Major Cruise Lines Canceling Cruises to Puerto Vallarta

What could be the beginning of fallout and impact on the local economy for Puerto Vallarta after May 1 violence erupted across the state of Jalisco, Royal Caribbean has announced that Jewel of the Seas will cancel a planned stop in Puerto Vallarta on May 12.

Royal Caribbean says that due to travel warnings issued by the US State Department on May 5 and warnings by the Canadian Government, it has chosen to cancel the May 12 cruise to Puerto Vallarta. Royal Caribbean has not indicated if other cruises scheduled for this year will be impacted.

Following Royal Caribbean’s announcement, Celebrity Infinity has also canceled arrivals to Puerto Vallarta on May 10.

Disney Wonder also informed passengers on their cruise with a scheduled stop to Puerto Vallarta that the agenda had been changed and they would sail past the area. Disney refunded all fees associated with port taxes to passengers on board. Disney made the third cruise line in the last week to cancel stops in the city.

Carnival Cruises however kept their scheduled stop in Puerto Vallarta on May 12 when over 2000 passengers arrived in the city.

The City of Puerto Vallarta and the tourism department have been in contact with airlines, cruises, travel agents, and others in the tourism industry in an attempt to reassure travelers that Puerto Vallarta remains a safe travel destination.

Today the city wrapped up a visit by the North American Travel Journalists Association with dozens of travel writers receiving the royal treatment and a taste of Vallarta. Journalists began arriving in the city between May 1 and May 3.

Arson attacks throughout the state of Jalisco, and briefly in Puerto Vallarta, occurred on May 1, 2015. No violence has been recorded in the last week and the city says tourism is operating at its normal level. The state government removed the ‘Code Red’ warnings for the state 48 hours after the events took place.

7 Responses
  1. Judy

    I left on May 01/ 2015 I called a taxi arrived in Old Town I arrived St the Airport.. This is on the Other Side Of City Not One Problem Driving Arriving At the Airport .. And I Plan On Going Back .. I Feel Just As Safe In Puerto Vallarta As I Do In My Home City Kelowna Canada !

  2. mgr

    Yeah I don’t understand. Of course there are other places more dangerous at any other country because they are big cities with different movement not like Vallarta (which is small) BUT even when I hear on news about, for example Baltimore or incidents on LA (I’d like goin to Baltimore and already love LA) or any other place like Uk etc etc etc any other place It-does- not-mean you’re goin to live attacks every day if you are goin there.
    Now I talk because actually I’m at Vallarta and I was born here, it’s a very safe. Long live to Pto. Vallarta! xx

  3. Bev Weaver

    I understand people being cautious and fearful, but I think there are far more dangerous places in the U.S. and Canada. We left PV on Apr 22/15 and we have sent our deposit for next year. I can hardly wait to go back. I sincerely hope the cartel doesn’t wreck it for everyone. Without tourists they will lose a lot too

  4. midcity56

    My husband & I were in PV May 1st.
    Our city tour excursion was cut short
    “Due to an accident blocking mountain
    Road”. Did not know about cartel attack
    Until next morning. Other tourist told us
    About it at airport when we were leaving
    To fly home. Definitely kept it hush-hush.
    This is a beautiful city & we have visited
    There 3 times in the past 2 years. Always
    Felt VERY safe. Military police

  5. i’m sorry but WTF… decisions aren’t made to cancel stops in San Franciso or Seattle, New York or Miami because of crime, filth, shooting, boat sinkings, riots or gang activity. As a resident of Puerto Vallarta – I think the cruise lines are making a hUGE mistake. This city is tiny by comparison to others – the problems lasted hours – and the city/state/fed are very resent. KEEP THE PV STOP .. don’t rob your guests of this amazing city.
    #FightTheFear #ILovePV

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