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22 cruise ship passengers robbed in Mexico

By Rong-Gong Lin II

Los Angeles Times

LAST UPDATED: 06:40 a.m. HST, Feb 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES >> Twenty-two guests on a Carnival Splendor cruise ship out of Long Beach, Calif., were robbed at gunpoint in Mexico last week as they traveled by bus from a nature hike in the jungle to the Mexican port city of Puerto Vallarta, according to cruise ship officials and Mexican media reports.

Hooded gunmen intercepted the tourists’ bus about 5 p.m. Thursday as it returned from the pueblo of El Nogalito, known for its trail through the jungle, according to the Mexican newspapers El Norte and La Jornada. The gunmen took cameras, money, watches and other valuables before fleeing into the countryside, the papers said.

“Carnival sincerely apologizes to its guests for this very unfortunate and disturbing event and is providing its full support and assistance,” Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines said in a prepared statement. No one was injured and guests returned safely to the ship.

The tourists were part of a weeklong cruise that left the Port of Long Beach on Feb. 19 and returned Sunday morning, said Carnival Cruise Lines spokesman Vance Gulliksen, who could not provide details of the robbery.

The cruise line has suspended the nature trail tour where the robbery occurred. “Carnival is working with guests to reimburse them for lost valuables and assist with lost passports or other forms of identification,” the cruise line said.

The Carnival Splendor ship generally carries more than 3,000 passengers and operates year-round weeklong cruises from Long Beach.

As of last fall, one cruise line had decided to suspend stops in Puerto Vallarta, a popular port of call, because of the country’s ongoing drug war. That decision was made by Santa Clarita-based Princess Cruises, which, like Carnival Cruise Lines, is a unit of Carnival Corp.

Carnival itself did not cancel stops on its namesake cruise line in Puerto Vallarta, and Princess Cruises was set to resume visits to Puerto Vallarta this month.

A port just north of Puerto Vallarta has also experienced problems. After a February 2011 shooting left two dead in a hotel parking lot in the tourist area of Mazatlan, several cruise lines began canceling stops, including Carnival Cruise Lines. Gulliksen said Carnival’s cancellation of visits to Mazatlan remains in effect.

“We are working with local officials as the investigation continues, and we do not have any itinerary changes as it relates to Puerto Vallarta at this time,” Gulliksen said.

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Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on February 27,2012 | 06:23AM
allie wrote:
Good for Hawaii tourism. Sad to say it but it is true
on February 27,2012 | 09:52AM
dpinsacto wrote:
Police: Tourists robbed at gunpoint at Waikiki hotel By Star-Advertiser staff POSTED: 08:23 a.m. HST, Jan 31, 2012 LAST UPDATED: 07:52 p.m. HST, Jan 31, 2012 Three tourists told police that they were robbed at gunpoint in their Waikiki hotel room Monday afternoon. The victims -- a man, 39; a woman, 61; and another woman, 30 from Canada -- said a man forced his way into their hotel room at 1:30 p.m. The suspect threatened his victims with a handgun and then took items from the room. The police did not identify the hotel where the robbery took place. Police are looking for a suspect, but have not released a description.
on February 27,2012 | 04:21PM
Living_Large wrote:
Lucky we live Hawaii! :-( Time for the state to fix HRS 134 and allow law abiding citizens to arm themselves so both locals and tourists can protect ourselves.
on February 27,2012 | 07:33PM
bigtaiho wrote:
Jose can see
on February 27,2012 | 07:12AM
Vivgie wrote:
FUG mexico and their evil people. They're just human trash. Tourists are always targets so carry cheapo Long's watches and fake jewelry you can afford to lose. Carry an old discarded wallet and put a few pesos in it. I always carry my credit cards and cash in a cloth velcro wallet I can wrap around my ankle or calf. Expect to be robbed in poor countries like the Philippines, Africa, and muslim coutnries. You don't have to be polite when you travel.
on February 27,2012 | 07:45AM
johncdechon wrote:
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on February 27,2012 | 08:38AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
And so many were saying, hawaii is too expensive, I rather go to Mexico. Aloha.
on February 27,2012 | 08:56AM
allie wrote:
How much is your life worth hon?
on February 27,2012 | 09:53AM
808warriorfan wrote:
What's the use of working with the "local authorities" ..... they are probably part of the punks that robbed the tourists !!!!! The cruise ship companies should boycott Mexico until they get their act together
on February 27,2012 | 12:32PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
I hear people all the time raving about their Mexican vacation, and I have to wonder. Just WHAT is the attraction in Mexico? Going there because of the favorable exchange rate is really no reason to put yourself at risk. Unfortunately, this thing will become more and more common as lawlessness increasingly intimidates "Law Enforcement". The Mexican political hierarchy is paying the price for allowing corruption to flourish, just so long as they get their cut. Now, the "slaves" are becoming the "masters". I really have NO desire to go to that dirty, filthy cesspool of a country whose citizenry floods our shores (Yes, even here in Hawai'i) to export their "culture" of thievery, violence, and language upon rightful citizens of this country. They can have it!
on February 27,2012 | 12:33PM
entrkn wrote:
Mexico is losing its tourism industry, fast.
on February 27,2012 | 01:31PM
tutunona wrote:
on February 28,2012 | 07:38AM
saveparadise wrote:
Bleeding heart attitudes towards criminals has bred a new culture that is growing. It's time to toughen up and give no tolerance to criminals.
on February 28,2012 | 07:40AM
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