What do you think about problems in Puerto Vallarta

I just got of the Jewel of the seas , they did not stop in Puerto Vallarta because of the problems their 2 weeks ago

 

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Count us out!

"Jalisco: Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Lake Chapala are major cities/travel destinations in Jalisco – Exercise caution throughout the state, particularly in rural areas and when using secondary highways. Violent clashes between criminal organizations and government authorities, and related disturbances including barricades of burning vehicles blocking major roads and highways, are ongoing concerns that typically occur without notice. Defer non-essential travel to areas of the state that border the states of Michoacán and Zacatecas. The security situation along the Michoacán and Zacatecas borders continues to be unstable. U.S. government personnel are authorized to use Federal toll road 15D for travel to Mexico City; however, they may not stop in the town of La Barca for any reason. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from personal travel to areas of Jalisco that border Zacatecas, and are prohibited from intercity travel at night."

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html

It is sad situation.  In February 2011 NCL and Disney stopped going to the west coast of Mexico after the shootings in the port rite next to the ship (I was on the NCL Star when the shootings happened).  

That cruise was a put together as a fund raiser by a travel agent that had 30 cabins booked.  It was originally set to be on RCI, but RCI had pulled its ship out of the area early due to safety concerns so it was changed to NCL.

A buss load of Carnival passengers was robbed at guy point in 2012.

Hooded gunmen robbed Carnival Splendor cruise guests ...

I used to do the Mexican Rivera cruise often since it left from my local port of Los Angeles. 

I think that I will avoid these destinations until crime is contained.

We avoid destinations where there is either a recent history of or current political or social unrest. Sure, it eliminates some very interesting locations but if given a choice between my life / peace of mind versus a visit to somewhere (no matter how special a place it may be), I will select life and peace of mind every time.  Too bad because it really brings more hurt to already hurting places.

External Affairs Canada has issued warning about many spots in Mexico.

I asked a question the other day about a Panama Cruise I want to take that run for a good portion up the West coast with many Mexican stops. I guess that trip will have to wait for a bit. I still have options for Bermuda again and of course, Hawaii.

We did the Pacific Coastal on the Westerdam last September that included the ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. We were the first ship into Cabo following the devastating hurricane and the first ship into Mazatlan for over five years. We intentionally took no excursions in any of these ports but felt safe walking around Cabo and Puerto Vallarta but not Mazatlan. There was a huge police presence there, both full-time and deputized hired temporarily for the cruise ship visit. They have a blue line painted down the middle of the streets between the port and Old Town and advise not to stray from the route. All the same, we spent very little time ashore due to our feelings of discomfort in that port. 

johngold - we booked Panama Canal cruises last year.  There are stops in Mexico and Columbia but we don't intend to get off in most of those ports. The point of our trip was mainly to escape the cold weather and to escape to somewhere other than the Caribbean for a change of pace.

On our Panama Cruise we felt safer in Cartegena than in  Punta Arenas. Maybe it was the armed guards that escorted the horse and carriage ride though the old city that clinched it......

We were in Cartagena in January, felt just as safe there as anywhere. I was amazed at how nice the city looked and how friendly people were, I expected things to be run down since we hear so many negatives about Columbia.

Been to Punta Arenas twice and really liked the place. Never heard a word about a crime problem down there and have friends from up here who spend the winters in and around Patagonia, they never mention crime being a problem. Do recall a warning about pick pockets in Punta Arenas though, but then we get that same warning when visiting every city in the world. 

Has been five years now since Punta Arenas, so maybe things have changed.  

Mazatlan had a heavy military and police presence around 20 years ago.   As you walked around town solders with automatic weapons in the heart of the old city and in the Golden Zone.  It is a shame, that had been my favorite stop in Mexico.   

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