close-at-hand cruises and don't really care where they're going as long as they're leaving home.

People who book cruises that stop along the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, etc., look for different experiences, it seems to me, and travel to those Mexican ports and onward seem to be almost all trouble-free.

So, while some Mexican ports of call ... Mazatlan and Acapulco, principally ... have experienced serious violence and presented risks to crews and passengers, not all ports in the country should be looked upon as risky.

Some areas of the nation are enbroiled in a war and it can be difficult to the uninitiated traveler to figure-out where it's safe to go, and when.

http://www.travelweekly.com/uploaded...MEXICOMAP4.pdf
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The cruise opportunities for the Mexican Riviera have been so restricted, curtailed that it almost makes no sense to book one. The people who do book seem to mostly be from the West Coast and seek inexpensive, close-at-hand cruises and don't really care where they're going as long as they're leaving home.

People who book cruises that stop along the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, etc., look for different experiences, it seems to me, and travel to those Mexican ports and onward seem to be almost all trouble-free.

So, while some Mexican ports of call ... Mazatlan and Acapulco, principally ... have experienced serious violence and presented risks to crews and passengers, not all ports in the country should be looked upon as risky.

Some areas of the nation are enbroiled in a war and it can be difficult to the uninitiated traveler to figure-out where it's safe to go, and when.

http://www.travelweekly.com/uploaded...MEXICOMAP4.pdf
Fro all practical purposes there are no stops in Acapulco or Mazatlan anymore, most lines have pulled out of the Mex Riv altogether but the Gulf side is still very busy, thriving and those ports are safe, as long as passengers don't go off on their own, with no idea what they are doing.

Nita
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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Mexico would be the "last" place I would consider to vacation.
Me, too.
I often search 'Vacations to Go' for the latest cruise deals and check out the itinerary. There are so many resorts and cruises that are in Mexico.
They are at good prices for a reason. People don't want to go there.
I avoid Mexico. It's a shame that they're so close.

A person in Europe has so many cultures to experience on vacation.
It's probably my ignorance, but we don't seem to have that sort of choice and we have to pay for that long journey across the ocean in order to have that experience.

I know very little, though, about the differences in cultures and cuisine south of the border. If I were in England I would have Scandinavia in one direction and Spain in the other.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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I'll have to say that can happen anytime, anywhere. DH and I could have taken a cruise when we were in Italy and that was the year that the ship's passengers were taken hostage. I believe some base personnel set out warnings just like someone [gomexico??] here had mentioned of the Dept of State (DOS) travel adversaries.

Breaking news: Achille Lauro passengers taken hostage - CBC Archives
Breaking news: Achille Lauro passengers taken hostage
Broadcast Date: Oct. 7, 1985
Passengers aboard the Achille Lauro cruise ship have been taken hostage by Palestinian guerrillas.



Up until this thread, the only drawback of taking those cruises I could think of at the time was getting sick or colliding with something.
Yeah, well the mid East is another area that I don't want to dock in, and some of the lines that I am interested in seem to go there.
The Achille Lauro, if you look it up, was renamed, which is supposed to be bad luck for a ship. That seems to have been the case here, as she had an explosion, collision, multiple fires, etc.
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