Cruise Line: 22 Passengers Robbed in Mexican Seaside Resort

CNN World, February 26, 2012

Twenty-two Carnival Cruise Lines passengers were robbed of valuables and their passports during a shore excursion in the Mexico seaside resort of Puerto Vallarta, cruise officials said late Saturday.

The passengers were robbed Thursday during a guided trail excursion, according to a statement released by the cruise line.

The cruise line did not provide details of the robbery, saying only that there were no injuries and the tour was suspended on future sailings under further notice.

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The robbery comes two weeks after the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning to Americans to avoid all but essential travel to all or parts of 14 Mexican states, including the state of Jalisco. Puerto Vallarta is the sixth-largest city in Jalisco.

The State Department also warned travelers to use caution in visiting part of Baja California, Colima and Morelos.

The 3,000-plus passenger Carnival Splendor set sail February 19 from Long Beach, California, for a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise that included stops in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, according to the ship’s online itinerary.

The travel warnings and reports of increasing violence in Mexico have caused many cruise lines to curb their itineraries, either eliminating and shortening stops.

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  • Southern__Hoosier

    This is why we need to secure our borders, to keep the criminal  out and the fools in. I would bet  the whole thing was a set up. The tour guide led the pigeons to his friends to be plucked.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Why would any American go to Mexico at this time in its history? Most of Mexico is in chaos and civil war! I tend to think these are foolish and naive Americans who are unable to discern the signs of the times.   

    • You’re right bc. If my recollection serves me correctly, didn’t Michelle Obama announce not along ago that traveling in mexico is completely “safe”, or something along those lines?

    • Shawn_thefemale

       Thank you! Just wait for spring break. Any parent who refuses to pull their college students’ plastic, gas money and tuition if they go to Mexico deserves what they get.

  • This_Name_Doesnt_Exist

    I realize this article is almost completely free of details on this robbery.  It could have been a group of senior citizens.  It doesn’t say these robberies all happened at the same time.  They could have been robbed by a half-dozen mestizos with AK-47s….

    But that’s not going to stop me from asking the question…what the hell has happened to our people? 

    How do TWENTY-TWO people get relieved of their valuables without a struggle?

    How do a few Muslims with boxcutters take control of aircraft filled with dozens or even hundreds of able-bodied people?

    How can Whites curl into the fetal position and get beaten senseless by feral Blacks?  How can other Whites stand by and watch, that is if they can even be bothered to look up from their iPhones?

    How can a “yoof” punch an elderly White man in the face who is then killed by his fall to the concrete, and even make it into the back of a squad car without being torn limb from limb?  How can he make it through the first night in jail without some unfortunate accident befalling him like falling into the toilet at the same time as the hair dryer?

    I find it hard to advocate for these people sometimes.  

  • June39

    A first hand report from one of the group was shown on TV. The woman said that the thieves surrounded the group and had guns. One raised his shirt to show a knife stuck in his waistband. They were ordered to toss all valuables to the ground. I too am certain the tour guide was working with the robbers. Carnival has promised to reimburse the passengers. I’ve long wondered why any of the cruise ships still go to that hell hole. If I were President, my first act would be to cut off all relations with Mexico, and immediately put our military, armed, on the border. I expect any day for Obama to apologize to Mexico for the tour group “invading” their country. By the way, the tour guide translated for the two factions and told the tour group to follow orders. Since the thievs were armed, this was the best way to handle the situation, but hopefully Mexico will soon have no tourists and the yankee dollar can be spent in civilized destinations.

    •  Mexico needs a military dictatorship for a few years, not unlike Turkey in various periods in 1960s, 1970s, …

  • Knowing full well that mexicans come from a culture of corruption, violence, and criminal activity, I have all the reason to suspect the “tour operator” was in on this little heist. I would feel much safer vacationing in Baghdad, then anywhere in mexico. Why any American (White Americans) would set foot in that failed narco-state escapes me.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    Cruise lines are fools if they don’t start re-examining their ports of call around the world. For those who cruise, stay on the freakin’ ship!