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Cruise ships yank Mazatlan stop due to crime concerns

Updated: January 29, 2011 6:52PM



MEXICO CITY — Some cruise ship companies are canceling stops in the Mexican Pacific port of Mazatlan and others are considering it due to crime against tourists.

Disney Wonder has dropped calls to Mazatlan from its Mexican Riviera tour and replaced them with an additional stop in Cabo San Lucas. Holland America Line replaced a Jan. 26 Mazatlan port call with one in the Pacific port of Manzanillo.

Carnival Cruise spokesman Tim Gallagher said the company is deciding whether its ship the Spirit will make a Feb. 2 stop in Mazatlan. He said there will be a meeting between cruise line security and Mazatlan authorities this week about recent crimes against cruise tourists in Mazatlan.

Mazatlan has continued to thrive as a tourist destination despite drug-gang violence in other parts of Sinaloa state, where it is located. The industry magazine Seatrade Insider quoted Mazatlan port director Alfonso Gil Diaz as saying the incidents causing concern were minor, such as one passenger whose necklace was snatched.

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