Cruises cancel use of ferry service in Cozumel

I had heard about the explosion last week but was not aware of the second incident on Mar 1 nor about the cruise lines reaction.


Below is from the Canadian gov site in a travel advisory.


Playa del Carmen

On February 21, 2018, an explosive device detonated on a popular tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. The explosion injured over twenty individuals, including tourists. On March 1, 2018, local authorities found another explosive device on a ferry also operating out of Playa del Carmen. Some cruise lines have cancelled excursions using ferry services in Playa del Carmen. Avoid tourist ferries travelling in the region until further notice, be vigilant and monitor local media (including social media).

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I hadn't heard about these. Thanks for the news.

It looks like the cartels are ramping up (again).

Cozumel/Playa was a favourite of ours. I’m glad we aren’t stopping there this year after all. We had booked a 2nd cruise for a couple of days after our Conquest cruise and it was to stop in Cozumel but we cancelled it a few months ago in order to have a week in Ft Myers/Sanibel Island instead.

I read that Carnival is one of the lines that has cancelled all shore tours that included the ferries. It has been a few years since we did a tour involving the ferry, but it a sad situation indeed.Angry

One theory on the ferry explosions is that the two established ferry services are attempting to shut down a new 3rd service. That tells me a lot about how much they care about safety of passengers Angry

Thanks for the info, hadn’t heard a thing about this.

Hadn’t heard about these. Thanks. Still not going to Mexico

Last night, someone had posted a screenshot of a message sent to Royal Caribbean and their response. The prospective passenger was inquiring as to whether or not the cruise itineraries would be changing because of issues in Mexico, especially in light of the warnings issued by the US State Department and Canada. Royal Caribbean's response was that all excursions in the Costa Maya region were being cancelled. This was puzzling, because everything we've seen or heard about in the past 2 weeks or so has been about tourist ferries out of Cozumel. Very puzzling.... anybody hear anything about this, or have any insight to share???

Only thing I have heard is that the US State Department ordered the evacuation of the Consulate office in the area and published a traveler advisory.

On the other hand, the Mexican Government is accusing the US Government of over-reacting. They say that there is no safety problem there :rolleyes:

Which is exactly why the Canadian government published a traveler advisory as well.... Wink


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