Following an announcement in August of
this year that it would no longer be visiting the ports of Mazatlan or Puerto
Vallarta due to concerns of drug violence,Princess Cruises has decided to
return to the two popular Mexican ports in 2012. Owned by Carnival Corporation,
Princess has already added stops in Cabo San Lucas to its itinerary and
announced that both of the dropped destinations will be added to the schedule
by next year.
“We are planning for a long way out,”
said Princess spokeswoman Julie Benson. “We look forward to returning to these
ports and putting them back on the schedule.”
Although Mexico has been the focus of
media reports about drug violence in recent months,tourism officials agree
that popular tourist destinations,such as Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta,remain
safe for visitors. Nicknamed the Pacific Pearl,Mazatlan is known for its
fishing and has more than 20 miles of beaches for visitors to explore,while
Puerto Vallarta is known for being one of the friendliest destinations in the
world for visitors and offers easy access from the United States.
“We’ve been working closely and having
lots of discussions with Mexican tourism officials,” shared Benson. “We were
always hopeful we could go back.”
According to a recent press release,a
ship named Sapphire Princess will sail south of the border to Cabo San Lucas,
Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta a total of six times between November of 2012 and
April of 2013,marking a strong return to the region,which has historically
been an excellent performer for the corporation. In addition,the Star Princess
and Grand Princess will visit Mazatlan twice between September of 2012 and
March of 2013 as part of a trip that will depart from San Francisco.
Also of note,Holland America and
Disney cruises will also be returning to Mazatlan in January of 2012. Disney is
planning weekly stops,while Holland America will incorporate regular
twice-monthly stops into its schedule.